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  1. Breakfast is included. 

  2. The last two years have been exceptional and the world is likely changed for good. The next two will be critical for businesses to survive, adapt and thrive. Explore the political, social, environmental and economic trends your organisation absolutely needs to know to build your strategy for 2022 and beyond.

    Acacia Energy

  3. Join business leaders for a high level, in-depth discussion on future strategy for the industry as they share their experiences and insights on:

    • What are the critical steps for recovery to readiness for the next normal?

    • What role will technology play in transforming businesses?
    • What growth opportunities exist across global and domestic markets?


    Acacia Energy

  4. Networking / Time to visit exhibition floor
  5. Professor Edward Kosior will explore the current limitations to plastics circularity with specific case studies of difficult to recycle plastics, PP and film recycling. Join our globally respected keynote as shares:

    • How innovations can boost sorting and decontamination of recycled plastics to allow full circularity back into the same applications as designated recycled content
    • What progress has been made to reduce waste generation and next steps in increasing the closed loop economy
    • Efficiencies in the use of limited resources and truly sustainable materials

  6. There is both disruption and opportunity for the processing and packaging industry when it comes to sustainability. With new regulations coming into effect in Australia, it’s critical to be agile: innovating and adapting to increasingly changing regulatory and consumer needs and providing progressive solutions to help Australia minimise its waste.

    • What is the packaging industry’s responsibility when it comes to waste and how is it tracking?
    • What steps can businesses take to shift to a circular economy from design to operational systems?
    • What opportunities for growth and collaboration are out there?
    • How do we change consumer behaviour through packaging recycling messaging?


  7. Networking / Time to visit exhibition floor
  8. Whilst Australia’s most successful SME’s have Industry 3.0 well under control, 4.0 is more challenging and not many businesses have fully, successfully achieved it.

    • What insights are in the Industry 4.0 toolbox to build competitive advantage, whatever your manufacturing sector? 
    • What can we draw from the Industry 4.0 maturity model to take value chains to the next level based on: visibility, transparency, predictive ability and adaptability?
    • What new technologies, such as low cost secure IoT networks featuring intelligent machine vision, or autonomous design platforms featuring AI are on the horizon?


    Lunch is included

  9. Lights out business processes, highly automated manufacturing and self-managed supply chains will become a reality in the not-too-distant future.

    • What is working already in 4.0 and how has it changed the Australian processing and packaging industry to date?
    • What roadblocks have organisations faced in adopting 4.0 and how have they overcome them?
    • How close is industry 5.0 really?
    • What are the practical implications for the industry and how does your business prepare for this game-changing next wave?
  10. Networking / Time to visit exhibition floor
  11. Collaborative manufacturing and ‘coalition not competition’ as business models are undoubtedly on the rise, driving step changes in industry productivity and innovation. From start-ups to large, established brands, these partnerships are growing more and more necessary to succeed and grow in today’s market from R&D to NPD, as well as embedding resilience and sustainability in organisational decision-making. Join our panel discussion to understand:

    • What is to gain from collaborating with others, even ‘competitive’ organisations?

    • What investment channels and untapped resources are out there and how do you access them?
    • How can you create a coalition with other manufacturers and knowledge providers for greater ‘pulling power’ and commercial success?
  12. Cocktails and Contacts
  1. Breakfast is included. 
  2. Australia’s success as a manufacturing nation has a lot of untapped potential. To recover from the effects of the pandemic, supply chain disruption and the drive for sovereign capability, over the last three years the Australian Government has provided $1.3Bil in additional stimulus to support manufacturing innovation and growth.

    • What trends and insights are driving the industry for 2022 and beyond?
    • Where does your business fit with state and federal policy priorities?
    • How do you access and unlock funding for your business to advance your manufacturing capabilities?
  3. Join business leaders for a high-level in-depth discussion on the organisation and workforce of the future:

    • Developing organisational flexibility and agility and why is it the key to responding to changing market conditions?
    • What strategies are working around risk, resilience and rebalancing organisations ‘post’ pandemic?
    • How will collaboration future proof your organisation?

    More panelists to be announced soon.

  4. Networking / Time to visit exhibition floor
  5. The market for ecommerce goods has changed drastically over the last decade - expounded in the last 3 years by the COVID-19 pandemic – and is expected to grow to a $61.55 billion dollar market value by 2025. From operations to packaging, the demand for sustainable solutions across all aspects of the supply chain has grown alongside it. What initiatives can your organisation harness to grow and scale as part of the new eCommerce economy?

    • Have you maximised your organisation’s growth opportunity and share of the sustainable Ecommerce market, wherever you are in the supply chain?
    • How does packaging impact your customers’ experience and have you overlooked this for functionality?
    • What would your organisation need to change to support the next five years of growth – from warehouses, freight, technology and data to inventory?
  6. As customer and consumer behaviour changes, offering new products, adapting and diversifying has become a forced focus for organisations looking to create sustainable competitive advantage.

    • What are the key steps required when establishing a new brand or product to market?
    • How do you strategically position a new brand or product for long term success?
    • How do you create compelling creativity that is timeless, adaptive and achieves ROI?
  7. Networking / Time to visit exhibition floor
  8. The recovery of Australia’s supply chain post pandemic, trade tensions, geo-political issues and fast changing consumer buying preferences is critical. Disruption caused by an increasingly volatile business landscape means organisations need more resilient supply chain networks, flexibility and agility. Sustainability expectations both from regulatory, customer expectation and a CSR perspective requires a transparent and circular value chain.

    • How will traceability improve efficiency, resilience and competitiveness?
    • What technology solutions are paving the way for a transparent, traceable supply chain?
    • What does the future supply chain look like and what steps can you take today to prepare?


    Lunch is included. 


  9. Networking / Time to visit exhibition floor
  10. Corporate Social Responsibility comes in many forms, from carbon footprint, fairtrade and modern slavery to company culture, diversity and inclusion.

    CSR has gone well beyond a feel good box ticking exercise and has moved into the realms of essential business strategy for ALL organisations, B2B, B2C, large or small and wherever you sit in the supply chain. Not only do your CSR policies allow your business to enact positive change, they grow your customer loyalty, trust and your bottom line.

    • Is your CSR policy as good as it gets? How does your organisation better meet society’s expectations, and go from having good intentions to meaningfully delivering on them?
    • Does your organisation have an intention delivery gap?
    • How can a strategic CSR policy hit the sweet spot of social and environmental impact as well as profit?
    • How do you measure the value of CSR in tangible returns that make sense to all stakeholders: employees, customers, partners and shareholders?
  11. Automation, upskilling and attracting the new generation of skilled professionals in an industry not deemed as ‘sexy’ are key challenges facing the future of your organisation. Investing in your human talent is as critical as investing in machinery or technology.

    • What will your business look like in 3, 5 and 10 years’ time and do you have the strategy, skills and resources in your organisation to reach your goals?
    • How do you future proof your workforce?
    • How do you ensure growth, diversity and competitive edge through human talent?
    • How do you merge people and technology on a strategic level?

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