• Nina Nguyen (centre) with colleagues and the new Hanway printer from Kissel + Wolf.
    Nina Nguyen (centre) with colleagues and the new Hanway printer from Kissel + Wolf.
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Nina Nguyen, founder and CEO of Brisbane-based cardboard packaging manufacturer Pakko, is spearheading a new era of collaboration and innovation to advance the Australian manufacturing industry.

Hot off the heels of a whirlwind tour of Southeast Asia, Nguyen is actively exploring cutting-edge technology and strategic partnerships that will define the future trajectory of Australian manufacturing, along with the growth of Pakko.

“Since our inception, we have supported local suppliers and the local supply chain. Now, it’s time to expand our horizons, and we envision a future where we will develop technology, programs and software here in Brisbane that will seamlessly integrate with our machinery, and revolutionise both our front-end and back-end production,” said Nguyen.

In an essential stride towards realising this vision, Pakko has invested in an advanced digital inkjet printer, procured through Kissel & Wolf Australia, and equipped with an impressive maximum print size capacity of 2400m x 3500m.

The advanced printer enables Pakko to enhance service, production and manufacturing capacity. And, by eliminating the need for printing plates, the printer facilitates short and long print runs, thereby saving valuable time and resources.

“The printer has successfully fulfilled its intended functions since its commissioning, and new market segments have opened up for Pakko, thanks to the printer’s ‘No Minimum Orders’ feature,” Nguyen told PKN.

“It has delivered flexibility to update artwork designs to meet seasonal demands efficiently, and accelerated delivery times for custom printed jobs, compared to traditional flexo printing methods.” 

During her recent tour of Southeast Asia, Nguyen had the privilege of visiting the factory where this game-changing printer was design and created.

Nguyen also told PKN that through the recent tour, she has gained new perspectives on the cultural attitudes that drive technological adoption in the region, and had the opportunity to review how local manufacturers have streamlined their processes and procedures.

“Having now seen where the printer was manufactured gives me even greater confidence in the Pakko vision, and I know that this investment marks the start of our global transformation journey, as we stride toward increasing productivity and efficiency,” she said.

“Through my tour, I also noted the rapid pace and innovation-focused mindset prevalent in Southeast Asia, and observed that Australia lags behind Asia in terms of technological advancement and pace.”

Beyond its flexibility – offering no minimum order requirements and a swift production turnaround of just 10 working days – the printer allows Pakko to cater to the needs of many businesses and provide premium, high-quality printing within a short timeframe.

Pakko’s forward-thinking approach extends to seamlessly integrating the new printer’s capabilities with their existing Interactive Design platform (IDP). This synergy will further streamline the manufacturing process, delivering unparalleled customer service to businesses across Australia. 

This investment is part of a global future, which underscores Pakko’s commitment to delivering inventive and eco-friendly printing solutions for all businesses.

Moving forward, Pakko plans to implement a streamlined production delivery process targeting eight working days for custom job orders – from sourcing materials, to sampling, to making the cutting forme, to printing, die-cutting, stripping, gluing, packing and despatching.

The company also plans to invest in a custom-built machine that will integrate seamlessly with the existing IDP and Quote System. 

According to Nguyen, the aim of these investments is to eliminate front-end bottlenecks, thus improving production lead times.

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