2018 PIDA Awards – winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Packaging & Processing Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) were announced at a ceremony on the Gold Coast last night.

The PIDA Awards recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field across Australia and New Zealand, and are the exclusive feeder program for the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards.

The awards ceremony, which took place at the Marriott Hotel Surfers Paradise was held in conjunction with the 2018 Australian Institute of Packaging Conference. That event concludes this afternoon.

The full list of winners –

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Beverage Category

8Kangaroos by ILNAM Estate and Polatote by Lactote (joint winners)

Machinery/Equipment category: Container Deposit Systems Australia (CDSA) Vision & Sorting System by SAGE Automation.


2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Food Category

Radix Nutrition foil packaging breakfast pouch by Cas-Pak Products

Machinery/Equipment category: Scott LEAP suite of technologies fully-integrated lamb processing system developed by Scott Automation & Robotics, in conjunction with Silverfern Farms and Meat & Livestock Australia.


2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Health, Beauty & Wellness

Flip-cap closure with ring-peel induction seal liner by West Wadding.


2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Domestic & Household

Precise Pour for continuous pour, anti-clog and tamper-evidence by Caps and Closures.


2018 Sustainable Packaging Design Award

Materials & Packaging category: ICEE Containers biofoam PLA insulated boxes.

Machinery & Equipment category: CogniPRO Link for the meat processing industry by Sealed Air Australia.


2018 Industry Packaging Professional of the Year Award

Craig Wellman FAIP, CEO of Wellman Packaging.


2018 APPMA Scholarship

Nathan Leong MAIP, a packaging and product technologist, Primo Smallgoods.


2018 Packaging Council of New Zealand Scholarship

Jaco Scheepers, packaging technologist, Synlait Milk.


2018 Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award

Regan Foster AAIP, director of Omniverse, Foster Packaging.









Ministers commit to eliminating all packaging going to landfill

In a landmark Meeting of the Environment Ministers (MEM), the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has been endorsed to lead the government’s response to the China Ban issue, setting a target to achieve 100 per cent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging in Australia by 2025.

APCO is recognised as one of Australia’s leading product stewardship organisations with a strong national and global collaborative network. Its established frameworks, resource capabilities and proven independence underpins its capacity to facilitate a whole of life cycle response to China’s waste import restrictions.

Brooke Donnelly, APCO CEO commented: “The China issue presents a significant opportunity for Australia to shift to the next level in packaging resource recovery, recycling and end use. Today’s announcement is a monumental call to action and one of the most ambitious and decisive environmental targets to be supported in Australia. We applaud the Federal, State and Territory Governments for stepping up as key players in the global movement to create sustainable packaging solutions that drive accountability, transparency and shared value for consumers, industry and government.

“We will support more innovative packaging design, enhance consumer education, as well as bolster the re-use and the incorporation of recycled content within end markets.

“Across these initiatives, it’s essential that we take a consistent national approach. One that will promote domestic recycling and resource recovery to reduce the amount of waste going into landfill and deliver a smaller, cleaner waste stream in Australia.”

A joint statement released today by all of Australia’s federal, state and territory environment ministers committed to: Reduce the amount of waste generated and make it easier for products to be recycled. Ministers endorsed a target of 100 percent of Australian packaging being recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025 or earlier. Governments will work with the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), representing over 900 leading companies, to deliver this target. Ministers endorsed the development of targets for the use of recycled content in packaging, and this will be closely monitored.

Nestlé Australia, CEO, Sandra Martinez said: “We welcome this announcement from Minister Frydenberg, as we recognise businesses must step up and find improved solutions to reduce, re-use and recycle. Nestlé is proud to be a member of APCO and is working collectively alongside industry to achieve 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025.”

Recycling crisis has employers eyeing sustainability skills

Future university graduates could be the key to solving Australia’s recycling crisis if they hone their skills in sustainability, resource efficiency and waste management, according to a Deakin University environmental science researcher.

Deakin School of Life and Environmental Sciences lecturer Dr Trevor Thornton said the skills had emerged as a career-winning qualification on modern resumes, with more employers looking for candidates who had been trained in waste management.

