• Scene from the inaugural Business & Industry Conference staged by APPMA in 2019.
    Scene from the inaugural Business & Industry Conference staged by APPMA in 2019.

As Australia picks up the pace of the vaccine rollout, the country’s new normal is beginning to take shape. So what does this mean for the packaging and processing industry? And what opportunities can be harnessed now that will build the platform for the next era of innovation, sustainability and growth.

The APPMA Business & Industry Conference, which returns on 16 September 2021 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney, aims to answer these, and many other pressing questions for the sector.

This year’s conference, which has the core focus on ‘Investing in Resilience’, will be delivered as a hybrid event (the conference will be live-streamed from the ICC) enabling APPMA members, partners and supporting industries to attend both in-person or virtually. 

The programme includes a dedicated online meeting hub for all registered attendees, and all delegates will be able to access recordings of the conference post-event. 

“We know due to social distancing and travel restrictions, getting in front of people was hard last year. This conference is the perfect opportunity to learn about new innovations, understanding risk and adapting to a fast-changing operating environment,” says APPMA GM Operations Michael Moran.

“It will interest any decision makers in the packaging and processing industry, their suppliers, industry associations, and member companies across food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, machinery manufacturers, packaging production, technical and engineering suppliers, print and design, and distribution and e-commerce,” Moran said.

The ICC is situated at the intersection of Sydney’s academic, cultural and technology precincts with plenty of accommodation at special rates for APPMA Business & Industry Conference delegates. 


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