AUSPACK 2022 offers high value for food and beverage businesses

Exhibitions & Trade Fairs Pty Ltd
Monday, 21 February, 2022


AUSPACK 2022 promises to offer high value for the food and beverage sectors when the doors open on 17 May at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

Registration to the four-day event is now open, with tickets available on the AUSPACK website.

Mark Dingley, Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), which owns AUSPACK, said AUSPACK 2022 retains the 36-year-old exhibition’s strong points, with features added to suit industry’s current needs. These include the AUSPACK Leaders Forum; expanded Solutions Theatres to give visitors in-depth overviews of technology, solutions, and strategies; an array of new zones; and expanded awards categories in the APPMA Awards of Excellence.

He said in the past 10 years in particular, the event has grown to be the largest of its type in the southern hemisphere. Recognised globally, the long-running biennial destination showcases mega trends across the packaging and processing industry, specialising in all sectors of the food and beverage industries, including retail and distribution.

“We’re anticipating more than 250 exhibitors for AUSPACK 2022, who will represent hundreds of global brands. Despite the difficulties of the last two years, we’re seeing strong interest from those involved in the food and beverage industries to get back in front of their target markets. Testament to that, by the end of last year [note: 2021], 70% of the exhibition floor space had already been sold, with many exhibitors from the postponed 2021 show rolling over into this year.”

Mr Dingley said there were four new zones on the 2022 show floor: IT & Services, Processing Equipment, Packaging and Packaging Materials, and Packaging Machinery.

“These categories reflect key areas of interest for businesses.”

AUSPACK Leaders Forum

Mr Dingley said sessions chosen for the AUSPACK Leaders Forum — which will take place from 18–19 May, being the middle two days of AUSPACK 2022 — also reflected key areas of interest for businesses.

“With Australian businesses, and indeed the overall economy, at a critical recovery stage after two years of pandemic-related restrictions, many business owners have considered what their businesses will look like in three, five and even 10 years’ time.

“There are many factors and challenges driving unparalleled organisational changes in processing and packaging for food and beverage businesses. These include supply chain disruption, sustainability demands, and technology and automation leaps; then combine these with quick changes in how consumers have purchased throughout the pandemic, plus environmental regulation and governance, and it’s a lot of change for individual businesses.”

Mr Dingley said the AUSPACK Leaders Forum would allow business owners and leaders to benchmark progress as “an organisation of the future”, as well as gain knowledge and inspiration, and network with other forward-thinking leaders.

The six themes across the two-day forum are: Future Technology, Future Workforce, Future Supply Chain, Sustainability and The Circular Economy, Investment and Collaboration, and Adapting and Diversifying for Commercial Success.

Mr Dingley said, “Many of these sessions will be of interest to food and beverage business leaders and owners, and we’ll be announcing more speakers in the coming weeks.”

Tickets for the AUSPACK Leaders Forum are on sale now.

Exhibitor list growing

Mr Dingley said some of the major exhibitors at AUSPACK 2022 included Aerofloat, Australis Engineering, Foodmach, Heat and Control Pty Ltd, Insignia, KHS Pacific, Matthews, Metalprint Australia – Auspouch, Pressco Technology Inc., Recopak Machinery, SMC Corporation, Technomik Pty Ltd, Tronics, and WRD Wells.

“There are still some stands left, so I encourage any food and beverage-related businesses who are keen to put themselves in front of good strong leads to take up the opportunity to exhibit at AUSPACK 2022.”

AUSPACK 2022 will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 17–20 May 2022. Please visit www.auspack.com.au for more information.

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