Packaging

Irish packaging tycoon Dermot Smurfit is leading an investor consortium that will acquire the seemingly doomed Whakatāne Mill, keeping it operating, and saving all 210 jobs.

Brisbane package printing outfit Pakko is on the shortlist for the 2021 Australian Financial Review Boss Most Innovative Company Award, delighting owner Nina Nguyen, who has also just won the PIDA Young Packaging Professional of the Year for 2021.

Dandeong-based flexo printer Perfection Packaging has beaten off all-comers to show Aussie is best, winning the Diamond Award from the European Flexographic Association in the International category.

Packaging giant Amcor has raised its full year profits outlook, as third quarter figures all trend upwards, and its free cashflow tops US$1bn. Both flexibles and rigids grew in the third quarter.

Amcor, has made a strategic investment, taking a stake in ePac Flexible Packaging, the fast growing global digital flexible packaging business, which has installed 76 HP Indigo presses.

Heatset press giant, manroland Goss Web, says orders for packaging solutions will drive growth in the current year, along with commercial and newspaper applications.

Joint venture company, Koenig & Bauer Durst, is showing the VariJet106 press for digital folding carton printing in action for the first time at virtual.drupa.

Kurz is running a range of online live seminars and workshops to launch 'The Nature of Attraction' as its theme for the virtual.drupa, taking place this week.

Detpack is investing in two new paper bag making and print lines in its South Australia facility, and taking on 25 extra staff, as Woolworths’ national rollout of paper shopping bags hits its straps.

PrintCYC is an initiative for recycling and processing printed plastic film waste, and has the support of Huber Group, a leading ink manufacturer, and numerous other participants in the plastic film supply chain. Print environmentalist Laurel Brunner says it is a move in the right direction.

According to the latest market analysis from Smithers, flexible plastic, paper, and foil packaging will continue to see a steady rise in demand across the next five years.

Some people talk the eco talk, but others actually walk it. Aleks Lajovic's Impact International is firmly in the walk-the-walk camp, with its latest move seeing it invest in a forest to offset the carbon used in its materials. Lindy Hughson reports.

Large format and online packaging printer Arlo + Coop is making a major investment in its on-demand, short-run, carton printing operation, with two new fully automated digital Zünd flatbed cutting units, and robots, all supplied by Starleaton, part of the multi-million dollar spend.

Package printing giant Amcor has printed its first ever soft plastic food wrapper made with recycled content, for the Nestlé KitKat brand of chocolate bars.

Johnnie Walker whisky is about to come in a paper bottle, and will likely be the first of many beverages to switch away from glass and plastic into fibre-based packaging.

Supplied by Starleaton, Zünd is manufacturing digital flatbed cutting systems for corrugated, bringing more efficient and flexible alternatives to die cutting, providing on-demand production, in-house.