Food Processing, Packaging Industry
Birmingham, UK
26-28 Sep 2023
The NEC Birmingham
1 year
Event website:

The UK's vastest processing and packaging machinery event

PPMA Show Update

PPMA Show 2023 will take place at the NEC Birmingham as a face-to-face trade fair between 26.09.2023 and 28.09.2023. The hosting venue where the face-to-face event will take place will not feature the latest Covid-19 safety measures. This is due to the removal of the country's pandemic-related restrictions, such as the 3G entry policy.


PPMA Show Birmingham drives innovation within processing and packaging. It’s the most crucial platform to showcase cutting-edge machinery and observe emerging trends across multiple sectors. The crossing of food and drink, household products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and toiletries is why the PPMA Show Birmingham is so important. It gives the opportunity for buyers and trained professionals to meet in one place and exchange expertise alongside forming strong connections.

Exhibitors are definitely the ones to benefit most from their presence at PPMA Show Birmingham, because the international trade show attracts serious buyers with large budgets. Visitors discover a rich portfolio, which extends to packaging machinery, bottling plants, machinery components and tools, food processing machinery, labelling, filling, robotics, automation and industrial vision systems. If there’s an aspect of the production chain you want to explore, you’ll see innovations at PPMA Show Birmingham and stay on top of movements towards automation and sustainability.


PPMA Show Birmingham occurs annually at the National Exhibition Centre (The NEC). The trade show is scheduled for the last week of September and programming lasts for a total of three days. Due to the nature of its programming and its industrial focus, PPMA Show Birmingham opens its doors only to professionals. Reed Exhibitions function as the official organiser for the event. This leaves us with transportation.

The good news is that The NEC has been built with connections to the rest of Birmingham in mind. The exhibition grounds are positioned right at the Birmingham International Railway Station, which allows for visitors arriving in the city by train instant access. There are also other public transport lines, which service the location. If you’re flying in and then staying near Birmingham Airport, you’ll be happy to know there’s a free air-rail link that services the exhibition centre.

What People Are Saying 

  • “We were very impressed with the quality and flow of visitors on all three days! Previously, at other shows, we would have one good day but attending the PPMA this year has delivered what we had hoped for and more. Time will tell how the leads will materialise but we came away happy and look forward to converting most of the leads taken,” – VICTORIA GRANT, BI-LINGUAL SALES ADMINISTRATOR, SWANSTONE LTD;
  • “We found the show to be our best exhibition ever during our 45 years of manufacturing in the UK supplying product handling solutions as we were actually taking orders on our stand during the first few hours of the show opening due to our live demonstrations,” – ROY FOWLER, DIRECTOR, UPM CONVEYORS;
  • “This year’s gone really, really well. We’ve been exhibiting at the show for 10 years and today – the second day of the show – we’ve had a record number of leads. It’s a great platform for engagement with the right quality of people,” – DAN ROSSEK, UK MARKETING MANAGER, OMRON EUROPE

Audience & Statistics 

PPMA Show Birmingham achieves quite a lot in the span of three days. On average, there are 350 exhibitors and 8000 international trade visitors. The exhibition halls host roughly 1500 brands and one of the biggest strengths of the show are the working displays of machinery, which allow the visitors to see products in action.

PPMA Show Birmingham is graciously supported by Machinery Update, OAL, Control Engineering UK, IPI, FP, Food Manufacture, Packaging News and many more. The audience attracted includes upper and middle management. Think CEOs, Managing Directors, Directors and Managers. The professional profile includes backgrounds in engineering, production, design, buying, processing and project management. 


Arrange your hotel reservations for PPMA Show Birmingham early on to enjoy not only quality, but also generous deals and discounts. There’s always a big competition for hotels in Birmingham so let Trade Fair Trips ltd handle the specifics of your visit. We’re experienced when it comes to hotel accommodation for business travel and know how to strike the perfect balance between price and location.

Our team delivers hotels close to the NEC within your preferred price bracket. Have a hotel booking during PPMA Show Birmingham, which cuts down on expenses and connects you to public transport for a short commute. Trade Fair Trips ltd supports our clients in other areas as well. Whether you need to build your show stand or want to book meeting facilities, we’re by your side to present a flexible solution.

Past Editions

2021 Edition

PPMA Show's 2021 edition was held at the NEC Birmingham. The live event took place between September 28th and September 30th, 2021. The hosting site featured the latest and strictest Covid-19 preventive measures to ensure the safety of attendees. Among the implemented measures were regulations such as social distancing and the 3G entry policy. Around 250 exhibitors and 1250 brands participated in this edition.


The PPMA Show 2022 was a live event that took place between September 27th and September 29th, 2022. It was held at the NEC Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Because of the UK lifting its domestic limitations, the venue did not incorporate Covid-19 safety precautions. 2,000 exhibitor brands participated in the edition.

On foot
On foot:

20 minutes when travelling from Birmingham Airport

Not advisable when travelling from Birmingham New Street station

By car
By car:

5 minutes when travelling from Birmingham Airport

20 minutes when travelling from Birmingham New Street station

By public transport
By public transport:

Unnecessary when travelling from Birmingham Airport because of proximity

60 minutes when travelling from Birmingham New Street station


Hotels near PPMA SHOW

Hotel Stars Distance to fair City Price
PPMA SHOW 2023 Birmingham Premier Inn Birmingham NEC/Airport 1.9 Birmingham on request Request
PPMA SHOW 2023 Birmingham Coleshill Hotel 7.6 Birmingham on request Request
PPMA SHOW 2023 Birmingham Campanile Hotel - Birmingham 15.8 Birmingham on request Request
Park Regis Birmingham 17.3 Birmingham on request Request
Solihull South (M42) hotel 12.4 Solihull on request Request
Ramada Solihull Birmingham Solihull on request Request
PPMA SHOW 2023 Birmingham Crowne Plaza Solihull 8.8 Solihull on request Request
PPMA SHOW 2023 Birmingham DoubleTree by Hilton at the Ricoh Arena - Coventry Coventry on request Request
Staycity Aparthotels Newhall Square 16.2 Birmingham on request Request
Ye Olde Station Guest House Birmingham, Shustoke 14.1 Birmingham on request Request

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