Packaging Awards of Excellence winners announced

The industry’s top achievers were announced in the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) Awards of Excellence. The recipient of the 10th APPMA Annual Scholarship was also revealed.

In front of a packed room of over 400 people, winners were announced for each of the five categories:

Best New Product Award
Foodmach for the GEA Vipoll ALL IN ONE Filler
Sponsor: All Purpose Pumps

Customer Collaboration Award
Foodmach for Dulux Merrifield – Foodmach Turnkey Filling Lines
Proseal Australia – Commonwealth Collaboration Reducing the Plastic in Packaging
Sponsor: Pecom India Limited

Design Innovation Award
HMPS for the Compact Frame
Sponsor: Ekato

Export Success Award
HMPS for the Robotic Unloading Cell
Sponsor: Advanced Label & Paper Products

Imported Equipment Award
Foodmach for the GEA Vipoll ALL IN ONE Filler
Sponsor: Anderson Wholesale Packaging

2019 APPMA Scholarship winner:
Janell Siek

Siek’s views packaging as perhaps the hardest-working component of any retail product. She believes it has a profound impact in a product’s lifecycle, and, being a very visible part of the waste problem, hopes to build her packaging foundations so she can better innovate and problem solve. Siek, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Food Technology, believes the Diploma in Packaging Technology will lead to opportunities to be part of bigger projects and advance her career towards a Senior Packaging Technologist and becoming a Certified Packaging Professional.

The Award Ceremony was held in the Sovereign Room at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The night was hosted by Peter Rowsthorn.

Highlights from AUSPACK 2019

AUSPACK 2019 is off to a vibrant start. Highlights included far-reaching discussions about sustainability in the sold-out conference, to the latest technologies in Industry 4.0 displayed across the largest AUSPACK floor space ever.

The first of more than 7,000 expected visitors and 300 delegates came through the doors of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, on day one. They partook in the two events kicking off Packaging and Processing Week: the AUSPACK exhibition, now in its 34th year, and the inaugural AUSPACK 2019 Business and Industry Conference.

Dr Michael Okoroafor, vice-president for global sustainability and packaging innovation at McCormick, laid out what he saw as key insights driving the future of packaging for the FMCG industry in his keynote address at AUSPACK 2019.

The circular economy is one area of focus for McCormick, said Okoroafor, who told guests at the packed keynote session that it is creating a new age for packaging.

“The era of make-use-dispose is over. We’re in the era of make-use-reuse,” he said.

Packaging also needs to shift its focus if it is to be successful in e-commerce, he said, arguing that the current approach taken by packagers is wrong for online sales.

“There is no packaging designed for e-commerce – we take the packaging for brick-and-mortar, insulate it as if it’s a nuclear weapon in a corrugated box, and call it e-commerce.

“The time of first moment of truth is over. You have to design for zero moment of truth – if it doesn’t show well in the digital world it’s over. If it shows well, they can buy it right there or go to the store for it,” he said.

With the conference’s theme of ‘Smart. Connected. Sustainable.’, this morning’s sessions revolved around sustainability.

There are plenty of opportunities for packagers trying to meet the Australian Government’s 2025 National Packaging Waste Target, according to an expert panel at AUSPACK 2019.

Craig Reucassel of The Chaser and War on Waste guided a discussion with Steve Lapidge, CEO of the Fight Food Waste Cooperative; Brooke Donnelly, CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO); Paul Klymenko, CEO Planet Ark; and Caitlyn Richards, responsible sourcing manager for sustainable products and packaging at Coles, on how and why packagers should embrace sustainability.

According to Donnelly, consumer pressure on businesses, coupled with external pressure from the global supply chain, has created a “perfect storm” of conditions that have generated momentum for sustainable packaging.

“The conversation is live and active and has great momentum. The issue is corralling everyone with the best of intentions to have a structured and considered approach – you need to plan for how you’ll transition, to avoid perverse outcomes.

“Our conversation is no longer about should we do it – it’s about how we do it,” she said.

Richards noted that companies such as Coles need to look closely at their packaging to determine what’s necessary and what isn’t, and that solutions such as Planet Ark’s PREP tool and the Australian Recycling Label can help make this easier.

“We need to make sure all our packaging serves a purpose,” she said.

According to Klymenko, recycled material can be used for different purposes than it was originally – glass bottles, for example, can be used to make silicon chips, and other materials such as plastics can be mixed with asphalt for roads.

“It’s not always like for like,” he said.

Lapidge drew attention to best-before and use-by dates on packaging, saying they needed to be more conservatively applied.

