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In a move focused on further supporting its NSW members, APPMA (Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association) is partnering with Modern Manufacturing Expo organisers, the International Exhibition & Conference Group. 

This partnership comes on the back of the APPEX (Australasian Processing and Packaging Expo) announcement at the recent AUSPACK event in Melbourne. APPEX is set to take place every three years in Melbourne with the next event to kick off from 12-15 March 2024.

According to Michael Moran, APPMA CEO, the association is focused on exploring opportunities that further support and add value to their members in the NSW region.

“The Modern Manufacturing Expo is a great fit for the APPMA members and is complementary to the APPEX show. The two events will dovetail well and support our growing member base in NSW.”

Supported by both the state and federal government, the Modern Manufacturing Expo aims to help modernise and digitise Australia’s manufacturing capabilities and competitiveness to drive an advanced and sustainable manufacturing nation.

APPMA has a strong history in packaging and processing and provides strong industry connections and a well-established membership base across Australia. It is a national association, providing a range of industry promotion, marketing, educational and networking forums and support services that enable its members to promote their businesses, share industry data and maintain knowledge of the latest industry trends and innovations.  

Moran said that the association is always on the lookout for opportunities to further help its members raise their profile, with the Modern Manufacturing Expo, which is "at the top end of innovation across all sectors",  one such event. 

“We are excited to join the Modern Manufacturing Expo at its inaugural event and look forward to partnering with them as they move forward with their annual expos in NSW. The event and associated conferences and seminars, provide our members in the region with an opportunity to not only showcase their technologies and products but also to network and collaborate with the innovation community which this show is bound to foster," he added.

IEC Group CEO Marie Kinsella said the primary focus of the Modern Manufacturing Expo is about guiding the industry following the widespread call to implement smart manufacturing.

“An annual show is what is needed to keep on top of emerging trends when working with this type of technology, which is fast evolving and always innovating.

“This expo has become more than a showcase of products; we see our role at the Modern Manufacturing Expo as bringing together like-minded companies and associations who are driven to transform Australian manufacturing. It really is a collaborative space, and we want visitors to leave the event feeling empowered to make the journey from traditional to modern manufacturing” she said.

Moran concurred: “Manufacturing is resurging and onshoring is important. Innovation across manufacturing is a crucial development for the future of the industry itself. While APPEX will provide a platform to unite the entire processing and packaging community with Australia’s largest trade event for our industry showcasing new products and innovations, we also understand the need for an ‘off’ year event, that provides a flexible and agile space where companies can bounce ideas off each other, showcase the latest technology and explore collaboration to make these bigger developments happen.”

"APPMA is also excited to further explore the R&D opportunities that the education sector is providing in this space and the Modern Manufacturing Expo provides a perfect platform for their members to explore this topic in-depth,' he concluded.

The Modern Manufacturing Expo takes place at the Sydney Showground on 21 and 22 September 2022 and will be running alongside the successful Workplace Health & Safety Show. The event will be opened by Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon Ed Husic MP. The expo also offers a conference on Smart Manufacturing.

These, registration and tickets for the Industry Leaders Breakfast addressed by Hon. Minister Ayers are now available on the www.modernmanufacturingexpo.com.

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