Make sure you are part of AUSPACK 2019, taking place back in Melbourne between 26-29 March 2019.

Register for the free-to-attend trade exhibition to meet and talk with leading global companies showcasing the latest machinery, equipment and innovative technologies, or purchase a ticket for our 2 day conference which features forward-thinking, innovative speakers from around the world.

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Tuesday 26th March 2019


Exhibition Opens


Tea & Coffee on arrival - networking


Welcome and introduction to the conference


Opening Keynote

Dr Michael Okoroafor, Vice President, Global Sustainability & Packaging Innovation, McCormick (USA)

Hear from industry leader and packaging innovator Dr Michael Okoroafor who was recently inducted into the Packaging and Processing Hall of Fame at PACK EXPO International. With over 40 patents to his name, a career that has spanned prominent roles within PPG and a passion for sustainable and consumer-driven innovation, Dr Okoroafor will share his insight on current industry opportunities, challenges and trends.


Keynote: Finding sustainable solutions - the value of industry collaboration


Morning Tea - Networking

Stream One - Packaging and Processing

Stream Two - Business Growth


Panel: What's good for the planet is good for business - exploring the opportunities arising from the 2025 National Packaging Waste Target

Facilitator – Craig Reucassel, Writer and Presenter of ABC’s ‘War on Waste’ and ‘The Chaser’

The 2025 National Packaging Waste Target is presenting industry with one of the biggest challenges of our time. Recognising that in every challenge lies an opportunity, this session will focus on how the packaging and processing industry has the potential to be a leader on this issue, the implications and the importance of collaboration. We are delighted to have speaker, writer and comedian Craig Reucassel from ABC’s “War on Waste” and ” The Chaser” chair an industry panel and Q& A session that will ensure a lively discussion and thought-provoking debate.

Panel: How is e-commerce shaking up the supply chain?

Changing purchasing habits as a result of the growth in online shopping has given rise to packaging and supply chain challenges. This panel discussion and Q&A session will bring together some of Australia’s leaders in the e-commerce field to discuss:

  • E-commerce friendly packaging
  • Safe Product delivery
  • Cost effective shipping
  • Sustainability and innovation
  • Unique supply chain logistics
  • Positive customer experience



Case Study: Sustainable Solutions in Practice

Following on from the discussion on how to achieve sustainability in packaging and processing, what does this look like in practice? Hear from the innovators and changemakers.

Case Study: E-commerce innovation


Lunch - Networking

Stream One - Packaging and Processing

Stream Two - Business Growth


Keynote: Smart Packaging - How can packaging be part of the sustainability solution?

Keynote: The Future Consumer - it's not just about Millennials


Smart Packaging - Technology in Practice

Case Study: Keeping up with the Customers - Customer Driven Innovation

Angeline Achariya, CEO, Monash Food Innovation Centre



Case Study: Smart Packaging Innovation

Panel: The rise of the Mindful Consumer - Consumer demands driving change in packaging and processing

How do I reduce waste? Where does it come from? Is it safe? How was it made? Is it kind to the environment? These are the questions an increasing number of consumers are asking during the purchasing process. This panel discussion and Q&A session lead by Lindy Hughson from PKN magazine will address the impact of the mindful consumer and what this means for the packaging and processing industry.


Afternoon Tea - Networking


Keynote: Meeting the Energy Challenge

The high cost and uncertainty around reliable energy sources has become a significant issue for the manufacturing sector in Australia. The absence of political leadership on the issue in Australia has meant that increasingly industry is creating their own solutions. This session and following panel discussion will discuss how the energy challenge is currently being met, who is leading the way with innovation and the importance of a collaborative mindset.


Closing Day One


Networking Drinks - Exhibition Floor

Exhibitions & Trade Fairs (the Organisers) reserves the right to alter key note speakers, session presenters or the conference program timetable and delivery without notice due to unforeseen reasons. Neither Exhibitions & Trade Fairs nor the Conference Program Manager accept any liability for any loss or inconvenience caused to any attending delegate under such changes.