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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.

Australian B Corp and sustainable packaging company BioPak has acquired Australian-based reusable cup enterprise Huskee in a move to strengthen circular solutions.

In the latest update on plastic resin manufacturer Qenos's possible closure of its Australian plants, a new report reveals the company's Chinese owner, China National Chemical, has reached an agreement to sell Qenos to Logos Group, an industrial and logistics property developer.

UPDATE: The case brought by opponents of Raphael Geminder's bid to take full control of Pact Group has been rejected by the Takeovers Panel, following undertakings given by Geminder's investment vehicle.

China's removal of the tariffs imposed on Australian wines sees relief from the packaging industry, although it may take some time to see benefits for glass bottle, closure and label suppliers.

An investment of $80m in the Whakatane Mill in NZ will boost folding board production by 66,000 tonnes a year to 230,000 tonnes, and will pave the way for a further increase of 100,000 tonnes a year capacity.

Earlier this month PKN published an article that voiced industry concern over the speculation that Qenos might be closing its polymer manufacturing plants in Australia. Qenos has remained silent on the matter. The MD of Qenos customer Impact International, Aleks Lajovic, wants some answers.

Amcor, a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging solutions, is the proud recipient of eight FPA Awards for innovative and sustainable contributions to the industry.

An impressive number of quality entries into the inaugural Hive Awards created a highly competitive line-up for judges to consider. The packaging category was one of the most strongly contested.

Gary Smith, CEO of BioPak, has been named the winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2024 Australia, announced at an awards ceremony in Sydney on 20 March.

Chep Australia says it is making strides towards the way it attracts, develops, and retains women in operations as it aims to reshape and remove barriers to gender equality within the supply chain.

Raphael Geminder’s protracted bid to take full control of Pact, and delist it from the ASX, has taken another twist, as his opponents have won an interim blocking order on any further share purchases.

Ron Delia, CEO of Amcor, the world’s biggest consumer packaging business, will step down as CEO next month, and depart the company completely in September.

Fibre King has acquired Paksmart, creating a strategic alliance that integrates cartoning solutions with machinery manufacturing, creating a one-stop-shop for end-of-line packaging.