Page 62 - Packaging News Magazine Nov-Dec 2018
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November-December 2018
NSW contract brewer Tribe Breweries an- nounced the opening of a new $35 million brownfield brewing and packaging facility in Goulburn, to come online in September. The plant would include Rolec brewing technology, and a flexible can and bottling line solution from Krones. Tribe enjoyed exponential growth in its partner brewing
and branded busi- nesses, Brewpack and Stockade. Stockade’s craft beers include 8Bit IPA and Hop- Splicer XPA.
Soaring energy costs posed a problem for small to medium enterprises as well as giants like Orora and Visy, and the Printing Indus- tries Association of Australia (PIAA) lobbied the federal government furiously to deal with the issue. Prices and instability of sup- ply were areas of concern for PIAA CEO An- drew Macaulay and president Walter Kuhn, who called for a number of reforms including incentives for printers and packagers who in- vested in energy infrastructure that adds to supply, accelerated depreciation rates for printers’ and packagers’ energy infrastruc- ture, and rebates from retailers for reducing electricity usage.
PKN attended HP’s launch in Israel of a suite of products, distributed in Australia by Currie Group, for the labels and packag- ing sector, including the PageWide C500 press for corrugated board, the Indigo 6900 label press, an upgrade to the Indigo 30000 for folding cartons, and the commercial re- lease of HP Indigo PackReady Lamination. The 6900 incorporated a number of new
features including PackReady for La- bels, Indigo Elec- troInk Silver, Elec- troInk Invisible Blue and Yellow which show up un- der UV light, and integration with the Indigo GEM em- bellishment unit.
ON THE COVER: For the new Asahi Beverages rum brand, Untold, The Edison Agency em- braced a co-creation model, bringing to- gether different parties, brands, companies, and groups of customers for a mutually val- ued outcome. The agency sought to create a rum for the present, rather than the past, and so steered away from images of pirate ships and sea monsters towards an anti-es- tablishment ethos, collaborating with ur- ban artists on the unique design.
Nestlé joined the growing list of compa- nies pledging to make all of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, saying it wanted none of its packaging including plastics to end up as litter or in landfill. The company was one of
the first adopters of the Australian Recycling La- bel. Nestlé plans to elimi- nate non-recyclable plas- tics, encourage plastics that allow better recy- cling rates, and elimi- nate or change complex combinations of pack- aging materials.
Sidewood Estate, a winery in the Adelaide Hills, purchased a new bottling line tailored to small beverage producers as part of a $4 million expansion. A first for the Ade- laide Hills region, the counter-pressure line featuring European components imported and serviced by Costa Enterprises and Grape Works can fill and label up to 3000 bottles per hour, with an annual capacity of five million. It will allow Sidewood to offer contract bottling for other small, medium and large wine, cider and beer brands.
Foodmach and Lion teamed up to bring Vi- poll’s new Visitron filler to the Australian market. The multinational beverage compa- ny installed the bottle and can filler, sup- plied by Foodmach, at its Malt Shovel craft brewery. The machine, a monoblock rinser/ filler/capper/seamer, is the first in the world to be able to run glass bottles, aluminium cans and PET bottles in the one unit, and gave Lion the ability
to run bottles and cans in less than half the footprint separate fillers would have re- quired, with change- over times of less than 30 minutes.
The Australian Government also followed suit, with federal, state and territory envi- ronment ministers committing to eliminat- ing packaging going to landfill by 2025 fol- lowing China’s ban on accepting foreign waste. At a meeting in Melbourne, the min- isters endorsed ensuring 100 per cent of Australian packaging being made recycla- ble, reusable or compostable within seven years. The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) hailed it as one of Australia’s most ambitious and decisive environmental targets.
WA’s SOTA Packaging rebranded to Zipform, the name change coming with a leadership shake-up. John Bigley, former MD of James- trong, came on board as CEO of the composite packaging specialist, saying he made the de- cision to join after a consulting role in which
he reviewed the compa- ny’s product and market. Bigley said he saw poten- tial in Zipform’s linear draw composite technol- ogy as it had a variety of market applications in ar- eas such as ready meals, fresh and frozen dairy, and dried products.
Anthony Pratt, execu- tive chairman of Visy, announced a $500,000 donation as founding patron of the Austra- lian/UK leadership di- alogue with the aim of promoting Australian food exports as part of a free trade agreement.

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