“We need some regulation in this area – often it is just a marketing tool to get more stock rotation. It results in a lot of perfectly good food being thrown out,” he said.

Lastly, Reucassel himself noted that more investment is needed in waste management here in Australia, particularly in the wake of China’s foreign waste ban.

“I kind of expected the China crisis in recycling to lead to more investment in recycling in Australia, and I’m surprised how little there’s been,” he said.

Out on the AUSPACK show floor, Industry 4.0 user group Open IIoT (stand B237) drew lots of interest. The group combines some of Australia’s most prominent automation brands – SMC Corporation, Beckhoff Automation, ZI-Argus, NORD Drivesystems and Balluff – and demonstrated different technologies working together, giving visitors a solid idea of the benefits and values arising from adopting IIoT technologies.

Another key event today was long-standing APPMA member Matthews Intelligent Identification (stand D140) revealing new branding during an eye-catching announcement. Matthews’ new logo distinctly refreshes its well-known, 19-year-old chameleon, “adapting the adapter” to highlight that technology is an integral part of its business, demonstrate how they seamlessly integrate with suppliers and brand partners, and interact with customers.

Anne-Marie Mina, marketing director of show organiser Exhibitions & Trade Fairs (ETF), said, “Day one of AUSPACK has been a fantastic success. Of course, later today from 5-7pm, I’m sure everyone is looking forward to the networking drinks on the exhibition floor, which offers the perfect opportunity to continue conversations with colleagues and peers.

“Tomorrow we are looking forward to day two of four of AUSPACK and the final day of the AUSPACK 2019 Business and Industry Conference, which will zero in on economics, factories of the future, blockchain and workplace diversity. Don’t forget to check out the free 30-minute workshops in the Insights by insignia area, which will be running again for the next three days.

“Then tomorrow night, the Gala Awards Ceremony for the APPMA Awards of Excellence will be held to announce the winners and APPMA Annual Scholarship recipient. It will be very exciting for the finalists and fantastic for the industry as a whole.”

9 reasons to go to AUSPACK 2019

As the southern hemisphere’s leading exhibition for the processing and packaging industry, there are so many reasons to be at AUSPACK. Here are just nine reasons to be at the largest AUSPACK ever from 26-29 March.

