Top stories in this issue: AUSPACK is set to break new records; APPMA Awards of Excellence is relaunched; KHS celebrates 150 years; a new Industry 4.0 group is formed; Electrolux opts for intelligent automation from HMPS...

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In this edition's welcome message APPMA chairman Mark Dingley summarises the association's latest intitiatives and successes: 

"In the September edition I made reference to several exciting new initiatives planned for roll out in the upcoming months. I am pleased to say that one of those initiatives was the re-launch of the APPMA Awards of Excellence program in October. These awards once again provide a national platform focused on recognising excellence, innovation and outstanding performance within the packaging and processing machinery industry. It is a fantastic opportunity for successful entrants into these awards to receive a high level of promotion and recognition of their company, brand and award-winning products within the industry. Finalists and winners will be announced at the AUSPACK Gala Dinner to be held during Packaging and Processing Week. I strongly encourage all eligible companies to participate in the program, with further details available from the APPMA website.

"APPMA’s recent attendance at PACK EXPO in October has once again reinforced the value of this trade show participation with key benefits including the opportunity to network, learn and leverage our growing relationship with international partner associations as well as providing a platform for the promotion and recognition of the APPMA and our members. The event in Chicago also gave APPMA the chance to keep abreast of industry trends and innovations, along with promoting AUSPACK to the global machinery suppliers in attendance.

"On the local front, I am pleased to publish that the AUSPACK exhibition space is 100 per cent sold as at mid-November. We are heading for yet another record-breaking AUSPACK in relation to exhibition size, exhibitor participation and industry attendance. In addition to the exhibition itself and the recently announced APPMA Awards of Excellence, there has been significant work underway on the planning and development of new and exciting business and industry educational and networking events designed to deliver an enhanced AUSPACK experience to exhibitors, attendees and sponsors.

"One of these is the newly announced inaugural AUSPACK Business & Industry conference that will take place on 26-27 March alongside the show – definitely exciting times ahead for the APPMA, our members and our industry-owned AUSPACK.
With this being the final edition of Machinery Matters before the Christmas holiday break, I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy festive season and I look forward to seeing you all at AUSPACK on 26-29 March at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre."

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