Dr Thornton said there had been a major shift in the perception of waste management, with a new growth industry of experts now being employed to review organisational sustainability and waste action plans.

“The person responsible for waste management at an organisation used to be the cleaner, now we have sustainability managers at the executive level of major companies,” he said.

“More organisations and businesses are recognising the value of having a concerted sustainability plan and employing people with the skills to implement it.”

Dr Thornton said candidates with sustainability skills also stood out in other roles, particularly given the current national conversation about plastic bag bans and recycling issues.

“No matter what career path someone is undertaking, the issue of waste management gives them another string to their bow,” he said.

“Sustainability is a life skill, and the benefits aren’t just environmental – they can also help a business’ bottom line and perception among consumers.”

Dr Thornton said an understanding of regulatory controls, waste auditing techniques and minimisation methods, emerging technologies, clean production, municipal waste laws, and sustainability strategies would only become more valuable as resource management and waste issues continued to exacerbate.

“Whether you’re working in a lab, a factory, a retail business, city council or on a construction site, having the skills to recognise waste management issues and introduce sustainable alternatives makes you a very valuable employee,” he said.

Finalists announced for 2018 PIDA Awards

Finalists have been announced for the 2018 Packaging & Processing Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA).

The PIDA Awards, which recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field across Australia and New Zealand, are the exclusive feeder program for the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards.

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Beverage Category

The Design Innovation of the Year Award – Beverage Category will recognise organisations have designed innovative packaging and processing materials, packaging and machinery/equipment within packaging and processing for liquid or dry tea, coffee, water and soft drinks including wine, beer and spirits.

Materials/Packaging Finalists are: 8Kangaroos by ILNAM Estate, Polatote by Lactote, Crush Mate Bottles by LION Dairy & Drinks, Staytray reusable beverage tray by Hone pd, Somerset Brewing 2 bottle carry pack by OJI Fibre Solutions and Treasury Wine Estates by Sleever International.

Machinery Finalists are: Container Deposit Systems Australia (CDSA) Vision & Sorting System by SAGE Automation and HMPS 7000 Milk Crate Packer by HMPS.

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Food Category

The Design Innovation of the Year Award – Food Category will recognise organisations that have designed innovative packaging and processing materials, packaging and machinery/equipment within food packaging and processing including fresh, frozen or other.

Materials/Packaging Finalists are: Birch & Waite Foods single-serve cup by Bonson-Savpac, Carman’s Super Seed & Grain Crackers re-closable inner tray by Birdstone Collective, Grape N’Go 100% recyclable PET based resealable Fresh Lid by Result Packaging, Lactote, Radix Nutrition foil packaging breakfast pouch by Cas-Pak products and United Fisheries wicketed flat bottom bag by Omniverse Foster Packaging.

Machinery/Equipment Finalists are: BEHN + BATES Roto-Packer Adams Care Line Edition hygienic machine by Haver & Boecker Australia, Fibre King YL Sealer for Fresh Produce by Fibre King, HMPS7000 Salmon Sleever by HMPS, Twin Star washing system by Rhima Australia and Scott LEAP Suite of Technologies fully-integrated lamb processing system developed by Scott Automation & Robotics, in conjunction with Silverfern Farms and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Health, Beauty & Wellness

The Design Innovation of the Year Award – Health, Beauty & Wellness Category will recognise organisations that have designed innovative packaging and processing materials, packaging and machinery/equipment within cosmetics, toiletries, personal hygiene, supplements, vitamins, perfumes, hair body and oral care.

Materials/Packaging Finalists are: Anumi Skincare Certified organic skincare range, Health Brands Trust waterproof, compostable pouch for capsules, Jax Wax pre-printed recyclable packaging for beaded depilatory wax by Jax Wax Australia and Flip-cap closure with ring-peel induction seal liner by West Wadding.

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Domestic & Household

The Design Innovation of the Year Award – Domestic & Household Category will recognise organisations that have designed innovative packaging and processing materials, packaging and machinery/equipment within domestic and household items, toys, stationary, gifts, clothing, garden equipment, decorating.

