After careful consideration, the APPMA Board in conjunction with ETF, our exhibition organisers have made the difficult decision to postpone AUSPACK 2021 in Sydney, and re-schedule the next event for Melbourne 2022.
With an event of this scale and significance, the most important factors in our decision included the uncertainty around protecting the health and safety of our industry community, preserving the experience and value that exhibitors and visitors alike, have come to expect from AUSPACK, the likely COVID restrictions and the congestion of other exhibitions due to their re-scheduling from 2020.
AUSPACK is known for the depth of products and services on the show floor, and the unique networking opportunities available from the many events held around the show. In addition to the abovementioned considerations the continuing uncertainty around state-border openings, and the very likely reality that international flights will not be allowed until the second half of 2021, the APPMA Board felt we could not deliver this experience to the same high standards as those previously experienced. Moving the event to 2022 was, therefore, the right thing to do from the perspective of members, exhibitors, sponsors, attendees and the industry.
The last edition of AUSPACK in 2019 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre was a record show, surpassing all expectations. Melbourne 2022 is ideally placed to provide the scale and breadth of event that our industry needs as it gears up for the post-COVID recovery.
2021 Business and Industry Conference and APPMA Awards
APPMA Chairman Mark Dingley said, “The APPMA introduced the Business and Industry Conference as part of Packaging and Processing Week 2019 and it was very well received. The conference provided an excellent platform for the packaging industry to drive collaboration and conversation on key issues facing the sector.”
“At AUSPACK 2019, the APPMA reinstated its Awards of Excellence as a high-value way to seek out and recognise industry innovation and outstanding performers. This is the only dedicated processing and packaging machinery awards program of its type in Australasia, and recognises those who make a significant difference in the industry.”
The APPMA Board are currently exploring Packaging and Processing Week events with the intention to run them in 2021, as we believe it is important to connect as a community and that visitors will be able to receive great value from these activities. We will be in a position to announce dates and further information later.