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  1. National Food Waste Strategy: what it means for food labellingFriday, 16 February 2018
    National Food Waste Strategy

    Food waste reduction is now a national priority for the Australian Government. Does this mean change is imminent for food labelling? Food waste is estimated to cost the Australian economy $20 billion each year, with Australian consumers throwing away around 3.1 million tonnes of edible food a year. Research indicates Australians bin the equivalent of […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is the CEO at Matthews Australasia.
    With 20+ years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
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  2. The real issue of rising energy costs and what manufacturers can doThursday, 8 February 2018
    rising energy costs

    Rising energy costs are a massive problem for Australian food & beverage manufacturers. Are they fighting a losing battle? Or will emerging technologies give new hope in 2018? Food & beverage manufacturers are big users of electricity. According to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the food-manufacturing industry pays a staggering $706 […]

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    Matt Nichol

    Matt Nichol

    Key Account Manager at Matthews Australasia

    Matt is a laser marking expert and has in-depth knowledge of product ID technologies. He is a regular at international trade shows like Pack Expo and is constantly looking at emerging trends and technologies.

    The post The real issue of rising energy costs and what manufacturers can do appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  3. Does your business have the right manufacturing workforce skills for the future?Wednesday, 31 January 2018
    right manufacturing workforce skills

    Automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, data, augmented reality, 3D printing … today’s manufacturing world looks a lot different to five or 10 years ago. But it’s not only the factory floor that’s changing; the shift towards Industry 4.0 demands a new set of skills in the workforce too. (You can find out the basics on Industry […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is the CEO at Matthews Australasia.
    With 20+ years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
    Mark Dingley's LinkedIn Profile

    The post Does your business have the right manufacturing workforce skills for the future? appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  4. New Year’s resolutions every manufacturer should make for 2018Saturday, 20 January 2018
    New Year's resolutions every manufacturer should make

    There’s nothing like the New Year to make you review and evaluate your manufacturing business. So, how will you do things differently in 2018? We asked some industry experts what they believe to be the number-one New Year’s resolution every manufacturer should make. And while they had different ideas, there’s one thing upon which they […]

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    Andrew Key

    Andrew Key

    Product Manager, Inspection Technologies at Matthews Australasia

    Andrew Key has over 25 years’ experience with packaging machinery, inspection technologies and identification technologies. His career spans across organisations like Alfa Laval, TNA and others; helping manufacturers to effect process improvement using the latest technology from around the globe.

    In his current role as the Business Development Manager for Inspection technologies at Matthews Australasia, he is constantly looking at cutting edge technologies for our customers to improve quality control.

    Andrew grew up in the country and loves the outdoors. In his spare time he enjoys sailing, snow skiing, water skiing, bushwalking and camping.

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  5. How track-and-trace can help you become a manufacturer of the futureTuesday, 9 January 2018
    track-and-trace

    Track-and-trace has long been recognised for its ability to protect against counterfeiters and facilitate more effective recalls. But today’s manufacturers are using it as a strategy to better see and manage the entire ecosystem of their production facilities, and make smarter manufacturing a reality. Before we delve into the benefits of track-and-trace, here’s a quick […]

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    Matt Nichol

    Matt Nichol

    Key Account Manager at Matthews Australasia

    Matt is a laser marking expert and has in-depth knowledge of product ID technologies. He is a regular at international trade shows like Pack Expo and is constantly looking at emerging trends and technologies.

    The post How track-and-trace can help you become a manufacturer of the future appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  6. 6 expert predictions for manufacturing in 2018Friday, 29 December 2017
    expert predictions for manufacturing in 2018

    It’s been a big year for manufacturing in Australia. Activity surged to its highest level in 15 years during 2017. Then began to slow down again. We met robots such as Sophia and AMY. We said goodbye to 457 visas, and hello to Amazon. As the new year rapidly approaches, we can’t help but wonder… […]

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    Trent Munro

    Trent Munro

    Manager – Strategy & Business Development at Matthews Australasia

    Trent Munro is an accomplished business strategist, marketing innovator and speaker specialising in business development and optimisation. Over the past 15 years, he has worked across a range of blue-chip and medium enterprises including Goodyear Automotive, Clariant, Corona Manufacturing and Matthews Australasia.

    Trent holds a range of postgraduate and graduate qualifications in Commerce, Psychology, Project Management and Science.

    At Matthews Australasia, he has overseen market development locally and abroad, launching class leading traceability and automation technologies across manufacturing, healthcare and logistics.

    The post 6 expert predictions for manufacturing in 2018 appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  7. Year in review: manufacturing stories that shaped 2017Monday, 18 December 2017
    manufacturing stories that shaped 2017

    Augmented reality on the rise. Goodbye 457 visas. Sophie the robot granted citizenship. Look at the headlines from the past 12 months and one thing’s for sure: it’s been a year filled with surprises. (And we thought 2016 was shocking!) Just before we rewind and look at some of the year’s biggest stories for manufacturers, here’s how […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is the CEO at Matthews Australasia.
    With 20+ years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
    Mark Dingley's LinkedIn Profile

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  8. 10 great information sources for Australian manufacturersWednesday, 6 December 2017
    manufacturing information sources

    The best manufacturers are always hungry to learn more. Why? Because they can’t afford to stop. Here are the 10 best blogs and publications to put on your reading list.  Australian manufacturers need an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, ideas and inspiration. Without that, it’s hard to keep pace in a world that changes so rapidly. […]

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    Trent Munro

    Trent Munro

    Manager – Strategy & Business Development at Matthews Australasia

    Trent Munro is an accomplished business strategist, marketing innovator and speaker specialising in business development and optimisation. Over the past 15 years, he has worked across a range of blue-chip and medium enterprises including Goodyear Automotive, Clariant, Corona Manufacturing and Matthews Australasia.

    Trent holds a range of postgraduate and graduate qualifications in Commerce, Psychology, Project Management and Science.

    At Matthews Australasia, he has overseen market development locally and abroad, launching class leading traceability and automation technologies across manufacturing, healthcare and logistics.

    The post 10 great information sources for Australian manufacturers appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  9. How to innovate for an ageing worldSunday, 26 November 2017
    how to innovate for an ageing world

    With the spotlight on millennials, it’s easy to miss the fact that we’re getting older. Baby boomers are now approaching retirement age. This means almost a quarter of everybody on the planet will be over the age of 50 in 2017 – a record number. What’s more, the number of people aged over 60 will […]

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    Matt Nichol

    Matt Nichol

    Key Account Manager at Matthews Australasia

    Matt is a laser marking expert and has in-depth knowledge of product ID technologies. He is a regular at international trade shows like Pack Expo and is constantly looking at emerging trends and technologies.

    The post How to innovate for an ageing world appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  10. Virtual reality in manufacturing: a new reality is comingThursday, 16 November 2017
    Virtual reality in manufacturing

    Virtual reality (VR) might be a bit of fun for consumers, but it has an important role to play in the factory of the future, with the potential to transform how products are created and how businesses are run. While the gaming and entertainment industries are the obvious early adopters of new reality technologies (think […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is the CEO at Matthews Australasia.
    With 20+ years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
    Mark Dingley's LinkedIn Profile

    The post Virtual reality in manufacturing: a new reality is coming appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

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