Melbourne-based flexible packaging specialist O.F Pack has acquired flexible packaging printer and converter Plasticover for an undisclosed sum, enabling the expansion of its local pouch and bag converting operation.

Victoria has been thrown a lifeline in its waste crisis after Cleanaway purchased $60m of the debts of collapsed recycling firm SKM, giving it effective control of the company.

Impact International has won the Creative Sustainability Award at the National Print Awards, with Labelhouse picking up two gold medals.

Trade finishing house TLC Digital + has opened a pair of new factories in Braeside, three years after fire claimed its West Melbourne premises.

Global metal packaging manufacturer Jamestrong opened a new $15 million, future-proofed, can making facility in Auckland, New Zealand last night, catering to the burgeoning infant formula market. PKN was there.

Full year results for packaging giant Orora have with underlying net profit after tax (NPAT) up 4 per cent to $217m, earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) 3.7 per cent higher to $335.2m and earnings per share (EPS) up 3.7 per cent to 18 cents per share.

Pact Group has cited the drought, weaker demand from the agri and food & beverage sectors, and higher raw material and energy costs as contributing to the FY19 loss.

In a talk entitled For the Love of Colour at Print21+PKN LIVE on Monday this week, Schawk's executive director brought colour (and humour) to the event. We caught up with him on video shortly after he presented.

At Print21+PKN LIVE earlier this week, Campbell Arnott's packaging director Liza Vernalls gave examples of print executions within her brand portfolio that went well, and that did not. We caught up with her on video after her talk.

At the Print21+PKN LIVE event earlier this week, delegates were treated to an immersive AR experience. In an interview with Bill Atta shortly after his talk he demonstrated the AR game he created off Arnott's Shapes packaging.

Printing royalty rocked up to the Waterview in Homebush this week as Spicers officially launched itself under new owners Kokusai Pulp & Paper (KPP).

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.

Labelmakers Group is set to acquire the country's biggest linerless labels producer, Le Mac Australia. The transaction, for an undisclosed sum, is expected to be completed next month.

The Australian packaging industry is one of the most advanced in the world when it comes to sustainable realignment; this was the clear conclusion from a European tour taken by APCO CEO Brooke Donnelly, PREP design director Anthony Peyton, and Planet Ark CEO Paul Klymenko.

Packaging business Jim's Bottler has been destroyed in a seven hour fire that led to local residents being told to stay indoors and toxic smoke covering sections of western Sydney.