The first exhibitor applications will open next month for AUSPACK 2021, to be held at Sydney Showground in two years.

Mark Dingley, chairman of AUSPACK owners the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), encouraged exhibitors to get in early for AUSPACK 2021 after a record show in Melbourne this year, adding that initiatives from 2019 – such as the AUSPACK Business and Industry Conference and the APPMA Awards of Excellence – will return at the Sydney show.

“The AUSPACK Business and Industry Conference, held as part of the growing Packaging & Processing Week, and the APPMA Awards were excellent inclusions and added a lot of value for visitors.

“We developed the conference to enhance the educational opportunities on offer, while the well-received APPMA Awards – the only dedicated processing and packaging machinery awards program of their type in Australasia – were an excellent way to recognise those making a significant difference,” he said.

The first phase of applications, running from 17 September to 1 October, will be reserved for APPMA members who exhibited at AUSPACK 2017 in Sydney. The second phase, from 2 to 29 October, will be open to all APPMA members; then the third phase, from 30 October to 27 November, will be for all previous AUSPACK 2017 exhibitors. Finally, phase four, from 28 November through to the 2021 event or until sold out, will be open to all exhibitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

According to Albert Kruger, event director at organiser Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF), previous exhibitors at AUSPACK 2017 in Sydney will have the chance to secure their previous spaces, or similar if those are unavailable.

“AUSPACK 2019 was a record-breaking Melbourne show, with so many elements making it a resounding success. From the interactive and engaging visitor experiences, to the product launches that happened right across the show floor, 2019 was one very memorable show.

“AUSPACK 2021 is on target to be even more exciting and rewarding for the businesses who exhibit, and for attending visitors,” he said.

AUSPACK 2021 will run from 25 to 28 May, 2021, at Sydney Showground. Visit the AUSPACK website for more information.

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