It's estimated by Interpack organisers that Australians make up two percent of the exhibitors at Interpack, so on a total of 170,000 strong, that makes it around 3400 visiting from down under.

Here's a snapshot of a few locals PKN bumped into during the 7-day show that took place in Dusseldorf from 4-10 May.

Jason Goode of Simplot and Brendon Holmes of Caps & Closures.




TNA’s Group GM Michael Green and marketing manager Wiebke Thiel.




Australian Packaging Covenant CEO Trish Hyde and AIP executive officer Nerida Kelton on the WPO stand in the Save Food Pavilion.



HP South Pacific BDM Packaging and Labels and Currie Group’s Mark Daws in front of the Pack Ready Lamination system.



Heat and Control’s Robert Marguccio, who spent time between the Heat and Control stand and Ishida.



Chris Baudinette of PerForm Packaging Solutions which represents Meypack in Australia.



Schutz Australia sales manager Jason King and managing director Bob Banks.



Jason Goode of Simplot and Peter Pontikis of Nupac- representing Bosch Packaging Technologies in Australia.



Glenn Woodworth of ITW ZipPak with US colleague Robert Hogan (left).




Roy Collins, GM of Cama Australia.



Pierre Pienaar (AIP education director and WPO President elect) with Tom Schneider, current WPO president.



At the International Packaging Press Organisation party: Lindy Hughson, PKN editor with Michael Grima of QDesign Enterprises and PKN contributor Des King.


IPPO Party


Linco’s Kirk Batchelor on the Ilapak stand.



JL Lennard’s Tony di Nallo on the Rovema stand.



TNA’s Shayne de la Force having a laugh as he shows off the Ropac 5 to international journalists.



Gary and Voula Skinner from iCEE with the next advancement of their flat moulded folding airpop EPS box, now available in two biobased options, one from BASF Ecovio) and the latest from New Zealand company called Zealafoam.



Nerida Kelton at work on the WPO stand, explaining the WoolCool innovation.



William Reay and Warwick Armstrong of  Kuraray/Plantic



Mark Emmett of HMPS and Bill Dopper of Recopack.



Simon Gray, category manager innovations at Visy.


Bill Mays from Adaptapack, Sydney, on the Fuji stand.



Food & Drink Business

Ardmona has launched Australia's first 100 per cent Australian grown organic canned tomatoes.

The recently formed Heat and Control and Ishida alliance is delivering on the demand for a ‘one-stop supplier’ for integrated snack solutions for processing and packaging.

Naturally sugar-free beverage brand Nexba has broken the record for Australia's largest non-tech crowd-funding raise in its Series A Round. Through crowd-funding platform VentureCrowd, Nexba raised almost $1.5 million of the total $6 million raised.