The latest print issue of Machinery Matters, the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association’s regular supplement published in partnership with PKN Packaging News and Food & Drink Business, has now hit desks and is also available online.

In the September-October 2023 issue, we bring you the latest news, trends and technology relevant to the Australasian packaging and processing machinery sector.

In the Chairman’s Message, Mark Dingley looks ahead to the Association’s game-changing APPEX 2024 event, scheduled for March next year, and which builds on the successful 35-year legacy of the AUSPACK exhibition. He also spotlights the APPMA Awards of Excellence, and reminds readers that submissions will be closing soon.

In the APPMA News section, the focus on APPEX 2024 continues as we report that with seven months to go until the inaugural event, about 95 per cent spaces have now been sold, with the remaining spaces available selling fast. Michael Moran, APPMA’s CEO, also gives readers an overview of the busy schedule ahead for the Association and its members, including the APPMA Awards, Directors’ nominations, Members’ Dinners, as well as welcoming new members: Lifecycles, Busch, Wine Industry Services, WInequip, Primepac, Superior Pump Technologies, Contech and Prime Engineering; as well as new partnerships with Finlease and AEI Insurance.

Member News this edition includes: Argon & Co launches ESG service; Trimatt wins MICE product innovation award; EDP brings flexibility to bulk bin handling; G Monidini’s Cigno automatic tray makes debut; SMC steps up with launch of ITV series; GS1 AU marks milestone: 500k products logged on Verified; Detpak is named KFC national supplier of the year; Flat pack efficiency is boosted with Multivac chamber belt; Jet Technologies brings new Screen trio to ANZ; Syntegon sets new standards in nutraceutical capsule filling; and KHS achieves gold in EcoVadis rating system.

In Trends & Tech, we look at Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ new high-speed combination can and small format bottle line, the fastest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, which is now up and running and catering to the growing demand in the RTD sector (page 62); and we take a deep dive into beer oxidation, where KHS addresses ways to avoid or reduce oxygen pickup for flavour stability, and the development of sustainable technologies for outstanding beer quality (page 64).

In our Case Study, Kingsway Confectionery, a family-owned company based in Victoria and specialising in packaging retail-ready products for over 30 years, has upgraded its facility in partnership with tna Solutions.

And for this issue’s Member Profile, we put a spotlight on Nupac Industries, which marks 40 years in operation, and has come a long way since its humble inception back in 1983 in Melbourne, Victoria.

Enjoy the read, and a reminder to all APPMA members to submit your product and company news to or contact publisher Lindy Hughson on or senior journalist Jan Arreza on to discuss your editorial ideas. 

Machinery Matters is published bi-monthly in partnership with APPMA as a supplement to PKN Packaging News and Food & Drink Business.

Food & Drink Business

New Zealand grower-owned co-operative, Market Gardeners Limited, trading as the MG Group has sold its 70 per cent stake in Premier Fresh Australia to its Australian long-term business partners.

The 2024 National Food Waste Summit is underway, with more than 300 delegates hearing international and local leaders in the field provide updates on projects underway, overseas models and mindsets, and the challenges and triumphs of Australia’s commitment to halving food waste by 2030.

Auckland-based Scentian Bio has been awarded $10,000 in a food value chain pitch competition at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual expo in Chicago.