PKN's July-August issue is out, packed with latest news and analysis covering trends, technology, innovation and design and including our exclusive Machinery Matters supplement.

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


This edition's stunning cover features award-winning innovation from Caps & Closures. PKN visited the facility where it all happens, and spoke to MD Brendon Holmes about the company's success to date, and innovation in the pipeline. See page 12-13.

We also went behind the scenes at The Van Dyke Press, one of Australia's leading manufacturers of pre-cut and reel-fed aluminium and PET lidding, and spoke to GM Will Tompson about new developments and growth drivers. See page 40-41

In the exciting world of packaging print, we take a look at what's in store at our upcoming LIVE forum: New Frontiers in Packaging Print, to be held on 12 August in Sydney (see page 22) and report on Esko's Open House event that showcased its packaging solutions.

Our dedicated Machinery Matters section (see page 27 - 34)  brings you up to date with the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association's activities and member news, including a member profile on Currie Group, which turns 70 this year.

Our People in Packaging column features packaging evangelist and educator Professor Pierre Pienaar, president of the World Packaging Organisation, who shares some of the high points in his career. See page 50.

The Tech Speak section brings you an overview of the recent Global Packaging Forum in Bangkok, co-organised by AIP, and exploring pressing packaging issues. See page 52-53.

Our ProPak Asia wrap takes a look at why Australian packaging and processing machinery suppliers are seeing this show as one of growing importance in the region. See page 54-58

Special features in this issue include: Bulk & Industrial Packaging (page 36), Flexible Packaging (page 40), and Snacks & Convenience Packaging (page 46).

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.