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 available in digital format online.

In the first issue for 2023, we bring you the latest news, trends and technology relevant to the Australasia packaging and processing machinery sector.

In the Chairman’s Message, Mark Dingley looks ahead to a year of global and domestic engagement. He ponders the reinforcement of government investment in Australian manufacturing, especially within the food and beverage sectors. And he frames the calendar year by highlighting industry events that will see APPMA member participation, including Interpack, Propak Asia and Pack Expo Vegas.

In the APPMA News section, we welcome an influx of new members to the Association: Beckhoff Automation, Argon and Co, Packaging Solutions and Equipment, Optima Weightech, Process Partners, Tynic Automation, Linear Technik and Schutz Australia. APPMA will also be curating and hosting several networking events this year and beyond, including the much-anticipated APPEX 2024, which has seen strong industry support thus far and is already 70 per cent sold. It will also be supporting and participating in industry alliance partner events, such as Hort Connections and Modern Manufacturing Expo.

Member News this edition includes: new BW Packaging brand identity launched; Krones affirms net zero commitment; tna boosts productivity with new ‘Perfect Pair’; Nord releases durable drives for belt conveyors; Multivac Marking & Inspection delivers new impetus for direct web printing; new CEO at JL Lennard; online pet store turns to TMHA to increase operational efficiency; and Herma launches new enhanced recycling label stock.

In Trends & Tech, we report on the mega trade show Interpack, where the show organiser provides an overview of the choice of packaging formats for bevergaes and considers sustainable options impact filling and packaging processes; and Markem-Imaje’s Tessa Eastman looks at how traceability delivers increased control, transparency and security for manufacturers.

And for our Case Study, we report on Coca-Cola Europacific Partners pressing go on the most advanced canning line in its network in the Australasian region, a project that was two years in the making and delivered in partnership with key technology suppliers including KHS, GPI and Matthews Australasia.

Enjoy the read, and a reminder to all APPMA members to submit your product and company news to or contact publisher Lindy Hughson 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.