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Coca-Cola Amatil will no longer distribute single-use plastic straws and stirrers in Australia, amid growing environmental concerns about their impact.

About 1.5 billion single-use plastic bags have been eliminated since Coles and Woolworths banned them from their stores, and Western Australia has now implemented its own statewide ban.

The AUSPACK Business and Industry Conference 2019 will feature two streams on the key industry areas of business growth and packaging and processing.

There's never a dull moment in the dynamic Australasian packaging industry, with M&A activity, leadership changes, and product innovation keeping our news desk busy. See our review of the year that was in the latest issue of PKN magazine.

A “healthy” aerosol has topped the list at Pact Group’s seventh annual Applause Awards, which recognise innovation and excellence within the company.

Tube maker Impact International has commemorated its 60th anniversary in business, which the company attributes to its flexibility and customer service.

Australian almond grower Bright Light Agribusiness will install 15 sorters from Tomra into its new purpose-built factory in Hattah, Victoria.

Three Australian companies, and one from New Zealand, have picked up nods in the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards.

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has warned more investment is needed in the manufacturing sector, with capital expenditure slumping by more than 10 per cent over the past decade.

Orora has bought Texas-based Pollock Packaging, spending US$80.5m ($110m) on the deal. CEO & MD Nigel Garrard says, "With Pollock on board we have $500m worth of business in Texas, and a platform to grow in North America."

Grant Harrod will step down as CEO of Pro-Pac Packaging after just a year and a half in the top job, and John Cerini, formerly of Integrated Packaging Group, is also quitting as a full-time executive.

UK-based packaging development-to-manufacture company Sirane is expanding into Australia, and will have a stand at AUSPACK 2019 in March.

Packaging solutions manufacturer tna today opened its new 80,000 sq ft manufacturing centre in Boronia, Vic, with company founder Alf Taylor telling PKN that the business is aiming to achieve sales of more than $1bn in five years time.

'Smart. Connected. Sustainable.' is the theme of a new business and industry conference taking place alongside the AUSPACK exhibition, in Melbourne in March next year.

Kodak has sold its flexographic packaging division to a private equity firm for up to an estimated $390 million USD ($540 million AUD).