Auspack selects conference speakers

The 2019 edition of Auspack will feature a new conference around sustainability, innovations in technology and design, systems thinking and factories of the future, launched as part of Packaging and Processing Week 2019.

The 35+ speakers selected for the conference include Dr Michael Okoroafor, of McCormick USA; Stephen Koukoulas, a former senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister;  Dr Katie Spearritt, CEO of Diversity Partners; with Craig Reucassel, speaker, writer and comedian best known for his work on ABC’s TV program War on Waste and with The Chaser, as the conference MC.

Mark Dingley, chairman, Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), which owns Auspack, says, “We are excited to present the inaugural Auspack Business and Industry Conference in 2019. This great new education and information sharing opportunity for industry is another fantastic initiative in line with industry demand.”

With the theme “Smart. Connected. Sustainable.”, the new conference is for decision makers, owners and key staff from the packaging and processing, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, along with associated industries such as design and print, marketing and advertising industry associations.

The conference organisers explain, “Smart covers IIOT, Industry 4.0, automation, robotics and the like, while Connected covers equipment and work areas talking to each other to also support IIOT and Industry 4.0 initiatives.  Sustainable’ refers to business sustainability as a result of the impact of these new technologies in both being able to reduce waste and increased profit for both suppliers and end users in our industry.”

Dingley says, “The Auspack Business and Industry Conference is all about exploring new ideas and business potential through case studies, interactive Q&A sessions and keynote plenary sessions, of which there’ll be seven, along with 18 breakouts across two streams: packaging & processing and business growth.”

Sub themes include innovation and technology, sustainable solutions, smart packaging, e-commerce, future consumer, export and distribution, blockchain, design trends and strength through diversity.

Dingley says, “The Auspack Business and Industry Conference also offers an outstanding opportunity for the industry to collaborate, network and celebrate. Registrations are now open and I urge those interested in learning more around industry key challenges facing all our businesses today to register now. We’re really proud to have this new event sit alongside Auspack in Packaging and Processing Week 2019.”

The Auspack Business and Industry Conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Tuesday March 26 to Wednesday March 27. To register, and for more information, head to

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