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Pact Group, Cleanaway, and Asahi have entered a joint venture to build a $45m recycling plant in Albury/Wodonga. The facility will substantially increase rPET production in Australia.

The July/August edition of PKN Packaging News is out now. Whether you read it online or in print, it's packed with the latest news and insight for the packaging industry.

New Zealand home compostable packaging supplier to the global ecommerce market, The Better Packaging Co, and SEKO Logistics are partnering to help significantly replace single-use plastics in global eCommerce fulfillment supply chains.

Procter & Gamble brands Gillette and Venus have joined forces with TerraCycle to launch a free, national recycling programme for all brands of razors and their packaging in Australia.

Kurz Australia is celebrating half a century of operation and hosted a series of staff events at locations around the country to mark the momentous occasion.

The annual Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) congress, usually located in The Netherlands, is going virtual this year, meaning Australian brand owners and packaging professionals can participate with ease, and for less than $500.

Packserv has rejoined the ranks of OEMs in Australia with the launch of a new engineering and manufacturing division – Packserv Manufacturing – to add to its already established packaging equipment hire and services business.

The government is extending its JobKeeper programme until March, but on a reduced payment level, which will reduce again next year on two-tier rate for full-time and part-time staff.

Alex Commins, CEO of Jamestrong and former CEO and owner of Colorpak, pays heartfelt tribute to his Colorpak/GPI colleague David Johnson who died on 13 July.

The deal that captured the attention of the Australian and New Zealand FMCG producers and packaging industry back in late 2019 has been completed as predicted. Visy will be the new owner of O-I ANZ, and now a one-stop packaging shop.

GS1 Australia is establishing an industry-led National Traceability Advisory Group, which will provide advice on global standards for trade and traceability. It is chaired by Ram Akella of Woolworths Group.

UK-based eco flat bottle packaging company Garçon Wines has made its first steps into the Australian market. PKN spoke to its new market development advisor for the region, Matthew Moate.

Melbourne-based packaging technology company Packform has won two Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards for most innovative startup in the technology and business services categories.

Diageo partnered with Pilot Lite to launch Pulpex Limited – a sustainable packaging technology company – and will release the first 100 per cent plastic free, paper-based spirits bottle.

For boutique brands, innovative digital labels and packaging can create consumer engagement, deliver authentication, and drive sales.

The global packaging market size during the Covid-19 pandemic is projected to grow from US$909.2bn to US$1trn by 2021 at a compound annual growth rate of 5.5 per cent.