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t has been a very busy time since my last Chairman’s address in March with the next quarter showing no sign slowing. We had a great turnout at the Sydney APPMA members dinner despite the downpour that hit Sydney that afternoon. I would like to thank Mr Peter Burns , Public Policy Director, Australian Industry Group for his attendance and presentation which was very informative and well received by all attendee’s. My recent visit to interpack, with 2,700 exhibitor and 175,000 visitors, has once again reconfirmed it as being the world’s most important trade fair for the packaging and processing sector. The requirement for businesses to focus on strategies and investments that promote, efficiency, improved productivity, speed and access to real-time feedback and decision making information represent key messages to companies operating in the Packaging and Processing industry.

The exhibition also provided a fantastic opportunity for the APPMA to continue developing relationships with key alliance partners, promote AUSPACK 2015 and further enhance our profile within International audiences. With the support of APPMA Board members and ETF our Exhibition Management Partner, I am proud to report that positive inroads were made on all fronts. The Packaging and Processing Week agreement uniting the APPMA and AIP has been formally signed by both parties with the formal launch due to coincide with the AIP National Conference which is taking place on 17th and 18th June in Sydney. Information regarding the APPMA member networking and education benefits plus recognition and support for innovation and achievements are covered in more detail in this newsletter. Up-coming APPMA member functions include a networking dinner scheduled for the10th of June with Anthony McLean as the speaker and the opportunity to listen to Rick Fox, Chairman of PMMI present at a cocktail function on the 16th of June in Sydney as a part of Packaging & Processing Week. I encourage your attendance where possible as all events are designed to provide a range of benefits to you our members. I look forward to seeing you at one or more of these events. Mark Dingley Chairman APPMA

ARE YOU WELL CONNECTED TO THE APPMA? The APPMA recognises the changing role of social media as an additional means of reaching our members, industry contacts, AUSPACK exhibitors and visitors across Australia as a national group. The APPMA has a Linked in Group and we invite you to join your peers who have already connected. Linkedin: Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association AIP National President, Ralph Moyle MAIP & Mark Dingley

P: 1300 787 122

APPMA EVENTS FOR 2014 Please mark the following APPMA Members dinners in your calendar. The APPMA Board members would like to extend a complimentary invitation to each member company to join us for each dinner. The invitation extends to your staff and colleagues as this is a relaxed networking opportunity for like-minded packaging professionals. BRISBANE MEMBERS DINNER When: Where: Time: Speaker:


Tuesday 10th of June Novotel Brisbane 200 Creek St Brisbane 4000 6.00 pm arrival Anthony McLean, Persuasion Strategist Social Influence Consulting Group Influence is a core skill in any business as it is in life. Let’s face it, it is much easier when people just agree with us, don’t you think? But there is a very broad range of skills and abilities when it comes to getting people to say yes to our requests. 

When: Where: Time: Speaker:

The session will share some of the key results from a Global Packaging Study conducted by PMMI. It will also outline some of the results from a Robotics Market Assessment report issued by PMMI.


Tuesday 12th of August Hilton on the Park 192 Wellington Parade East Melbourne VIC 3146 Tanya Barden Director, Sustainability, Trade and Innovation Australian Food and Grocery Council The food, beverage and grocery manufacturing industry is under pressure from a range of factors including rising costs, retail price deflation, a high Australian dollar, low consumer confidence and weak economic growth. Yet despite the challenges, the industry has remained resilient compared to other manufacturing sectors.

Tuesday 16th of June Sofitel Sydney Wentworth 61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000 4.30 pm arrival Rick Fox, Chairman, PMMI This event is designed for those APPMA members who are unable to attend the AIP National Conference to hear Rick’s full presentation on Packaging Trends in the United States.