Materials/Packaging Finalists are: Animal Instinct’s Feed My Fur Baby by OJI Fibre Solutions easy-to-open, re-sealable corrugated solution with scoop, Precise Pour for continuous pour, anti-clog and tamper-evidence by Caps and Closures, Laundry Tote by Lactote and Seasol agricultural spray applicator by Caps and Closures.

2018 Sustainable Packaging Design Award

The Sustainable Packaging Design Award is designed to recognise companies that have developed innovative packaging or processing solutions that incorporates sustainability considerations. Elements would include Social, Material, Source Reduction, Energy and Recovery.

Materials/Packaging Finalists are: BioCane Range for the foodservice industry by BioPak, ICEE Containers biofoam PLA insulated boxes, Crush Mate Bottles by LION Dairy & Drinks and Stay Tray reusable beverage tray by Hone pd.

Machinery/Equipment Finalists are: CogniPRO Link for meat processing industry by Sealed Air Australia and Container Deposit Systems Australia (CDSA) Vision & Sorting System by SAGE Automation.

2018 Industry Packaging Professional of the Year Award

The Industry Packaging Professional of the Year Award is designed to recognise and acknowledge the outstanding achievements and contribution by an individual currently working within the Packaging and Processing industries. The judges are looking for individuals who have demonstrated vision and leadership, shows innovation and not afraid to take risks. For significant and continued contribution of an Individual to the packaging and Processing industry over a minimum period of 25 years.

Finalists are: Richard Fine MAIP, Founder, Product Development & Sustainability Director, BioPak, Joe Matto, Chief Executive Officer, PakPot and Craig Wellman FAIP, Chief Executive Officer, Wellman Packaging.

2018 APPMA Scholarship

The APPMA Scholarship is seeking a Packaging professional that is looking to further their education by offering them a scholarship to enrol in the Diploma in Packaging Technology.

Finalists are: Liz Cagorski, Graphic Design Manager, Global Beverage Brands, Nathan Leong MAIP, Packaging/Product Technologist, Primo Smallgoods and Gui Fen Janell Siek, Packaging Technologist, Nestle Australia.

2018 Packaging Council of New Zealand Scholarship

The Packaging Council of New Zealand Scholarship is seeking a Packaging professional that is looking to further their education by offering them a scholarship to enrol in the Diploma in Packaging Technology.

Finalists are: Jaco Scheepers, Packaging Technologist, Synlait Milk and Cyril Brajeul, Packaging Technologist, Synlait Milk.

2018 Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award

The purpose of the Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award is to provide incentive and recognition to young professionals who are both currently working in and wish to continue their career path within the Packaging & Processing industry.

Finalists are: Regan Foster AAIP, Director, Omniverse Foster Packaging and Robin Lowenstein, Design Integrations, Ernest Fleming Machinery and Equipment.

Woolworths to phase out plastic bags by June 20

Woolworths has announced its Supermarkets, BWS, Metro and Woolworths Petrol stores will no longer provide single-use plastic shopping bags nationally from 20 June 2018.

The confirmation of the date for the phasing out of bags from stores where a statewide ban hasn’t already been implemented follows the commitment by the Woolworths Group last year that it would end the use of single-use plastic shopping bags in all stores by the end of June 2018.

Group wide more than 3.2 billion single-use plastic bags are handed out by Woolworths in Australia each year.

Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said; “We feel very strongly this is the right thing to do, and that together with our customers we can help create a greener future for Australia.

“Our teams have been working hard behind the scenes to accelerate the rollout of this plan so we can start making a positive impact on the environment as quickly as possible.

“We know this is a big change for our customers and store teams, and we need to do all we can to make the transition as seamless as possible for both.

“To this end, we have a dozen supermarkets across Australia going single-use plastic bag free from today. We’ll closely monitor feedback from customers in these stores and apply any lessons we learn to our national rollout on 20 June.”

The 12 Woolworths stores phasing out single-use plastic bags from today include stores in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and WA.

