• Joe Foster, co-founder and director Omniverse Foster Packaging Group, talks new directions in flexible packaging.
    Joe Foster, co-founder and director Omniverse Foster Packaging Group, talks new directions in flexible packaging.
  • Conrad Mendoza, regional marketing manager - brand innovation at HP, discusses the role of personalisation in digital printing.
    Conrad Mendoza, regional marketing manager - brand innovation at HP, discusses the role of personalisation in digital printing.
  • Print21 and PKN Packaging News publisher Lindy Hughson opens the event.
    Print21 and PKN Packaging News publisher Lindy Hughson opens the event.
  • Roy Morgan Consulting's director of consumer and social trends, Laura Demasi.
    Roy Morgan Consulting's director of consumer and social trends, Laura Demasi.
  • Matthews Australasia CEO Mark Dingley speaks on brand story and provenance.
    Matthews Australasia CEO Mark Dingley speaks on brand story and provenance.
  • Conrad Mendoza, regional marketing manager - brand innovation, HP, gives his talk on personalisation.
    Conrad Mendoza, regional marketing manager - brand innovation, HP, gives his talk on personalisation.
  • Australia Post's Marty Stone with Spawnit's Ian Douglas.
    Australia Post's Marty Stone with Spawnit's Ian Douglas.
  • Print21 and PKN Packaging News publisher Lindy Hughson moderated a panel which included Birdstone Collective's Iain Blair, Currie Group's Mark Daws, and DreemAR's Bill Atta.
    Print21 and PKN Packaging News publisher Lindy Hughson moderated a panel which included Birdstone Collective's Iain Blair, Currie Group's Mark Daws, and DreemAR's Bill Atta.
  • Dreemar head of product development and marketing Bill Atta.
    Dreemar head of product development and marketing Bill Atta.
  • Ruth Cobb, PrintNZ (left), with Mark Daws, Currie Group.
    Ruth Cobb, PrintNZ (left), with Mark Daws, Currie Group.
  • Amber Bonney, The Edison Agency, with Pierre Pienaar, WPO.
    Amber Bonney, The Edison Agency, with Pierre Pienaar, WPO.
  • Ecolean's Jens Olofsson and Mark Easton.
    Ecolean's Jens Olofsson and Mark Easton.
  • The RollsPack team at PKN LIVE 2018.
    The RollsPack team at PKN LIVE 2018.
  • Delegates flood into the Monkey Baa Theatre, Darling Harbour.
    Delegates flood into the Monkey Baa Theatre, Darling Harbour.
  • Orora Group GM Fibre, Brian Lowe (left), who spoke at the event, with Matthew Maude, Australasian market manager SME, Orora Ltd.
    Orora Group GM Fibre, Brian Lowe (left), who spoke at the event, with Matthew Maude, Australasian market manager SME, Orora Ltd.
  • 168 visitors came to the inaugural print and packaging industry event to network and learn.
    168 visitors came to the inaugural print and packaging industry event to network and learn.
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The inaugural Print21 + PKN LIVE event was a rousing success, with a full house turning out to hear industry experts discuss the best ways to push back the boundaries of packaging print.

Following the theme of New Frontiers in Packaging Print, the industry forum, presented by magazines Print21 and PKN, took place at Sydney's Monkey Baa Theatre on Friday 3 August, with 168 people in attendance. 

Lindy Hughson, publisher of Print21 and PKN, was delighted with the success of this first-ever co-branded LIVE event for Print21 and PKN.

“The speaker content was of a very high standard, relevant and engaging, and the positive vibe among delegates on the day was tangible during the networking sessions,” she said.

Print21 and PKN Packaging News publisher Lindy Hughson opens the event.

“It’s great to be in a position to take the lead on creating an information-sharing and networking forum of this calibre for our packaging and printing community.”

Among the guests was Wellman Packaging CEO Craig Wellman, this year's winner of the Australian Packaging Professional of the Year award, who said he enjoyed seeing the industry come together in the one place to learn.

“Print 21+PKN Live brings together smart people with good knowledge and great ideas to foster collaboration and advancement of our craft,” he said.

“Ït makes an excellent contribution to the industry. Well done to all, especially Lindy Hughson, for her vision in bringing this forward.”

Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) executive director Nerida Kelton (pictured below with Craig Wellman) said the LIVE forum reinforced the importance and value of the packaging and printing industries working together for a common goal of designing innovative solutions.

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“A key takeaway from the event is that collaboration is key to successful designs, and this was evident when we heard about the amazing Rhinos Down Under project – a world-class printing solution that was developed in Australia.”

Print21 and PKN Packaging News publisher Lindy Hughson moderated a panel which included Birdstone Collective's Iain Blair, Currie Group's Mark Daws, and DreemAR's Bill Atta.

Long-time PKN LIVE sponsor Currie Group was the headline sponsor of this year's event along with HP.

Currie Group director of labels and packaging Mark Daws (pictured second from right above) said he was delighted to have the opportunity be part of this first-off event for the packaging print community.

"The positive vibe was palpable, and the speakers delivered engaging, interesting content that was well received by all those I have spoken to,” he said.

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World Packaging Organisation (WPO) president Pierre Pienaar also found the day rewarding and stimulating.

“There was a great line-up of speakers who delivered their content well, and, as with PKN's previous LIVE events, the networking was fantastic," he said.

Ball & Doggett marketing executive Nina Patz also enjoyed learning from the day.

“We had a great time at the event, and particularly enjoyed the speakers from the morning session. They amazed us all,” she said.

Click through the photo gallery above, or watch the video below, for highlights from the event. The full report will be published in PKN September-October issue.

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