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November-December 2018
Food exports increased by $11 billion from 2013 to 2017, with iron ore exports drop- ping by $6 billion over the same period. At the Global Food Forum, Pratt emphasised value-added products for export, ensuring processing and packaging jobs stayed in Australia rather than going overseas.
Dulux Paint’s new $165 million greenfield factory was rated as one of the top five Indus- try 4.0 factories in the world, thanks to equipment from automation engineering specialist Foodmach. The plant in Mickle- ham, Victoria, became the new site of most of Dulux’s water-based paint manufacturing following the 2011 Brisbane floods, and has five fully-automat-
ed filling and pro- duction lines: three high-velocity and two smaller lines in the blend-and-tint plant, with a total capacity of between 50 and 80 million litres per year.
A Krones human-machine interface won an iF Design Award for communication de- sign. The German packaging machinery manufacturer’s Connected HMI links hu- man operators with the machinery, ensur- ing quick and easy communication. Its housing is tailored to beverage industry re- quirements, and is made of stainless steel and glass, meeting Krones’ hygienic design stipulations. The interface itself has a large
multi-touch display for user-friendly control, and users can customise the screen’s contents with their own dashboards to meet customer needs.
technology and injection moulded compo- nents, while Foster joined Omniverse Fos- ter five years ago with no prior knowledge of flexible packaging and went on to achieve multiple successes in the industry.
Pro-Pac’s $60m double-buy in flexible packaging
Beerenberg’s plant upgrade doubles capacity
Matthews’ growth drives move to new premises
Australian OEMs gain ground at ProPak Asia
Orora showcases digital packaging advances
The Australian Institute of Packaging con- ference took over the Surfers Paradise Mar- riott resort for two days in May, with 60 speakers from 20 countries and more than 300 visitors flocking to the Gold Coast to discuss packaging globalisation. Food waste was a big topic at the conference, with the new Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) focusing on reduc- ing food loss and waste, transforming un- avoidable waste into valuable products, and engaging with industry and consumers.
ON THE COVER: PKN featured HP digital pack- aging, which drives custom storytelling at scale, accelerates speed to market, enables cost-effective inventory management, and offers advanced brand protection features. A QR code on the cover pointed readers at more information about what HP digital packaging solutions, available through Currie Group, could do for their business- es. Ten HP Indigo digital label presses had been installed over the preceding year.
Jam and sauce producer Beerenberg teamed up with Victorian packaging machinery company Recopak to open an expanded 6500 square metre factory in the Adelaide Hills, which Beerenberg expected would double its capacity. A mix of new and old equipment, the new line could handle 60,000 bottles in a single shift, increasing the factory’s production capacity past 15 tonnes per shift. Beerenberg has invested in a $14 million-plus transformation over three years, including a new factory, offic- es and warehouse.
A kangaroo-shaped wine bottle was one of the stars of the Packaging and Process- ing Innovation and Design Awards (PI-
DAs), held in conjunction with the international WorldStar Packaging Awards as part of the AIP conference. The recy- clable bottle for 8Kangaroos by ILNAM Estate shared the design innovation prize in the beverage category with Lactote’s Polatote off-the- shelf beverage multipack, which doubles as a porta-
ble ice cooler.
Supermarkets faced a
backlash over the sin-
gle-use plastic bag
ban, with consumers
accusing chains such
as Woolworths of hy-
pocrisy over fruit
packaged in plastic.
Woolworths denied
the bag ban was a
money-making ven-
ture, saying the funds raised from reusable bag sales were going to charity and not into the company’s coffers, and that the removal of single-use bags was part of a long-term commitment to gradually reducing plastic usage within stores.
Heat and Control, which offers food pro- cessing and packaging solutions, joined up with multihead weigher specialists Ishida to offer a single supplier solution for end- to-end processing and packaging. The com- panies have worked together for a long time, and the extension of the relationship was aimed at delivering maximum effi- ciencies and throughput. The partnership would allow them to provide a one-stop so- lution combining technical and service re- sources, said Heat and Control president Tony Caridis.
Australia’s top packaging professionals were also announced at the gala dinner, with Craig Wellman, CEO of Wellman Packaging, recognised as the industry’s Packaging Professional of the Year for his achievements and contributions, and Om- niverse Foster Packaging’s director Regan Foster (pictured second from right) taking out the Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award. Wellman has demonstrated innovative packaging leadership in plastics
Frucor Beverages lost a six-year legal battle to trademark the shade of green on cans of V energy drink due to a mix-up with Pantone swatches. The Federal Court rejected Fru- cor’s appeal to trademark “V Green”, or Pan- tone 376C, as the company had mistakenly

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