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The onset of coronavirus (COVID-19) has presented unprecedented challenges for trade bodies to circumnavigate through the health emergency and political turmoil. Manufacturing and Engineering Magazine (MEM) caught up with David Harrison, Chief Operating Officer of the PPMA Group of Associations, to find out how the PPMA is helping its members through the economic uncertainty.
Since the founding of the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA), can you explain a little of the history and background of the Association for our readers?
The PPMA was incorporated in 1987 by eight founding member companies, born out of a desire to run an exhibition ‘for the industry by the industry’. The Association was recognised for its industry standing within just a couple of years, following the success of the first PPMA Show at Telford International Centre in 1988, which attracted no less than 3,000 visitors, coupled with the launch of Machinery Update the following year. Both are now “industry leading”…