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With over 250 people in attendance,  the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) announced the winners of the 2013 APPMA Awards of Excellence during AUSPACK PLUS on the 8th of May in Sydney. The Design Achievement Award was presented to Fibre King for the RPC GS Erector.

The Design Achievement award recognises the development of a packaging or processing line or module that results in the significant advancement of packaging and processing machinery technology by either introducing a new idea or modifying an existing principle.

The design concept and implementation are weighted highly in the award decision, where better business performance must be achieved. 

The RPC GS Erector is Fibre King's low cost automation solution for the erecting of Reusable Plastic Crates (RPCs). Its detailed design development has led to a simpler machine, better matched to customer's needs, reduced capital cost, improved up time, and resultant increased sales. The RPC GS Erector promotes use of recycled packaging solutions leading to lower environmental impact.

According to Mr Mark Dingley, Chairman, APPMA, the biennial Awards of Excellence are designed to recognise innovative and outstanding packaging and processing solutions. "Companies that enter these biennial awards are recognised for their contribution and outstanding achievements against their peers within the wider packaging industry and we encourage everyone to enter," Mr Dingley said.

Awards categories include Export Achievement Award, Design Achievement Award, Customer Partnership Award, the Imported Equipment Award, Best New Product Award and the APPMA Scholarship.

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