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PKN’s latest issue for 2024 is hitting desks, which includes our comprehensive review of APPEX 2024, a preview of drupa, and features on Labels, Sustainability, F&B Packaging, and Design.

The proposed US$11bn acquisition of WestRock by Smurfit Kappa has been given the go-ahead by the European Union’s Merger Regulator, and will see the creation of a $US34bn a year business.

The PKN Women in Packaging Awards has announced the 2024 judges – leaders and experts in their respective fields, changemakers in our industry, and above all, champions for women in packaging.

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The federal government is in pre-budget mode with prime minister Anthony Albanese announcing a new wave of economic reform under the banner of the Future Made in Australia Act. Thin on detail but heavy on promise, Albanese says it's time for the government to step in and shore up the country for a more competitive global economic reality.

Lactalis will close its factory in Echuca, Victoria this year as it consolidates operations at its Bendigo site, where much of an $85 million investment will be spent.

In a move to provide working capital and pay down debt, Top Shelf International (TSI) has signed a $5 million sale and leaseback deal on its Eden Lassie agave farm with a company owned by non executive director, Stephen Grove.