Organisers hail ‘success’ of AUSPACK 2017

AUSPACK 2017 was a record-breaking Sydney show. With the largest space occupied and the biggest display of exhibitors and brands – including the largest contingent of international exhibitors – it also drew the highest visitor numbers to the Sydney Showground, at well over 6,000.

Anne-Marie Mina, Marketing Manager with Exhibition and Trade Fairs (ETF), the organisers of AUSPACK, said, “There were so many elements that went into making this show a resounding success. From Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and the customer-service robot AMY all creating interactive and engaging visitor experiences, to the product launches that happened right across the show floor, 2017 was one very memorable show.”

Mark Dingley, Chairman of the APPMA which owns AUSPACK, said, “The new awards and Processing Day, held as part of the growing Packaging & Processing Week, were excellent inclusions and added a lot of value for visitors to what was already Australasia’s most innovative event for the packaging and processing industry.

“The inaugural Packaging & Processing Innovation and Design Awards, or PIDAs, recognised companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field, and the winners were very warmly received at the gala night and afterwards.

“The highly successful Processing Day – which was a free half-day event – gave attendees the opportunity to hear the latest advanced technologies and developments in the meat-processing industry. Feedback showed attendees found the information valuable, as they also did with the existing and very popular National Technical Forums.”

Among the leading technologies was a world-first from Digital Ink Technologies, which showed its solution that helps growers, wholesalers and supermarkets identify fruit-pick dates and hence fruit freshness. Using UV invisible ink and Digital Ink’s POLYtij printer, growers apply a code or logo, which the wholesaler or retailer can use to identify when the fruit was picked.

AUSPACK 2019 will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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