• Sustainability challenges and solutions panel: L-R Lindy Hughson, Yaffa Media; Jack Malki, Jet Technologies; Fred Soar, Soar Print; Brooke Donnelly, APCO; David Martin, Spicers; and Aleks Lajovic, Impact International.
    Sustainability challenges and solutions panel: L-R Lindy Hughson, Yaffa Media; Jack Malki, Jet Technologies; Fred Soar, Soar Print; Brooke Donnelly, APCO; David Martin, Spicers; and Aleks Lajovic, Impact International.
  • Mikey Hart, Hulsbosch.
    Mikey Hart, Hulsbosch.
  • Paul Haggett, Kodak, and Lindy Hughson, Yaffa Media.
    Paul Haggett, Kodak, and Lindy Hughson, Yaffa Media.
  • Richard Cutherbert, Tetra Pak.
    Richard Cutherbert, Tetra Pak.
  • Aaron Lusch, Platypus Print Packaging.
    Aaron Lusch, Platypus Print Packaging.
  • David Martin, Spicers, and Aleks Lajovic, Impact International.
    David Martin, Spicers, and Aleks Lajovic, Impact International.
  • David Blau, HP.
    David Blau, HP.
  • Mark Dingley, Matthews.
    Mark Dingley, Matthews.
  • Lindy Hughson, PKN & Print21, and Liza Vernalls, Campbell Arnott's.
    Lindy Hughson, PKN & Print21, and Liza Vernalls, Campbell Arnott's.
  • Bill Atta, DreemAR.
    Bill Atta, DreemAR.
  • Steve Jackson, Schawk.
    Steve Jackson, Schawk.
  • Jessica Simes, Labelmakers and Brewtopia.
    Jessica Simes, Labelmakers and Brewtopia.
  • Lindy Hughson, publisher of PKN & Print21.
    Lindy Hughson, publisher of PKN & Print21.
  • Liza Vernalls, Campbell Arnott's.
    Liza Vernalls, Campbell Arnott's.
  • Matt Ellis, Luminar.
    Matt Ellis, Luminar.
  • Bill Atta, DreemAR.
    Bill Atta, DreemAR.
  • Emmanual Mazzucco, Mela Creative, and Jamie Weller, Konica Minolta.
    Emmanual Mazzucco, Mela Creative, and Jamie Weller, Konica Minolta.
  • Guests enjoyed networking drinks sponsored by EFI.
    Guests enjoyed networking drinks sponsored by EFI.
  • Guests enjoyed networking drinks sponsored by EFI.
    Guests enjoyed networking drinks sponsored by EFI.
  • Julian Lamb, Metal Print; Andrew Steele, GS1; and Terry Waterson, Metal Print.
    Julian Lamb, Metal Print; Andrew Steele, GS1; and Terry Waterson, Metal Print.
  • Steve Jackson, Schawk, and Arun Jayadeva Doranalu, Manipal Technologies.
    Steve Jackson, Schawk, and Arun Jayadeva Doranalu, Manipal Technologies.
  • Paul Haggett, Kodak and Nikki Moeschinger, Brand Opus.
    Paul Haggett, Kodak and Nikki Moeschinger, Brand Opus.
  • Percy Vij, Centrum Printing; Mark Dingley, Matthews; and Phil Biggs, Packaging Partners.
    Percy Vij, Centrum Printing; Mark Dingley, Matthews; and Phil Biggs, Packaging Partners.
  • Erik Major, Major Graphics Printers; Wayne Robinson, Print21; and Rym Kachouri, Foodmach.
    Erik Major, Major Graphics Printers; Wayne Robinson, Print21; and Rym Kachouri, Foodmach.
  • Hans Oerlemans and Craig Dunsford, Ovato, and Meredith Darke, Stratex.
    Hans Oerlemans and Craig Dunsford, Ovato, and Meredith Darke, Stratex.
  • Packaging print opportunity: Wayne Robinson talks to Matt Ellis of Luminar and Aaron Lusch of Platypus Print Packaging.
    Packaging print opportunity: Wayne Robinson talks to Matt Ellis of Luminar and Aaron Lusch of Platypus Print Packaging.
  • Albert Kruger and Anne-Marie Mina, ETF.
    Albert Kruger and Anne-Marie Mina, ETF.
  • Sustainability challenges and solutions panel: L-R Lindy Hughson, PKN & Print21; Jack Malki, Jet Technologies; Fred Soar, Soar Print; Brooke Donnelly, APCO; David Martin, Spicers;  and Aleks Lajovic, Impact International.
    Sustainability challenges and solutions panel: L-R Lindy Hughson, PKN & Print21; Jack Malki, Jet Technologies; Fred Soar, Soar Print; Brooke Donnelly, APCO; David Martin, Spicers; and Aleks Lajovic, Impact International.
  • Stuart Shaw, Scott Automation, and Rym Kachouri, Foodmach.
    Stuart Shaw, Scott Automation, and Rym Kachouri, Foodmach.
  • Fred Soar, Soar Print, and Robert Howe, Labelmakers.
    Fred Soar, Soar Print, and Robert Howe, Labelmakers.
  • Toni Chapman, Print21, and Bryan McKay, GWF.
    Toni Chapman, Print21, and Bryan McKay, GWF.
  • Kim Berry and Lindy Hughson, Yaffa Media.
    Kim Berry and Lindy Hughson, Yaffa Media.
  • Mark Glynn and Paul Cruickshank, Spicers.
    Mark Glynn and Paul Cruickshank, Spicers.
  • Patrick Howard, Print21; Michael Schulz, SOS Print; and Michelle Lees, HP.
    Patrick Howard, Print21; Michael Schulz, SOS Print; and Michelle Lees, HP.
  • The audience enjoyed the engaging speaker content.
    The audience enjoyed the engaging speaker content.
  • David Martin, Spicers; David Reece and Daniel Malki, Jet Technologies.
    David Martin, Spicers; David Reece and Daniel Malki, Jet Technologies.
  • Nikki Moeschinger, Brand Opus; Liza Vernalls, Campbell Arnott's; and Paul Haggett, Kodak.
    Nikki Moeschinger, Brand Opus; Liza Vernalls, Campbell Arnott's; and Paul Haggett, Kodak.
  • The presentations sparked many talking points.
    The presentations sparked many talking points.
  • An engaged crowd at LIVE.
    An engaged crowd at LIVE.
  • Kim Berry, Food & Drink Business.
    Kim Berry, Food & Drink Business.
  • Arun Jayadeva Doranalu, Manipal Technologies, and Julian Lamb, Metal Print.
    Arun Jayadeva Doranalu, Manipal Technologies, and Julian Lamb, Metal Print.
  • Michael Grima, QDesign Enterprise.
    Michael Grima, QDesign Enterprise.
  • Team Planet Protector.
    Team Planet Protector.
  • Phil Biggs, Packaging Partners, and Albert Kruger, ETF.
    Phil Biggs, Packaging Partners, and Albert Kruger, ETF.
  • LIVE audience engages with the Shapes AR game developed by Dreemar.
    LIVE audience engages with the Shapes AR game developed by Dreemar.
  • Brooke Donnelly, APCO CEO.
    Brooke Donnelly, APCO CEO.
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Guests received a masterclass in emerging packaging print technologies and opportunities at the Print21 + PKN LIVE New Frontiers in Packaging Print forum, held on Monday in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

