The latest print issue of Machinery Matters, the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association’s regular supplement published in partnership with PKN Packaging News and Food & Drink Business, has now hit desks and is available in digital format online.

In the first issue for 2023, we bring you the latest news, trends and technology relevant to the Australasia packaging and processing machinery sector.

In the Chairman’s Message, Mark Dingley looks ahead to a year of global and domestic engagement. He ponders the reinforcement of government investment in Australian manufacturing, especially within the food and beverage sectors. And he frames the calendar year by highlighting industry events that will see APPMA member participation, including Interpack, Propak Asia and Pack Expo Vegas.

In the APPMA News section, we welcome an influx of new members to the Association: Beckhoff Automation, Argon and Co, Packaging Solutions and Equipment, Optima Weightech, Process Partners, Tynic Automation, Linear Technik and Schutz Australia. APPMA will also be curating and hosting several networking events this year and beyond, including the much-anticipated APPEX 2024, which has seen strong industry support thus far and is already 70 per cent sold. It will also be supporting and participating in industry alliance partner events, such as Hort Connections and Modern Manufacturing Expo.

Member News this edition includes: new BW Packaging brand identity launched; Krones affirms net zero commitment; tna boosts productivity with new ‘Perfect Pair’; Nord releases durable drives for belt conveyors; Multivac Marking & Inspection delivers new impetus for direct web printing; new CEO at JL Lennard; online pet store turns to TMHA to increase operational efficiency; and Herma launches new enhanced recycling label stock.

In Trends & Tech, we report on the mega trade show Interpack, where the show organiser provides an overview of the choice of packaging formats for bevergaes and considers sustainable options impact filling and packaging processes; and Markem-Imaje’s Tessa Eastman looks at how traceability delivers increased control, transparency and security for manufacturers.

And for our Case Study, we report on Coca-Cola Europacific Partners pressing go on the most advanced canning line in its network in the Australasian region, a project that was two years in the making and delivered in partnership with key technology suppliers including KHS, GPI and Matthews Australasia.

Enjoy the read, and a reminder to all APPMA members to submit your product and company news to or contact publisher Lindy Hughson on to discuss your editorial ideas. 

Machinery Matters is published bi-monthly in partnership with APPMA as a supplement to PKN Packaging News and Food & Drink Business.

Food & Drink Business

Suntory Oceania’s $400 million carbon neutral manufacturing and distribution facility in Ipswich, Queensland is a step closer to completion with the installation underway of 7000 solar panels (14 kilometres end to end).

The 2024 Golden Hive award winner, Kommunity Brew, is calling for expressions of interest for its second round of capital raising through equity crowd funding platform Birchal.

The independent brewing industry has expressed its disappointment and frustration with the federal government, after it made no changes to Australia’s excise tax in the 2024/25 budget.