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
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