In NSW, Woolworths Beecroft opened single-use plastic bag free last year, joining stores in South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and the ACT who no longer offer the bags for customers due to State legislation. Several Metro branded Woolworths stores in NSW and Victoria have also already implemented the ban.

Customers who don’t bring their own bags to Woolworths will have access to a range of alternative shopping bag options in store, including thicker reusable plastic bags at 15 cents and canvas bags at 99 cents.

Fundamentals of Packaging Technology

The 2018 AIP National Conference, taking place at the Gold Coast on 2-3 May, will offer a unique opportunity to undertake three of the most popular modules of the on-line Fundamentals of Packaging Technology (FBT) course as residential training.

Attendees will receive training by one of the US-based trainers from the Fundamentals of Packaging Technology Course that is now available on-line through the AIP.

The FPT course is designed as bite-sized modules and is set up for the convenience of busy working professionals, and the training platform is functionally intuitive. It offers the option to complete training when your time allows, and at your own pace.

To be led by Jane Chase (pictured), Chief Executive Officer of the IoPP in the US, the session will present three of the most popular FPT modules and will help packaging professionals to better understand the FPT course and available units and lessons.

The session will include: FPT03-1 Paper and Paperboard Materials, FPT03-03 Corrugated Fibreboard and FPT07-01 Bottle Design Criteria. At no other time will the ANZ industry be offered residency-training for this course.

AIP to discuss consumer & environmental trends in plastic

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) in conjunction with the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will hold a technical dinner, called Consumer & Environmental Trends in Plastic: Reuse. Recycle. in Melbourne on the 11th of April.

The AIP/SPE Joint Technical Dinner will involve a panel, with key topics and trends being discussed openly by the guest speakers, allowing interaction and questions to be drawn from the attendees.

The panel will discuss the current global discussion around plastics and the circular economy, oxo degradable plastic, the shift towards sustainable packaging, better understanding of current recycling issues and trends, moving away from single use plastics and how consumers can actually make an impact personally by buying recycled products.

Other areas for discussion will be how compostable bioplastics can assist in the diversion of organic waste from landfill and utilising compostable bioplastics for foodservice disposables.

Panelists will include Richard Fine MAIP, Founder, Product Development & Sustainability Director, BioPak, Kurt Palmer, Director-AIEN, Business Development Manager – Steinert Australia, Dr Sean O’Malley, Research & Technical Manager, Planet Ark and Mark Jacobsen, Director of Marketing, Repeat Plastics Australia.

All of industry is invited to attend.

Propak Asia 2018 taking place in June

For over 25 years, ProPak Asia —Asia’s largest trade event servicing the entire food, drink, and pharma processing and packaging supply chain will open its doors again in 2018 to welcome an estimated 1,800 exhibiting companies and over 50,000 professionals.  With increased participation and nearly 90% of the show floor sold, PKA 2018 has further expanded to include a ninth exhibition hall at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC).

From the positive attendee feedback regarding ProPak Asia’s “sectorized zones” – making sourcing between categories more efficient, ProPak Asia 2018 introduces its newest 9th zone “Printech Asia” which is a joint venture with The Italian Machine Manufacturer Association ACIMGA – organisers of the largest print technology trade fairs in Europe.  Printech Asia is dedicated to covering the latest in converting, package printing, and labelling technologies and services across Asia.   This new zone joins ProPak Asia’s existing eight zones which includes ProcessingTechAsia, PackagingTechAsia, DrinkTechAsia, PharmaTechAsia, Lab&TestAsia, MaterialsAsia, Coding,Marking&LabellingAsia and Coldchain,Logistics&WarehousingAsia.

In addition ProPak Asia 2018 plans to expand up on topics and displays concerning drink technology, meat processing efficiency, and a burgeoning new host of confectionary packing and processing equipment.

“We are very excited for this upcoming edition of ProPak Asia”, said Justin Pau General Manager of UBM Asia (Thailand).  “In addition to us offering the expected suite of big players in food packaging, processing, and logistics, we’re making some strong strides and partnerships to enhance the print technology, drink, meat cutting, and confectionary components for the 2018 event.”

