The biggest packaging and processing show ever held in Australia, APPEX 2024, closed its doors at 3pm today, following four days where the industry showed its focus, intelligence and collaboration.

Some 440 exhibitors filled the giant Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre, giving more than 10,000 visitors an unprecedented insight into rapidly developing technologies, and into how an industry, that more than ever is in the national spotlight, is positioning itself superbly to meet the challenges ahead.

Take a look at our sister title PKN's video reel of the week:

The non-stop series of workshops, forums and seminars that ran throughout the expo, along with the new technology on display, revealed that the packaging and processing industry is working hard, and with urgency, to give the nation what it needs, in its delivery of goods within the expected safety, cost and time parameters, while transitioning to a sustainable future.

The industry showed its willingness to work together, putting aside self interest for the greater good, with exhibitors, and packaging and processing professionals visiting the expo, expressing their openness to one another, a dynamic that greatly impressed overseas guests.

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Industry groups and local manufacturers, including Kimberly-Clark Australia, have voiced approval of the government's Future Made in Australia Act announced by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, although there's recognition that the plan needs "fleshing out".

PKN’s latest issue for 2024 is hitting desks, which includes our comprehensive review of APPEX 2024, a preview of drupa, and features on Labels, Sustainability, F&B Packaging, and Design.