Wide program scope at AUSPACK Business and Industry Conference 2019

Posted on January 10th, 2019 in MEDIA RELEASES

Early bird rate ends soon!

Across a wide-ranging program, the AUSPACK Business and Industry Conference 2019 will drill down into two main areas: packaging and processing, and business growth.

More than 25 speakers and panellists will present new data and ideas through case studies, interactive Q&A sessions, keynote plenary sessions and 18 breakouts across the two streams. Tickets are on sale now, with the early bird rate ending 25 January 2019.

Mark Dingley, Chairman of the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), which is presenting this two-day inaugural event as part of Packaging and Processing Week 2019, said, “The variety of presentations and speakers will be an excellent way for people to learn about key industry areas.”

Three of the speakers are:

  • Andrew Manly of the Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association, based in Holland
  • John Broadbent, a smart factories mentor from Realise Potential, and Adjunct Professor of Engineering at UTS, responsible for industry liaison for smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0
  • John Baird of Ultimo Digital Technologies and chairman of the Cyber Security Advisory Council of the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

Mr Dingley said, “In the Packaging and Processing stream on day one, Andrew Manly will give a keynote on ‘Smart Packaging – How Can Packaging Be Part of The Sustainability Solution?. Andrew will look at how new packaging technologies can drive efficiency, reduce waste and give better control of sales, marketing and the supply chain. His session will go deeply into the world of ‘smart packaging’ comparing new technologies and active and intelligent solutions.

“On the morning of day two, John Broadbent will give a keynote on ‘Factory of the Future – It’s Already Here’. This will demystify the rapidly changing technical environment of smart factories, Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things or IIoT.

“John will then facilitate a panel on ‘4.0 In Practice – Taking the Next Step’ in the Packaging and Processing stream. This panel discussion and Q&A opportunity will explain how Industry 4.0 works in practice and what technologies manufacturers’ need, so they can compete in Australia and internationally. There’s some fantastic empirical evidence around showing that manufacturers who have headed down the smart-factory path have seen some large rewards, including in increased supply chain visibility and higher customer satisfaction.”

Across in the Business Growth stream, John Baird will present a case study on “How Blockchain and IoT Provide Full Traceability of the Supply Chain”.

Mr Dingley said, “John will talk about how Ultimo Digital Technologies is combining blockchain and IoT technologies to provide full supply chain traceability, and he’ll describe how the technology flows through to the end customer, who then has the ability to scan products to ensure their authenticity and, therefore, safety.

“With the early bird rates ending in just over a month, I encourage people who want to learn more deeply about packaging and processing, and business growth, to register now. The conference is excellent value, but why not take advantage of the early-bird rates while you still can before 25 January 2019?”