Entries for the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) Awards of Excellence are closing soon.
The Awards are open to APPMA members and exhibitors at AUSPACK 2019. Entries must be submitted via the official online portal before January 26th, 2019.
Judging begins on January 28th, with the finalists announced on February 20th. Winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Ceremony on March 27th.
There are only 450 tickets available for the Gala Awards Ceremony and these are already over half sold. It’s fantastic to see people so keen to share in this night of networking, and celebrating innovation and our industry in general.
Entertainment on the gala night will be provided by multi-skilled performer Peter Rowsthorn as MC, with music from the elegant, soulful group Lil Miss Jazz playing original compositions, jazz and acoustic versions of popular tunes. The three-course menu is designed to reduce food waste, with food sourced from online marketplace Yume, which rescues surplus top-quality-label food from being thrown away.
The globally recognised long-running biennial event, which is part of Packaging and Processing Week, is heading back to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 26-29, 2019.
Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) chairman, Mark Dingley, said AUSPACK 2019 will showcase a host of global trends in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing and packaging industries.
“With a record Sydney show in 2017, our 2019 event returning to Melbourne is looking exciting, with the largest display of exhibitors yet.
“It will be the perfect place for those across the packaging and processing sectors to find solutions to increase efficiencies across their business,” said Dingley.
AUSPACK event director, Albert Kruger, said more than 350 suppliers representing 1,200 global brands will be part of the bigger and better display in 2019.
“The show floor has been designed to provide solutions that address a range of industry trends and themes,” said Kruger.
These trends and themes include:
digital printing for packaging
the explosion in e-commerce
Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things
production-line-flexible machinery to meet the growing variety of packaged-good SKUs
machinery to produce accessible and convenient packaging formats
track-and-trace solutions to deal with the rise in counterfeiting, and growing concerns over food security and safety globally
processing, packaging and labelling equipment designed for the proliferation of craft and artisan food and beverage brands
sustainable packaging solutions
smart factories of the future
With the APPMA Awards of Excellence returning to be part of AUSPACK 2019, even more new initiatives will be announced as part of Packaging and Processing Week in the next few weeks.
These will give attendees excellent opportunities to learn, engage and network with the wider industry and their peers.
“AUSPACK 2019 will allow attendees to see first hand, products that offer even greater safety, security, automation and cost-saving benefits. The depth and breadth of exhibitors and attendees to AUSPACK bring fantastic networking opportunities with key players across the food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets,” said Kruger.
The Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) will once again support local businesses wanting to expand into Asia at ProPak Asia 2018, from 13-16 June in Bangkok, Thailand.
The APPMA will be running the Australian Pavilion for the third year in 2018 and is inviting companies to exhibit.
ProPak is considered the leading international processing & packaging trade event for Asia’s expanding food, drink & pharmaceutical industries. ProPak Asia 2017 grew 25 per cent in 2017, covering over 55,000 square metres of exhibition space and featuring over 2,000 exhibitors from 45 countries, 18 international pavilions and attracting more than 45,000 trade visitors.
Having identified a need to help the Australian manufacturing industry, the APPMA has created the Australian Pavilion at ProPak Asia each year. The pavilion enables Australian manufacturers to showcase their products and companies to the Asian market in an affordable way.
The Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) will be exhibiting in the Association Partner Pavilion at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2017, for the fifth consecutive year.
To be held on the 25 – 27 September in Las Vegas, Nevada, the event is the largest, most comprehensive packaging event in North America this year. Bringing together over 2,000 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees from virtually every vertical market, the event is indisputably the year’s most comprehensive packaging event in North America.
“The APPMA is proud to exhibit once again at PACK EXPO as this event offers global exposure for our member capabilities and access for companies looking for innovative Australian manufactured packaging and processing machinery and agency opportunities,” said Mark Dingley, Chairman of the APPMA.
“The APPMA represents Australia’s leading packaging and processing machinery and allied components companies and members include manufacturers, distributors and importers of packaging and processing machinery who are suppliers to industries such as food, beverage, dairy, meat, poultry, seafood, confectionery, bakery and fresh produce.”
The Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) will launch the inaugural Australian Pavilion at ProPak Asia 2016.
The event takes place in Bangkok from 15-18th June.
