The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) has appointed a new chairman to replace Mr Rob Lawrence.
Mr Mark Dingley was unanimously elected as the new National Chairman, effective immediately.
Mr Lawrence has stepped down from the position after seven years.
During that time Mr Lawrence saw many changes including a name change to the APPMA, expanding the membership into processing machinery, developing a new website, advertising the association in the media and growing AUSPACK into AUSPACK PLUS.
According to Mr Lawrence his most memorable moments as Chairman included hosting the COPAMA meeting in China – the first held outside the US and Europe.
“I am also very proud of the APPMA’s achievements to continually improve and grow our trade exhibition – AUSPACK PLUS, Mr Lawrence said.
“This is the core activity of the APPMA and we have seen it grow into the premier trade exhibition for packaging, processing and materials in Australia,” he said.
“In the last seven years I have also seen many changes to the packaging and processing machinery industry including rapid development and advancement in robotics and automation.”
Mr Lawrence will remain on the national board as a Director.
“I look forward to seeing Mark and the board grow the APPMA and AUSPACK PLUS over the next few years,” Mr Lawrence said.
Mr Dingley has been working in the packaging industry for more than 17 years and is known to many as the head of Matthews Intelligent Identification Business Development. He began in customer services and has extensive experience in product management and business development. He has been on the APPMA board for 10 years and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.