About PPMA

Incorporated in 1987, the Processing & Packing Machinery Association (PPMA) was born out of eight founder member companies.

In the two years that followed, the Association experienced a substantial period of growth, which culminated in the launch of first PPMA Show (1988) and the merger with the UK Manufacturers’ Association, PEMA (Packaging Equipment Manufacturers’ Association) in 1989.

PPMA now represents over 500 members and has become the voice of the processing and packaging machinery industry in the UK. We also support member companies at overseas trade exhibitions.

Our principle objective is to help members to sell more products and services across a multitude of industry sectors.



  • To provide a range of quality, cost-effective services and publications to help members develop their business.
  • To provide a single voice for the machinery sector on relevant issues.
  • To promote standards of technical service, training and know-how, making membership a mark of quality and service.
  • To provide channels of contact between members, members and customers, members and government and other organisations.
  • To provide cost effective access to professional and focused exhibitions.


The PPMA has a number of key objectives which can be summarised as follows:

1. Provide members with an effective marketing support service to promote the sales of machinery, both in the UK and overseas.

This can be achieved through:

  • PPMA Show and Total Show exhibitions (members exhibitor rate applies)
  • PPMA website with interactive directory generating real leads
  • Machinery Update (industry journal)
  • PPMA Machinery Directory (members only)
  • PPMA Group stands at overseas exhibitions
  • Regular members meetings
  • Export Information
  • Business advisory service
  • Meeting, seminar and library facilities at PPMA HQ
  • Members' web area with a catalogue of past information to download


2. Provide education and training for members and their customers

This can be achieved through:

  • Interactive Web Machinery Finder Service
  • Technical Seminars
  • Technical Publications
  • Input into and monitoring of legislative process
  • Regular technical newssheet
  • Technical consultancy
  • Machinery Finder Service


3. Representing the interests of members and their customers with government, legislators and other relevant industry bodies.

This can be achieved through:

  • Links with government.
  • Links with other trade bodies and organisations.
  • Input into the European legislation process.
  • Using and promoting the industry voice, when and where appropriate.


4. Raise the status and professionalism of members and develop the recognition of the importance of the machinery supply sector within the many industries served by members.

This can be achieved through:

  • Ensure that the image of PPMA stands for quality and service by maintaining strict membership criteria.
  • Maximising profile opportunities for the PPMA and its members.
  • Provide education and training for members and their customers.