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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.


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 new product technology: KELSTREAM SSHE

INOX Brings KELSTREAM exclusively to Australia, Malaysia and Thailand.

INOX is very proud to announce the newly formed partnership with Kelstream of Netherlands.Brochure-Kelstream-NL-1AThe Kelstream Scraped Surface Heat Exchanger (SSHE) is a heat exchanger that carefully handles all thin, medium and high viscous liquids including particulates up to approximately 25mm. Whether it’s for boiling, cooling, pasteurising or mixing. In short: any process used in the food, pharmaceutical and non-food industry. Sectors where content matters.
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serieMr. Robert Becher, Managing Director of INOX about the partnership: “The inclusion of the Kelstream equipment range is an exciting development and partnership for INOX and our food processing customers. The available expertise and range of equipment allows access to technology that will contribute to the competitive edge that is so highly sought after in the food processing industry.”

Click here to find out more about Kelstream’s leading technology and capabilities in food and pharmaceutical processing.

Interested in the full story? Click here for Kelstream’s press release.

 Fons Geurts – CEO Kelstream:

At Kelstream our goal is to bring our scraped surface heat exchanger to all corners of the world together with enthusiastic team players.

With INOX Australia we have found the perfect partner with a broad experience and a hands on mentality in the processing industry.

Serving clients to achieve optimum results within their process combined with INOX’ technical skills is our common road to success.”


The extremely versatile Kelstream can be used for all thin, medium and high viscous food products. These products can be heated and cooled in a controlled way. This makes the Kelstream ideal for:

General food products:

  • Peanut butter
  • (Red) meat
  • Palm oil
  • Tallow
  • Deboned poultry
  • Hamburger
  • Lard
  • Sandwich cream
  • Sausage
  • Potato mash
  • Sweet potato

 Fruit products:

  • Marmalade
  • Jam
  • Jellies

Confectionary products:

  • Nougat
  • Fudge
  • Gelatine
  • Candy syrups
  • Caramel
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate filling

Dairy Products:

The extremely versatile Kelstream can be used for all thin, medium and high viscous dairy products. These products can be heated, cooled, sterilised and pasteurised in a controlled way.

  • Milk
  • Pudding
  • Sour cream butter
  • Yoghurt
  • Butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Ice
  • Ice Cream
  • Margarine
  • Wafer cream



Inox design specific food processing systems that involve mixing, cooking, cooling, filling of all types of food products.

From the reliable and effective INOX Instantiser, through to our processing systems to cook by method of steam heating, under atmospheric condition, pressure or vacuum conditions.

Cooking or cooling with the Kelstream system allows flexibility by design and bring together options that are tailored to suit your production facilities.

Cooling can be achieved either prior to filling with the Kelstream equipment or after filling with INOX designed cooling tunnels. Our expertise in these areas have seen INOX provide systems throughout Australian and Asian food manufacturing facilities.

INOX consult with and provide our customers with very specific and tailored solutions to food processing that improve on processing quality, safety of product, efficiencies in production, and improvements of food products to ensure that product success is achieved through expert design of the system and quality machinery.


Supported by INOX in Australia, with local support to Malaysia and Thailand from our Malaysia facility, located in Kuala Lumpur.