Maintaining a thriving machinery business has rarely been more challenging than in today’s recovering economy. Changes in consumer demands, increased prices of materials, stringent environmental targets and constantly evolving technology all impact growth and turnover, making it harder than ever before to remain competitive.

The organisers of this year’s PPMA Show have taken these issues into account and offered the industry the chance to find the solutions that will take their business to the next level. Taking place from 25-27 September 2012, the event welcomed over 300 exhibitors to Birmingham’s NEC, where all the issues affecting the industry were on the agenda, including topics based around the themes of automation, innovation, efficiency and technology.

New innovations used to process and pack food and drink, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics were on display and anyone involved in the buying, financing or maintenance of machinery were able to discuss challenges and source solutions suited to their business.

Graham Earl, the show’s exhibition manager, commented: “The PPMA Show represents a wonderful opportunity for exhibitors and visitors to showcase and discover the most up to date technology and solutions. In addition, it provides insight into the latest developments in the sector, whilst also offering unrivalled opportunities to do business and consolidate connections.”

Festo, a worldwide supplier of automation technology which encapsulates the innovation theme of the 2012 PPMA Show, demonstrated the ground-breaking concepts created through their Biological Learning Network (BLN). This programme uses nature as inspiration and a public display of ‘Air Penguins’, flying machines that mimic the movement of their biological counterparts, at the exhibition they displayed how technology can find solutions in natural evolution.

It is vital for the processing and packaging machinery sector to produce goods quickly and to a high standard, with no compromise in accuracy or efficiency. Finding ways to achieve these goals is one of the main aims of the PPMA and its flagship show.

To facilitate this, the exhibition contained a number of features designed to bring visitors up to speed on the latest issues affecting the sector, whilst also recognising the most promising young professionals in the industry.

Following its successful début at last year’s event, ‘The Ones to Watch’ returned to the show for a second time. The competition, which aimed to identify the up and coming stars of the future, saw a panel of experts decide which of the entrants, all of whom are under 35, has contributed most to the industry in 2012.

For visitors looking for more focused technical information and advice, editors from leading industry trade titles, including Machinery Update and Packaging News, were also chairing a series of Panel Debates focusing on the major topics faced by the industry today. Featuring input from leading companies in the sector, these allow visitors to obtain first hand information from organisations of all sizes and sectors.

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