• Aussies and Kiwis took advantage of the reception to catch up with colleagues after a long day walking the halls.
    Aussies and Kiwis took advantage of the reception to catch up with colleagues after a long day walking the halls.
  • Paul Meischke and Tony Di Nallo on partner Cama Group's stand.
    Paul Meischke and Tony Di Nallo on partner Cama Group's stand.
  • Michael Moran, APPMA; Blake Svejkovsky, Robert Marguccio, Heat and Control; Denni Egan, APPMA.
    Michael Moran, APPMA; Blake Svejkovsky, Robert Marguccio, Heat and Control; Denni Egan, APPMA.
  • Lindy Hughson and Nadia Taylor on tna solution's stand.
    Lindy Hughson and Nadia Taylor on tna solution's stand.
  • Pierre Pienaar, WPO; Mark Dingley, David Alexander of Matthews Australasia; Nerida Kelton WPO/ AIP
    Pierre Pienaar, WPO; Mark Dingley, David Alexander of Matthews Australasia; Nerida Kelton WPO/ AIP
  • Paul Meischke and Russell White, JL Lennard
    Paul Meischke and Russell White, JL Lennard
  • Chris Baudinette, PerForm Packaging Solutions and James Hoare, Syntegon (KlikLok).
    Chris Baudinette, PerForm Packaging Solutions and James Hoare, Syntegon (KlikLok).
  • Marco Rama, Clevertech and Neil Durran, Automation & Packaging.
    Marco Rama, Clevertech and Neil Durran, Automation & Packaging.
  • On the show-stopping Schutz stand, the Australian team (l-r): Brooke Graham, Jodie Kerr, Alan Barham, David Bloomer.
    On the show-stopping Schutz stand, the Australian team (l-r): Brooke Graham, Jodie Kerr, Alan Barham, David Bloomer.
  • Andrew Jennings and James Poulson, Signet Group
    Andrew Jennings and James Poulson, Signet Group
  • Daniel Malki, Jet Technologies and Lindy Hughson, PKN.
    Daniel Malki, Jet Technologies and Lindy Hughson, PKN.
  • Earle Roberts, Chris Yule, Foodmach; Emanuele Piva, PE Labellers, Rym Kachouri, Foodmach.
    Earle Roberts, Chris Yule, Foodmach; Emanuele Piva, PE Labellers, Rym Kachouri, Foodmach.
  • Rym Kachouri, Foodmach and Bill Dopper, Recopack
    Rym Kachouri, Foodmach and Bill Dopper, Recopack
  • Martin Kuhl, Herma, Lindy Hughson and Michael Dossor Result Group (with PIDA 2023 Gold award won by Herma and Result and officially handed over at Interpack).
    Martin Kuhl, Herma, Lindy Hughson and Michael Dossor Result Group (with PIDA 2023 Gold award won by Herma and Result and officially handed over at Interpack).
  • Brian Gilmore from FlexCAM Australia, Lindy Hughson, and Stefan von Westberg from Flexlink.
    Brian Gilmore from FlexCAM Australia, Lindy Hughson, and Stefan von Westberg from Flexlink.
  • Paweł Kowalczyk from Solaris Laser, Lindy Hughson, and Matt Nichol from Matthews Australasia.
    Paweł Kowalczyk from Solaris Laser, Lindy Hughson, and Matt Nichol from Matthews Australasia.
  • Jason Valente, PerForm Packaging Solutions, Lindy Hughson and Christoph Trunzer from Grunwald.
    Jason Valente, PerForm Packaging Solutions, Lindy Hughson and Christoph Trunzer from Grunwald.
  • Chandarin Ung and Tony Elliot, tna solutions.
    Chandarin Ung and Tony Elliot, tna solutions.
  • Phil Biggs, packaging Partners/ Foodmach with the WPO/AIP's Nerida Kelton and Pierre Pienaar.
    Phil Biggs, packaging Partners/ Foodmach with the WPO/AIP's Nerida Kelton and Pierre Pienaar.
  • Lindy Hughson, PKN and Steven Karavendzas, Krones
    Lindy Hughson, PKN and Steven Karavendzas, Krones
  • Ian Hayes, APCO; Lindy Hughson, PKN; Michael Grima, Qdesign
    Ian Hayes, APCO; Lindy Hughson, PKN; Michael Grima, Qdesign
  • At WorldStar Awards: Joe Foster, CEO Close the Loop Group and OF Packaging shows off his trophy.
    At WorldStar Awards: Joe Foster, CEO Close the Loop Group and OF Packaging shows off his trophy.
  • Australian exhibitor Bouncee: (l-r) Hamish Hingston, Eleanna Hingston, Gary Skinner
    Australian exhibitor Bouncee: (l-r) Hamish Hingston, Eleanna Hingston, Gary Skinner
  • From left: Chris Yule, Earle Roberts, Matt Nichol, Nerida Kelton, Mark Dingley.
    From left: Chris Yule, Earle Roberts, Matt Nichol, Nerida Kelton, Mark Dingley.
  • David Fullerton, Lantech
    David Fullerton, Lantech
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Considering the extensive travel distance involved, there was a relatively strong Australian and New Zealand contingent, including APPMA members, present at Interpack. Feedback is unanimously positive, with attendees of one mind that it was good to be back at a global trade show after six long years.

