AUSPACK 2022 draws to a close with new name


Day three of the 2022 AUSPACK, now rebranded to APPEX, packaging expo saw a host of decision makers on the showroom floor again as the exhibition continues to hit its stride after COVID-19 cancellations.

Food & Beverage Industry News was given insight into O F Packaging’s stand at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, highlighting how the company’s partnership with Close the Loop is helping to reshape the way O F Packaging provides solutions to the food and beverage industry.   

From fully biodegradable packaging to repurposing existing plastic packaging, to create a circular economy, has become a key focus for O F Packaging.  

Visitors to the Food & Beverage Industry News stand are continuing to give valuable insight on what the industry, and by extension the market, is focusing on moving forward and two words can be used to encompass a great many of those trends, sustainability, and efficiency.  

The continued growth of automation and robotics, along with continuous research and development into software solutions, all have future sustainability and efficiency in mind as producers and manufacturers look to meet new industry standards such as the Modern Manufacturing Strategy and the Modern Manufacturing Initiative.  

After its rebranding announcement at the Gala Dinner on Wednesday night the APPMA wasted no time in rolling out the new logo and signage for APPEX, with organisers saying the choice of name worked well as a play on the word ‘Apex’.  

APPEX, with its motto of ‘one industry, one exhibition’, now aims to bring together every part of the packaging and processing industry under one roof and future shows will be anchored in Melbourne, creating a strong foundation for long term planning between shows, which will now be every three years instead of two.  

“In the past four years, the Board of Directors have worked to address perceptions that the APPMA only represents the packaging sector,” APPMA chair Mark Dingley wrote in his announcement message.  

“Much of our time has been spent in spreading the message that the APPMA was established and is structured to represent the entire processing and packaging industry.”  

The decision to make the APPEX every three years was decided on when organisers recognised it was the optimal cycle for a large-scale show like APPEX (AUSPACK), while allowing the organisers to build the experience industry has come to expect from the expo while also flowing well with international shows of the same type.  

The big benefits of the changes include a show being run ‘by the industry, for the industry’ combined with one of the largest showcases of processing and packaging equipment which is likely to attract a more targeted visitor base from across the industry. 


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