Minister for Energy opening PacPrint

Tomorrow morning, Victoria state minister for energy, environment and climate change Lily D’Ambrosio will open PacPrint.

This comes after PacPrint will be presenting several smart manufacturing technologies and innovations with D’Ambrosio reinforcing the state government’s support for these technologies by attending the event.

D’Ambrosio says, “This project is yet another great example of the innovative new energy technologies that we can develop here in Victoria with the right support. It is good for local manufacturing, and it is good for jobs.”

Among the latest technologies on display at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) will be the first public demonstration of new printable solar energy panels developed by the University of Newcastle (UON).

[Related: Suppliers support solar at PacPrint]

Located on the lawn area between the MCEC and the Yarra River, the custom-built 100m two pop-up site will allow the public to touch the material and walk through and under it.

Print is the second-largest manufacturing industry in Australia generating $8bn per annum. Comprising 5,294 businesses, small and large, across metropolitan and rural areas, it employs more than 240,000 people across the entire graphic communications chain.

A spokesperson for PacPrint says with technologies like printed solar, it is set to become a key provider of energy cells for the country. Organic solar cells are only one example of the amazing applications of organic printed electronics being developed for a multitude of uses and, together with things like 3D printing, which is delivering opportunities across areas like health, education and retail, technology is creating important new markets for print.

Adrian Fleming, chair, PacPrint 2017 says, “We are delighted to be bringing a diverse range of world-leading technologies to PacPrint, including exciting developments like the organic solar initiative, which represents a tremendous opportunity for the sustainability and future of the print industry. The future for print looks bright indeed.”

PacPrint will showcase the latest advances from more than 150 exhibitors across 8000 square metres of exhibition space, together with a future-focused professional forum and workshop program, at the MCEC from May 23 to 26.

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