Foodmach and HPMS the big winners at packaging industry awards

HMPS wThe Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) Awards of Excellence were held on Wednesday, alongside Auspack 2019, with a host of industry leaders honoured on the night.

Foodmach was a big winner, taking the award for best new product for its GEA Vipoll ALL IN ONE Filler and Foodmach for Dulux Merrifield took the Customer Collaboration award for its Turnkey Filling Lines. 

Sustainability was a big focus with Proseal Australia recognised for reducing plastic in packaging.

“Our event tonight was a showcase of sustainability. The innovations and dedication highlighted at this Gala Award Ceremony show that the entire Australian packaging and processing industry has a viable, sustainable longterm future,” said APPMA Chairman Mark Dingle. 

HMPS took the award for design innovation for the Compact Frame, and the company also took the Export Success Award for the Robotic Unloading Cell. 

“Congratulations to both Foodmach and HMPS. This is a great result for both businesses and to win multiple awards like this is a wonderful testament to your efforts,” Dingley said.

The 2019 APPMA Scholarship winner was Janell Siek.

Janell views packaging as perhaps the hardest-working component of any retail product. She believes it has a profound impact in a product’s lifecycle, and, being a very visible part of the waste problem, hopes to build her packaging foundations so she can better innovate and problem solve. Janell, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Food Technology, believes the Diploma in Packaging Technology will lead to opportunities to be part of bigger projects and advance her career towards a Senior Packaging Technologist and becoming a Certified Packaging Professional.”

The Award Ceremony was held in the Sovereign Room at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre alongside AUSPACK 2019 and as part of Packaging and Processing Week.

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