The November/December issue of PKN is out now, featuring a look back at the highlights of 2019 and including our exclusive Machinery Matters supplement.

The latest issue is on its way to subscribers in the mail, but if you can't wait, the digital version is available here.


On the cover, intermediate bulk container and PE drum specialist Schütz Australia opened a new facility in Yatala, Brisbane. Learn more about the company’s Australian investment on pages 24-25.

We also take a look at Coopers Brewery’s 25-year journey to automation with the help of Siemens, and look inside its high-tech bottling facility in Adelaide, on pages 26-27.

Innovation was thick on the ground at two packaging trade shows: see the latest and greatest from Pack Expo Las Vegas on pages 28-30, and from Labelexpo Europe on pages 40-42.

Our dedicated Machinery Matters section (see page 31-38) brings you up to date with the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association’s activities and member news, including a Melbourne members’ dinner featuring former federal minister Lindsay Tanner.

In People in Packaging (page 21), we meet Brooke Donnelly, CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), and discuss her efforts to drive Australian manufacturers towards meeting the 2025 National Packaging Targets.

Tech Speak (page 18) takes a deep dive into the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL), and the PREP Tool that helps packagers and brand owners find out and communicate what parts of their packaging can be recycled and where.

In Industry Insight (page 16), the e-commerce packaging market is enjoying double digit growth and is worth tens of billions of dollars – we examine how online shopping is shaking up packaging and consumer expectations.

Other special features include Pack Print and Decoration (pages 44-46) and Materials Update (pages 54-57) – plus don’t miss our wrap of the year that was, with the 2019 Headline Makers recapping a tumultuous 12 months in packaging on pages 58-66.

And of course, we have the latest news, design case studies, and more – all available in a click.

Food & Drink Business

MD & CEO of The a2 Milk Company, Jayne Hrdlicka, has stepped down. Hrdlicka said the reality of the company's growth trajectory would mean the role was “too difficult to manage” with her other commitments.

Bubs Australia Ltd has announced it raised $30 million before costs from a share placement to new and existing investors. The shares were sold at $0.95 per share here and overseas.

Pernod Ricard Winemakers has become the first major wine company in Australia to source all of its electricity from 100 per cent renewable energy.