Tuesday 9th of September L’Aqua Dockside, Situated on the rooftop of the Cockle Bay Wharf complex Darling Harbour, Sydney 2000


Tuesday 11th of October The Sebel Playford Adelaide 120 North Terrace Adelaide SA 5000

Australian Events of Interest All APPMA Members can attend any of the following events in Australia at discounted rates. AIP NATIONAL CONFERENCE PACKAGING & PROCESSING WEEK 2014


When: 16th to 18th of June Where: Sofitel Wentworth 61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000


When: Wednesday the 6th of August Where: 202 Station Street INNOVATIONS DISCOVERED Box Hill, Victoria 3128 AT INTERPACK 2014

International Events of Interest 8th to 14th May Interpack Dusselldorf, Germany

11th to14th June ProPak Asia Bangkok

17th to 20th June Expo Pack Mexico Mexico City, Mexico

8th August Luna Park, Crystal Palace Sydney

30th Sep to 2nd October NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom

2nd to 5th November PackExpo Chicago, US





Meet PMMI Chairman Rick Fox


he APPMA is pleased to advise that Rick Fox, Chairman of PMMI will be coming to speak about Current Packaging Trends in the United States at the AIP National Conference as a part of the program expansion to cater for APPMA Members interests. For those APPMA members who are unable to attend the two-day conference we are inviting all our members to come and hear a short version of the presentation on Monday the 16th of June. The session will share some of the key results from a Global Packaging Study conducted by PMMI. It will also outline some of the results from a Robotics Market Assessment report issued by PMMI. Should you wish to attend this event email



Prof. Dr. Ing. Matthias Niemeyer Chief Executive Officer KHS




Rick Fox Chairman PMMI

Paul Horn Strategic Procurement Director -Technical LION

Bassam Hallak MAIP Director, Innovation Discovery & Insights Label and Packaging Materials Avery Dennison

Peter Lockrey Global Business Director H.B. Fuller

Nicolas Georges RD&Q Director Premium Chocolate & Dairy, Asia Pacific Mondelēz International

ith ten international speakers from seven countries and forty speakers over two-days, the 2014 AIP National Conference is the only place to be on the 17th and 18th of June. Designed for both personal and professional development the National Conference offers networking opportunities with like-minded packaging experts and is open to both Members and non-members and is ideally suited for the food, beverage, manufacturing and packaging industries. With a theme of Packaging & Innovation Excellence the biennial event will be held at the Sofitel Wentworth, Sydney and all APPMA members will receive a discount to attend. Keynote speakers include Bryan McKay, Director Packaging Development – Asia Pacific, Campbell Arnott’s, Frank Bova, Packaging Manager, Kimberly-Clark Australia, Nicolas Georges, RD&Q Director, Premium Chocolate & Dairy, Asia Pacific, Mondelēz International, Craig Walker, National Packaging Manager, Coca-Cola Amatil, Bassam Hallak, Director, Innovation Discovery & Insights, Avery Dennison, Nina Cleeve-Edwards, Packaging Specialist, Nestlé Oceania and Paul Horn, Strategic Procurement Director – Technical, LION. International Speakers include: Massimo Annatarone, Gualapack Packaging System, Chief Executive Officer, KHS, Peter Lockery, H.B Fuller, Paul Taulien, Sidel Group, Antony Conway, Esko, Doug Kunneman and Mark Vergauwen from Nature Works and Andreas Schweiger, Rofin-Baasel LaserTech. Sponsors include: APPMA, AUSPACK 2015, Amcor, Hannapak, Chep, Esko, Innovia, KHS, Qenos, RetailQuip, UPM Raflatac, Wellman Packaging, Confoil, Gunn Lab, J.L. Lennard, Laser Resources, Loscam, Metalprint, New Age Business, Ngai Mee Holdings and UPM Rafalatac. For further information on attending or exhibiting at the 2014 AIP National Conference please contact the AIP on +61 7 3278 4490 or email or visit PROUDLY SPONSORED BY





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Packaging & Processing Week will add value to the AUSPACK 2015 trade show.

