Schubert’s Mark Stepney appointed to key PPMA industry board

Managing director of Schubert UK, Mark Stepney has recently been appointed to represent the British Association of Robot Automation (BARA) on the board of PPMA, the British packaging and processing machinery body, writes Neill Barston.

Having recently spoken to Confectionery Production on the company’s UK operations, he explained the business is enjoying a marked upturn in its fortunes within the equipment market despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic.

The PPMA organisation represents around 550 manufacturers across industries, including those operating within confectionery and bakery markets, and will be staging its latest event between 28-30 September at the NEC in Birmingham, UK.

Speaking on his appointment to the board, Mar Stepney (main image), said: “The PPMA is not only a focal point for expertise, information and customised training programmes in our industry. It is also highly influential when it comes to partner organisations working with the UK government and public.

“Therefore, my focus will be on raising awareness of the importance of innovative robotics technology in packaging automation – in other words, BARA’s profile – to the outside world. I’m only too happy to use my 30 years of experience and expertise in the field to achieve this.”

The 54-year-old Managing Director of the UK subsidiary of Germany’s highly innovative packaging machinery manufacturer (an example of its packaging lines above), Schubert has been appointed to the PPMA board for an initial two-year term.

Last year, Mark was recognised for his longstanding commitment to the BARA association, where he has since held a position as a council member. BARA specifically promotes the use of industrial robots and automation in UK industry and supports their advancement. The association also represents the interests of its British member companies overseas as a partner of the International Federation of Robotics. For more details on the PPMA event, visit its website.

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