Packaging producer and printer Opal has developed a new fibre-based solution to enable a Tasmanian Salmon producer Petuna to switch from polystyrene packaging to cardboard.

Opal Specialty Packaging has partnered with De Bortoli Wines to individualise Wine Advent Calendar boxes, by using its EFI Nozomi to digitally print each box with a different design.

Ball & Doggett has appointed the winner of print industry Exceptional Woman of the Year, Zaidee Jackson, as national business development manager, Sustainable Packaging.

Packaging solutions developer Bobst has launched Masterline DRO, a new full-line, high-volume, rotary die cutter with inside-outside printing, which runs from pre-feeder to palletiser.

German press manufacturing giant Koenig & Bauer is launching a new version of its metal decorating press, the MetalStar 4, seven years after its predecessor came out, and which saw 400 units installed.

Melbourne print business Lithocraft has enabled Arnott’s Group to shift all of its new point-of-sale displays across grocery and convenience channels to 100 per cent recyclable alternatives.

HP Inc says it is launching a new level of innovation for corrugated printing on its HP PageWide C500 Press, with an enhanced feeder, which it says will help accelerate growth in the digital corrugated market.

Global packaging printing equipment manufacturer Bobst is acquiring Cerutti, the Italian gravure press manufacturer, and will integrate the business into its Bobst Italia gravure factory.

Industry veteran Paul Sanelli has joined EFI as its packaging solutions business development manager for the Asia Pacific region, including Australia and New Zealand.

Miraclon, home of Kodak Flexcel Solutions, has introduced PureFlexo Printing, which it says is a next generation technology for flexographic printing with significant sustainability benefits.

Joint venture business Koenig & Bauer Durst has given the world premiere to its VariJET 106 digital carton and corrugated press this week, with a VIP event running since Tuesday.

Kodak will launch into digital packaging next year, with Ascend, its new food-safe five-unit print system, which comes with 13 different inline embellishment options, including inline foiling.

With one EFI Nozomi already installed in Australia, Print21 editor Wayne Robinson asks Rodd Harrison, vice president of sales, Asia Pacific, at Electronics for Imaging, what it offers.

Technical advances in the graphics industry are giving way to materials innovations, and as packaging moves into pole position as the most dynamic of print applications, developments in this field are becoming more than interesting.

Queensland packaging and commercial printer Platypus Print Packaging has ordered Australia’s first Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 X, as part of a major modernisation drive at the Geebung factory. The new press will arrive early next year.


The ongoing shipping crisis is causing an increasing number of Australian companies to look at sourcing packaging locally, as importing from China becomes more costly and takes longer.