The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) Victorian Branch, in conjunction with the Surface Coating Association of Australia (SCAA) will be hosting a technical dinner on Wednesday the 2nd of October with speakers from Mondelēz International and the CSIRO.
The two speakers are Nicolas Georges, Director Premium Chocolate & Dairy, Research & Development, Asia Pacific, Mondelēz International, and Philip Casey, Research Program Leader (Polymers), CSIRO.
The presentation by Nicolas Georges, titled ‘What if the Silicon Valley of food manufacturing was in Australia?’ focuses on the Australian food industry where the impact of currency, commodities and development in other countries has accelerated. Rather than fighting skilfully over the leftovers, all stakeholders, government, industry, research institutes, universities and investors need to openly collaborate with urgency to recreate the conditions of a big bang, the primordial soup out of which a new life will spring for Australia’s most important manufacturing industry.
In partnership with the Victorian Government, Kraft Foods (now Mondelēz International) has decided to make a first step in that direction, hoping to generate a movement across the nation that will help create a brighter future.
Philip Casey, Research Program Leader (Polymers), CSIRO will be discussing ‘As the world moves towards coping with resource constrained economies, organisations will find it imperative to adapt to this wave of change as it will increasingly define their competitive boundaries’.
Emphasising the need to shift towards smarter and more sustainable materials in such an environment, Philip’s presentation will discuss the multi-faceted aspects of global megatrends, consumer needs and regulatory trends together with sustainability in materials and materials technology development from the perspective of high performance and smart function; lifecycle issues including degradability, biodegradability and recyclability; and strategies for sustainable manufacturing.