A packed theatre of some 200 printers, packagers, brand owners, designers, and industry movers and shakers turned out to hear some of the leading lights in the industry (see our gallery above) discuss the latest trends and innovations that are shaping packaging print.

 

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“The message really is that, notwithstanding the many challenges our industry faces in the realm of sustainability, packaging is not going anywhere,” said Lindy Hughson, publisher of Print21 and PKN Packaging News. “We will continue, as Print21 and PKN, to advance the education of our packaging print community with events like this.”

 

Mikey Hart, Hulsbosch.
Mikey Hart, Hulsbosch.

The day kicked off with a session on Design Directions for Brands and Printers. Mikey Hart, creative director at Hulsbosch, walked the audience through how brands, large and small, are shaping a sustainable future.

Hart said there's a profit to be made in brands with a greater purpose foor good; brands that represent something bigger, communicate that purpose and demonstrate real commitment.

Hart left delegates with four guiding principles for a sustainable future: be human; be authentic; innovate and stand for something.

 

Hart's presentation was followed by followed by a session from Steve Jackson of Schawk on the importance of colour.

 

 

“Colour is one of the most valuable and powerful assets a brand owns,” said Jackson, who demonstrated the power of colour association by showing famous brands' packaging just showing the colour without the brand name. Examples included Coca-Cola, Cadbury, Guiness and Kikkoman.

 

Steve Jackson, Schawk.
Steve Jackson, Schawk.
Jessica Simes, Labelmakers and Brewtopia.
Jessica Simes, Labelmakers and Brewtopia.