Known as not just the largest trade show of its kind in the East, ProPak Asia is also the most international event by virtue of hosting 17 pavilions with 13 separate countries including leading producers of packaging and processing machinery from Germany, Italy, Japan and China.   In total, ProPak Asia hosts companies from over 45 countries representing an estimated 5,000 individual pieces of major packaging and processing equipment.


World Packaging Organisation welcomes new board member for ANZ

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has announced that Nerida Kelton MAIP has been nominated by her peers to take on the position of the ANZ delegate to the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) board effective immediately.

“Nerida, as the Executive Director of the AIP, has been part of the AIP and the packaging industry now for almost two decades and is hands-on with all aspects of representing the AIP, its Members and the wider packaging industry,” said Dr Carol Kilcullen-Lawrence FAIP, National President of the AIP.

“With her in-depth knowledge and significant contribution to the AIP educational programs, CPP Program, Master course, Women’s Mentoring program, industry and government representation on the National Food Waste Strategy, development of the Save Food Packaging Award and the PIDA Awards, and management of industry-based educational events, Nerida is the key person to represent the interests of not only the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) on the world stage, but also the greater packaging industry in Australia and New Zealand.

“The AIP look forward to continuing the fruitful collaboration between our Institute and the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) to achieve the best outcome for the whole industry from a global perspective. The AIP has no doubt that Nerida will provide great long-standing contributions to the WPO Board.”

The election of Nerida Kelton (pictured right) to the WPO Board follows the recent shift of Pierre Pienaar’s to the position of President of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO).

“From time to time the Board of the World Packaging Organisation requires new ideas, fresh thinking and sometimes a new approach. What better time now that Nerida has been elected by the AIP to represent ANZ Packaging on the WPO Board,” said Pienaar (pictured left).

“The WPO welcomes this appointment as having worked with Nerida for many years in the AIP, I know and understand her thinking and ideology. This along with her positive attitude, the will to do better and the capability of getting the best out those with whom she interfaces bodes well for future years in the WPO. Her determination and going well beyond her assigned duties, will no doubt give the WPO some new impetus and focus. She will be an asset to the WPO. Welcome Nerida, and we on the WPO Board look forward to working alongside you.”

The Role of Packaging in Minimising Food Waste – AIP training course

As a part of the Australian Institute of Packaging’s commitment to the National Food Waste Strategy the Institute has developed a new half-day training course on The Role of Packaging in Minimising Food Waste. The first course will be held on the 21 March in Melbourne, Victoria with all of industry invited to attend.

This course is ideally suited to packaging technologists, designers, engineers, marketers, production and procurement managers and for industries across the food supply chain (farm to fork).

Karli Verghese FAIP, Principal Research Fellow, Industrial Design program School of Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, will present the course.

Course objectives:

  • Understanding of where and why food loss and waste occurs.
  • Understanding the role of packaging in minimising loss through the supply chain and at the household level.
  • Understanding of key packaging design criteria to minimise food loss/waste.
  • Appreciation of the environmental life cycle profile of food, packaging and food waste.


Ecolean takes on leadership role with Environmental Product Declarations for packaging

With an emphasis on the entire life cycle impact of the processes from raw material to product end-of-life, Ecolean sets an example for others to follow. As the first packaging system supplier to review the entire system with detailed analysis and description of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) – encompassing the lightweight packages as well as filling machines – Ecolean continues to develop its focus on sustainability.

Ecolean’s EPDs makes it easy to understand and compare the environmental life cycle impact of Ecolean’s packages and machines – setting an example for others in the industry to follow. In developing the EPDs, Ecolean has conducted a very comprehensive analysis of the environmental impact of its operations.

“I think that far too many in our industry focus solely on a small part of their offering – be it raw materials, recycling or machine performance – never the full environmental life cycle impact. But that’s what we are doing now by publishing these EPDs. We are raising the bar in order for food producers and consumers to get the full picture, without green washing,” said Peter L Nilsson, CEO, Ecolean Group.

In order to be as transparent as possible, Ecolean has traced the environmental impact of the components in the filling machines as well as the packages – as the first packaging system supplier to do so.