The APPMA developed the pavilion as a way to assist Australian packaging and processing manufacturers and distributors to showcase their products and companies to the Asian market.
ProPak Asia is Asia’s No.1 international processing & packaging trade event for Asia’s expanding food, drink & pharmaceutical industries. With a proven track record over 24 successful editions ProPak Asia consistently delivers the best results, high quality and quantity trade visitors from across Asia.
Exhibiting in the Australian Pavilion is HMPS, Adaptapack, Rhima, Confoil, Accupack, the APPMA and the Australian Institute of Packaging.
New product launches taking place at the event include AccuPak’s entry level evolution of their successful PLAG sugar linear weigher, the PLAGe; and HMPS’ collaborative assembly robot, YUMI.
In addition, Rhima Australia will launch tray washers for bakeries. The company will display a range of other washers for different washing purposes on their stand.
Confoil will be showcasing their range of Dualpak paperboard trays, pulp trays, as well as accompanying sealing machinery.
Outside of the pavilion other APPMA Member companies such as TNA, Heat & Control and Fibre King will also be exhibiting at the show.
APPMA will also launch its 2016 Member Directory during ProPak Asia. This includes detailed information on Australia’s leading packaging & processing machinery and allied components companies in Australia.
The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) will launch the first Australian Pavilion at ProPak Asia 2016.
The event takes place in Bangkok from 15-18th June. There will be two pavilions and companies already confirmed as exhibitors include HMPS, Adaptapack, Rhima, Confoil, Accupack, the APPMA and the AIP. Outside of the pavilion other APPMA Member companies such as TNA, Heat & Control and Fibre King will also be exhibiting at the show.
The APPMA identified a need to help Australian packaging and processing manufacturers and distributors by creating an Australian Pavilion at ProPak Asia each year. The pavilion will enable Australian manufacturers and distributors to showcase their products and companies to the Asian market in an affordable way.
ProPak Asia is Asia’s No.1 international processing & packaging trade event for Asia’s expanding food, drink & pharmaceutical industries. With a proven track record over 24 successful editions ProPak Asia consistently delivers results as well as quality trade visitors from across Asia. Visitors come to ProPak Asia to see and buy the latest technologies, machines, products and services.
ProPak Asia 2016 has a focused approach for the industry with six dedicated zones, including DrinkTechAsia, FoodTechAsia, Lab&TestAsia, PackagingMaterialsAsia, PharmaTechAsia and PrintTechAsia to highlight growing demand from these sectors.
The APPMA, in conjunction with the AIP, will be running a technical dinner on the 13th of April at Box Hill Golf Course, Victoria on ‘Global Packaging Trends – Global Growth Markets for Packaging’.
The evening will be discussing the newly released Global Packaging Trends Report which is a market research study highlighting future packaging demand, product categories and opportunities for growth in packaging among fast-growing and maturing world economies.
Mark Dingley, Chairman of the APPMA, will speak to key trends that have been identified in the report including the three influencers making a mark in every region:
Growing consumer awareness of health and wellness;
Stronger influence of recycling and environmental issues;
Increasing disposable income and purchasing power.
Other important regional trends that will be discussed in the presentation will include how globally, the report notes flexible plastic remains the dominant pack type, accounting for 29 per cent of the market, while PET bottles (12 per cent of the market) will be among the fastest growing, with 4.7 per cent CAGR. Bottled water is expected to add 135 billion units through 2019, accounting for 54 per cent of the absolute volume growth in PET bottle use. While beverage packaging drives growth in PET and glass, categories such as confectionery and biscuits prop up flexible packaging use.
The Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) is will be participating in the Partner Program at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Centre on the 28th to the 30th of September 2015.
According to Mr Mark Dingley, Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), “this is the third consecutive year that the Association has been an exhibitor at PACK EXPO due to the continued high levels of interest in the Australian market attained each year from attending the event.”
“Exhibiting at PACK EXPO each year allows the APPMA to raise the global profile of our association and our member companies. Our member companies represent a very large range of leading international brands in the packaging and processing machinery and allied components industries and we welcome companies who are looking for agency or distribution opportunities in Australia to come and visit us on stand 1343 in the Association Pavilion.” Mr Dingley said.
