The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) has opened registrations for the upcoming Australasian Processing and Packaging Expo (APPEX) 2024, held from 12 to 15 March in Melbourne.
Set to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event will be the largest business-to-business gathering for the processing and packaging sector to be held in Australia. It will showcase the best and brightest manufacturers in the country and New Zealand.
APPEX builds on the 35-year foundation of the former AUSPACK exhibitions, taking what was previously a packaging-focused event and combining it with the processing industry in what will be a 50 per cent larger showcase.
“It is a showcase of the total processing and packaging sector with a focus on the latest technology and best practice. It is an unprecedented opportunity for knowledge exchange delivered by industry, for industry,” said Mark Dingley, chair of APPMA.
In a media release, APPMA said the event will take over all 20 bays of the MCEC and will be divided into zones to help attendees find products and services of interest to them.
Participating businesses will be able to showcase their latest equipment, technology and innovations, ancillary equipment, automation, materials and packaging, logistics, robotics, food processing and industry services.
APPEX 2024 will offer new networking areas, including food and beverage hubs and APPEX restaurants, designed to allow visitors and exhibitors to connect and network at the event.
It will also feature a series of educational initiatives, including Meat Industry Day, led by a collaboration of partners comprising the Australian Meat Industry Council, Australian Meat Processor Corporation, and Meat and Livestock Australia.
Visitors can also take part in food and beverage-focused sessions as part of the Food Industry Solution Series and presentations from Robotics Australia exploring the role and future of robotics in processing and packaging.
The event will culminate the the Awards of Excellence, a gala dinner ghosted by APPMA, on 13 March.
“The Gala dinner, expected to host more than 700 industry guests, is very much the ‘event of the year’ for our industry and everyone involved,” Dingley said.
For more information and to register, visit apex.com.au.