The AUSPACK 2019 Business and Industry Conference is all about being Smart. Connected. Sustainable.’ – make sure that you are a part of it!

Over two days, a comprehensive program of international and national keynote speakers, industry leaders and innovators will present case studies, interactive Q&A sessions and keynote plenary sessions.

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Wednesday 27th March 2019


Opening Day Two


Keynote: Economic 'State of the Nation' - Forward thinking and the impact on the manufacturing sector

Stephen KoukoulasEconomist

Hear insights and analysis from one of Australia’s leading economic thinkers and commentators, Stephen Koukoulas. With his unique blend of humour and expertise , ‘The Kouk’ will explain how the current state of the economy impacts you and your business.



Keynote: Factory of the Future - it's already here

John Broadbent, Realise Potential

Smart Factories, Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), are these just buzzwords or a reality? This session aims to demystify the rapidly changing technical environment in packaging and processing.

This session will:

• Clarify the various terms around smart factories
• Explain why most businesses are stuck at Industry 3.0
• Reveal why some projects succeed and others fail
• Share what you, as a manufacturer, can do to get started on the ‘smart factory’ journey
• Suggest ways to ensure your projects and business succeeds

Session take outs:

  • Demystify the terminology around IoT, IIoT, smart factories and Industry 4.0
  • Understand what your business can do to start moving toward Industry 4.0
  • Learn why some projects fail while others succeed and the factors involved


Morning Tea - Networking

Stream One - Packaging and Processing

Stream Two - Business Growth


Panel: 4.0 in Practice - Taking the Next Step

Panel facilitator:

John Broadbent, Realise Potential


Paul Barber, Director, Lighthouse Systems

Michael Parrington, GM Licensing & Technology, Pact Group

Empirical evidence has shown that those manufacturers who have embarked on smart factory projects have reaped huge rewards including increased supply chain visibility, improved efficiencies, reduced waste, higher customer satisfaction, traceability and product geneology and a healthier bottom line. This panel discussion and Q&A opportunity moderated by Smart Factories Mentor John Broadbent will explain how Industry 4.0 works in practice, what technologies you should be embracing in order to compete locally and internationally and most importantly, how to go about it.

Keynote: Blockchain - What is blockchain technology and how might it transform supply chains?

Dr Darcy Allen, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub

Blockchain is much more than a technology for creating cryptocurrencies. Blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies are currently being applied in areas as diverse as healthcare, identity and democratic voting. How might blockchain transform supply chains and logistics? This session will explain what blockchain is and how it looks to impact the economy and society. Blockchain presents enormous opportunities for changing the way that we trade by increasing the quality, quantity and transparency of information about goods as they move.


Keynote: Robotics and Automation - The Rise of the 'Cobot'

Peter Hern, Country Manager, Universal Robots

The Fourth Industrial Revolution AKA Industry 4.0 is the norm today – virtually every step in a process can be recorded and the data is available in real-time. Industrial automation including robotics has allowed great leaps in productivity and quality while the simplification of the automation has made it more accessible for smaller manufacturers.

While Industry 4.0 focuses on the machine, Industry 5.0 puts the focus back on the Humans. Collaborative robots -as the name suggests – are designed to collaborate with humans rather than replace them. This paper will discuss some of the benefits.

Case study: How Blockchain and IoT Provide Full Traceability of the Supply Chain

John Baird, Ultimo Digital Technologies

Hear how Ultimo Digital Technologies, with their world-leading supply chain management ecosystem named UCOT, are combining blockchain and IoT technologies to provide full traceability of the supply chain.

UCOT’s small IoT sensors, which can be embedded in a product’s packaging, have their own battery life and report information from the supply chain directly to a secure blockchain database in real time (which is a world first). The sensors report on GPS, shipping conditions and whether a product has been tampered with or stolen in real time, without the need for any third parties to scan barcodes or QR codes. The technology flows through to the end customer who has the ability to scan the product to ensure its authenticity and safety.


Lunch - Networking

Stream One - Packaging and Processing

Stream Two - Business Growth


Keynote: Design Trends in Packaging - The creative perspective

Amber BonneyHead of Creative Strategy, The Edison Agency

Keynote: The current export landscape

Bryan Clark, Director, Trade & International Affairs Australian Chamber of Commerce

This session will consider the evolving global trade landscape with a focus on free trade agreements and the situation with Brexit, antidumping and other trade restrictive measures being applied by Governments around the world and how industry should respond.


Keynote: Design Trends in Packaging - The structural perspective

Michael Grima, Founder, qDesign Enterprises 

Case Study: Innovation in Distribution


Closing Keynote: Strength through Diversity

Dr Katie Spearritt, Diversity Partners

Diversity and inclusion are increasingly recognised as mainstream business issues, prioritised by many leading companies. That’s because new research shows the importance of diversity of background and thinking to stimulate innovation, improve decision-making and create a more engaged workforce. This interactive session by leading diversity expert Dr Katie Spearritt will challenge your thinking on unconscious bias and give practical ways of embracing diversity in your workplace.



Conference Close


Conference Concludes

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.