  1. The awesome exhibition. This year, over 350 suppliers, including 100 international exhibitors and 85 APPMA members, will display over 1,200 global brands covering the latest global trends: fast and flexible machinery, track and trace, smart packaging, digital printing, accessibility and convenience, the explosion in e-commerce, entry-level equipment, robots, and factories of the future. So whether you need processing, packaging or filling machinery, through to product identification solutions, packaging materials, materials handling or ancillary components in food and beverage, frozen goods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, chemical and household items or FMCG, you’ll find it at AUSPACK.
  2. International exposure to boot. AUSPACK’s growth and success in the past decade has seen it become increasingly important in the Asia-Pacific processing and packaging machinery markets, focusing more global attention and drawing greater participation from exhibitors all around the world.AUSPACK 2019 has 15 per cent more international exhibitors and a dedicated Italian Pavilion. Some of Italy’s machinery manufacturers currently supply into Australia, while others are looking for business-growth opportunities in Australia and the APAC region. The opportunity for Australian businesses to engage with growing international buisnesses right on their doorstep offers enormous opportunities. AUSPACK will include a dedicated Italian pavilion among its other global exhibitors. This pavilion will host companies such as SMI S.p.A (stand G100) with its new “ultra-compact” Ecobloc K Ergon combi system, and the Processing & Packaging the High-Tech Italian Way Network (stand E031), comprising Cama Group, Clevertech, Makro Labelling, Ronchi Packaging Machinery, Tosa Group, and Universal-Pack.
  3. Attend a free 30-minute workshop. Across all four days, a mixture of associations and exhibitors will run workshops on a wide range of topics in the Insights Zone by insignia. They’re all free to attend (just show your entry exhibition pass) and you don’t have to book. These are a great way to get inside knowledge on a whole host of topics. For example, Food Innovation Australia (FIAL) is running a couple of sessions. With “Driving Innovation”, FIAL GM of Innovation, Barry McGookin, will go through simple tools to think about the “puzzle” that is going from idea to market, and where else in business innovation can be made. FIAL’s session on e-commerce in China will guide those in food service and agribusiness in understanding China’s e-commerce market, giving valuable information on cultural intelligence, high-demand food sectors and marketing strategies. In another session, Christian Ruberg, Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) R&D Innovation Program Manager for Supply Chain Technology, will look at progress in automated meat processing and using advanced x-ray imaging to improve Australia’s export competitiveness, plus cover MLA’s work in applying exo-skeleton suits, cobotics and other related technologies to enrich outcomes and safety in human performance.
  4. Find out about being ‘Smart. Connected. Sustainable.’ at the AUSPACK 2019 Business and Industry Conference. The opening keynote speaker, Dr Michael Okoroafor, VP of Global Sustainability & Packaging Innovation at McCormick in the USA, leads a thoroughly comprehensive line-up of international and national keynote speakers, industry leaders and innovators who’ll present case studies, interactive Q&A sessions and keynote plenary sessions. Over two days more than 40 presenters will drill down into the nitty gritty of technology and design innovations, systems thinking, smart factories and several industry “hot point” issues and opportunities in sustainability via two conference streams, “Processing & Packaging” and “Business Growth”. Other keynotes include: Jane Barnett, Head of Insights, South APAC for Mintel (“The Future Consumer – It’s Not Just About Millennials”); Brett Wiskar, Chief Future Officer at Wiley (“Meeting The Energy Challenge”); economist Stephen Koukoulas (“Economic ‘State Of The Nation’ – Big Issues in the Economy & What the Election Will Mean for the Manufacturing Sector”); and Amber Bonney, Founder and Head of Strategy at The Edison Agency (“Design Trends in Packaging – The Creative Perspective”).
  5. Open the potential of IIOT. Open IIoT is an Industry 4.0 user group combining some of Australia’s most prominent automation brands: SMC Corporation, Beckhoff Automation, Nord Drivesystems, Balluff and ZI-Argus. Open IIoT will showcase different technologies working together to give visitors a concrete idea of the benefits and values that come from adopting IIoT technologies from agriculture to manufacturing. See the demonstrations in action on stand B237.
  6. Sustainable, excellent Awards. The reinstated APPMA Awards of Excellence had a fantastic response, with more than 50 entries. If you’ve never walked a red carpet made of bubble wrap, nor dined on a three-course menu cleverly designed to reduce food waste by rescuing surplus top-quality-label food from being thrown away, then that’s even more reason you need to be here. Every element of the evening has sustainability at its core, reflecting how intrinsic sustainability is to the operation of Australia’s processing and packaging industries and their commitment to it. Entertainment at the Gala Awards Ceremony (Wednesday 27 March) will come from 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. Don’t waste the opportunity.
  7. Smashed-avo free NextGen Breakfast Forum. Unlock the keys to the future Gen Z workforce at the NextGen Breakfast Forum on Friday 29 March. By 2025, Generation Z will comprise more than a quarter of the Australian workforce. But this cohort are not “mini Millennials”. With manufacturing’s fundamental economic conditions improving, having the right skilled workforce in place will be critical to business success. Find out from business-leadership experts at organisations leading the way on best practice in using the next generation in the workplace how to attract, motivate and retain Gen Z so your business gains maximum value from their unique skills set. Hosted by David Willey, founder of Growth Tank, the full speaker line-up boasts Chau Tran, Digital Manager at Step Change; Julie Duncan, Talent Acquisition Leader at PwC Australia; Peter Hammer, MD of Marketing Scientist Group; and Sammy Major, Australian Sales Director at Tribe. Grab this golden opportunity to learn how to plan now to develop the right jobs and skills for the very-near future workforce generation.
  8. Networking drinks. What better way to unwind after the first day of the show, than join in networking drinks on the exhibition floor? On from 5-7pm on Tuesday 26 March, this the perfect opportunity to network with your colleagues and peers. There’s no need to book and the drinks are on AUSPACK.
  9. Chill out, Japanese style. SMC is bringing its “Izakaya Lounge” to AUSPACK 2019. Situated on the exhibition floor, this Japanese-themed lounge gives attendees the perfect opportunity to network and enjoy a drink. The bar will be open from noon to 5pm Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28, and noon to 2pm on Friday 29.

Getting to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is easy. AUSPACK has a courtesy shuttle bus to and from Melbourne Airport; for details and more information, see the shuttle bus page on the AUSPACK website. Access to MCEC by public transport is also simple via bus, tram and train. The MCEC also has some parking options. See the AUSPACK website for handy details about parking and public transport route numbers.


Axelent to launch McCue range of barriers at AUSPACK 2019

Axelent Australia is launching the new McCue range of pedestrian barriers on their exhibition stand at AUSPACK 2019.

The McCue range is designed to protect pedestrians, machines, forklifts, racking and facilities which means Axelent can offer a complete safety concept for the Australia and New Zealand markets that is guaranteed to protect your assets.