Food industry wrapped up In 2015, Packaging & Processing Week is tipped to be the leading event in the food industry calendar in Australasia, when the event expands to be a food processing and packaging ‘super-show’, says AUSPACK organiser, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs (ETF). The 2015 event will comprise AUSPACK, the largest food packaging and processing exhibition in Australasia, AIP technical forums, and an industry awards ceremony and networking event. AUSPACK 2015, which will take place on 24 to 27 March at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, is already 63 per cent booked, with over 80 exhibitors covering the packaging, processing, materials, components and industrial sectors. Robert Marguccio of the APPMA, commented: “2015 Packaging & Processing Week, combined with AUSPACK, will provide a higher level of education and training opportunities not only to members of the APPMA and AIP but also the broader industry. “We understand that food production businesses are not just interested in processing and packaging machinery, they need the whole picture, a total overview of their businesses and associated influences which they can gain from education, networking and knowledge exchange, all of which they can find at the expanded show. “We’re pleased to offer the entire industry a forum to network and learn from the best in the business.”

63% exhibition space at auspaCK already sold.

May-June 2014

All in a week’s work the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) have joined forces on a new initiative: Packaging & Processing Week. This new annual event, owned and operated by the two associations, will be staged alternately alongside two well-established biennial events – the AIP National Conference and AUSPACK exhibition respectively. As the peak educational body for the Australian packaging industry, and with over 50 years’ experience in education and training, the AIP will deliver the education component of the week each year. Showcasing innovation in machinery and packaging solutions will be the role of the APPMA, which has been established for over 30 years and next year celebrates the 30th anniversary of its hallmark AUSPACK trade show. Packaging & Processing Week is driven by a number of objectives common to both associations, to benefit their members and the broader industry. Top of the list is to support, encourage and recognise innovation within the packaging and processing industries; and to drive initiatives to deliver improved and on-going education, training and devel-

opment for the packaging and processing industries. Mark Dingley, chairman of the APPMA, says his association believes Packaging and Processing Week provides an opportunity to capitalise on the coming together of industry and deliver additional initiatives that support both [AIP and APPMA] individual and collective objectives. “We would like to see Packaging & Processing Week attract a larger audience from all sectors of the industry and each year provide opportunities for members, exhibitors and sponsors to leverage increased value from their investment. These initiatives will take the form of more focused educational activities targeting industry segments, social and networking events, additional awards recognising industry achievements and educational sponsorship to name a few,” Dingley said. AIP national president Ralph Moyle, echoed this sentiment, and added: “The AIP is very excited about introducing Packaging & Processing Week as it will allow two of the leading packaging industry associations the opportunity to combine their significant areas of expertise to offer the industry more diverse initiatives that focus on education, knowledge and innovation.

Mark Dingley, APPMA chairman.

Ralph Moyle AIP national president.

“Bringing packaging, processing, materials and components under one educational banner will ensure that our offerings are much better-suited going forward to cater for all areas of the industry. “The AIP and the APPMA complement each other and this agreement is an on-going commitment that we will work together to improve AUSPACK, the National Technical Forums and the AIP National Conference to ensure that there is something for everyone.” The annual event will serve to encourage interaction and networking across all sectors of the wider packaging industry on a regular basis, enhancing the value proposition of both the national conference and AUSPACK. ■ This year, Packaging & Processing Week will coincide with the AIP National Conference taking place at the SOFITEL, Wentworth in Sydney from 16-18 June.






ver 50 members attended the April members dinner which was held at the Novotel Rockford in Darling Harbour. Keynote speaker was Peter Burns, Public Policy Director, Australian Industry Group.

Peter’s presentation discussed What Manufacturing Needs in 2014 and presented a snapshot of where Australian manufacturing has been in the last ten years and where it is going. Steel prices, the Australian Dollar, energy prices, offshoring and strong competition from China have all factored in to the current state of the Australian industry. Peter provided some insight into the way forward for the industry and this included that companies start to invest more in Research and Development and innovation. To read an edited version of Peter’s presentation please click here.

