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Australian OEM tna solutions, global manufacturer of food processing and packaging machinery and equipment, celebrated its 40th anniversary under the banner of People, Planet, Prosperity at a gala dinner in Melbourne last week. The PKN team was there.

In its fortieth year, the company founded and led by Alf and Nadia Taylor, is celebrating its own achievements and showcasing the philanthropic work of the Nadia and Alf Taylor Foundation through a series of events across the globe. The first of these was staged in Melbourne last week, during the AUSPACK exhibition. The glamorous event was themed the Colours of Australia, and served as the inaugural fund raiser for the Foundation's charity.

For the Australian packaging and processing industry, the tna success story is a heartwarming and inspiring tale of ingenuity, entrepreneurial spirit, resilience and compassion.

Ingenuity for the invention of the game-changing tna robag machine, the first vertical form fill seal bagger on the market, revolutionising how the snack food industry packaged its chips. Today, the company has 14,000 advanced processing and packaging systems installed worldwide, including the tna robag, and the latest version of the machine, the tna robag FX3e, was on show at AUSPACK 2022.

Entrepreneurial spirit and resilience have been demonstrated in spades on the part of the dynamic duo, Nadia and Alf, who had the initial wherewithal to set up shop in a competitive market, to fight a few patent infringements along the way, and to drive hard from the get-go to expand their footprint globally. Today, tna employs 500 people, has offices in 30 countries, with installations in 120 countries.

And then there's compassion. Over the last 20 years, the Nadia and Alf Foundation has helped transform the lives of over 20,000 people across 39 countries through supporting over 150 grassroots organisations. It actively works towards bettering the lives of the most vulnerable populations in society, supporting children through initiatives for education, social enterprise, healthcare, human rights and social welfare.

You can hear Nadia and Alf's quick version of their story as they told it live on the PKN Podcast AUSPACK Files: Watch and listen here.

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