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  • Auspack Plus packs a mighty punch – Andy McCourt’s ReVerb

    Auspack Plus kicks off in Sydney this week, with the packaging and processing expo hosting a dizzying array of suppliers within the sector. Andy McCourt investigates how the trade show is excelling in an industry that is just as difficult and competitive as the local printing industry.

    Auspack Plus – PacPrint’s close ‘cousin’ trade show – held in Sydney this week, is a growth success story in just as challenging an environment as printing and the graphic arts.

    As PacPrint shrinks, Auspack Plus is growing. Without VIEE Image Expo, PacPrint stands at around 9,000 square metres – down from 17,000 at its peak. Auspack Plus is at 7,300 square metres; smaller but on an upward path.

    PacPrint – in two weeks – will be a great show, due in the main part to huge efforts put in by digital suppliers on giant stands, such as Currie Group, Ricoh, Agfa, Fujifilm/Fuji Xerox, Konica Minolta, Canon, Kodak and Screen plus others. Auspack Plus has more exhibitors but typically on smaller stands.

    Yes, PacPrint is a not-to-be-missed event but contrasting it with the growth of Auspack Plus, perhaps there should be some pause for thought with respect to future directions of both PacPrint and PrintEx….and maybe lessons to be learned from Auspack Plus?

    Looking around Auspack Plus, it’s hard to believe that there has been a GFC, high Australian dollar and poor manufacturing environment. The show is the largest it has ever been, a total sell-out of around 7,300 square metres of actual stand space. Shuttle buses are bringing visitors in from the airport and CBD and the car parks are filling up. Delegations from China and other Asian countries are plentiful alongside many local visitors and exhibitors.

    Luke Kasprzak, Auspack Plus event manager.

    Event Manager Luke Kasprzak (pictured) puts the success down to knowing the market, listening to what it wants and ‘providing the right platform for business, education and networking.’ In the midst of Auspack Plus are the 2013 APPMA Awards of Excellence, a vital part of the event, says Kasprzak: “It’s recognition for outstanding innovation in packaging and processing from design to production.”

    Looking around the Auspack Plus show floor there are many familiar names that can also be found at PacPrint: Ferag, Esko, Ferrostaal, Kurz, Label Print Systems and Spectra Training. Some of these are divisions within the organization that specialize in the processes of packaging while others, such as Label Print Systems are directly involved in supplying the equipment and converting systems to produce labels. LPS’ new Memjet-powered Colordyne printers in both roll-to-roll and sheet & envelope versions were on display and these can also be seen at PacPrint from 21st May in Melbourne.

    The Ricoh name was also spotted on the Milford Astor stand – for their thermal ribbon transfer printers more so than the printers and copiers.

    Joe Foster of Foster Packaging does short run and mockups on Indigos.

    Printers servicing the packaging sector are also exhibiting such as Brookvale, NSW’s The Van Dyke Press with a range of labels including in-mold, heat-seal, wrap around and flexibles. Le Mac is a major player in all aspects of labels and packaging in Australia and beyond and this company has Australia’s only Dotrix digital press for short run flexible products. Le Mac even had personalized Coke bottles on display, and two delightfully outgoing, blue-haired, promotional ladies!

    The internationalization of AusPack Plus is very apparent with over 60 overseas exhibitors, out of a total of around 240. There are many new exhibitors from PR China in particular but also from Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan and Italy. Even early on the first day, the buzz from the floor was very lively and the shuttle buses were bringing more and more visitors into the show.

    “We expect in excess of 6,000 trade visitors,” said Luke Kasprzak; “and we have 27 countries represented here. The event is one hundred percent owned by the APPMA, with a sub-committee specifically assigned to the success of the show.”


    Auspack has always featured a good number of suppliers for marking and encoding printers; Imaje, Domino, Zebra to name but three.

    What is very apparent at the 2013 event is that the digital printing is enabling the packaging industry to step up to full-colour labels produced either in-house or in short runs from trade sources.

    An example of this is Foster Packaging’s Mock-Up-Studio, who specialize in mock-ups and short runs for many kinds of pouches and cartons.

    Large Chinese delegation at Auspack Plus.

    “We produce the mock-ups using HP Indigo technology on pre-treated substrates and then finish and fill them by hand, so they look like the real thing,” said Joe Foster, head of the Dandenong, Victoria-based company.

    Foster helps its global clients design, develop and test new packaging ideas but also own a gravure press for production.

    Amid all the conveyors, fillers, bottlers, check weighers and sealers, full-colour digital labels are also an increasing feature of Auspack Plus. It can be expected that this will be a growth area for the next show in Melbourne in 2015 where no doubt new generation, faster digital label presses will be everywhere.

    Auspack Plus is owned by the APPMA – the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association – and organized by Exhibitions & Trade Fairs Ltd. It runs for four days from 7th to 10th May, and is being held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.


    AUSPACK PLUS 2013 – Australia’s International Exhibition of Packaging and Processing Machinery, Materials and Associated Technology returns to Sydney from Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th of May, 2013 at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

    AUSPACK PLUS 2013 is a four day tradeshow that brings together buyers and sellers who provide products and services integral to delivering complete production line solutions for packaging and processing industries in the Australasian region. Become part of it and participate in developing this premier Australasian exhibition into the leading multi-platform event.

    The exhibition will provide you with the ultimate business platform to speak face-to-face with thousands of industry professionals from an array of industry sectors – all under the one roof. With our global network knowledge and expertise we will deliver the ultimate marketing experience for your business.

    Here’s what the event’s organizer says about AUSPACK PLUS 2013:

    AUSPACK PLUS 2013 is your chance to see, compare and buy all the latest working machinery, products and technology with more than 1000 brands expected to be on display from over 250 exhibitors. It would take you many months to see this many suppliers individually and consequently AUSPACK PLUS 2013 is the ideal place to streamline the buying process, with all the experts on hand to discuss your individual requirements.

    Discover new machinery and technology that will help increase the productivity of your business and lower your production costs. Compare the latest innovations and innovative business solutions for your packaging, processing and handling requirements.

    AUSPACK PLUS 2013 offers unparalleled networking opportunities and chances for information exchange for you and your employees. AUSPACK PLUS 2013 is the ideal platform to reach a wide range of contacts face-to-face in just four days.

    If packaging and processing impacts your business then the answer is at AUSPACK PLUS 2013.

    For more information, click here.