“I welcome the publication of Environmental Product Declarations by Ecolean, providing a transparent declaration of the life cycle environmental impact of their products. This is to my knowledge the first case where a company publish EPDs of both their packaging and filling machines, which demonstrates how communication of life cycle based environmental information may be relevant for different applications and target audiences”, said Kristian Jelse, Programme Manager, The International EPD System.

Focusing on sustainability, Ecolean’s ambition is to continuously push the industry agenda and provide transparent and comprehensive sustainability facts from a life cycle perspective in order to achieve real change across borders.



Food packaging made safer

Australia is still adopting regulations from Europe when it comes to its manufacturers’ food packaging compliance. Speaking to Food & Beverage Industry News, James Montgomery, ink product manager for Jet Technologies, explains its significance.

Consumer appetite for a wide choice of foods is driving farmers, packagers and distributors to deliver higher quantities at a faster pace.

In Australia alone, the value of packaging produced is more than $10 billion and directly employs around 30,000 people.

According to the Packaging Council of Australia, up to 70 per cent of the industry serves the food and beverage sector.

Packaging is proven to extend the shelf life of fresh food and drink products, according to industry studies such as those carried out by Choice – meaning produce can be transported further and, if managed well, can also reduce food waste and improve sustainability.

However, this greater volume of packaged goods requires strict regulations to ensure that packaging is safe for the consumer and, more specifically, that the materials used on branding to attract and inform the customer doesn’t contaminate the consumable product. Low-migration inks require rigid testing and industry compliance to prevent printed advertising and product details seeping into the population’s daily diet.

“As food packaging compliance (FPC) regulations become more complex, it is incumbent on industry professionals to understand what they mean for their business operations,” said James Montgomery, Jet Technologies ink product manager (pictured right).

A leader in FPC compliance, Jet Technologies is an Australian importer and distributer of print supplies for makers of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and specialises in industry-tested inks and coatings.

“We are trying to lean more on the brand and marketing departments of FMCG organisations, to improve their knowledge of FPC,” said Montgomery.

There are three different ways materials used for food packaging can contaminate the product. Other than chemical migration from the packaging itself, contamination can also be caused on the printing reel, whereby ink is transferred to underside of the print face – known as an “invisible set-off” – and therefore risks food product being spoiled.

Further down the production line, the inclusion of gases into sealed product can also carry dangerous chemicals during the packaging process.

In 2005, Nestlé was at the centre of a major recall of its baby milk across four European countries, after it was discovered that traces of the chemical Isopropil Thioxantone (ITX) – used in UV curing inks for printing – had been found in some cartons of the company’s Nidina and Latte Mio brands.

When an incident of this size happens, it causes the industry to re-evaluate the raw materials they are using as well as consumer safety, Montgomery explains.

The Nutella recall received global attention and is considered a turning point for the ink industry, according to Montgomery, who says that FPC inks in food packaging have become more popular and has been helped by a “significant decrease” in cost to manufacturers.

Switzerland was the first nation to enforce changes to the regulations, with a Swiss ordinance bringing into effect its own raw materials “black list”, which also sets out requirements for the safe manufacture and supply of packaged foods.

“That had a massive impact because, overnight, questionnaires were sent out to suppliers for their actual print converting and also the question of their raw materials lists and the suppliers they were using, to make sure that they were conforming to all the current legislation,” Montgomery said.

The supermarkets also started demanding that packagers conform to new legislation.

However, FPC is not exclusive to the food and beverage industry. Other sectors – such as tobacco, pharmaceuticals, plus health and beauty – all need to work to the same standards.

“It is such a diverse market for the end user – everything from FMCGs to cosmetics,” Montgomery said.

“We have a few label manufacturing customers who have adopted FPC completely,” he continued. “There is a large commitment from them and that is what we are trying to achieve, to broaden that understanding of FPC between the brands and the label manufacturers.”

According to Montgomery, Australia and New Zealand are in need of “harmonised legislation” for manufacture of coatings and inks which would benefit the local industry and provide clarity.