Over 380 people were in attendance at the Crown Towers last night when the APPMA announced the winners for the 2015 APPMA Industry Excellence Awards.
Awards categories include Best New Product Award, APPMA Scholarship, Export Achievement Award, Design Achievement Award, Imported Equipment Award and the Customer Participation Award.
2015 Best New Product Award
The 2015 Best New Product Award winner is HMPS for the Coffee Pod Cartoning Machine.
This HMPS8000 is a carton erector and robotic pick and place system for small pre-sealed product (pods), and is manufactured at HMPS in Adelaide, Australia. The major requirements of the coffee pod cartooning machine were to provide a means of conveying the coffee pods from two different types of filling machines to the HMPS8000 Carton Packing Cell, with the proviso that either system could be used with minor changes required.
The finalists were CLP Casepacker (Case Packing Systems), Skyfall conveyor system (Denipro), Coffee Pod Cartoning Machine (HMPS), HEUFT prime (Heuft SystemTechnik GMBH), Packaging Safety System (SICK), Domino A520i IP66 inkjet printer (insignia), IRB1200 Case Packing Robot (ABB Australia), A-Series Label Printer Applicator (Matthews Australasia) and Ulysses Shelf Ready Case Packer (Walls Machinery/Adaptapack).
Two High Commendations were awarded; HEUFT Systemtechnik GMBH for the HEUFT prime and Walls Machinery/Adaptapack for the Ulysses Shelf Ready Case Packer.
2015 APPMA Scholarship
The winners of the 2015 APPMA Scholarship are Alysha Baggett, Packaging Technologist, Frucor Beverages and Alexandra Brayshaw, Accessibility Design Researcher, Arthritis Australia.
The seventh annual scholarship program enables one person each year to study a Diploma in Packaging Technology. Due to the quality submissions that were received this year the APPMA has agreed to provide two scholarships to the value of $20,000.
The two other finalists were Marianna McEwan, Contract Packaging Technologist, Frucor Beverages and Mona Parnian, Quality Systems Engineer, Wellman Packaging.
2015 Export Achievement Award
The 2015 Export Achievement Award winner is GP GRADERS for the Airjet Cherry Defect Grader.
GP Graders is an Australian exporting success story. Now a globally renowned business and industry leader, the company is the largest supplier of turnkey fruit grading and packaging machinery in Australia, with over 875 fruit packing lines installed.
A High Commendation was awarded to HMPS for their South African Pet Food Packaging.
2015 Design Achievement Award
The 2015 Design Achievement Award Winner is Machinery Automation & Robotics for Container Loading.
The solution is automated container loading primarily for chilled cartons. Although some semi-automated or load assistance devices exist for container packing of frozen cartons, MAR saw a need to develop alternative solutions where chilled meat cartons were being packed in containers for shipping. Design and technology arose from a need of a more reliable, efficient, productive and safer container loading process. The automated container loading was developed to address the problems of manual labour handling of the packages which includes high labour costs, Reject Reduction, OH&S, Rates, Traceability, Quality and Automation. The solution includes a world-class vision system and quality assurance technology that is able to trace every single package and remove any damaged cartons and highlights accuracy, efficiency, productivity and safety.
Two High Commendations were awarded; Fibre King for Oryx De Erector and Heat and Control for the Fastback Revolution Mid-Gate.
2015 Imported Equipment Award
The 2015 Imported Equipment Award winner is AAA Packaging Supplies for the C-One Plana Pallet Wrapper.
A High Commendation was awarded to MPI Australia/Automated Packaging Systems for the Mail Order Fulfilment.
2015 Customer Participation Award
The 2015 Customer Participation Award winner is Fibre King.
The project reduced manual handling of RPCs for the end-user and the Proof of Concept for the Oryx De Erector created a partnership between manufacturer and end user that enabled both parties to create value through lower overall cost of use per RPC for the end-user and future demand for De Erectors and RPC Automation for Fibre King. The Oryx De Erector enabled the end-user to fully automate the De Erect Process, running random crates sizes, at the required speeds.
Finalists have been announced for the 2015 APPMA Scholarship, which provides the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology.
The Diploma in Packaging Technology is an internationally recognised qualification that will prepare students to take responsibility for packaging operations at any level through the supply chain. The qualification is comprehensive, and provides an opportunity to study the principles of packaging, packaging materials and packaging processes.
