APPMA Chairman’s Message
Three decades ago several local machinery manufacturers established an Association known as the Australian Packaging Machinery Association (APMA) to run their own exhibition as they believed the packaging industry needed a specialised trade exhibition for packaging and processing machinery.
Malcolm Miller of National Packaging was the original visionary and invited Bob Brook of Bud Pak, Bill Juknitis of Advance Machinery, David Tierney of Heat and Control and Barton Porter of Inteco Australia, to work together to develop an exhibition worthy for the Australian and New Zealand market. Thus AUSPACK was born.
It is hard to imagine what started out in 1985 as an exhibition for a dozen companies on a cement floor in the Horden Pavilion in Sydney, showcased over 308 exhibitors, including 112 international exhibitors from 18 countries in 2013. Today AUSPACK exhibitors represent the entire spectrum of the industry – from packaging, processing and filling machinery through to packaging materials, product identification solutions, materials handling and ancillary components. This is a true indication of the importance of AUSPACK on the industry calendar.
AUSPACK has undoubtedly played a significant role in the industry for the last thirty years and the APPMA are extremely proud of their flagship offering. Owned and operated solely by the APPMA for the industry AUSPACK truly is the premier biennial packaging and processing machinery and materials exhibition in Australasia. We welcome you to exhibit at our Anniversary AUSPACK and we look forward to bringing you many more exhibitions of this calibre in the next thirty years.
Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association
Sole owners and operators of AUSPACK