“The McCue range of Pedestrian Barriers and partitioning systems are designed for any industry that has a warehouse, logistics centre, manufacturing facility, pedestrian or forklift zone. Axelent can help find the right amount of protection for your facility,” said Axelent sales director, Drew Hoxey.

“The McCue range offers a variety of solutions protecting everything from wall perimeters, racking, creating traffic lanes, posts, bollards, framing off areas, guard rails and separating equipment from pedestrians. The easy-to-install flexible McCue range is designed for areas that need an extra level of protection. With easy-to-cut polymers, this system can be adapted to your facility,”

“No matter whether you work in food, beverage, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, transport and logistics, building and construction or mining…Axelent [offers] a new way to look at facility and asset protection so please visit our stand at AUSPACK 2019 to see the new range of McCue pedestrian barriers.” he said.

Sustainability experts to reveal industry-transforming innovations at AUSPACK

With the 2025 National Packaging Waste Target presenting one of the largest challenges today, the packaging and processing industry is poised to be a leader in sustainability.

Sustainability will be a key focus on day one of the AUSPACK 2019 Business and Industry Conference, which is presenting the two-day inaugural conference as part of Packaging and Processing Week 2019.

Dr Michael Okoroafor, Vice President of Global Sustainability and Packaging Innovation at McCormick (USA), will give the conference’s opening keynote presentation – an industry outlook on key insights driving the future of packaging for FMCG.

Dr Okoroafor, who was inducted into the Packaging and Processing Hall of Fame at last year’s PACK EXPO International, is an innovation leader with more than 40 patents to his name. He’ll share his insights on using transformational packaging innovation and a re-aligned supply chain to drive FMCG industry growth. He’ll look at how sustainability needs will push the circular economy and shape innovations in the future for FMCG companies, giving some examples of successful innovations that are transforming not only the industry, but society as a whole.

Okoroafor will be followed by a panel of CEOs from leading Australian sustainability organisations talking about what’s good for the planet being good for business, and working through the opportunities surfacing from the 2025 National Packaging Waste Target.

The panel’s facilitator is Craig Reucassel, who many will know as the writer and presenter of ABC’s “War on Waste”, while his fellow panellists include Brooke Donnelly, CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO); Steve Lapidge, CEO of the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre; and Paul Klymenko, CEO of Planet Ark.

It’s been said that the 2025 National Packaging Waste Target is giving industry one of the biggest challenges we’ve seen in modern times. However, it’s important to recognise that in every challenge there really is an opportunity, so this expert panel session will focus on the potential now in front of the packaging and processing industry to be a leader in sustainability. They’ll look at the role packaging has in minimising food waste, innovations as we both move away from single-use packaging and reduce food waste, plus the potential of the circular food economy. The implications for industry and for consumers of the 2025 National Packaging Waste Target will be an interesting discussion point for many too.

Collaborating with others gives businesses an economy of scale and broadens their available skill sets to find solutions that they most likely just would not find by working on their own.

The panel will talk about this, but because there are so many benefits around industry collaboration in achieving sustainability, it will be the sole focus of the keynote presentation following the panel discussion. This keynote after morning tea, kicks off stream one in the conference, processing and packaging. It will concentrate on the value of industry collaboration in finding sustainable solutions, looking at how industry can work together to initially create sustainable solutions, then overarchingly to create a sustainable industry.

Sustainability was so important to the packaging and processing industry, sustainability and innovation will be part of the discussion in the first session in stream two, business growth, a panel discussion about how e-commerce is shaking up the supply chain.


SMC to showcase energy saving products at AUSPACK 2019

SMC Corporation will  use AUSPACK as a platform to solidify its promise of cost-effective customer centric solutions to the market.

Energy saving has long been a focus for SMC whose Japanese roots has ensured lean manufacturing and Kaizen philosophy at the core of its business. Through its Energy Saving Customer Journey, SMC has helped customers around the country to realise tangible savings which benefit your bottom line.

Tony Randall, Head of OEM & key accounts for SMC Corporation ANZ’s Global Account Group says that energy savings combines quick wins with a long-term vision. “Your approach to energy savings should be holistic. Real savings don’t come from replacing one component and based on this, you need a qualified team to walk this journey with you – from start to finish”.

The process starts at the very beginning with the customer objectives. The customer may have a key objective when it comes to energy saving – what will make a difference to their bottom line? There are also energy saving targets to work to, and these are increasingly becoming more and more important and top of mind for businesses which SMC are dealing with.

SMC guides the customer through the various points on their machines which could benefit from energy saving components. Sometimes it is as easy as retrofitting a new more efficient product and this could mean ultimate energy and cost saving for the client. SMC assists customers to calculate the potential savings at each point. An energy efficiency calculator is available online to make this an easy process and products and then recommended.