Submissions are now open for the APPMA scholarship program which provides the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of over $9000.
The Diploma in Packaging Technology is an internationally recognised qualification that will prepare students to take responsibility for packaging operations at any level through the supply chain. The qualification is comprehensive, and provides an opportunity to study the principles of packaging, packaging materials and packaging processes.
Mark Dingley, Chairman of the APPMA, said the Annual Scholarship Program is a unique opportunity for a packaging engineer to attain a Diploma in Packaging Technology and further their education in the packaging industry.
“The APPMA has been offering this educational program now for seven years and it is encouraging to see some of the previous winners now graduating from the Diploma,” Dingley said.
Ralph Moyle, MAIP, National President of the AIP, said “the Diploma in Packaging Technology is an internationally recognised course that will provide exemplary skills to graduates and we commend the APPMA for their long-term commitment to educational growth within the packaging industry. We encourage all packaging engineers in Australia to apply.”
Submissions close 30 January with the 2015 winner being announced at the APPMA Industry Excellence Awards, held in conjunction with AUSPACK 2015 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The APPMA will join over 30 leading packaging and processing associations at PACK EXPO International 2014.
Mark Dingley, chairman, Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), said the group is in its second year in the program, because being at PACK EXPO International helps APPMA achieve its goals.
“APPMA exhibited at PACK EXPO Las Vegas in 2013, and it enabled our association to raise its profile on an international scale and to assist companies who are looking to establish themselves in the Australian market by connecting them to our members. The program also enables APPMA to continue our relationship with PMMI as one of our international sister associations,” Dingley said.
Associations from around the globe, representing all facets of processing and packaging, will be exhibiting at PACK EXPO International 2014.
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, invited the organisations to exhibit as part of the PACK EXPO Partner Program (PEPP), a program that reinforces industry connections.
Jim Pittas, vice president, Trade Shows, PMMI, said “The PACK EXPO trade shows are about bringing the industry together — the entire packaging and processing supply chain — to spur innovation. With 50,000 attendees expected at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO, PACK EXPO Partners will enjoy the opportunity to network with packaging and processing professionals and other like-minded associations.”
Visit the APPMA on Stand N-4535 in the Partner Pavilion at PACK EXPO
The APPMA, in conjunction with the AIP, have announced the four finalists for their sixth annual scholarship program.
The program will enable a packaging engineer the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology, valued at over $9000.
The Diploma is an internationally recognised Level 5 foundation degree qualification – specifically designed for packaging engineers – that prepares students to take responsibility for packaging operations at any level through the supply chain.
The 2014 finalists are:
Aleah Back, Packaging Engineer, Johnson and Johnson Pacific,
Alexandra Brayshaw, Research Assistant, Arthritis Australia,
Last year’s scholarship winner, Jamie Schellebeck, is a Packaging Engineer at Amcor Fibre Packaging.
“Winning the scholarship in 2013 was a wonderful opportunity for me and I am eager to gain more technical expertise in the packaging industry by undertaking the Diploma in Packaging Technology. I look forward to graduating from the course in a few years.” Schelleback said.
The 2014 winner will be announced during the AIP National Conference which will be held on Tuesday the 17th and Wednesday the 18th of June at the Sofitel Sydney.
The closing date is approaching for a $9000 scholarship for a packing engineer to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology.
The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) are offering the scholarship their sixth year.
The diploma is an internationally recognised level 5 foundation degree qualification that aims to prepare students for packaging operations at any level through the supply chain.
Chairman of the APPMA Mark Dingley says the scholarship is a unique opportunity for a packing engineer to further their education in the packaging industry.
“The APPMA has been offering this educational program now for six years and we have been very pleased with the calibre of winners; all of whom are busy completing their Diplomas as we speak,” Mr Dingley said.
Jamie Schellebeck, who was 2013 scholarship winner, is a Packaging Engineer at Amcor Fibre Packaging.
“Winning the scholarship in 2013 was a wonderful opportunity for me and I am eager to gain more technical expertise in the packaging industry by undertaking the Diploma in Packaging Technology. I look forward to graduating from the course in a few years.” Mr Schelleback said.
To download an application form, visit the APPMA or AIP website.
