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Awards night ushers in new era of excellence
Over 400 people gathered at the APPMA Awards of Excellence gala dinner held during AUSPACK, to recognise and celebrate industry excellence, innovation, leadership and best practice in the packaging and processing industry.
The strikingly decked-out gala banquet with high-calibre entertainment and superb catering certainly delivered a night to remember. Beyond the glitz and networking typical of an evening like this, the event ushered in a new level of excellence for the programme itself.
SMC Australia CEO Wayne Driver, who spoke at the gala dinner, summed up the significance of the awards, noting that all the participating companies are “testament to the passion, innovation, drive and vision that exists within the packaging and processing industry, and that says a lot for the positive future of manufacturing in Australia and New Zealand”.
The Awards of Excellence were reinstated this year after a four-year hiatus. This year the judges received the highest number of submissions, totalling 50 across the five categories.
Foodmach and HMPS were the night’s big winners, picking up three and two awards respectively, while ProSeal picked up one for Customer
Collaboration. Mark Dingley, chair of the APPMA, offered hearty congratulations to all winners.
“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.
“On behalf of the APPMA board, I commend every business that submitted an entry. By looking to improve your own businesses, you are continuing to improve and advance our industry as a whole. Thank you for your dedication,” he said.
The 2019 APPMA Scholarship went to Nestlé’s Janell Siek, who beat Brittany Puyol from Edlyn Foods and Karunia Adhiputra (Adhi) from Nestlé to the prestigious award.
Dingley praised Siek for her dedication to the industry and predicted great things in her future.
“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.
“We congratulate Janell on her continued persistence in learning and professional
development, and on winning the 2019 APPMA Annual Scholarship,” he said.
The awards this year were run entirely by an independent organisation and assessed by an independent panel of judges.
Commenting on the judging process, Dingley said it was important for the judging to be “rigorous, transparent and taken very seriously” by the judges.
“Three independent judges were actually appointed to each award category, with seven weighted categories assessed for each submission and all judges required to abide by strict terms and conditions covering confidentiality and conflicts of interest.
“Therefore, no APPMA Board Member was involved in the judging process or privy to the results prior to the announcements on the night,” he said.
Dingley said the APPMA Board has committed to continuing to evolve the Awards of Excellence programme, finding opportunities to expand the scope for participation for companies of all sizes, and to broaden the category offering.

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