Issues-led conference programme set to inspire at the PPMA Show 2018


Lord Mark Price, Jonathan Warburton and Nick Brown headline free-to-attend sessions.

The PPMA Show 2018, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 25 to 27 September, will bring together a first-class industry-responsive conference programme that looks set to create a forum for education, knowledge sharing and debate.

The free to attend conference sessions will run in the Enterprise Zone over the first two days of the show in the Enterprise Zone, with a programme devised to focus on some of the key issues facing modern manufacturing.  These include topical issues such as Brexit, Industry 4.0, cyber security, robotics, automation and optimisation, augmented reality, as well as tackling the ongoing debate surrounding the impact of plastics in packaging.

Headlining the programme will be two of the most respected and influential business leaders in the UK, Lord Mark Price and Jonathan Warburton.

With less than a year to go before Brexit on 29 March 2019, Lord Mark Price will dedicate his keynote address to looking at how business can prepare for life post-Brexit.  Lord Price is a former Minister of State for Trade and Investment, whose previous roles have included Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.

Jonathan Warburton is the current Chairman of Warburtons, the largest family-owned bakery business in the country, whose business has seen a 60% increase in turnover under his leadership. His keynote address will focus on how to build long-term sustainable businesses by drawing on his own experiences of spearheading the growth of the Warburton business into a highly successful £550m turnover organisation.

Visitors will also hear from Nick Brown, Head of Sustainability at Coca-Cola Enterprise, and a host of thought leaders from the processing and packaging industry, including representatives from Schneider Electric, Campden BRI, the National Centre for Food Manufacturing , the Manufacturing Technology Centre and Tetra Pak who will all share their insight into how to improve production line efficiencies and future-proof operations.

“The Enterprise Zone will be a central focal point for visitors who attend the show to see the latest display of innovations and technologies.  There’s also the opportunity for delegates to learn and take away creative ideas to enhance their own businesses,” says Dr Andrew Mint, CEO of the PPMA Group. “We have devised a conference programme that will add value to the PPMA visitor experience and offer the perfect balance of informative, educational and thought-provoking presentations, while still allowing visitors the time to walk the aisles and explore all the hands-on equipment demonstrations and new product launches at the show.”

“The combination of quality technology demonstrations and new product launches on display, coupled with our free thought-provoking and insightful conference programme, means that this year’s Show will again offer something of value to everyone,” concluded Dr Mint.

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