Page 15 - Packaging News Magazine May-June 2019
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May-June 2019
between two class-leading manufac- turing technology platforms, giving a seamless connection between iDSnet and OFS’s reporting systems and dashboards. The combined software solution creates a paperless workflow system for production lines, while maintaining the significant cost-sav- ing advantages of iDSnet’s Package Code Management solution.”
Then at AUSPACK, Matthews announced a new strategic alignment in the Australian-New Zealand pack- aging, labelling and printing market with Kodak Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division (see full story on page 32).
“This will see us provide unique hardware and software integration services in robust solutions for printers and converters who are looking for mass personalisation, ‘greener products’, efficient short- run production and the ability to quickly drive ideas to market with design freedom for increased consumer engagement.”
Dingley says the powerful strategic alignment coincides with the new Kodak Prosper Plus Imprinting Systems for the packaging industry, including four new imprinting components, as well as food-safe packaging inks and pre-coatings for a wide range of paper, carton-board and flexible film substrates.
“So that’s just two alliances in the past year. It’s really important we continue to seek out and push for
opportunities like this because it’s all about offering our customers solutions that make their businesses sustainable in the long term.”
This emphasis on sustainability and efficiency has also been behind Matthews’ involvement in industry collaboration over a long period.
“Just recently, we’ve been part of an industry working group estab- lished to strengthen integration between what is literally thousands of upstream supply chains in Australia’s food-manufacturing in- dustry. The Supply Chain Improve- ment Project is being implemented using GS1’s Global Traceability Stan- dard for product identification, data capture and data sharing. This standard is the leading traceability framework and because it allows businesses to track their products in real-time, it gives end-to-end visibility of their supply chain.
“We’ve been working with different companies in the food sector, to achieve results for the whole industry through an industry-wide consensus to improve food safety and efficien- cies, while reducing costs.
“Matthews is very proud to con- tribute to the industry by being part of these working groups. The indus- try’s success is vital, and this is one more way we can help to ensure that stays a reality.”
TOP LEFT: PKN publisher Lindy Hughson interviews Mark Dingley on the Matthews stand shortly after the rebrand announcement.
ABOVE: Matthews’ technology display on its stand at AUSPACK attracted considerable interest.
Dingley says Matthews considers being part of industry associations one more cog in the wheel of ensuring overall industry success – a belief fostered by Matthews’ founder and chairman, Lester Nichol.
“We’re a GS1 Strategic Alliance member and I have represented Mat- thews on the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association Board now for the past 17 years, and as chairman since 2011,” he said.
Dingley said moving into purpose- built, new facilities last year was an- other well-considered event.
“It was in the planning for a long time. Our continual growth pushed the move into our new home and we haven’t looked back. This entire facility has been designed to improve our ability to collaborate. Two over-arching objectives it needed to deliver were ‘ease of doing business’ and ‘customer centricity’ in everything we do. It has delivered on all our objectives and lifted the team at Matthews to another level.
“When combining our entire strat- egies and initiatives, only some shared here, we have a strong and continued focus to drive our mo- mentum of intelligent identification and industry leadership into the 2020s and beyond.” ■

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