AUSPACK 2019, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 26-29, featured far-reaching discussions about sustainability to the latest technologies in Industry 4.0 displayed across the largest AUSPACK floor space ever.
The first of more than 7000 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.
The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change who officially opened the conference before handing over to Dr Michael Okoroafor, vice-president for global sustainability and packaging innovation at McCormick, who laid out what he saw as key insights driving the future of packaging for the FMCG industry in his keynote address.
With the conference’s theme of ‘Smart. Connected. Sustainable.’, there were 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.
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.
The final day of the AUSPACK 2019 Business and Industry Conference, zeroed in on economics, factories of the future, blockchain and workplace diversity. It was then followed by the Gala Awards Ceremony for the APPMA Awards of Excellence.