The UK's largest processing and packaging exhibition uncovers the secret to improving competitiveness, consistency and quality
This year's Total Processing & Packaging exhibition takes place against a tough backdrop for the industry. Manufacturing output fell by 3 per cent in the year to March 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics. On top of that, the manufacturing industry is suffering a degree of collateral damage from the horsemeat scandal. The industry could be forgiven for looking glum.more
Luckily, there are some chinks of light amongst the darkness: some firms are finding ways to turn the crises into opportunities.
Speaking about the challenges facing manufacturers during this time, Michelle Newman, Marketing Manager for Kliklok International Ltd, Stand H10, commented, "In light of the recent controversy over horsemeat, an increasing number of supermarkets are pledging to source their ingredients from reputable suppliers in the UK. It already seems that the average consumer is now favouring fish and chicken over red meat consumption. For the UK food producer, this may well lead to an unexpected upturn in overall production, which means that higher speed, labour- saving automatic packaging could be the next step."
Graham Earl, Exhibition Manager at the Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition, added: "It sounds counter-intuitive, but tough times can be positive for manufacturers, as they act as a catalyst for innovation. We think that this is where a show like Total comes into its own - it is a place to meet peers from across the industry, share the latest ideas and thinking, and find ways to chart a course through the tough terrain."
Processing and Packaging Industries
Challenging perceptions: The future of the processing and packaging industriesOver 320 exhibitors will be on hand to demonstrate just how processing and packaging professionals can improve efficiency, accuracy and consistency while focusing on innovation.
Comprising three dedicated hubs including Pakex, PPMA and Interphex, attendees are invited to discover the latest innovations in packaging design at the Pakex Hub, machinery to enhance productivity at the PPMA show and new manufacturing solutions designed specifically for the pharmaceutical industry in the Interphex hub.
From design, automation and control, packaging machinery to materials and containers, no matter what industry or product you're in charge of, there is no better place to discover the latest solutions and technologies available to enhance your business and transform your production line.
Packaging Industry Exhibition
Learn from industry insidersWhile advice on the latest pressing industry topics can be found on a number of exhibitor stands, free-to-attend seminars will be available throughout the 3-day event featuring experts Tyrrells, M&S, Dairy Crest, B&Q, Kerry Foods, GSK, Siemens and B. Braun who will put the industry's pressing issues under the spotlight, share the latest advice and reveal groundbreaking industry innovations.
Reflecting the three show hubs, visitors can attend seminars in the Manufacturing Forum, sponsored by Linx Printing Technologies, the Interphex Theatre, sponsored by Bürkert Fluid Control Systems and Pakex Innovation Hub, sponsored by Markem Imaje. Each hub offers a unique seminar programme packed with an exciting line up of topics chaired by editors from Process Engineering, Machinery Update, The Manufacturer, Packaging News, Packaging Gazette and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Packing Source (PMPS).
Other chairs overseeing seminars at the exhibition include International Society for Phamaceutical Engineering (ISPE) chair, Lynn Bryan, Thrive design agency founder, Doug James and Alan Isaacs, founder and architect of packaging and converting process machinery for the medical and pharmaceutical sectors.
Packaging Design Challenge
Looking to the future: Identifying the next generation of industry talentRecognising the best and brightest up-and-coming talent in the industry will also be a key focus, with the return of the Ones to Watch competition and the launch of the new Packaging Design Challenge.
Ones to Watch is a search for the industry's brightest young processing and packaging professional, judged on entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to the industry. Sponsored by Festo, the successful candidate and 'one to watch' will win more than £9,500 of in-house training from Festo's Training & Consulting portfolio. If you know a colleague that fits the bill, visit the website.
Got a packaging idea? Looking for investment? New to the Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition 2013, the Packaging Design Challenge will offer one lucky packaging professional the chance at a real investment in their packaging innovations. Candidates are invited to submit their packaging concepts for a chance to secure a real financial investment live at the show. If you have a concept or packaging idea you'd like to see on the shop shelves, visit the website for more information.
With so much variety on offer, if you want to hear about the latest news and trends in the processing, packaging and pharmaceutical industries, you'll start with the Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition 2013. For more information and to register today, visit the website.less
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