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November-December 2018
Unilever called on consumer goods manu- facturers to act faster on packaging waste, fol- lowing its own pledge in 2017 to make 100 percent of its packaging fully reusable, recy- clable or compostable by 2025. Paul Polman, CEO, commended 10 companies including packaging giant Amcor for making similar commitments, but said more needed to be done to address the challenge of single-use plastics, moving from the linear take-make- dispose method of consumption to a truly circular model.
Orora celebrated double digit growth in the first half of the 2018 financial year, with a profit increase of 14.8 per cent following a $93 million investment in organic capital projects and innovation in the December half. Nigel Garrard, managing director and CEO, also announced a $30 million boost to the Orora Global Innovation Initiative, which had already seen $45 million invest- ed since it was established in 2015. The ex-
tra $30 million was aimed at de- veloping new, in- novative, custom- er-led solutions, as well as im- proving plant productivity.
Pact Group raked in $44.1 million in profit over the first half of FY18, highlighting the growth delivered by diversifying its prod- ucts. Pact had invested more than $200 mil- lion in its contract manufacturing and mate- rials handling platforms, and increased its packaging capacity to support growth in the health and wellness sector. Demand im- proved in health and wellness, assisting Jal- co and APM, as well as volumes in Pact’s rig- id packaging business.
In time for Australia Day, Arnott's teamed up with Gelato Messina and launched a new range of Tim Tams, with packaging printed by Amcor Flexibles using thermo- chromic ink containing pigments. These activated with a change in temperature: the “chill me” text on the
front of the Tim Tam packages turned blue when refrigerated below eight degrees Celsius, re- inforcing the idea that the biscuits were best served chilled, like the gelato range that in- spired them.
Processed fruit manufacturer SPC signed a deal with China State Farm Agribusiness to ship its packaged fruit brands into the world’s largest consumer market. Products under the Goulburn Valley, SPC and IXL brands would be produced and packaged in Australia for sale in China, and would include QR codes and potential GPS coor- dinates for track-and-
trace capabilities. MD Reg Weine (pictured) told PKN the company planned to sell more products in its exist- ing portfolio in China, as well as new prod- ucts tailored to the Chinese market.
Metal packaging converter Jamestrong opened a new $12 million can making plant in Hornby, New Zealand, to chase the “white gold” rush of infant dairy formula. The facility was primarily built to service anchor supplier Synlait, contract filler for The a2 Milk Com- pany, which exports canned infant and tod- dler formula to Australia and the booming Chinese market. Jamestrong CEO Alex Com- mins said the new lines would bring a new level of food safety, quality and protection to the manufacture of infant formula.
ON THE COVER: PKN teamed up with Currie Group, Birdstone Collective and DreemAR for the innovative #rhinosdownunder cover in support of the Australian Rhino Project, which came in 4500 unique variations and included a pop-out rhino that readers could bring to life using the DreemAR augmented reality app on their smartphones. Accompa- nying this promotion was a competition – assemble the rhino and take a picture with it in an Australian location, and go in the draw to win a trip to Adelaide to see the rhi- nos at Monarto Zoo. It was won by Alexan- der Batkin who took his trip in November.
Australian company Pharmaceutical Pack- aging Professionals (PPP) was taken over by global outsourcing services provider PCI Pharma Services. The buyout established a presence for PCI in Australia, one of the leading countries for Phase 1 clinical stud- ies in the world, as the company continued to expand in the Asia-Pacific region. PCI established PPP’s Melbourne office as its APAC regional headquarters, and expand- ed and upgraded the PPP site to add storage and distribution, labelling and packaging, Grade D manufacturing, and sterile-fill manufacturing for Phase II studies.
ment’s $65 million Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund, and Oji FS CEO Jon Ryder said government support was a major factor in the company’s decision to build the factory at Yatala. Oji FS is part of Oji Holdings, one of the world’s largest for- est, paper and packaging producers.
Amcor commercialised its sustainable LiquiForm technology for the first time with a bottle of Nature’s Promise hand soap, with the help of Michigan-based co- packing company Greenblendz. According to Amcor, LiquiForm technology, which
uses the packaged product instead of compressed air to simultaneously form and fill containers, has the potential to improve pack- aging consistency and low- er the carbon footprint associated with filling and packaging. The soap forms its own rigid PET container as part of the LiquiForm process.
Oji Fibre Solutions opened a $72 million corrugated packaging facility in Yatala, Queensland, shaking up the Orora-Visy du- opoly. The Yatala factory was the first new Queensland manufacturing facility to open with the support of the Palaszczuk govern-

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