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), in conjunction with the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) will this year be continuing their Foodbank Christmas Hamper project.
For the fourth consecutive year, the three industry associations work together on 6 December to pack over 600 hampers for Foodbank to distribute to those in need this Christmas.
Ken McMillan, general manager of Foodbank Queensland said, "The 600 hampers that the AIP, SCLAA and APPMA pack each year are distributed to families in crisis at Christmas time and while none of those who pack the hampers will ever meet the receivers, everyone who participates should be extremely proud of what you do."
The packing of the hampers is a culmination of 12 months of work with over $60,000 worth of goods raised to go inside the hampers. Each hamper is worth $100 and is made up of food and personal hygiene products.
In three years the AIP, the SCLAA and the APPMA have packed 1,800 hampers to the value of over $180,000.
The APPMA has announced it's joined the PMMI Allied Association Partner Program and will be exhibiting at PACK EXPO Las Vegas in September.
According to Mark Dingley, chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), the association's inclusion in the program and the exhibition provides an opportunity to further develop its relationship with PMM – the association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (formerly known as the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute).
"This in turn will enable the APPMA to understand where and how the Association can better leverage the PMMI’s wealth of experience, services, publications and research materials," Dingley said.
PACK EXPO Las Vegas, held on 23 to 25 September 2013, will have more than 26,000 attendees from 127 countries, professionals from more than 40 vertical markets, over 1,600 exhibiting companies and over 700,000 square feet of exhibition space.
The PMMI is a trade association made up of more than 600 member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and packaging-related converting machinery, commercially-available
packaging machinery components, containers and materials in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The APPMA will be at booth #C-441 within the Association Pavilion.
The recent AUSPACK PLUS exhibition in Sydney played host to the 2013 APPMA Awards of Excellence, announced on 8 May.
The biennial awards recognise innovative and outstanding packaging and processing solutions, with categories including Export Achievement, Design Achievement, Customer Partnership, Imported Equipment and Best New Product, as well as the APPMA Scholarship.
The Scholarship offers a packaging engineer the opportunity to enrol in the AIP Diploma in Packaging Technology – an internationally recognised and accredited course.
This year, the Scholarship was presented to Jamie Schellebeck, packaging engineer at Amcor Fibre Packaging.
Other award winners include:
2013 APPMA EXPORT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The recipient of the Export Achievement award is a company which has made a worthwhile contribution to an existing or new export market.
The 2013 APPMA Export Achievement Award was presented to JMP Engineering for its corner board applicator and stretch wrapping system.
The corner board applicator is designed to automatically apply any size corner board, on any size pallet with product, then automatically stretch wrap and top sheet. The system is a solution to an awkward manual process that improves safety and potentially reduces operating costs.
2013 APPMA DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Design Achievement award recognises the development of a packaging or processing line or module that results in the significant advancement of packaging and processing machinery technology by either introducing a new idea or modifying an existing principle.
The 2013 APPMA Design Achievement Award was presented to Fibre King for the RPC GS Erector.
The RPC GS Erector is Fibre King’s low cost automation solution for the erecting of Reusable Plastic Crates (RPCs). Its detailed design development has led to a simpler machine, better matched to customer’s needs, reduced capital cost, improved up time, and resultant increased sales. The RPC GS Erector promotes use of recycled packaging solutions leading to lower environmental impact.
2013 APPMA CUSTOMER PARTNERSHIP AWARD
The Customer Partnership award has a major emphasis on the customisation of packaging and processing machinery which is required to suit a customer’s individual needs. The winner, individual or team will be able to demonstrate that the end user has experienced increased sales, increased plant efficiency and profitability.
The 2013 APPMA Customer Partnership Award was presented to JMP Engineering for its automatic palletising and stretch wrapping system designed for Pepsico Group.
The system is an automatic palletising and stretch wrapping system, in one. It's a combined and compact total system which automatically palletises any shape and size product, on any size pallet, and automatically stretch wraps within a compact cell, with rates of up to 80 pallets per hour.
2013 APPMA IMPORTED EQUIPMENT AWARD
The Imported Equipment award is to recognise the efforts of an APPMA Member or a Company eligible to be a APPMA Member who promotes their overseas principal’s equipment in the Australian market.
