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

Tough domestic conditions with growing exports bolstering the sector were the key findings of the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s (AFGC) latest annual industry snapshot.

A University of Adelaide and industry collaboration has developed a digital platform to help grapegrowers optimise their irrigation and crop management.

The ready-to-eat and prepared meals market is set to be worth US$38.4 billion by 2023 in the APAC region, according to the latest research from GlobalData. APAC accounts for 32.5 per cent of the global RTE market and is the largest in the world.