Business excellence the focus at conference, awards and breakfast forum

Posted on January 30th, 2019 in MEDIA RELEASES

Excellence in business at all levels will be the focus of Packaging and Processing Week 2019, which begins on Tuesday March 26 in Melbourne.

“This approach will prevail throughout all aspects, including the AUSPACK Business and Industry Conference, the APPMA Awards of Excellence and the NextGen Breakfast Forum, which all run alongside the AUSPACK exhibition,” said Mark Dingley, Chairman of the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), which is presenting the week-long series of events.

AUSPACK Business and Industry Conference

“The inaugural AUSPACK Business and Industry Conference is a great new education opportunity for the industry, and is an initiative we introduced in line with industry demand.

“Its theme of ‘Smart. Connected. Sustainable.’, covers Industry 4.0, automation, robotics, equipment talking to each other and the resulting business sustainability from both reduced waste and increased profit. The focus will be on ‘hot point’ challenges and opportunities around sustainability, innovations in technology and design, systems thinking and future factories.”

The conference will run for two days from March 26-27, with some 40 international and domestic speakers.

APPMA Awards of Excellence

“This year we have reinstated the APPMA Awards of Excellence. This national program identifies excellence, leadership and best practice in Australia’s processing and packaging industry. In their first year back, these awards attracted more than 50 submissions across the five categories. We’re delighted with this support reinforcing 2019 as the right time to reinstate the awards to seek out and recognise industry innovation and outstanding performers.

“We’re also all very excited about the Gala Awards Ceremony, where the award winners will be announced from the list of finalists released on February 20 in PKN, Food & Drink Business, Machinery Matters and on the APPMA website. Sustainability is integral to this evening: from the lighting and the room decorations, to the table centrepieces and even the food on the menu and deliberate way it’s been sourced.”

With multi-skilled performer Peter Rowsthorn as MC and music provided by sophisticated ensemble Lil Miss Jazz, the APPMA Awards of Excellence Gala Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday March 27.

NextGen Breakfast Forum

“Packaging and Processing Week 2019 also sees the introduction of another fantastic initiative: the NextGen Breakfast Forum.

“This event is all about how to attract, retain and motivate the next generation into the workforce. While we tend to hear a lot about Gen Y, or the Millennials, manufacturers need to ensure their businesses gain maximum value from the unique skills set of Gen Z. It could be easy at face value to gloss over this cohort, who are between the ages of 8 and 22 now, but when you think that in just six years, Gen Z will comprise more than a quarter of the Australian workforce, then it’s really time to address this area now so businesses have the right skilled workforce in place.

“Speakers at the NextGen Breakfast Forum are business-leadership experts from different industries in organisations that are leading the way on best practice around utilising the next generation in the workplace. These experts will dig way beyond the fact Gen Z are not ‘mini Millennials’, and have some quite different characteristics to their older counterparts. It’s a must-be-at for every manufacturing employer.”

The NextGen Breakfast Forum will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Friday March 29.

Gearing up for excellence

Mr Dingley said the AUSPACK Business and Industry Conference, the APPMA Awards of Excellence and the NextGen Breakfast Forum are the perfect events around AUSPACK 2019, the largest AUSPACK exhibition yet.

“These initiatives all combine so the entire Packaging and Processing Week 2019 will give all attendees deeper insights and knowledge about business excellence, whether they are visitors, award entrants, conference delegates or exhibitors.”

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