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New Director appointed to APPMA Board

Robert Becher, MD of Inox Australia, has been elected as a new director on the APPMA Board, as announced at the APPMA AGM on 10 September.

This year’s APPMA AGM was held at the MCG in Melbourne, with a key item on the agenda the announcement of the election results for the 2019-2020 Board.

As per the new APPMA Constitution adopted at the 2018 AGM, three directors were due to retire – Mark Krygger (Orora), Peter Bradbury (ABB), and Mark Dingley (Matthews). All three renominated, along with Robert Becher (Inox), Mark Hollingsworth (Rhima), and Martin Reynolds (Reynolds Automation). As there were more nominations than vacancies, a ballot was required, and this year saw the first time a new electronic voting process was adopted – again as per the new Constitution.

Addressing attendees at the AGM, current chairman Mark Dingley said this process was adopted to maximise member engagement in the voting process nationally. Previously, voting was restricted to those member representatives attending the AGM.

The voting set up and process was co-ordinated independently by APPMA GM Michael Moran using the electronic system Big Pulse, a world renowned and proven system used by associations to conduct online elections and voting.

In total, over 65 per cent of members submitted ballots, which Dingley said was a “fantastic show of support, engagement and interest from our members based on prior years”.

After consolidation of the ballots, the successful candidates from the election were announced as Peter Bradbury from ABB; Robert Becher, Inox; and Mark Dingley, Matthews.

After congratulating Robert Becher on his successful election, Dingley thanked Mark Krygger for his contribution to the APPMA as a Board member since 2011.

“Mark has played a major role as both a Board member and member of the AUSPACK working committee, which we all know has seen AUSPACK go from strength to strength over his time,” Dingley said.

He also thanked Martin Reynolds and Mark Hollingsworth for their interest in joining the Board, and encouraged them and others to explore other opportunities to engage with the APPMA, and to nominate for next year’s election when once again three director seats will become available.

The official transition of director roles took effect at the conclusion of the AGM.

Australian Ambassador for Thailand attends Reception at ProPak Asia

During the networking reception hosted by the APPMA, and sponsored by SMC Australia and New Zealand, at ProPak Asia 2017, His Excellency, Paul Robilliard, Australian Ambassador for Thailand highlighted that Australia is well known in Thailand as a source of commodities, agricultural and food products, automotive components – and as an education destination. Mr Robilliard added that there are many Australian companies active in Thailand; across many industries, including more recently in the services, digital and advanced manufacturing space.

“As Thailand executes its ambitious 4.0 agenda, there will be even more opportunities for our two countries to partner together to achieve our mutual economic development ambitions,”

“It is one of the priorities of my team at the Australian Embassy to deepen, broaden and widen the trading relationship with Thailand. We will do this by helping companies work together, share their expertise and take advantage of opportunities to promote exports of high value goods and services – including, in niche areas such as this one, in the packaging and processing machinery industry. It makes perfect sense for our clever companies to work together in this industry.” Mr Robilliard said.

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Thailand is recognised as a manufacturing powerhouse in the region – and as a major exporter of food, industrial and electronic products. One of the obvious sectors is Thailand’s food and beverage industry. Positioning itself as the ‘Kitchen to the World’, Thailand remains the only net food exporter in Asia, and is one of the world’s top producers of food products such as rice, canned tuna, seafood, chicken, tropical fruits, snacks and confectionery; plus increasingly, packaged ready-to-eat foods. The domestically-grown food and beverage manufacturers of Thailand are expanding their presence globally – and much like their multinational competitors, are focussing on processing innovations to provide a greater range of convenient and healthier foods to consumers, as well as presenting these in the most contemporary packaging. Besides food and beverages, Thailand is also a significant manufacturer of household items, electrical goods, and pharmaceuticals; many of which require high standards of manufacturing and packaging._DSC1372

Thailand is active in attracting a range of other manufacturing and high-value industries to establish in the country; as it focusses on developing the Eastern Economic Corridor and on encouraging the growth of innovation. The increasing sophistication of consumer goods and industrial products is driving the need to deliver more modern and unique packaging solutions – and this in turn is driving the growth in demand for modern and sophisticated machinery and packaging equipment.


 

INOX @ Propak 2017 – Thailand

PLEASE DO COME AND VISIT THE AUSTRALIAN  PAVILLION HALL 99 – STAND AM39

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14– 17 JUNE BITEC, BANGKOK, THAILAND
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The Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) is pleased to announce that it will be heading to ProPak Asia 2017 on the 14-17th June, Bangkok, Thailand to coordinate the Australian Pavilion for the second year.

The APPMA developed the pavilion as a way to assist Australian packaging and processing manufacturers and distributors to showcase their products and companies to the Asian market.

WHO IS EXHIBITING?
Exhibiting in the Australian Pavilion is HMPS, Inox – Australia, OFS, Woolcool Australia, the APPMA and the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP). BBC Technologies will also be exhibiting in the same area and APPMA Member companies Fibre King, Heat and Control and tna will be exhibiting at the show on their own stands. The APPMA would like to extend an invitation for everyone to come and visit the Australian Pavilion in Hall 99 at ProPak Asia 2017. Come and meet the Australian Packaging & Processing Manufacturers and Distributors and see what new and innovative products and solutions they will be showcasing to suit the Asean Region.

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If you would like to arrange a meeting with us in the Australian Pavilion please email rob@inox.com.au today.

Pre-register online today at www.propakasia.com

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