The 2013 APPMA Imported Equipment Award was presented to JMP Engineering for the Kawasaki manufacture and supplied robots that are integrated into JMP Engineering turnkey solutions.
2013 APPMA BEST NEW PRODUCT AWARD
The Best New Product award is designed to recognise the most innovative product or equipment in the packaging and processing industry that is launched in Australia for the first time during AUSPACK PLUS 2013.
The 2013 APPMA Best new Product Award winner is Machinery Automation & Robotics (MAR) for the Singulator.
The Singulator provides a simple answer to the requirement in packaging and processing environments for high speed sorting of products from a group of individual items in random orientations into a single stream.
The innovative design, requiring minimal floor space, encompasses a series of 90 degree turns as guided by belt conveyors, sequentially running at increasing travel rates to allow for gap creation and singulation of product units.
Ralph Moyle, national president at the AIP, says happy birthday to the APPMA and reflects on 30 years of change in Australia's packaging industry.
Congratulations to the APPMA from the AIP on reaching 30 years. The value the APPMA has brought to the Australian packaging industry over these years is immense and nothing displays this better than the quality of AUSPACK PLUS.
Thirty years ago, Australia was a very different place. In 1983, Malcolm Fraser was PM until replaced by Bob Hawke in a landslide; Ash Wednesday bush fires claimed 71 people, Australia II won the America's cup and the Australian dollar was floated; and Hawthorn defeated Essendon for the VFL premiership. Yes, it was a while ago.
Packaging in Australia 1983 was predominantly cans, glass and corrugated cardboard. Cartons did not yet have to have barcodes and plastics were in their infancy. Materials were simple mono-based and environmental/sustainable factors were not prominent. Today, the range of packaging formats is vast. The materials are composite and are designed to suit a purpose.
A packaging technologist today has to ensure packaging is not only 'fit for purpose', but is also lighter, sustainable, environmentally friendly and accessible to all ages, while meeting the rigors of a fast and extensive supply chain. Packing lines run faster than ever and inventory movements are smaller and express.
APPMA and the AIP have shared many links over this period. The Foundation Treasurer of the APPMA was also a Fellow of the AIP – Robert Brook. We continue this fine tradition of sharing today.
Knowledge is the core to working successfully in this fast changing world and "Packaging Education" is the mantra of the AIP. We believe in training our members in the latest trends and technical developments from around the world.
Through improved packaging education, Australian packaging technologists can continue to make significant commercial and social impacts.
The AIP applauds the APPMA's 30th year milestone and we look forward to working together for another 30 years.
This year, the APPMA is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and according to chairman, Mark Dingley, now is the time for all manufacturers to prepare for what lies ahead. Danielle Bowling reports.
Let's be honest. Manufacturers – regardless of which industry segment they belong to – are facing tough times. The high Australian dollar, competition from cheap imports brought in from international markets and growing pressure from the supermarket duopoly are all making business a very hard slog for our homegrown brands.
But that doesn't mean the future is bleak. According to chairman of the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), Mark Dingley, these tough times mean manufacturers – and therefore suppliers to the industry, including APPMA members – need to get on the front-foot and adapt their business models accordingly.
AUSPACK PLUS, which is owned by the APPMA, is Australia's largest packaging and processing machinery, materials and technology exhibition and is the perfect opportunity for manufacturers to not only network with both Australian and international industry members, but see the latest and greatest in technological advancements in packaging and processing machinery from around the world on display, all under one roof.
The biennial event will this month be held at the Sydney Showground, boasting more than 1,200 brands and 302 exhibitors, of which 72 are international exhibitors, all across more than 7,000 square metres of floor space.
It's a record year for the event, which first kicked off in 1985, with the largest ever number of exhibitors taking the floor over the four days from 7 to 10 May, 2013.
Exhibitors this year spruiking their wares and sharing their expertise include packaging and processing machinery companies, plastics manufacturers, processing equipment suppliers and leading labelling and coding agencies from across Australasia.
AUSPACK PLUS 2007
Now and then
As well as helping manufacturers from across the globe to connect and learn from each others' experiences, this year's AUSPACK PLUS is being held in the same year that the APPMA is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
"The APPMA formed 30 years ago. The main focus was to provide Australian manufacturers with an Association of members that upheld ethical and quality standards from a packaging machinery point of view," Mark Dingley, APPMA chairman told Food magazine.
