Started in 1987 with just 8 'founder' companies, the Association grew rapidly over the following two years, and in 1989 enjoyed a substantial increase in numbers when it merged with the UK manufacturers association, PEMA.

The years that followed saw further growth in membership and expansion in the number and type of services offered to members.

Currently the PPMA has over 500 member and associate companies who are responsible for the majority of machines sold in the UK each year.


The PPMA is a founder member of the Confederation of Packaging Machinery Associations which provides an international forum and voice for all the worlds major machinery manufacturing nations.

The Confederation provides a forum for discussion on matters of world-wide concern to the industry, and recommends initiative where global perspective, or action, is required.

The PMMI in America are the current secretariat and can be contacted through their web site.