The APPMA executive team reflects on a successful Interpack experience, and in a video interview APPMA chairman Mark Dingley discusses how this is a positive precursor to the APPEX trade show next year.
APPMA CEO Michael Moran and marketing executive Denni Egan joined the wider APPMA delegation to make the trip to the world’s biggest packaging and processing trade show in Dusseldorf, which ran from 4 to 10 May.
“Our first trip to Interpack was an overwhelming success, delivering on all of our objectives and expectations,” said Michael Moran. “With over 18 halls to explore, including 30-plus APPMA member companies exhibiting, either directly or via their partners, there was plenty of walking as we progressively visited members’ stands comprising teams of personnel from all corners of the globe including a strong Australian team presence.
“The exhibitor engagements along with our review of stand designs and on-stand services provided some great insights into what makes Interpack such a successful and must-attend event with the opportunity to incorporate many of these learnings into APPEX 2024.”
Moran said re-engaging with APPMA’s partner International Associations post-COVID was a priority, with the aim of exploring collaboration opportunities for exhibition promotion and support, sharing of information, research findings and member services ideas.
“Our meetings and general engagement with PMMI, PPMA, UCIMA and VMAG were very positive with regards sharing of experiences, ideas, data and the identification of future opportunities and initiatives. We look forward to working more closely with all parties moving forward,” he said.
“Interpack also provided the opportunity to increase awareness and understanding that APPEX 2024 represents not just a name change but a genuine transition of AUSPACK to an ‘all of industry show’ for the total Australasian Processing and Packaging Industry,” Moran said.
Chairman Mark Dingley concurs, and in this video interview shares his views:
Moran goes on to say the interest and response from the international associations and alliance partners was extremely positive, with all parties agreeing to assist in reinforcing and promoting APPEX 2024 to their members and industries.
“Our APPMA/Yaffa Media/Interpack networking event on Day 2 of the show was extremely successful with over 130 Australian and New Zealand Interpack visitors attending, taking time out to catch up with friends and colleagues and sharing their thoughts on the show in a relaxing environment with some food and drinks. The bonus was the event also attracted Thomas Dohse, Interpack Director, as our special guest, who took the opportunity to provide some insights on the show to the gathering.”
Here's a video interview with him just after the event:
APPMA was also a partner sponsor of the International Packaging Press Organisation dinner held during Interpack.
“The IPPO function on the Sunday night provided the first-hand opportunity to be present at the announcement of Lindy Hughson as the new President of IPPO, with immediate effect, along with Luciana Pellegrino, as the new president of the World Packaging Organisation, taking office from WPO from November,” Moran said.
“The event was a great evening providing the opportunity to network with international packaging journalists, and other sponsors such as PMMI and UCIMA and their guests.
Moran concluded, “I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate both Lindy and Luciana on their appointments and wish them the best in their new roles. We look forward to working closely with them in supporting and promoting the Australian Processing and Packaging Industry and APPEX.”