"The main focus of the Association back then, and still the case today, is to represent the packaging and processing machinery industry at a very high calibre trade show, which has become known now as AUSPACK PLUS."
Today, the Association has an increased focus, not just on packaging machinery, but also on processing, and both of these elements of manufacturing will be focussed on at AUSPACK PLUS, which over its 30 years has created a loyal following and a well-respected reputation.
"Both the Association and AUSPACK PLUS have significantly grown over the last 30 years. AUSPACK PLUS has become the premier packaging, processing machinery and materials show in Australia. The show was sold out months ago, which demonstrates the true strength of the event and the acceptance of a trade show run by the industry for the industry," he says.
"What AUSPACK PLUS represents is a premium packaging and processing machinery and materials show … where the best technologies from around the world can be seen in one space."
Dingley [pictured below], who's been on the APPMA board since 2002 and is also general manager of operations at Matthews Australasia, which will also be exhibiting at AUSPACK PLUS, says the manufacturing industry today is being faced with a lot of changes and challenges.
"The industry has changed significantly in recent years, and I think, from an Association point of view, we need to change with the times as well. We need to stay relevant for our members and for the industry.
"We read about the pressures that manufacturers are facing daily, in the newspapers, in trade magazines, on the news at night. It obviously has a flow-on effect to our members. So if manufacturing is hurting in Australia then our members hurt.
"The impact of the high Australian dollar and the effect it has on manufacturing exports has been talked about a lot. So we are seeing manufacturing having to change in Australia. We are having to adapt to the new ways of doing business and the impacts that they might have moving forward," Dingley explains.
Part of this adaptation is the continued embracement of automation, something which all manufacturers have had to consider in today's technology-driven world.
"They have to do things faster and leaner. There are a lot of lean projects going on at the moment. Quality has to stand out, not just because of the cheaper imports, but also because of consumer expectations. Consumers expect more. So a lot of manufacturing is faced with the need to upgrade, to produce at a lower cost but still maintain a higher quality."
With quality front of mind for both industry members and consumers, it's somewhat ironic that another growing trend in the industry is consolidation. Manufacturers' growing reliance on equipment, which often delivers efficiency and productivity benefits beyond what humans are capable of, means that products and machines are, innevitably, replacing people.
"Manufacturing and production is changing. Plants are being consolidated. Where there may have been three plants previously, there may now only be one," says Dingley.
"But that one plant now needs to be not only a lot more automated, but also more flexible as it is doing the same job that three plants did 10 or 15 years ago."
Yes, consolidation and automation might be growing trends in the industry today, but if conditions are so difficult at the moment, can Australian manufacturers really afford to be investing in the latest and greatest new technologies?
"It's a case of perhaps they can't afford not to," says Dingley. "To survive, production lines have to be a lot more productive, efficient and flexible to cope with the quickest change-over times between products. Yes, there may be some investment required, but the output is what's important. [Manufacturers] have to work on being more productive. They have to work on efficiency improvements which will help them to get their return on investment from upgrading to these new pieces of machinery.
"There are cost pressures involved but manufacturers are looking for more than just the best price, they're looking for productivity and efficiency across the board. It's a big discussion point at a lot of meetings that the APPMA is involved in and which our members are having.
"We are having to demonstrate that new machinery really is going to deliver on a whole range of the KPIs which production lines are currently being tested against."
Dingley says AUSPACK PLUS is the perfect opportunity for the industry's decision makers to see all the products that they've researched and read about in the flesh, so to speak.
"The worldwide web makes information more accessible these days, with technical information on machinery now readily available, at any time of the day or night.
"Manufacturers certainly do their homework. They understand the machinery, but at AUSPACK PLUS, in one place, they get to see and compare all the machinery that they may be looking at and which they have researched online. They can come to the show, see the equipment right there in front of them, and therefore review the functionality and human interface which cannot be experienced on a web page.
"More importantly, visitors can then discuss face to face with the suppliers their requirements. AUSPACK PLUS allows visitors to round-off their research," Dingley says.
What lies ahead
So what do the next 30 years look like for the APPMA? Dingley told Food magazine that the Association, just like its members, is in no position to look that far ahead – or at least with any real certainty.
