Submissions open for APPMA Awards of Excellence

Submissions are now open for the 2013 APPMA Awards of Excellence, which will be announced at AUSPACK PLUS in May next year.

Designed to recognise innovative and outstanding packaging and processing solutions, the awards comprise categories including Export Achievement Award, Design Achievement Award, Customer Partnership Award, the Imported Equipment Award, Best New Product Award and the APPMA Scholarship.

“Companies that enter these biennial awards are recognised for their contribution and outstanding achievements against their peers within the wider packaging industry and we encourage everyone to  enter," said Mark Dingley, chairman, APPMA.

All submissions are due no later than 22 March, 2013. You don't need to be an APPMA member to submit an entry. To access a submission form email


Entries open for APPMA scholarship

Entries are now open for the fifth annual scholarship program organised by the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association, together with the Australian Institute of Packaging.

The scholarship will offer a packaging engineer the opportunity to complete a diploma in Packaging Technology.

Mark Dingley, chairman of the APPMA, said "The Diploma in Packaging Technology is a Level 5 qualification which is internationally recognised for those wishing to pursue a career in the packaging industry or for those who are already in the industry and who wish to extend their knowledge and expertise.

"The Diploma prepares 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."

There are two target groups for the scholarship:

1. People currently employed in parts of the packaging industry who want to broaden their knowledge and take on greater levels of responsibility.

2. People who already have an undergraduate degree who want to continue their studies focusing on packaging technology

Application forms are now available for the APPMA 2013 Scholarship program and can be accessed by emailing or or visiting either or

Submissions close on 22 March with the 2013 winner announced during the APPMA Awards of Excellence, held on 8 May during AUSPACK PLUS 2013 at the Sydney Showground.


APPMA chairman named operations GM at Matthews Australasia

Mark Dingley is the new general manager of operations at product identification company, Matthews Australasia.

Over his 18 years with the company, Matthews has climbed the ranks, working in various roles in different departments including customer service, marketing, product management and software product development.

Dingley also spearheaded the development of iDSnet, an award winning software used by manufacturing organisations across the country. According to Matthews representative, Sam Schelling, the software automates the coding process and gives a central control point with a single interface.

"It removes human error and ensures the correct code is always placed on the correct product at the correct time – leading to higher productivity plus credibility in the supply chain," she said.

Speaking on his new role, Dingley said, "I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of my career so far and am looking forward to taking on the GM’s role for operations. I highly value working with Matthews — the company's technological depth, combined with its culture and values, makes it very rewarding.

"My strengths are in management, project management and business development, and I'll keep using these skills to further develop the company as we continue to support and improve the efficiency of Australian manufacturing businesses and their supply chains with market-leading intelligent identification solutions," he said.