• APPMA chairman Mark Dingley will be one of the presenters at LIVE, in his capacity as CEO of Matthews.
    APPMA chairman Mark Dingley will be one of the presenters at LIVE, in his capacity as CEO of Matthews.

APPMA is a gold sponsor and industry partner at the upcoming Print21 + PKN New Frontiers in Packaging Print LIVE event, which will see over 170 industry professionals gather in Sydney on Monday 12 August.

Four APPMA members are actively participating in the event, Currie Group, Kodak, Jet Technologies and Matthews, with other members, including Foodmach, Scott Automation, Fibre King, Orora and Result Packaging, attending on the day.

The audience of delegates already registered comprises a mix of brand and pack designers, brand owners, FMCG retailers, and packaging and label printers. Brand owners attending include Archie Rose, Lion, Campari, Nestle, Kirks/ Kelloggs, Snack Brands, McPhersons, Simplot, Campbell Arnott's, Taylors Wines, Woolworths Foodco and Woolworths Own Brand, among others.

Sustainability, brand protection, digitisation of packaging, personalisation and new design directions will be among the hot topics explored at the LIVE forum.

A highlight of the day will be the session focusing on the role printed packaging takes in driving consumer engagement, in which augmented reality developer Dreemar will be demonstrating an on-the-day AR experience and app developed especially for the LIVE event in collaboration with Campbell Arnott's. Dreemar is the company which developed the recent AR experience off the AUSPACK cover of PKN (March-April issue).

The full programme can be viewed here

Tickets can be purchased here, and APPMA members can use the code PACKROCKS19 for a discounted ticket.


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