New chief for packaging association

The Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) has appointed Andrew Stark as its new chief operating officer, starting early this month.

Stark has a wealth of experience in the processing and packaging industry – with nine years’ experience at packaging company Multivac.

PPMA Group chairman Richard Little said of Stark’s appointment: “We are very pleased that Andrew Stark has accepted the PPMA Group board’s offer to become chief operating officer. Andrew has many years’ experience of the packaging machinery market, including in-depth knowledge of end-users and the supply chain. Andrew will add value to the already excellent PPMA team.”

Stark said he was “delighted to be joining the PPMA Group at this exciting time to lead our experienced executive team in Wallington”.

Meanwhile the PPMA is set to launch a new charity, BEST (Business, Education, Skills and Training): . “The food and drink manufacturing industry is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK, with a turnover of £92bn,” said Grant Collier, PPMA Group Head of Marketing. “It is crucial to the success of our members’ businesses, and to UK manufacturing as a whole, yet we are in danger of sleepwalkinginto a skills crisis. In order to help plug the skills gap, we will be diverting the profits from areas such as the PPMA Show into our new charitable arm, PPMA BEST, which will educate young people as to the benefits of a career in engineering, particularly in the food industry, and ultimately result in more engineering apprenticeships.”
Stark added: “This is a milestone year for the association as we bring the PPMA show back in-house again and take on the challenge of setting up our new educational charity, BEST. I am very much looking forward to working with all the PPMA team and the board of directors, and to meeting many of our members throughout the rest of the year.”

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