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AUSPACK 2022 will take place between Tuesday 17th May – Friday 20th May 2022.
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The 2022 edition of the AUSPACK will take place at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). More information will be released in the future as to what rooms the conference and exhibition will take place.
Over the past four months, the Board has been working closely with exhibition organiser Exhibitions & Trade Fairs in continually assessing the situation, while also exploring contingency options should a decision to postpone be deemed necessary. This included exploring suitable venue options and availability across a 12 to 18-month period. Once the decision was made to postpone, these contingencies were enacted. With the Melbourne Conference & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) having a suitable date option available that catered for AUSPACK and all supporting Packaging & Processing Week events under the one roof, this was the most viable option.
AUSPACK has a strong history of success in Melbourne; 2019 was record show for visitors and exhibitors
Other benefits: location is near the CBD, allowing for easier access in getting to and from the venue, access to accommodation venues, networking venues
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre is easily accessible by foot, ride-share, bus, train or ferry. For more information and to find the best route for you, click here.
We’d love the opportunity to showcase your brand at AUSPACK. To find out more about exhibiting at AUSPACK, click here.
We are managing this in a phased approach that give priority to customers from the postponed Sydney 2021 show and regular Melbourne exhibitors.
- Phase 1: 4 November – 1 December 2020: (approx. 4 weeks)
- 2021 contracted exhibitors (members and non-members)
- APPMA members who exhibited in 2019 but not signed for 2021.
- Non-members who have exhibited in Melbourne 2015 and 2019
- Phase 2: 7th December – 18th January 2020: Variations to stand sizes and locations
- Phase 3: 27th January 2021 through to 2022 event until sold out: open market to all potential exhibitors on a first come first served basis.
Packaging & Processing Week events are currently being planned to run in 2022. This will include a Business and Industry Conference and APPMA Awards of Excellence. With the decision to postpone AUSPACK now being finalised, we can now finalise the planning, format and dates for these other events, and will be able to make announcements later this year.
AUSPACK 2022 will once again offer a number of stand-out social events taking place during Packaging & Processing Week. Social and networking opportunities include the Business and Industry Conference, Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) Awards of Excellence, Next-Gen Lunch and a Show-Floor Learning Series.
Yes, we will have facilities onsite to process your ticket purchase during the event. Please see our team at the registration desk to secure your ticket on the day.
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Event compromise due to COVID-19
The decision to postpone AUSPACK to 2022 was not an easy one to make, and is the first of its kind since the exhibition’s inception. AUSPACK was 70% sold. Our focus and concern – as always – is in assessing the COVID-19 risks, implications and restrictions, and how these would compromise the event’s success and every exhibitor’s return on investment and experience. Taking all of these factors into account, we believe postponing the event provides the best outcome for all involved.
Health and Safety
It is vital to ensure that we can protect the health and safety of our industry community when everyone comes together. It’s also paramount that we preserve the experience – and value – that exhibitors and visitors gain from attending AUSPACK and events like it.
Exhibitor Experience and Value
AUSPACK is known for its depth of products and services on the show floor, and the unique networking opportunities available from the many functions and events held around the show. Continuing uncertainty around state-border openings, event restrictions and ongoing uncertainty regarding international flights and participation represented serious concerns regarding delivering the value and benefit expected from exhibiting at an AUSPACK event.
Networking and Engagement Restrictions
Because AUSPACK is built around engagement and networking, the concern was that the COVID-19 implications would compromise the value and experience for visitors and exhibitors. In the absence of a vaccine events such as this are likely to be restricted and severely compromised.
However, while we have postponed the AUSPACK exhibition, we will continue to plan and run appropriate educational, networking and engagement events during 2021 – virtually if they need to be, or hopefully face to face. This includes the Business and Industry Conference, APPMA Awards of Excellence, APPMA member networking dinners and others.
Congestion of Exhibition and Industry/Member Responsibility
The APPMA’s role is to promote, integrate and foster participation and development at all levels of the packaging and processing machinery industry in Australia. As an industry association, our main goal is to deliver a show that meets exhibitor, attendee, sponsor and industry needs and expectations.
The APPMA Board viewed the congestion created by other commercially focused
exhibitions moving their dates from 2020 to mid-2021 as far from an ideal situation for the industry. It serves no one’s interests to have a slew of shows – such as Interpack, ProPak Asia, FoodPro – held so closely together, and we believe the value to exhibitors and visitors will be vastly reduced. As an industry-based association, we believe moving AUSPACK to a later date provides the best outcome for industry, including the best financial ROI for exhibitors and visitors.
While financial contribution from events such as AUSPACK aid in running the APPMA, as a fiscally responsible Association, we are well positioned to deliver this – and any –event at a time, date and venue that best serves our members, exhibitors, attendees and the greater industry. We credit previous and current Board members for their foresight in establishing reserves that enable the APPMA to make the best decision for our members and the industry.
Running a compromised event for short term-financial returns is not required.
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