After morning tea, guests enjoyed a trio of talks on driving consumer engagement through printed packaging. Jessica Simes of Labelmakers and Brewtopia explained the new integrated business model for personalised beverages from Labelmakers; Liza Vernalls, director of packaging at Campbell Arnott’s, shared some lessons learnt from successful and less successful Arnott’s packaging campaigns; and Bill Atta, chief product officer at Dreemar, showed off the company’s augmented reality technology in an engaging interactive session that featured a mobile game powered by Arnott’s Shapes packaging.

Lindy Hughson, Yaffa Media, and Liza Vernalls, Campbell Arnott's.
Lindy Hughson, Yaffa Media, and Liza Vernalls, Campbell Arnott's.
LIVE audience engages with the Shapes AR game developed by Dreemar.
LIVE audience engages with the Shapes AR game developed by Dreemar.

 

Bill Atta, DreemAR.

Atta told guests that AR is not just a gimmick. “We see a world where people using AR will be incentivised, engaged, and then rewarded for engagement, which will keep them coming back,” he said.

 

The third session, after a lunch sponsored by Blue Star Display, was on brand protection, data collection, and the digitisation of packaging. Richard Cuthbert, digital solutions manager at Tetra Pak, showed how packaging print could be connected to

 

Industry 4.0; Daniel Blau, solutions architect at HP, held court on a number of ways brands could secure their packaging through print; Matthews CEO Mark Dingley took a look at 2D barcodes and other innovations in coding; and Paul Haggett, sales and marketing director at Kodak, detailed how brands could use digital print to connect with consumers.

 

Mark Dingley, Matthews.
Mark Dingley, Matthews.

According to Dingley, food fraud is less of a threat to companies with anti-counterfeiting technology. “Demonstrating that you have some form of technology wrapped around your products dramatically reduces your ability to be targeted,” he said.

 

Session four delved into how material matters, discussing how printers can adapt to the circular economy. Brooke Donnelly, CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), updated guests on the packaging industry’s journey towards meeting the 2025 National Packaging Targets, as well as the use of printed messaging on the Australian Recycling Label. Following her presentation, she joined a panel moderated by Lindy Hughson with Aleks Lajovic, managing director of Impact International; David Martin, CEO Spicers; Fred Soar, managing director Soar Print; and Jack Malki, CEO Jet Technologies, to discuss the sustainability challenges faced by the packaging industry and the solutions that these companies have developed.

The sustainability panel: L-R Lindy Hughson, Jack Malki, Fred Soar, Brooke Donnelly, David Martin and Aleks Lajovic.
Sustainability challenges and solutions panel: L-R Lindy Hughson, Jack Malki, Fred Soar, Brooke Donnelly, David Martin and Aleks Lajovic.
Brooke Donnelly, APCO CEO.
Brooke Donnelly, APCO CEO.

Donnelly stressed that, under the circular economy, we should think of creating resources instead of waste. “In a circular economy, we don’t have waste. It becomes something else – part of a reuse model, where it has a second life; or it’s recycled into something different; or it’s composted,” she said.

 

The day’s final session, hosted by Print21 editor Wayne Robinson, looked at two next-generation Australian print companies that have moved into packaging, with Matt Ellis, managing director of Luminar (formely Avonlea Labels), and Aaron Lusch, general manager of Platypus Print Packaging. Ellis and Lusch told guests about the opportunities they had found in packaging print and how they had taken advantage of these opportunities.

Packaging print opportunity: Wayne Robinson talks to Matt Ellis of Luminar and Aaron Lusch of Platypus Print Packaging.
Packaging print opportunity: Wayne Robinson talks to Matt Ellis of Luminar and Aaron Lusch of Platypus Print Packaging.

Ellis, who had taken the plunge into digital short-run flexible packaging, told the audience to welcome discomfort. “Don’t stay in your box, welcome new things,” he said.

 

Lusch, meanwhile, spoke about how Platypus had overcome tough times by focusing on the company motto: ‘there’s always a way’. “We’re actually a stronger and better business for having gone through the rough patch,” he said, referring to the time a decade ago when its major packagingclient pulled out.

 

Networking drinks afterwards, sponsored by EFI, gave all the chance to meet and mingle with their fellow packaging print professionals.

 

For full details, look out for the report in the next issue of PKN Packaging News.

Food & Drink Business

If food quality and safety standards are to be embedded in a company’s culture, a shift in focus is needed, McCormick & Co director of Global Quality Systems and Food Safety, Jill Hoffman said at this week’s APAC Food Safety Conference.

In the non-dairy milk category, Almond Breeze is a brand that has made bold moves to achieve phenomenal results. At Food & Drink Business + PKN LIVE breakfast forum on 11 October, we'll find out how.

A S Harrison & Co has been providing specialised raw materials for almost 100 years, with its Performance Ingredients division offering a broad range of food products including beef powder.