Orora achieved increased underlying earnings before interest and tax in all its businesses in the first half, on sales that rose 3 per cent in constant currency terms, with Australasia the best performer.

Profits at Pact Group rose strongly, on sales that were up a smidgeon, in its first half results, with the company attributing the rise to solid organic growth and higher margins.

The Australian federal government has announced a review of the Australian Packaging Covenant and National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure 2011 (NEPM).

Foodmach director and well-known packaging industry identity Peter Marks has died, aged 66, from cancer. The Foodmach team pays tribute to his fellowship, leadership, ingenuity and expertise.

Pact Group has acquired New Zealand’s Flight Plastics, a provider of packaging for the fresh food segment and the country’s only manufacturer with integrated PET recycling capabilities.

Skyrocketing shipping costs are impacting board and paper prices, with the nation’s major printable materials suppliers forced to introduce price rises from next month, which will range from three to nine per cent.

A second plastic recycling facility, proposed under the collaboration between Pact Group and Cleanaway, has attracted $9.5m funding support from government for the plant construction.

Construction is underway on Australia’s largest end-to-end PET recycling facility in Albury-Wodonga, delivered by the JV between Asahi, Pact Group and Cleanaway, which will recycle around one billion plastic bottles each year.

PKN's first print issue of 2021 is bursting with stories of how the packaging industry is making positive changes on the sustainability front; innovating in materials, recycling and machinery; and stepping up its engagement with Industry 4.0 technology.

Amcor saw its profits surge by 65 per cent in the first six months, on sales that were largely flat, with the company benefiting from stay-at-home consumer demand in the pandemic year.

Smart packaging with QR codes linking to a product’s coronavirus swab test results are in the spotlight, as NZ and China forge a new trade deal. PKN asks Matthews CEO Mark Dingley to weigh in.

Nestle's Smarties range will now be packed in recyclable paper globally. The shift is set to remove approximately 250 million plastic packs in circulation every year.

Senior packaging and process technologist, Ralph Moyle, was recently announced as 2021's WPO Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

In its annual report on consumer trends Euromonitor International says sustainability, convenience and a new “phygital reality” are three developments that will influence business strategies.

The next interpack will take place from 4 to 10 May 2023, at the Düsseldorf Trade Fair Centre. It will be the first show since 2017, with last year’s expo first postponed, then cancelled, due to Covid.

Companies wanting to show their packaging and print wares to the world can now register for online event virtual.drupa, which is set to take place 20-23 April, in place of the now cancelled mega-show.