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The PPMA Group of Associations has appointed David Barber as its new Chairman.
David was elected to the PPMA board of directors in 2017 and is the Head of R&D for multinational metal detection specialist Mettler-Toledo Safeline.
With experience in business transformation and helping to bring about a range of innovative products and services, David’s background aligns strongly with the PPMA’s ethos in how it continues to support its 500+ membership.
Commenting on his new appointment, David paid tribute to outgoing Chairman, Tim Paul, for his hard work, achievements, and helping to circumnavigate the Group through a period of unprecedented change.
“These are challenging times, but it has reinforced the value of trade associations to receive advice and for members to utilise the PR opportunities available to promote their products and services,” he said.
“It’s fair to say that the processing and packaging industry has probably outperformed many other industry sectors due to being heavily involved with the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical sectors.
“Economic challenges are often when the most opportunities arise because companies are forced to think outside of the box. Therefore, the PPMA needs to be an enabler to support members; whether through live or virtual events, business information, or lobbying-type activities in conjunction with associated third-party organisations.
“As a business, we have to continually adapt to change and be on the front foot. It’s important to look beyond our immediate sector to share information and efficiencies, and to leverage from a wide network of events and other industry resources.”