"I don't think anyone these days and in this environment can predict with true confidence what lies ahead, 30 years from now. I think what's important is the next five to 10 years, and then the next five to 10 years after that.
"I know we'd all like to think that we'll have businesses that are relevant in 30 years' time but it will take a lot of hard work. Certainly the Association is going to be here for another 30 years, to grow AUSPACK PLUS and to support our growing member services as well.
"Let's put it this way: Australians are resilient people. We don't have a large manufacturing base, but it is certainly an important manufacturing base to Australia and to the economy. Yes, we're going to see continuous change, because at the end of the day the manufacturing industry is about continuous improvement," says Dingley.
"Who knows what the next 30 years will bring? But one thing is for certain: it will bring change and every organisation, every business that has a touch-point with manufacturing, regardless of where you sit in the food chain, so to speak, will have to continue to adapt and improve."
The Food Magazine awards will return in 2013 and with entries closing on 24 April, now's your chance to have your product recognised by industry peers!
In this preview of the annual awards, we're looking at the Packaging Design category, sponsored by APPMA.
This category is to recognise and reward creativity and innovation in food and beverage packaging.
For this award, your company, if it is not already part of a broader food processing group, will need to be producing packaging for the food or beverages industry.
The packaging product will also need to have been launched/ developed in Australia or New Zealand during 2012 or 2013.
Products that can be entered include bottle designs, packaging artwork and portion control solutions.
In order to nominate your product, you simply need to fill out the Food magazine awards nomination kit, providing simple details of your company (website, contact details, its core product offering and markets etc), as well as an overview of the design, detailing its best features. This will need to include details on the packaging design's need, implementation, effectiveness and how it's different from other designs on the market.
The design's materials, processing, sustainability and marketing will also need to be considered in your nomination.
In last year's Food magazine awards, the Packaging Design award went to O-I for its O-I Vortex Bottle.
About the winner
O-I took out the Packaging Award in 2012 for its unique internal embossing on the new Wahoo Premium Ale beer bottle.
Peter Sexton Bruce from O-I Australia said that it is the innovative design of the bottle that sets it apart from other makes.
"It's an innovative design whereby you have the embossing on the inside of the bottle so it provides a unique positioning in the market for the customers in terms of packaging and glass solutions packaging," he said.
O-I partnered with Western Australia's Gage Roads Brewing Co. to launch the Australian- first application of internal embossing in May 2011.
The impact of the new bottle design as well as secondary labelling changes coincides with the recent announcement that Gage had experienced a 25 percent year-on-year increase in Wahoo Premium Ale sales since the introduction of the Vortex bottle.
It also allows the use of the full label surface and is 100 percent infinitely recyclable.
Gage Roads Brewing Co.'s former CEO, Nick Hayler, said internal embossing provided a distinct point-of-difference that was difficult to replicate by Wahoo's competitors.
"When you consider consumer purchasing behaviours, it's easy to appreciate the importance of capturing their attention and standing out from the retail noise," he said.
"Our experience in recent years has taught us that packaging which appeals to the consumer and grabs both their attention and imagination is vital," said Hayler.
It is not just within Australia that O-I has had success, the bottle has been adopted by Miller Lite beer in the United States where it was credited with improving Miller Lite's sales by 6 percent, a significant margin in the highly competitive beer industry. In addition, DB Breweries was the first company to launch internal embossing technology in New Zealand, after applying the Vortex bottle design to its Tui Blond Lager in 2011. When asked what the benefit of the internal embossing is, Sexton Bruce said, "Uniqueness is probably the main thing and also that they can identify with the actual brand and therefore differentiate in the market and have shelf presence."
O-I is also proactive in managing its carbon footprint and has launched a list of sustainability goals to be met by 2017.
These include aims to reduce global energy consumption by 50 percent, reduce carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions by 65 percent and nearly double its use of recycled glass so that a global average of 60 percent of each as well as eliminating workplace incidents.
The 2013 Food Magazine Awards are proudly brought to you by Platinum sponsor Heat and Control. Other sponsors include Flavour Makers, Janbak, HACCP Australia, Kerry Ingredients, Newly Weds Foods, Tronics, APPMA, Earlee Products and Kurz.