The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association  (APPMA) has announced the winner of the eight annual scholarship program.

The scholarship enables one person each year the opportunity to undertake a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of $9000.

The APPMA 2016 Scholarship Winner Michael Seaman, Packaging; Process Improvement Specialist, Integria Healthcare, was selected from five finalists.

The other finalists were:

 Shabbeer Ahmed Shaik Mohammed, Packaging Engineer, General Mills

 Liz Cagorski, Creative Director, Liza Rose Design Communications

 Evone Tang, Quality Manager, The Kraft Heinz Company

 Dineshan Thangavel, Packaging Technologist, LION

The Diploma in Packaging Technology prepares students to take responsibility for packaging operations at any level through the supply chain. The qualification is internationally recognised, comprehensive, and provides an opportunity to study the principles of packaging, packaging materials and packaging processes.

The judges said each of the five finalists are fine examples of future industry leaders. They said Michael was an outstanding candidate who is extremely passionate about packaging. He has a broad understanding of the applications and implications of packaging and the judges believe his passion will greatly assist his studies.

He will begin his Diploma in Packaging Technology this year. The APPMA is Australia's national organisation, representing the packaging and processing machinery industry.

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