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Innovation in Thermoforming Seminar and Factory Visit

Updated: Apr 1, 2019

Thermoforming has always had a special place in the packaging industry as the products are

lightweight and make use of the relatively simple and fast process of thermoforming. The

initial processing machines were also cheaper than other plastic converting processes. In

Australia the application of thermoforming technology was boosted by the locally

manufactured Scope machinery. Global companies have brought more sophistication to the

process. The packaging industry and the pharmaceutical industry (and others) have

successfully used thin gauge plastic sheet as roll-stock for thermoforming.

Vacupack, headed by Asaf Weis as Managing Director, have developed a niche market

position with a focus on packaging for the FMCG brands using innovation as its strength.

The company has added injection moulding with in-mould labelling to its capabilities under

the name of FocusIML. Asaf will tell us about the growth of the company in his


Simon Lockrey of RMIT will be presenting on the global and local food waste issue, related

RMIT projects and the role food packaging plays in the food supply chain to tackle this issue.

Adam Norris of Monash Food Innovation will show us how innovative user design can

impact the product chain and provide consumer appeal.

Dr. Roya Khalil will share her experience in plastics and packaging based on her extensive

career in the packaging industry in industrial as well as FMCG environments.

The presentations will be followed by a tour of the factory headed by Asaf Weis.


Date/Time: Thursday, 4th April 2019, 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Venue: Vacupack/Focus IML, 64-70 Cochranes Road, Moorabbin, VIC 3189

Parking at the factory parking lot or on the street. Please don’t block any driveways!


The seminar program is as follows:

5:30 pm 6:00 pm

Registration (Refreshments on arrival)

6:00 pm to 6:10 pm


Han Michel, Event Coordinator, SPE: A-NZ Section

6:10 pm to 6:40 pm

Innovation in thermoforming and the modern factory

Asaf Weis, Managing Director of Vacupack/FocusIML

6:40 pm to 7:10 pm

The global and local Food Waste issue and the role of packaging

Dr. Simon Lockrey, Sr Lecturer, School of Design, RMIT University, Melbourne

7:10 pm to 7:40 pm

How user design and innovation can impact the product chain

Adam Norris, Lead Industrial Designer, Monash Food Innovation, Clayton

7:40 pm to 8:10 pm

How products and R&D influence packaging

Dr. Roya Khalil, R&D Director, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers, Southbank

8:10 pm to 8:15 pm

SPE announcements

Dr. Russell Speight, President SPE: A-NZ Section

8:15 pm to 9:00 pm

Tour of the factory in groups of about 20

Lead by Asaf Weis, Managing Director, Vacupack/FocusIML

8:15 pm to 9:30 pm

Networking session with finger food and drinks

For more information contact Han Michel by email: and mobile: 0416 168 255

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