From food and beverage to pharmaceutical and cosmetics, SMC’s team of experienced sales engineers walk the Energy Saving Customer journey with you and thanks to advanced R&D, our range ensures a customised energy saving solution for every requirement.

On Show at AUSPACK:

Some of the energy saving heroes on show at Auspack will include the following:

The Automatic Leak Detection System (ALDS) will ensure reduced maintenance and increased savings. The Automatic Leakage Detection System is installed on an OEM machine’s main airline, and integrated with the machine’s control software (PLC). When the machine is newly installed, the ALDS system will run the machine through a complete sequence, measuring the air consumption of each actuator, and confirming that there are no leaks or identifying any leaks present.

During an idle moment in the machine’s daily operation, the ALDS system can perform a “Leakage Detection Cycle”, operating each component in sequence again, recording the air consumption and using the data to identify each leak. Today, creating a competitive advantage by employing lean manufacturing principles is made simple by a supplier such as SMC. By partnering with a supplier who offers superior offerings and expertise, it is possible to realise significant benefits.

AR Regulator series:
Save up to 20 per cent in energy by reducing system pressure. The modular design of the AR series connects with other SMC air preparation equipment and it is suitable across a range of applications.

SY Valve Manifold series:
Known as one of SMC’s hero products, the new-generation SY series of valve manifolds offers a high flow rate with low power consumption in a compact design. With the food and beverage industry in mind and adhering to its stringent standards, the SY5000 series also includes a new IP69K manifold which is suitable for wet areas and can withstand wash down and cleaning.

AS-R Pressure Valve and A-SQ Valve Flow Valve:
Enjoy a cut in internal air consumption by up to 25 per cent when using the AS-R pressure valve and an AS-Q flow valve on their cylinders. Shorten the response time of the return stroke and harmonises stroke movements to prevent a harsh jerky start.

VMG Blow Gun series:
70 per cent of the compressed air generated goes into air blow applications. Improve your competitiveness and boost your bottom line with the VMG series to enjoy a 20% reduction in power consumption (when combined with an S coupler and Coil tube).

ZK2 Vacuum Ejector series:
Up to a 90 per cent reduction in energy with a dual-stage ejector for increased vacuum flow.

“We are excited to meet with visitors to the show and to discuss the potential that exists. Thanks to our comprehensive product range, we have no doubt that we can match any requirement,” Randall said.

Registrations for biennial event AUSPACK open

Registrations for AUSPACK 2019 are now open.

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.

READ: AUSPACK will showcase hundreds of exhibitors in Melbourne

“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 packaging
  • robotics
  • 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.

Registration to AUSPACK is free.

AUSPACK will showcase hundreds of exhibitors in Melbourne

The southern hemisphere’s leading processing and packaging trade event is back and bigger than ever.

Held in Melbourne from March 26-28, 2019, AUSPACK will span 19,500sqm.

New companies E030 Processing and Packaging, High Tech Italian Way, Orora Group, Lapp Australia and Key Technology are among more than 400 exhibitors showcasing their products and services.

Exhibitors come from as far as France to take part in the event.

READ: Get ready for the biggest AUSPACK ever

French company Legarde Autoclaves, which manufactures tailor-made products such as steam and air retorts, is among the exhibitors.

The company’s Autoclaves products are designed to reduce production costs and the environmental footprint.

Chinese exhibitors include Milliken Chemical Division, Guandong Highdream Intellectualized Machinery. There will also be hundreds of exhibitors with a presence in the Australian market.

AUSPACK showcases innovations and megatrends for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and personal care sectors.

Exhibitions and Trade Fairs marketing manager, Anne-Marie Mina, said it was an exciting time to be able to host the 34th AUSPACK event. “It’s great that it’s returned to Melbourne,” she said.

“We’ve ensured the exhibitors offering is in line with global trends,” said Mina. Industry trends showcased at the 2019 event include fast and flexibly packaging, track and tracing, smart packaging and digital printing, Industry 4.0 and robotics, and product delivery via drones.

“There’s also a focus on saving food from waste and food safety.” There will also be discussions on sustainability and waste reduction, said Mina.

“Exhibitors recognise that it’s a premium event for packaging and processing in Australia.” So far, 75 per cent of the exhibition space has sold.

Exhibitors have the opportunity to generate new sales leads and build new relationships.

A variety of new features are being launched at the event, which will be disclosed to the public at the end of 2018.

These features will enhance the learning experience and networking opportunities for exhibitors and visitors, said Mina.