• Sam Carter, GM at Pegasus Print (our printer) takes a look PKN's May-June issue literally hot off the press.
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PKN’s latest issue for 2022 celebrates the return of expos and events, reporting from the floor at AUSPACK, IPACK-IMA and WorldStar; and brings news on the latest developments in food packaging, pack and label printing, and sustainability.

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

Featured on this issue's cover is the HP Indigo 6K Digital Press for labels and packaging, which will be on show on the Currie Group stand at PacPrint.
Featured on this issue's cover is the HP Indigo 6K Digital Press for labels and packaging, which will be on show on the Currie Group stand at PacPrint.

Starting with the Cover Story on page 28PKN speaks to Mark Daws, director of labels and packaging ANZ for Currie Group, about what to expect from the company’s stand at PacPrint 2022, which will take place on 28 June to 1 July at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

In celebration of the return of expos, the PKN team reports on the highly successful AUSPACK event, bringing highlights from the show floor (page 42); Lindy Hughson and Dominique Huret share some of the showstoppers that caught their attention at IPACK-IMA (page 54); and PKN shines a spotlight on the Aussies honoured at the recent WorldStar Awards ceremony (page 54).

In our regular Sustainability section, the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) launches its Recycled Materials Pledge (page 16); Avery Dennison explores sustainable products and eco-design in the beauty industry (page 16); and Planet Protector Packaging wages a war against EPS waste in our waterways (page 18).

Over to Food Packaging, where Fibre King delivers a full turnkey end-of-line solution for DA Hall & Co. (page 20); Costa partners with Navi Co Global to produce the company’s first sustainable hybrid grape punnet (page 22); Caspak collaborates with Hagen’s Organics butcher to supply its online customers with meat packaged in its new FSC-certified bamboo tray (page 24); and Best Berries turns to flexible packaging and lidding film supplier KM Packaging for a packaging solution for its strawberries and raspberries (page 24).

And finally to Pack & Label Printing, where PKN takes a look at what visitors can expect at Label & Packaging Expo, held during PackPrint 2022 (page 32); Xeikon will have a live inkjet label press on show at PacPrint (page 34); Sticky Labels optimises its digital operations by upgrading to the latest automated Screen label production system (page 36); ePac opens its new plant for digital pouch printing and converting (page 38); the Durst Tau range of digital inkjet label presses continues to expand (page 40); and A B Graphic launches its next-gen Omega SRI label finishing system (page 40).

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE… 

Rounding out the issue are our regular sections: Industry Insight, where Scott Jackson, GM Southeast Asia Healthcare at Amcor, discusses the company's new ISO 13485-certified medical packaging plant; Tech Speak, where the World Packaging Organization (WPO) launches its Waste Stream Mapping Guides at IPACK-IMA; People in Packaging, where Graeme Lang is honoured by the WPO in Italy with the Global Lifetime Achievement Award; and The Bottom Line, where Paul Allen explains why replicating the tiering of the cruise ship value-proposition may not work for the packaging industry.

AND THE CHERRY ON TOP…

Our regular Machinery Matters supplement, brought to you in partnership with the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), keeps you updated on the latest trends, technology and company news from the packaging and processing machinery sector. This issue the focus is on APPMA's flagship event AUSPACK, and we bring you news on the transition to the new all encompassing APPEX in 2024. Companies featured include SMC, Trimatt Systems, Fibre King, Packsize, Foodmach, GS1 Australia, Nord Drivesystems, LACO Automation & Service, HMPS, Rhima Australia, CSIRO, IMCRC, ADDE, DC Works, Open IIoT, Balluff, Beckhoff Automation, KUKA, Zi-Argus, Matthews and FreshChain.

Enjoy the read.

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