“Currently, our food packaging regulations are adopted or inspired from Europe,” he said. “One form of legislation is required in Australia and New Zealand to provide certainty to us all.”

“Manufacturers need to be aware of their changing their environment and the raw materials they use on their packaging. It us up to all of us to make the industry safer for the consumer.”

Specialised Bag in Box packaging solutions

Bag in box systems can be tricky. The fact is that no bag with liquid or any substance for that matter always behaves in the same way. It is like a class of three-year old’s – completely unpredictable. Glen Foreman, HMPS Applications Engineer and Bag in Box expert offers some pointers on the difficulties of bag in box packaging applications.

“Working with any liquid in a bag and then having to pack these bags into boxes can be problematic. The handling of the bag is a delicate matter. Often rather heavy and with an inconsistent shape, these bags are difficult to place into boxes accurately, efficiently and at high speed” comments Glen.

Fortunately, HMPS is no stranger to the bag in box packaging method. In fact, it was the booming wine industry in South Australia which saw them first come up with the bag in box concept. Packaging wine for wineries in the area saw the company grow from a small operation to one with various packaging machines installed worldwide. Today HMPS has expanded to a complete turnkey solution provider handling both up and downstream equipment, but they remain the experts in Bag in Box applications.

HMPS1000 Bag in Box machine for water packaging

With their experience in this field, it is little wonder that HMPS was commissioned by a water company in New Zealand to design and build an automated bag in box packaging system. Traditionally the company had been doing this filling by hand.

In this design, bags are transferred from the web filler outfeed conveyor to the HMPS infeed conveyor, which transfers the bag to the automatic loading funnel. The funnel forms the bag into the shape of the carton. The funnel moves up and down removing the possibility of the bag catching on the carton flaps. Bags are loaded through the base of the carton, which is inverted 180° so that the tap is correctly positioned.

The machine was supplied with the option of adding a second filler and loading station later. “An innovative double infeed system was designed for this machine to allow for future expansion. It is never too early to automate as machinery can grow with your business” adds Glen.

The machine consisted of the infeed conveyor, outfeed conveyor and carton turner, a case magazine and hotmelt system.

The HMPS1000 Bag in Box packers are a mono block design. One frame incorporates the carton erecting, folding, loading, and sealing. This ensures a very compact foot print. The HMPS1000 can integrate with any brand of automatic web filling machine both loading pre- filled bags into the carton or inserting the bag and filling in the carton as is often done for cream cheese.

All kinds of liquids can be packed

For liquids, bag sizes range from 1L for alcohol up to 20L for water, and 1kg to 25kg for cheese. A standard single funnel machine will run comfortably at 15-20 cartons/minute where a dual funnel machine has capability up to 30 cartons/min. The dual funnel machines are generally fed from dual Web Fillers.

Some of the liquids which can be packed into a BIB solution include:

–           Water

–           Post mix soft drink

–           Post mix soft serve

–           Alcoholic beverages

–           Liquid Cheese

–           Egg Whites

The challenges when handling a bag filled with liquid at speed are varied, from changing direction, stopping accurately to loading the bag squarely into the carton all pose challenges that HMPS have overcome with over 25 years of product development. The original Bag in Box packers are still in production today.

Packaging Hacks

To ensure precisely square sealing of the cartons the erected cartons are held securely between paddles in the indexing system. Dropping away side guides ensure the carton is kept geometrically square during transit and loading, incorporating a quick release drop away mechanism which swings away allowing the operator to easily remove any carton blockages.

To ensure precise placement in the carton the loading funnels lower down into the carton during the loading sequence ensuring a smooth transition from the funnel to the carton. Over years of development HMPS have mastered the funnel design, supplying a robust and reliable system. The funnel change over to various sizes is quick thanks to pre-programming.

HMPS can also supply an inexpensive, proven system to rotate the cartons exiting the packer. Due to the filling caps fitted to the bags the bladders are generally loaded in to the carton with the tap trailing. This ensures the tap does not jam during loading into the carton. This requires the bladder to be loaded into through the bottom of the carton ensuring accurate tap placement near the tap hole in the carton. Prior to palletising the cask needs to be up ended onto its base. The HMPS turning system is a continuous system allowing it to run at high speeds while gently handling the cask reducing the risk of damage to the finished product.