Peter Burns and Robert Marguccio



he APPMA are pleased to welcome Rockwell Automation. Rockwell Automation® Australia is the subsidiary of Rockwell Automation, Inc. – a leading global provider of industrial power, automation control and information solutions that help manufacturers achieve a competitive advantage in their businesses. The company brings together leading global brands in industrial automation which includes Allen-Bradley® controls and services and Rockwell Software® factory management software. Its broad product mix includes control logic systems, sensors, human-machine interfaces, drive controllers, power devices, and software. As an OEM, you are challenged to differentiate yourself amidst global competition and rapidly evolving technology. Within today’s dynamic marketplace, your customers demand innovative solutions that increase business agility, optimise productivity, and achieve sustainability objectives, all while lowering their total cost of ownership.

Michael Vlahos, OEM Lead, South Pacific

With a focus on safety technology and a rigorous Functional Safety Life Cycle approach, machine builders can harness the inherent value of intelligent safety system designs. This approach can help you get machines to market faster, reduce design labour time and costs, and ultimately increase the bottom line. For more information on Rockwell Automation email or visit





he APPMA announced today that they have welcomed KUKA Robotics Australia as the latest new member company to join the ever-expanding Association. The KUKA engineering works was founded in Augsburg by Hans Keller and Jakob Knappich in 1898, which is how you get KUKA (Keller Und Knappich Augsburg). From 1973 KUKA began designing and building their own 6 axis robots. KUKA’s international business took off in a big way in the 1980s, requiring KUKA presence ‘on the spot’. KUKA service centres were therefore set up in Europe and the USA. Growth of the KUKA companies continued on into the 90’s. As at January 2014, KUKA is Europe’s number one manufacturer of robotic products and firmly established as one of the big 3 global robotic suppliers. KUKA robotics have been represented via agents in Australia since 1999, and as of January 2014 are represented in Australia as a fully owned subsidiary of the German parent, as KUKA Robotics Australia Pty Ltd. Greg Sale, Managing Director

KUKA products start with the 6kg payload Agilus robot for high speed picking and packing, though a huge range of 6 axis robots and palletising robots with payloads of 40 kg through to 700kg and the massive 1,300kg payload Titan PA.

KUKA Robotics Australia works with many integrators and partners across Australia and New Zealand to assist them implement high quality automation, fully factory backed. They offer certified or field training, service, maintenance and spare parts and work closely with their Partners to ensure the end manufacturer gets the best mix of product, knowledge and on-going lifecycle support. KUKA products are driven by reliability, with extended maintenance intervals compared to other robots, and a nominated availability of the robot of 99.9% over the life of the robot. For more information on KUKA Robotics Australia on email GregSale@ or visit

AUSPACK. The natural home for food processing and packaging machinery. For more information visit



APPMA WELCOMES GLOBAL ADHESIVES PROVIDER WOOLWORTHS EXTENDS SUPPORT FOR SPC ARDMONA WITH $70 MILLION DECIDUOUS FRUIT DEAL Woolworths and SPC Ardmona have announced a new supply deal for the Select brand. Supermarket giant Woolworths has announced a $70 million deal to buy product from Australian fruit processor SPC Ardmona. According to Woolworths the deal to supply its home brand ‘Select’ deciduous fruit for the next five years is “a win for farmers, customers and the Australian economy”. Source March 2014, Sophie Langley, Australian Food News.

Paul Webb, Sales Manager Southern Region


The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has welcomed the Government’s Omnibus Repeal Day Bill


to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses. AFGC

With fiscal 2013 net revenue of $2.05 billion, H.B. Fuller’s commitment to innovation brings together people, products and processes that answer and solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.

business including the food and grocery manufacturing

Their reliable, responsive service creates lasting, rewarding connections with customers in packaging, hygiene, general assembly, electronic and assembly materials, paper converting, woodworking, construction, automotive and consumer businesses.

