In this episode, Lindy Hughson, managing editor and publisher of PKN Packaging News is joined by Kim Berry, editor of Food & Drink Business, to provide insight, analysis and commentary on the top news stories shaping change in Australia’s dynamic packaging industry in April.

We unravel the recent developments concerning Qenos, an Australian plastic resin manufacturer, which has been placed in Voluntary Administration and closed its Botany manufacturing facility. We discuss the impact of this decision on the local packaging industry, highlighting concerns regarding resin standardisation, supply chain interruptions, and the setback to Australia's plastics circularity ambitions.

Shifting to broader industry updates, we examine the ongoing bid by Raphael Geminder to acquire full control of Pact and delist it from the ASX. Additionally, we explore the removal of tariffs on Australian wines by China and its implications for the packaging sector, particularly in boosting demand for glass bottles and labels.

We also cover significant global mergers, such as the approved acquisition of WestRock by Smurfit Kappa, and notable acquisitions within the food packaging space, including BioPak's acquisition of Huskee.

On the recycling front, we highlight Visy's achievements in increasing recycled content in glass packaging, and Pact Group's efforts to recycle milk bottles, earning it recognition at the Chemistry Australia Industry Awards.

Wrapping up the discussion, we touch upon Australia's progress towards packaging sustainability targets, the upcoming Hive Awards, and the Women in Packaging awards, reflecting on the industry's commitment to innovation and positive change.

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Qenos in VA, Botany plant shutdown confirmed

Geminder issues final Pact deadline

Industry welcomes return of China wine trade

Industry responds to Future Made in Australia plan

Smurfit Kappa WestRock merger gets green light

BioPak acquires reusable cup enterprise Huskee

Visy's glass reaches 63% recycled content

Pact’s milk bottle recycling wins CE award

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Host: Lindy Hughson
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