Derek Ford is the Group Sales Manager – Automation for Visy covering Australia and New Zealand. Since 1984 Visy has provided packaging machines to the industry, expanding into design, fabrication and system integration since 2000. His team supports a broad range of customers and solutions from those needing their first piece of plant automation right up to bespoke turnkey packaging lines. A qualified Mechanical Engineer, Derek has over 20 years’ experience in Packaging Automation including design, project delivery, robotics, materials handling and packing systems covering most FMCG sectors. Derek returned to the Board in September 2012, having previously held a position from 2006 to 2008.