MANUFACTURING ACTIVITY STILL SLUGGISH Australian manufacturing was buoyed by improvements in production levels and new orders last month, but remains in negative territory. The latest Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) showed an easing in the rate of contraction. The seasonally adjusted index firmed by 1.9 points to 48.6 (readings below 50 indicate a contraction in activity). Despite some encouraging signs with production up (51.5) and new orders steady (50), manufacturing employment (47.4), stocks (45.5) and supplier deliveries (44.9) remained in negative territory. Source by Industry Update in Industry News.

eading global adhesives provider H.B. Fuller is the latest company to join the APPMA. For over 125 years, H.B. Fuller has been focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products to improve products and lives.

H.B. Fuller’s promise to their people connects them with opportunities to innovate and thrive. ANZ manufacturing and corporate office is located in Dandenong South Victoria where they manufacture around 90% of product supplied into this region. Major focus is on food and beverage packaging, Hygiene and Durable Assembly. They have representatives across all states of Australia and New Zealand and will be happy to discuss any of your adhesive enquiries. Brands include Advantra, Clean Melt, Swift Therm, Clarity and Swift Tak. To find out more email Paul Webb, Sales Manager Southern Region, H.B. Fuller on paul.webb@hbfuller. com or visit

CEO Gary Dawson said the Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Bill that was introduced into Parliament

yesterday marks the start of the Government’s regulatory reform that will boost the competitiveness of Australian sector. Source MAR 2014, FOOD & DRINK




Kevin Harrison, QLD Sales Manager


eading global supplier of Pneumatic and Electrical automation technology Festo is the latest company to join the APPMA. Festo offers a comprehensive range of products and services for factory and process automation from individual components to complete systems. Joining, rotating, gripping, positioning, connecting, holding, testing and checking discrete materials: these are the automation tasks that Festo’s portfolio of products and services is designed to handle. The standard range includes pneumatic, servo pneumatic and electrical drive technology, valves and valve terminals. Sensors, intelligent compact vision systems and controllers ensure perfect communication throughout the control chain. Compressed air preparation, tubing and fittings complete the range. The Festo brand has been a worldwide symbol of expertise in motion automation for more than 60 years and has also been successfully active in process automation. Festo sets the benchmark in generating new automation technologies and processes, resulting in innovative solutions, systems and services that deliver high performing and more profitable automated and processing equipment for customers. Over 30,000 catalogue products, customer-specific solutions, ready-to-install automation systems and complementary services make Festo the right partner for their customers. For years Festo has been developing solutions for a wide variety of industry segments servicing end line packaging. Festo is an independent family-owned company with its headquarters in Esslingen, Germany and is represented in 176 countries worldwide. In 1966 Festo Australia began its operations, now with 100+ employees throughout Festo Australasia which incorporates Australia and New Zealand. Today, there are branch offices in each capital city as well as numerous service distributors providing expert advice and solutions. For more information about Festo contact Jason Bouyer on



AFGC WELCOMES MOVE TO CUT RED TAPE FROM FOOD MANUFACTURING SECTOR The AFGC has welcomed an announcement from the minister for small business, Bruce Billson on the government’s review of competition law. The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has put its support behind The Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Bill, which it says will reduce regulatory burdens on businesses. The Bill which was introduced to parliament on Wednesday is part of the government’s regulatory reform plan designed to cut bureaucratic compliance costs for businesses and households. “The Omnibus Repeal Day Bill to be introduced into the Parliament today (Wednesday) marks the start of the Government’s regulatory reform that will boost the competitiveness of Australian business including the $111 billion food and grocery manufacturing sector,” AFGC CEO Gary Dawson said. Source March, 2014 Aoife Boothroyd FOOD Magazine. EXPORT COUNCIL-COMMISSIONED SURVEY FINDS AUSSIE REPUTATION OVERSEAS A PLUS A comprehensive, three-month-long survey of over 1,600 Australian businesses has found the country’s reputation to be a positive for trading overseas. Australia’s International Business Survey, commissioned by the Export Council of Australia (with the support of the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation and Austrade), was carried out by the University of Sydney between October 22 and December 16 last year. It pooled responses from 1,618 participants, operating in 123 markets. Source March, 2014 Brent Balinski Manufacturers’ Monthly.

