PPMA Total conference programme tackles sustainability and Brexit impact

PPMA Total conference programme tackles sustainability and Brexit impact

The PPMA Total show has confirmed its conference programme will focus on major issues including Brexit, serialisation and packaging design, and debate surrounding sustainability and the circular economy.

Taking place between 1-3 October, the free-to-attend sessions will run over the first two days of the show and offer visitors a focal point for discovery and live discussion. The  programme includes insightful keynotes from industry experts, who will provide information on the latest challenges facing the packaging and processing industry.

Case studies, panel discussions and presentations will provide visitors with real examples of best practice manufacturing and excellence in processing and packaging production, aiming to motivate and inspire visitors to develop their businesses.

Headlining the programme on day one will be a keynote address from Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainable and healthy living at IKEA, who will be sharing insights from her 20-year career helping to mainstream sustainable living. Joanna will look to address the sector’s shift toward sustainability and circular consumption, including the evolution of the flatpack as a driver for resource efficiency in terms of materials, transportation, cost reduction and innovations.

The second keynote, taking place on day two, will be held by Peter Conradi – Europe editor for The Sunday Times. He will be presenting his views on the political and business climate from the other side of the channel, while forecasting the UK’s political and business relationship with the continent and how Brexit could impact on businesses within the packaging and processing industry.

Also on day two, Barry Turner, plastic and flexible packaging group director for the British Plastics Federation, will be giving a talk about the challenges in delivering a circular economy for plastics packaging. During this address, he will touch on the benefits of plastics, how to deliver a full circle approach and what challenges plastics will continue to face. There will then be an opportunity for attendees at the keynote to partake in a Q&A and discuss plastic’s presence in the packaging industry.

“The Enterprise Zone is the place to be for visitors who want to learn about the latest topics dominating the packaging and processing industry,” says David Harrison, Acting Chief Operating Officer of PPMA Group of Associations. “It provides the perfect platform for them to take away ideas and inspiration to enhance their own business.

“Our programme is designed to be hard-hitting and provide visitors with insight into the latest developments in the sector through informative debate and thought-provoking presentations.”

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