Australia Post fulfils $10.6bn in e-Commerce to regional Australia

Australia Post says its economic contribution to regional Australia was $806 million through nearly 36 million parcel deliveries in FY2019.

In a Deloitte Access Economics report released on Tuesday 3rd March, its reveals Australia Post’s contribution specifically to non-metropolitan areas for the first time.

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Updated load restraint guide now available

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released an updated load restraint guide, with a complementary guide for light vehicle operators.
The updated Load Restraint Guide 2018 provides practical advice on how to safely transport a load.
“If you’re involved in packing, loading, moving or unloading any type of vehicle, you are responsible for complying with load restraint laws,” said Paul Retter, CEO, NTC.
“Restraining your load is not complex, but it does require training and knowledge. This guide will help you to know how to restrain your load safely through practical guidance material, including diagrams, in a user-friendly style allowing you to find the information you need quickly.”
The guide includes information on understanding the characteristics of the load in order to choose a suitable vehicle, as well as equipment and restraint systems which meet the performance standards legally required by law.
“The guide is an invaluable resource to ensure you are restraining loads correctly to prevent incidents that can cause death or injury, as well as damage to your business’ reputation and finances.
“We encourage everyone who is involved in restraining loads to read the guide and keep it handy as a reference,” said Retter.
This is the first time a version focusing on light vehicles has also been available, specifically for vehicles under 4.5 tonnes.

Rockwell Automation acquires Odos Imaging

Rockwell Automation has acquired Odos Imaging, a Scottish technology company that manufactures sensing systems.
Rockwell Automation intends to apply the technology to sensing products to deliver solutions to a range of industrial applications, including automotive and general assembly, packaging and material handling, and logistics.
“This acquisition enables us to build on our portfolio of smart sensing and safety products, an important part of the foundation for The Connected Enterprise,” said Lee Lane, Vice President and General Manager – Safety, Sensing and Connectivity Business, Rockwell Automation. “It enables us to expand our existing capabilities by bringing 3D, time-of-flight sensor technology to industrial applications.”
Chris Yates, CEO, Odos Imaging added: “We are delighted to be joining Rockwell Automation and continue the development of 3D imaging solutions for industrial applications. Rockwell Automation is a company we have long admired for its ongoing commitment to innovation and substantial domain expertise. We very much look forward to playing our part in the ongoing strategy and helping to achieve the vision of a productive and sustainable future.”

Packaging scholarship launched

The Packaging Council of New Zealand (PAC.NZ) is launching a new annual Scholarship program in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Packaging that will give a packaging technologist, designer or engineer in New Zealand the opportunity to complete aDiploma in Packaging Technology, to the value of $9,000.
“The association is extremely proud to be able to offer the scholarship to a New Zealand packaging professional each year,” commented Harry Burkhardt, President, Packaging Council of New Zealand.
“The packaging industry is dynamic and diverse, offering career opportunities across a wide scope of disciplines. PAC.NZ has been representing businesses in the packaging industry in New Zealand since 1992 and recognises that investment in the packaging industry starts with investment in its people. We strongly encourage everyone in the industry to apply for this scholarship.
“The Diploma in Packaging Technology is a Level 5 qualification which is internationally recognised for those wishing to pursue a career in the packaging industry or for those who are already in the industry and who wish to extend their knowledge and expertise. The Diploma in Packaging Technology prepares students to take responsibility for packaging operations at any level through the supply chain. The qualification is comprehensive, and provides an opportunity to study the principles of packaging, packaging materials and packaging processes.”
Diploma in Packaging Technology students come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, and are typically experienced practitioners or managers in technical, sales/marketing, QA, purchasing, engineering or design.
Entries are now open with submissions closing on the 23rd of February 2018. The winner of the inaugural Packaging Council of New Zealand Scholarship will be announced at the 2018 Packaging & Processing Innovation & Design Awards, which will be held alongside the prestigious international WorldStar Packaging Awards on 2 May.