FONTERRA LAUNCHES CHINA-NEW ZEALAND DAIRY EXCHANGE CENTRE New Zealand based dairy giant Fonterra has announced the launch of a new China-New Zealand Dairy Exchange Centre in Beijing. The Centre is a joint initiative between Fonterra and China’s National Dairy Industry and Technology System to support the “sustainable development” of the dairy industry in both countries. Source March 2014 , Australian Food News.



ohn Williams, APPMA Secretary recently attend the Global Food Forum in Sydney and presented the following learnings from the event. Discussions involving some of the processing sectors major players including, Thomas Foods, Cargill, Murray Goulburn, Goodman Fielder, Fonterra, Simplot and Mondelez. Also represented were the Action Land & Cattle company, Blackmore Waygu Beef, the AFGC, Hughes Pastoral as well as representatives from the Media, Government, Finance Industry, Coles and the Former Governor General of Australia; Major General The Hon Michael Jeffery. Top 4 Commodity Growth projections for Australia: Fruit & Veg, Meat, Cereals, Dairy. The key themes throughout the day causing pressure on growth within the food industry are: Competitiveness within the region, Significant Labour costs, Productivity (more hours for less output has been the trend for 2010-2011), Burden of Regulation from Government – Local, State and Federal, Access to the Resources – Land, Labour and Capital. Government represented by Barnaby Joyce with shadow Minister Joel Fitzgibbon also present. Barnaby is currently undertaking a White Paper on the Agricultural sector; Driving Open Markets, Resource Sustainability, Adapting to the Environment. Some of the challenges to meeting an increased demand for agricultural products in the future include: Infastructure – high cost of transport from the source to processing centres, In-land rail is inadequate, with most transport via road, Environmental Assessments (red tape) – potentially standing in the way of some major projects such as Dams, Investment – difficult to attract investment to long term, low return sector (agriculture). Investment needs to provide returns to the ‘Farm Gate’. For the members of the APPMA some positive discussion from the processing sector were based around the need to: Embrace Change, Relationships with Suppliers and Customers are key, The need to invest in Capital to assist with supply chain efficiencies, By 2050 it is believed that Asia will import 5 x it’s current volume, Growth areas outside of Asia including Africa and the Middle East, Market is growing faster than the industry, Niche Markets are attractive places for investment, Need to go beyond what is comfortable and sell products suited to the Market, Australia needs to be less ‘inward’ looking and focus on Innovation through R&D, and supply products (export) that consumers want and in formats and languages that suit the end user.



fter 15 years in Australia via agencies, KUKA Robotics Australia was officially opened by the Global CEO of KUKA Roboter, Manfred Gundel May 15 2014. The event, hosted in KUKA Australia’s Port Melbourne facility showcased the close bond between Australia and Germany in the best way possible, with a combination of good BBQ food, German beer and some live acoustic rock and roll. Guests included not only the global CEO, but also the Director of KUKA Asia Pacific Alwin Berninger, plus the Honorary German Consul General, the Vice President of the Australian Chamber of Manufacturing and Industry and a who’s who of Australian manufacturing including several APPMA Members and many KUKA Partners and Integrators. Guests had the opportunity to mix with their colleagues from industry, and the KUKA team, including discussions with Mr Gundel regarding the next industrial revolution, Industry 4.0 including the new KUKA iiwa robots, which require no guarding and work cooperatively with humans. Overall the Grand Opening was judged a success on a response from the guests, staying well into the late afternoon to wish KUKA Robotics Australia all the best into the future.



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