• Ross Read, MD Read Labels
    Ross Read, MD Read Labels

At the upcoming PKN + Print21 LIVE: New Frontiers in Packaging Print forum, we'll hear from four label printers who have expanded their capability into flexible and other packaging using digital printing technology.

In a session focused on printers who were early adopters of digital printing, starting with labels – and who are now exploring growth opportunities in packaging, we'll hear from Read Labels, Kirwan Print Group, Soar Print and Excel Print.

Ross Read, one of the pioneers in the digital label printing market in Australia, will provide insights into his journey into flexible packaging. Read Labels has recently relocated to purpose-built premises, where the company also has flexible pouch converting equipment.

Fellow panellist Excel Print CEO Steve Matthews will share his company’s journey from its establishment as a digital cut sheet printer in New Zealand in 1987.

“We are NZ’s largest digital print provider and four years ago we diversified into the label industry,” says Matthews.

“Recently, we’ve invested in equipment that has enabled us to start out our journey in the flexible packaging market.

“We are experts in fit-for-purpose, cost effective label print solutions using state-of-the-art digital technologies We have a strong label and shrink sleeve operation and are now primed to move into the packaging sector. We currently supply trade partners with print as we are yet to have our own in-house finishing for flexible pouches.”

LIVE’s Game-Changing Technology in Packaging Printing session will also feature Fred Soar, MD of Auckland-based Soar Print, who will discuss opportunities in the food and beverage industry, where the proliferation of artisan brands is leading to increased demand for short print runs of packaging for multiple SKUs.

Other panellists and speakers at Print21 + PKN LIVE: New Frontiers in Packaging Print will include: IVE Group executive chairman Geoff Selig; Orora Fibre group general manager Brian Lowe; Kellie Northwood, CEO ACA / Executive Director TSA Limited and APIA; PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay; Marty Stone – Australia Post’s head of category – simplifying business, small business; Currie Group director, labels and packaging, Mark Daws; Matthews Intelligent Identification CEO Mark Dingley; Gwen Blake, managing director of packaging design company Boxer & Co; Amber Bonney, creative director of The Edison Agency; Ian Douglas, solutions architect and director of Spawnit; tech entrepreneur Bill Atta; and Birdstone Collective director Ian Blair.

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When: Friday 3rd August, 2018

Time: 9am to 4pm

Where: Monkey Baa Theatre, Darling Harbour, Sydney

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