Packaging seminar envisions smart factory of the future

At the ‘Smart Factory Solutions with IoT Technology’ food and packaging seminar, held by automation company Omron in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane last week, technology experts discussed the key features of smart factories of the future, nothing that an estimated 13.5 billion devices will be connected by 2020 worldwide.
“It’s all about collecting and analysing data to improve efficiency,” said Chris Probst, Automation Technology Product Manager, Omron.
“The amount of data doesn’t matter – it’s what you do with the data that counts,” he said.
Probst said many Australian companies are now talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) technical revolution, but not many are prepared for it.
“Companies that embrace new technologies will be better positioned to adapt to changing marketing conditions and customer needs.
“This is the next generation of manufacturing where people and machines work together.”
Hal Varian, professor of information sciences, business, and economics at the University of California at Berkeley and Google’s Chief Economist agreed.
“The ability to take data – to be able to understand it, to process it, to extract value from it, to visualise it, to communicate it – that’s going to be a hugely important skill in the next decade,” he said.
Wei-Jian Ong, product manager for Omron’s Sysmac controllers based in Singapore, said data collection and analysis can help manufacturers streamline their operations.
“The collection of data is now vital for industry,” said Ong. “The Internet of Things (IoT) is basically a network of devices with network connectivity for the collection and exchange of data.
“With IoT you can monitor, analyse and act – you can coordinate and monitor your production line. All machines work together to perform at optimum level.”
“Smart factories need to be more efficient and fully connected to their supply chains,” said Probst. “AIVs (Autonomous Intelligent Vehicles) not only save on labour costs, they can increase operational efficiency.
“Mobile robots are easy to deploy, with no facility modifications required. They work safely around people and can operate 24/7.”
Probst said smart factories were also helping to significantly improve workplace safety.
“The Smart Factory of the future will improve workplace safety, improve yield and traceability, drive down production costs and eliminate errors,” he said. “This will enable a ‘flexible’ manufacturing revolution.”

Packaging companies ProPac, IPG announce merger

Packaging manufacturer Pro-Pac has agreed to a $177.5 million transformational merger with Integrated Packaging Group (IPG).
IPG is Australia’s largest specialist manufacturer in flexibles, film and wrap – and it operates five manufacturing facilities across Australia and New Zealand.
“The combination of Pro-Pac and IPG provides many exciting opportunities in the growing Australian flexibles packaging market,” said Grant Harrod, CEO, Pro-Pac.
“Pro-Pac’s expanded capacity to manufacture and distribute high-quality products will delight our customer base and provide us with a one-stop-shop offering.
“Pro-Pac will be a world class manufacturer without geographic constraints as we increase our offerings in key areas such as food service and agriculture film.”
The merger will also see Rupert Harrington, Advent’s Executive Chairman, appointed to Pro-Pac’s senior management team, bringing to the table experience in manufacturing, services, health and technology.
IPG’s CEO, John Cerini, will also be appointed to lead Pro-Pac’s Industrial and Flexible Division.
“The acquisition of IPG represents a significant milestone in the realisation of Pro-Pac’s vision to become the pre-eminent flexible and industrial packaging manufacturer and distributer in Australia,” said Ahmed Fahour, Chairman, Pro-Pac .
“The opportunity to combine two very complementary businesses will deliver significant long-term value to Pro-Pac shareholders.”

Packaging company among top 10 for Australian CEO salaries

Ron Delia, CEO of Australian multinational packaging company Amcor, has the seventh highest salary in Australia, according to an annual survey of ASX100 CEOs carried out by the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors’ (ACSI). The survey reported that in 2016 he realised pay of $14,339,815, placing him ahead of Commonwealth Bank CEO, Ian Narev, though behind several healthcare, passenger transport, leisure and food company CEOs.
Peter and Steven Lowy, joint CEOs of shopping centre company Westfield Corp., topped the list, with a declared realised salary of $26,255,778.
In a statement, ASCI said, “We publish this survey to increase the level of transparency around CEO remuneration in Australia.
“We would like to include data about gender pay equality in our analysis. Sadly, however, the pool of female CEOs in the ASX200 in 2016 was too small to enable meaningful analysis of the data.”


Ampacet establishes state-of-the-art VIC facility

Ampacet Australia, provider of masterbatch to the plastics industry for use in products such as food packaging, has established a new state-of-the-art site and Centre for Excellence in Dandenong South, in Melbourne’s southeast.
The facility has a fully functional laboratory for product development and quality assurance and it is expected the Dandenong South site will produce masterbatch products – solid or liquid additives used to colour plastics.
Ampacet also plans to export flame-retardant products from the plant to China.
Wade Noonan, Minister for Industry and Employment, attended the official opening of the facility on 18 July.
“Ampacet Australia joins an ever-growing list of manufacturers choosing to base their operations in Dandenong – one of the nation’s largest manufacturing precincts,” he said.
“We are excited to watch this company grow and take its products to the world.”

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