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We’re putting automation at the heart of UK manufacturing.

Your questions answered.

Our organisation is changing from the PPMA Group of Associations to Automate UK. It’s natural that you’ll have lots of questions. This is why we’ve written this FAQ guide to give you all the answers you need. Discover more about why we’re changing, how the transition will be managed, when it’s happening and how it will affect you.

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Why Automate UK?

Why is our group of associations changing?

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Today’s associations need to play an increasing role in helping to shape government policy and drive the industry forward in a way that benefits members. We’re addressing this change by becoming an association that has even greater relevance to government, our members, end users and wider society.

Why are we changing our name to Automate UK?

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Our name is derived from Automation - one of the key areas that will help shape the future of the manufacturing industry in the UK and beyond, driving the success of our members. Automation also unites our members, who are all suppliers of automation technology across processing and packaging, robotics and machine vision.

What does Automate UK stand for?

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We are the leading trade association for automation suppliers and end users of technology across processing, packaging, robotics and machine vision. Driving industry progress, supporting the growth of our members and helping users make more informed technology decisions. Helping our members and their clients thrive and increase productivity in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

How does this affect PPMA, BARA and UKIVA?

Will PPMA, BARA and UKIVA still exist?

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PPMA, BARA and UKIVA will continue to be important divisions of Automate UK. Each Association will be represented, BARA and UKIVA by their committees and PPMA by a newly formed innovation panel, providing sector specific insight to the Board.

Will there be any changes to the PPMA Show?

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The PPMA Show is recognised throughout our industry. The show will continue to be branded the PPMA Show in 2024 and beyond.

Is this the same for Automation UK and MVC?

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Yes, these shows will continue to be branded Automation UK and MVC under the BARA and UKIVA banners respectively.

What will change?

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Members will see a fresh, distinctive new brand and website to go with our new name. To begin, our day-to-day activities largely won’t change but over time you will see new additions to the membership offering and activities we carry out as a business.

When is it happening?

When will the PPMA Group of Associations rebrand to Automate UK?

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From today you will notice changes like new building signage, a new website and new social media. Our aim is to fully rebrand by January, but given the scale of the change, there could naturally be some delays.

How will this affect my membership?

Will membership still work in the same way?

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Yes. The membership experience will be seamless. Everyone will be an Automate UK member, with a nominated primary membership of either PPMA, BARA or UKIVA.

Will I still receive information and support that’s relevant to my area (PPMA, BARA, UKIVA)?

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Yes, you will still receive relevant communications, bulletins and publications as well as ongoing dedicated support from our staff at Wallington.

What changes will I see?

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You will see new branding and a new name. Your representatives will remain the same, however their email addresses will change.

Is there anything I need to do now?

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No, you can go on enjoying all the benefits of membership.

What do I do if I have any questions?

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Please direct any questions to Peter Williamson our CEO, either in person or email peter.williamson@automate-uk.com

What can I expect from Automate UK?

How will our member experience improve?

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Over time there will be a number of additional services and activities that will improve the experience of being a member. This will include:

1. Increased lobbying

Our aim is to ensure that automation is at the heart of manufacturing policy in the UK and beyond. That’s why we have a clear commitment to increase lobbying by discussing with policymakers and influencers the challenges that face our members and end users. We’ll advise on strategies that government and other regulatory bodies can utilise to help overcome these challenges. Helping to guide regulatory and technical issues for the benefit of everyone.

2. Technical support

We will maximise our expertise to provide greater technical support. Helping members understand the latest regulations and guidelines, sharing technology and topical insights, providing specialist export advice and helping end users find the most efficient and effective solutions to support their manufacturing and production processes.

3. Improved website and social presence

Our new website will act as both a knowledge centre and lead generation asset for our members. Providing marketing opportunities within the site and connected digital communications. For end users, our website and social media are vital tools to help them find the relevant technologies within our member portfolio to aid their manufacturing. In turn, growing our members’ success.

4. A louder voice

Through existing channels, greater presence throughout the media and through new innovations such as The UK Automation Forum, Automate UK will work with other key stakeholders to become a significant voice for our members and industry.