The PPMA Show demonstrated technologies to visitors keen to see new things in person

The PPMA Show 2021 was hailed as a great success by exhibitors and visitors alike, despite the fuel crisis, with the latest smart solutions in manufacturing, processing equipment and packaging being demonstrated on over 250 stands.

The event attracted a solid audience despite the fuel shortages that no doubt affected visitors plans.

“Notwithstanding the impact of the pandemic on all live events, the PPMA Show has once again proved to be a successful event for both visitors and exhibitors,” said show director Richard Little. “We are thrilled to have delivered our first live show since 2019 and evidence is that buyers have visited with active projects in mind.

“Improving line speeds, efficiency and automation of lines has been of primary interest with manufacturing companies having the joint challenge of labour restrictions and increased demand for packaged goods from retailers,” he continued “It’s great that the PPMA Show will help contribute to building back business.”

For the exhibitors at PPMA 2021, the calibre of visitor and quality of leads were significant positives: “Our stand attracted a good number of visitors; most importantly, the quality was excellent too, with key decision makers such as heads of engineering and engineering managers all coming by to speak to us,” said Steve Bradley, sales director at AVE UK. “We have come away from the event with some strong leads that we are looking forward to following up on.”

“The show was livelier than expected,” commented Stuart Coulton, market development manager at Omron UK. “Our stand was consistently busy from the moment the doors opened, with labour proving a major issue for manufacturers.

“Overall, it was a very successful show for us, attracting senior representatives from both SMEs and large corporations alike.”

Phil Brown, md at Fortress Technology Europe, also felt that PPMA Show 2021 proved to be a big success. “We were extremely happy with the turnout at this year’s event,” he said. “Our stand was constantly busy, with visitors spending longer than usual talking to our team.

“Most were looking to fulfil live projects taking place in the next 3-6 months, so they were ready to talk details,” he continues. “I can honestly say it was one of the most successful PPMA Shows that we’ve ever exhibited at.”

“We picked up some promising leads, mostly in the fresh produce and ready meals sectors,” adds David Jahn, md at Brillopak. “I was pleased to note that the quality of visitors seemed higher than usual, with less junior team members and more project managers, directors and company owners.”

Sustainability was, unsurprisingly, at the top of the agenda, “We were delighted with the turnout at this year’s show, with a constant stream of high-quality visitors spending time on our stand,” said Tony McDonald, sales and marketing director at IMA Ilapak. “Sustainability was a key driver for many of the people we spoke to and the impending Plastic Packaging Tax is prompting manufacturers to look towards recyclable films.

“Nothing beats being able to engage with customers and prospects face to face,” he said. “It was great to sit down and grab a coffee with our customers who we had been previously unable to visit due to the pandemic.”

In response to all the positive feedback received, David Harrison, chief operating officer of PPMA Group of Associations concluded: “There is evidence that, despite the challenges posed post-COVID and the unforeseen fuel crisis, the packaging and processing industry continues to thrive.

“The footfall has been fantastic and the quality of visitors exceptionally high,” he continued. “It is just what all our members deserve after pulling together as an industry over the last 18 months.”

The PPMA Total Show will take place from 27-29 September, 2022.

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