[Flick through our gallery above to see some of the people we bumped into along the way.]

Interpack, APPMA and PKN (Yaffa Media) hosted a networking event for visitors from Australia and New Zealand on the second day of the mega trade show. The APPMA executive, together with Interpack Messe representative for ANZ Robert Laing, co-ordinated the gathering attended by some 130 Aussies and Kiwis during Interpack. APPMA chairman Mark Dingley, PKN’s publisher Lindy Hughson, and Interpack director Thomas Dohse addressed the reception and reinforced the widely held view that having Interpack back on track was a positive sign for all in-person industry events. It’s certainly a positive precursor for APPMA’s trade show APPEX coming up in March next year.

Dohse expressed particular appreciation for this group from the Antipodes, whom he acknowledged have the furthest distance of all visitors to travel to Interpack. He said that the show, which is the size of 37 football fields, had attracted more than 2800 exhibitors from 61 nations, and was on track to record 150,000 visitors across the seven days.

Dohse identified the main themes of Interpack as circular economy; resource management – including packaging materials and energy saving; digital technologies; and product safety – pertaining particularly to pharmaceutical and food products.

In case you missed it, PKN published a 2-minute video highlights reel from the show. You can watch it here:

Lindy Hughson, PKN and Steven Kravandzas, Krones
Lindy Hughson, PKN and Steven Karavendzas, Krones

APPMA members present on the stands of their international partners invited PKN onto their stands to conduct video interviews that highlighted new technology on show.

All interviews are available on the PKN website in the Interpack section, and as listed below in order of filming:

Blake Svejkovsky from Heat and Control. Click here

Brian Gilmore from FlexCAM Australia and Vincent Altazin from Tecma Aries. Click here

Brian Gilmore from FlexCAM Australia and Stefan von Westberg from Flexlink. Click here

Jason Valente from PerForm Packaging Solutions and Christoph Trunzer from Grunwald. Click here

Michael Dossor from Result Group and Martin Kühl from HERMA. Click here

Stephen Tagg, Erik Lagarde and Luigi Marinoni from Markem-Imaje. Click here

Alessandro Rocca from Cama Group and Tony DiNallo from J.L. Lennard. Click here

Gabriel Chillarón Cortizo from Mengibar and Chris Yule from Foodmach. Click here

Christophe Lopez from Leibinger and Michael Dossor from Result Group. Click here

Emanuele Piva from PE Labellers and Rym Kachouri from Foodmach. Click here

Enrico and Valentina Aureli from Robopac. Click here

Interpack director Thomas Dohse. Click here

Paweł Kowalczyk from Solaris Laser and Matt Nichol from Matthews Australasia. Click here

Peter Mellon from PWR and Jason Valente from PerForm Packaging Solutions. Click here

Simon Jones from Antares Vision and Michael Dossor from Result Group. Click here

Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) chairman Mark Dingley. Click here

Mattias Ackers from Evolabel and Mark Dingley from Matthews Australasia. Click here

Steven Karavendzas from Krones. Click here

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