In 2019 the AUSPACK expo was the most successful event in its 34-year history with big crowds, innovative presentations and two Universal team members making the rounds to report back on what impressed from across the ditch.
Jed Goudie and Emily Barnier from Universal Packaging headed over to experience the record-breaking Melbourne show to give us a taste of what took place over these two days.
An Australian expo proves jam-packed with ideas
The Australian-based expo sees the gathering of over 350 suppliers representing 1,200 international brands, with 1000s more customers walking the halls of the Melbourne Convention Centre.
The interest in new innovations, sustainability gains and fresh ideas was obvious – in the 2019 showcase alone there were over 300 delegates gathered to hear discussion of the industry hot topics from a range of international speakers.
Over the course of the event Emily and Jed stayed wrapped up in their work. On the first day the Universal duo explored the many exhibits, getting a close-up look at what was making the grade and, conversely, what was falling behind.
As Emily observed during these panels, “those who were hesitant to move in this direction were generally the older generation, who were distrustful or unaware of the need for change. The main message, ‘move into industry 4.0 or fall behind’ was pretty clear to all.
Jed too was impressed with the overall trends seen in packaging and processes, although he did notice a lack of SCOPE-style reporting systems.
“Very few actually had real-time reporting on their machinery and systems,” he said. “But those that did were doing it well – they can see the important supervision and accountability that this technology brings.”
It was important that Universal attended AUSPACK, the global event a great opportunity to not only gain new perspectives but also assess where the company is within the bigger picture.
Meeting the ever-changing needs of New Zealand’s packaging industry requires a consistent research and development focus, one Universal Packaging will continue to invest in.