PKN July-August reviews the recent Australasian PIDAs and PacPrint 2022, and covers the latest news from the packaging industry, the positive changes made, the innovations launched. This issue shines the spotlight on snack and convenience packaging, digital print for packaging, and smart factories.

Hot off the press, the PKN Packaging News July-August 2022 issue is on its way to you in the mail, and available online here for your convenience.

As you flip through the pages of this issue you will see that here is an industry moving forward at pace – innovating, investing and future-proofing.

In the Cover Story on page 12, PKN traces tna Solution’s journey from Australian packaging equipment pioneer, to global food processing and packaging solutions giant.

Another must-read section is PKN's review of the Australasian Packaging Innovation and Design Awards (PIDAs) starting on page 18, where we report on all the winners for 2022, and shine a light on their stellar achievements.

Events are back in a big way, so head over to page 40 for our review of PacPrint 2022, where we deliver news from the show floor, and highligh all the latest advances in labels and packaging print.

For a deep dive into packaging-pertinent topics, this issue’s feature line-up begins with our regular Sustainability section, where Professor Edward Kosior, CEO and founder of Nextek, gives expert advice on what the industry should be doing in order to harness the new era of plastic recycling (page 14).

In the Snack and Convenience Packaging feature, contributor Karen McKenzie reviews the importance of designing accessible packaging (page 28); Rosella turns to Tetra Pak’s Tetra Recart packaging for its relaunched soup range (page 30); Nestlé rolls out 30 per cent recycled content wrappers by Huhtamaki for its 45g KitKat chocolate bars (page 32); Arnott’s commits to transition from multi-laminate to mono-material recyclable soft plastics (page 34); and Heat and Control looks at an agile packaging solution for ready-to-eat salads (page 35).

Then to Digital Print for Packaging, where PKN brings insights on digital print at HP's Better Together VIP customer event (page 36); and eProductivity Software Solutions showcases its latest end-to-end offerings for print and packaging (page 38). 

Finally, over to Smart Factories, where Universal Robots advises on the signs that operations should be looking for to launch into the world of cobots (page 44); Automation Systems & Controls (ASC) provides insights into automation (page 46); and Paul Soong from e2Open speaks on digitisation and supply chain resilience (page 48).


Rounding out the issue are our regular sections: Industry Insight, where, ahead of the K 2022 trade fair, PKN takes a look at the challenges for plastics in Europe (page 10); People in Packaging, where we celebrate the achievements of Dr Carol Kilcullen-Lawrence, who recently won the 2022 PIDA Industry Packaging Professional of the Year (page 26); The Bottom Line, where Paul Allen illustrates how the ‘buy, hold or sell’ cycle builds commercial match fitness for a business (page 27); and Product Watch, where we spotlight Klockner Pentaplast, UPM Raflatac and Stockcap (page 50).


Our regular Machinery Matters supplement, brought to you in partnership with the APPMA, keeps you updated on the latest trends, technology and company news from the packaging and processing machinery sector. Companies include Haver & Boecker, Bosch Australia, Kuka, KHS, Pilz Automation, Trimatt, Nord Drivesystems and HMPS.

Enjoy the read.

Food & Drink Business

Coffee company Sunday Collab International has launched proceedings against noumi in the Queensland Supreme Court, regarding distribution rights in Europe of Milklab products.

The a2 Milk Company says its application to import infant formula to the US has been deferred in a blanket move by the FDA, but Australian Diary Nutritionals says not for them.

A breakthrough in yeast genome engineering by scientists from ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology, Macquarie Uni, and Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) is an industry game changer.