The September/October issue of PKN is out now, featuring a look at recent major industry events 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, SMC celebrates 60 years in business. We speak to local CEO Wayne Driver to find out what’s kept the company ticking so long – see page 32-33.

We also pop the cap on another packaging institution: Cormack Packaging, which has been around for 80 years and supplies quality caps and closures; see page 30-31.

Packaging print enjoyed a pair of big events: up first was was our annual Print21 + PKN LIVE: New Frontiers in Packaging Print forum, and pages 12-18 have a comprehensive wrap of the insights the day had to offer.

PrintEx, Sydney’s premier print trade show for 2019, also had plenty for labels and packaging – see our report from the show floor on page 20-21.

Our dedicated Machinery Matters section (see page 36-41) brings you up to date with the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association's activities and member news, including highlights from a member dinner which featured award-winning author and business coach Paul Allen.

In People in Packaging (page 34), we discover how Nadia Taylor, co-founder and director of successful Australian OEM tna solutions, found love – and more – among the potato chips.

Tech Speak (page 28) visits a NSW AIP lunchtime meeting at which packaging professionals were urged to get on the front foot and spread the good news about plastic as the industry comes under fire on sustainability.

In Industry Insight (page 24), pulp and paper guru Tim Woods looks at how the soft economy is making growth hard for fibre-based packaging.

Other special features include Line Control and Automation (page 44) and Food and Beverage Packaging (page 50), plus a deep dive into trends and case studies in Brand and Pack Design on page 62.

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

Food & Drink Business

Fine Food Australia has cancelled its 2020 trade show due to the reintroduction of stage three COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria. The show was scheduled to take place from 7-10 September in Melbourne.

Freedom Foods Group has advised the ASX that its voluntary trading halt will remain in place until 30 October while it investigates its financial position.

Bega Cheese has announced the reduction and consolidation of its processed cheese production, with 74 jobs to go at its Bega facility by Christmas.