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Australian rigid packaging provider, Plasdene Glass-Pak, has acquired Vinkem Packaging, a secondary packaging supplier that predominantly services the Australian wine industry.

Orora has signed an agreement with CleanCo to secure long-term supply of renewable energy for the company’s cans manufacturing facility in Rocklea, Queensland.

Some of the country’s largest packaging and materials suppliers, including Amcor, Orora, and Visy, are championing more inclusive and gender balanced workplaces by joining NAWO.

In what the company is calling an Australian first, BioPak has launched its PHA range, which it says is a “game-changing innovation set to revolutionise the home-compostable cup industry”.

Amcor has expanded its packaging innovation hubs around the world with the recent opening of its European Innovation Centre in Ghent, Belgium.

PKN’s latest issue for 2024 is hitting desks, full of news and in-depth features, including our comprehensive coverage of the inaugural Women in Packaging Awards and its finalists, as well as the latest developments in Innovation & Design, Sustainable Materials, Pack & Label Printing, and Cosmetic Packaging.

CUPSZ and De Jong Ecocups have merged under the CUPSZ brand, with investment from Detmold Ventures, an affiliate company of the Detmold Group.

Melbourne-based material science company Great Wrap has teamed up with Opal Packaging Plus, a division of cardboard packaging and recycling company Opal ANZ, to distribute its new Certified Compostable Machine Pallet Wrap.

In the first year of PKN’s Women in Packaging Awards programme, industry has stepped up with meaning. The response has been phenomenal, and the judges had their work cut out for them selecting the finalists from a competitive field of high-calibre nominees.

At The Hive Awards in Sydney today, the Best Packaging category was won by Don Smallgoods, part of George Weston Foods, for its resealable flow wrap pack for sandwich fillers and other smallgoods.

Applications for the 2024 APCO Annual Awards are now open, and are open to all of industry to apply.

APCO has completed its nationwide roadshow engaging industry on its 2030 packaging strategy. Pippa Corry of philo & co attended the Sydney session and summarised the key takeaways for PKN.

The print community is mourning the sudden passing of industry titan Geoff Selig, executive chairman of the $1bn IVE Group, who has died while on holiday in Europe.

US-headquartered PakTech, producer of 100% recycled and recyclable multipack packaging solutions, has kicked off manufacturing in Australia and is partnering with Endeavour Group to expand the drinks retailer’s closed loop recycling scheme.

Amcor's Bottles of the Year program highlights eye-catching designs that cater to evolving consumer preferences, using the latest PET plastic technology to deliver a more responsible packaging choice.

TricorBraun has acquired Australian spirits packaging distributor UniquePak, and Australian industrial packaging distributor Alplas Products, further expanding its Australian presence.