APPMA offers bite sized Digital Lunchtime Series for manufacturers


The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) is providing a free Digital Lunchtime Series in place of their planned conference in Sydney, due to extended lockdowns in NSW and Victoria. 

It wasn’t an option to cancel, with the manufacturing industry hailed as the engine room of recovery from the pandemic in Australia. 

“When we were planning this conference we agreed on a theme of Investing in Resilience, little did we know how the rest of 2021 was going to unfold for our members,” APPMA general manager Michael Moran said. 

“It is more important than ever to keep focused on the recovery role manufacturing will play for the Australian economy. We decided to reframe our Business and Industry Conference into a free Lunchtime Series during September. 

APPMA was already planning on offering a hybrid conference, so the move to 100 per cent online wasn’t a dramatic change. 

“We didn’t want to just cancel, as it is critical to keep the industry informed and collaborative as we manage the recovery from the pandemic,” Moran said. 

The keynote and panel sessions feature a mix of high-profile industry experts and international thought leaders covering a range of topics essential for the ongoing development, growth and protection of the manufacturing sector. 


Manufacturing – New Engine of Growth? 

Friday 17 September 12.30pm – 1.45pm (AEST) 

In this session World Economic Forum head of Advanced Manufacturing Francisco Betti will discuss the opportunities regional economies and the manufacturing sector have to boost competitiveness and growth. This is through re-thinking manufacturing strategies and repositioning themselves in the global landscape. 

The panel session will focus on the recovery role of manufacturing, re-shoring and supply chain security and what opportunities that provides for industry growth. Panellists include: 

  • Ai Group chief policy advisor Dr Peter Burn   
  • Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) managing director Dr Jens Goennemann 
  • Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) CEO Brooke Donnelly 
  • Detmold Group general manager Tom Lunn 
  • PKN Packaging News and Food and Drink Business managing editor Lindy Hughson. 

Catch 22 on Cyber Security 

Thursday 23 September 12.30pm – 1.30pm (AEST) 

The second Digital Lunchtime session is on cyber security and the growing risk for the packaging and processing industry, particularly with the evolution of connected factories and Industry 4.0. It’s a bit of a catch 22 – embrace digital transformation and be more susceptible to cyber-attack, or don’t and get left behind. 

Deloitte head of Cyber Risk David Owen will share how to increase vigilance and resilience in any organisation in the face of this growing threat. The panel discussion on cyber security will have the Australian food and beverage giant Lion’s information security director Jamie Rossato, and Matthews Australasia CEO Mark Dingley. They will share how they experienced and reduced cyber risk. 

How do you transform into a Smart Factory: Industry 4.0 

Friday 1 October 12.30pm – 1.30pm (AEST) 

An Industry 4.0 deep dive by smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 evangelist, John Broadbent. Part One will showcase an Australian smart factory case study that illustrates the transformation process. 

Part Two is an interactive opportunity for audience members to ask their own Industry 4.0 questions and address any challenges their organisation is currently experiencing. 

Both APPMA members and non-members are able to attend. Register online for free here. 


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