The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) announces that submissions are open for the 2013 APPMA Awards of Excellence to be announced at AUSPACK PLUS on the 8th of May in Sydney.
According to Mr Mark Dingley, Chairman, APPMA, the biennial Awards of Excellence are designed to recognise innovative and outstanding packaging and processing solutions within the industry.
Awards categories include Export Achievement Award, Design Achievement Award, Customer Partnership Award, the Imported Equipment Award, Best New Product Award and the APPMA Scholarship.
2013 Export Achievement Award
The recipient of the Export Achievement Award will have made a worthwhile contribution to an existing or new export market. Contributions can include establishing a new market, achieving a significant increase in sales by both the supplier and the customer, identifiable by monetary gain from an export activity. It can also be any developed packaging or processing machinery sold into overseas markets, which contributes to improved business outcome, efficiency, sales and profit increases.
The 2011 winner was Accuweigh/BudPak for the PLA-G series of net weighers.
2013 Design Achievement Award
The Design Achievement Award will recognise the development of a packaging or processing line or module that results in the significant advancement of packaging and processing machinery technology by either introducing a new idea or modifying an existing principle.
The 2011 winner was Matthews for iDSnet.
2013 Customer Partnership Award
The Customer Partnership Award has a major emphasis on the customisation of packaging and processing machinery, which is required to suit a customer’s individual needs. The winner, individual or team will be able to demonstrate that the end user has experienced increased sales, increased plant efficiency and profitability.
The 2011 winner was Fibre King, who in partnership with Amcor developed the Laminator/Tray Erector.
2013 Imported Equipment Award
The Imported Equipment Award aims to recognise the efforts of an APPMA Member or a Company eligible to be a APPMA Member who promotes their overseas principal’s equipment in the Australian market, where the equipment in itself represents a high standard of excellence in every respect relevant to the industry consistent with the standard applied. The equipment must be principally designed by an overseas supplier who is represented by an APPMA Member/ Company eligible to be an APPMA Member applying for the Award. Any developed packaging or processing machinery sold into Australia must demonstrate an increase in efficiency, sales and profit.
The 2011 winner was insignia for the Domino M-Series label applicator.
2013 Best New Product Award
The Best New Product Award recognises the most innovative product or equipment in the packaging and processing industry that is launched in Australia for the first time during AUSPACK PLUS 2013. Key deliverables to be recognised as Best New Product includes the following criteria: the equipment or product must have proven efficiency and productivity gains, be innovative and have proven and improved cost of ownership.
The 2011 winner was Schütz DSL for their Eco Bulk MX-EX EVOH six layer intermediate bulk container (IBC), which was re-developed for application in the food industry.
2013 APPMA Scholarship
The APPMA scholarship will go to a packaging engineer to enrol in the AIP Diploma in Packaging Technology, an internationally recognised and accredited course for those wishing to pursue a career in the packaging industry, or for those who are already in the industry and who wish to expand their knowledge and expertise.
The 2012 APPMA scholarship winner was Anna Roland, Technical Officer, Betta Foods Australia.
All submissions are due no later than Friday the 22nd of March 2013. All companies within the packaging industry are encouraged to enter. APPMA membership is not required to submit an entry.
The 2013 awards are proudly supported by Midway Metals, PKN, Schenker and SMC.