“We were packing away at the end of the day when an important-looking guy was looking to walk right by the stand. Jed (Goudie) flipped his ID tag back over and went to check if he needed any help,” says Matt. “It turned out he was looking for a pallet un-wrapper – and Jed subsequently wound up selling him a great piece of equipment perfect for what was needed.”
Then there were the more low-key highlights, including “having a site opposite Fort Richard Laboratories stand.”
“That’s because we benefitted from Brendon Clist’s never-ending stream of catering platters in exchange for the use of our fridge!” says Matt.
Looking at the bigger picture and it is obvious Foodtech Packtech is an important event for a wide range of New Zealand companies.
For Universal Packaging, it’s a great opportunity to connect with potential customers and to meet key clients away from the pressure of their everyday workplaces. For our customers, it’s the chance to gain insight into new efficiencies in production, warehousing and dispatch operations, and to see new wrapping machinery and stretch film in action. And for the wider industry, it’s an excellent forum for sharing innovation and encouraging the advancement of our economy.
The show organisers too, are always looking to evolve and improve what’s available. At the last expo, the Materials Handling & Safety show was added and, while this year will obviously be tested by Covid-19 conditions, we’re sure there will be plenty to talk about.
There’ll always be some challenges and our team has the experience to cope with anything and everything. Matt again provides some commonsense advice for making the most of FTPT.
“Standing on a concrete floor for three days with little break isn’t ideal on your feet – so be sure to wear comfortable shoes,” he says. “Mid to late morning is the best time to get talk to key prospects and clients.”
“Oh, and don’t accept Brendon’s invitation for dinner on Wednesday night – as the next morning is terrible.”