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Auspack 2005 to move to Homebush

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Auspack will be staged at the Sydney Showgrounds exhibition facility in the Olympic Park complex at Homebush Bay in October of next year.

The biennial packaging exhibition was originally slated for July, but will now be held from October 11 to 14. This places it just six months after Interpack at Duesseldorf. It presents the possibility of a range of new machinery ready to be unveiled locally.

Auspack began at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion and moved to Darling Harbour in 1989. It has since alternated between Melbourne and Sydney.

Jim Strang, chairman of the Australian Packaging Machinery Association (APMA), said Homebush was in Sydney’s geographic centre and was convenient for many local exhibitors. He also believes it has superior facilities for visitors, including easy access and parking. The main hall is about the same size as the three halls previously occupied at Darling Harbour, but has a more convenient rectangular space.

Auspack is owned and presented by the APMA and organised by Exhibitions & Trade Fairs (ETF). The chief executive of ETF, Ben Ashton, said Auspack continued to grow. Last October’s show in Melbourne had grown by 20% across the board. Visitor numbers increased to more than 7000 and exhibitor space exceeded 15,000m2. Information about Auspack is available from www.auspack.com.au.

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