Awards were presented in 11 categories, covering every facet of the industry from processing and packaging to the environment, vision and automation. Among the winners, both Russell Finex and Pacepacker scooped two awards each. Pacepacker took home both the Innovative Packaging Machinery and Innovative Ancillary Equipment awards, while Russell Finex was recognised as Exporter of the Year and was the first company to be honoured in PPMA’s brand-new category, Environmental Initiative of the Year, for its adoption of green measures.

Commenting on its second win of the night, Ray Singh, Managing Director of Russell Finex said: “As we grow year on year we’re using more energy so it’s crucial that we are environmentally responsible. We also have plans to make this a global initiative, rolling it out across our locations in the USA, Belgium, India and China.”

Reflecting on the success of the 2017 event, PPMA Group CEO Andrew Mint said: “The fact the PPMA Show 2017 celebrated its biggest event of the past 12 years is testament to the strength of the processing and packaging industry. From the innovation found across the exhibition floor, to the thought leadership displayed on the Learning Hub stage and the incredible achievements of companies in the PPMA Group Industry Awards, it’s evident UK manufacturing is showing no signs of slowing down.”

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