Heat and Control secures form-fill-seal distributor partnership

Heat and Control has announced an exclusive distributor partnership agreement with Volpak, a brand of horizontal form-fill-seal solutions for the flexible pouch packaging industry.

Volpak offers a wide range of horizontal form-fill-seal pouches and sachets for the food, beverage and dairy industries, including flat pouches, stand up pouches, single and twin, strings and cooking bags.  They can be used for both solid and liquid applications such as sauces, tomato, salad, dressings, bakery and confectionery.

Known for their reliability and robustness, the Volpak range of solutions has been designed for safety, functionality, hygiene and accessibility, and are perfect for a start-up company looking for an economical form fill solution.

The horizontal form filling seal machines for pouching come in a range of models to suit any size business, like the SL110, which can produce up to 160 pouches a minute.

The new SI-440 horizontal pouching machine is the result of the company’s intense R&D work and incorporates multiple innovations across both electronics and controls, making it one of the most flexible and versatile horizontal machines in the packaging market today. The SI-440 adapts perfectly to various situations, from projects requiring a large production of small and medium sized formats, (from ¼ litre with production up to 200/sachets per minute) to projects that require large format packaging (up to 2 litres, liquid or solid products).

The range of Horizontal form-fill-seal solutions from Volpak adds to Heat and Control’s already large portfolio of packaging equipment for the food industry further enabling Heat and Control to be a sole provider of turnkey integrated machinery solutions. The focus is to provide a partnership that supports the customers business model with total cost of ownership solutions, giving a return of investment that allows for those nontangible costs that are often forgotten.


Unilever calls for accelerated industry action on packaging waste

Unilever has called for the consumer goods industry to step-up its efforts to tackle the mounting challenge of ocean plastic waste and create a circular economy for plastics.

One year after Unilever made its industry-leading commitment to ensure 100 per cent of its plastic packaging was fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, CEO Paul Polman welcomed news that 10 companies have made similar pledges.

He urged more to step forward to accelerate the industry’s progress towards the circular economy and address plastic leakage into the world’s natural systems including waterways and oceans.

Research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) has found that the equivalent of one dumper truck’s worth of plastic enters the oceans every minute, and by 2050 it forecasts there could be more plastic (by weight) in the ocean than fish. Today, only 14 per cent of plastic packaging gets collected for recycling.

Polman said: “It is welcome news that many other major companies are making their own commitments to address ocean plastic waste. Yet as a consumer goods industry, we need to go much further, much faster, in addressing the challenge of single use plastics by leading a transition away from the linear take-make-dispose model of consumption, to one which is truly circular by design.”

Unilever believes there are four key actions the consumer goods industry should take to create the systemic change required and accelerate the transition to a circular economy:

For companies to invest in innovation towards new delivery models that promote reuse.

For more companies to commit to 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025 and set stretching targets for using post-consumer recycled content.

For a Global Plastics Protocol setting common agreed definitions and industry standards on what materials are put into the marketplace, to ensure our packaging is compatible with existing and cost-effective recycling infrastructures.

For companies to engage positively in policy discussions with governments on the need for improvements to waste management infrastructure, including the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility schemes.

Unilever has made good progress on reducing its waste footprint. Since 2010, the waste associated with the disposal of its products has decreased by 28 per cent and the weight of its packaging has reduced by 15 per cent. The company also stopped sending non-hazardous waste to landfill from its manufacturing sites in 2015.

Alongside its commitment to 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging by 2025, Unilever pledged to source 25 per cent of its resin from post-consumer recycled content by 2025, and to publish its full plastics palette before 2020.

In 2017, the company announced it was making good progress on identifying a technical solution to recycling multi-layered sachets through its Creasolv technology, for which a pilot plant in Indonesia is currently being built to assess its commercial viability. We intend to make this technology open source and would hope to scale it with industry partners, so others – including our competitors – can use it.

In search of environmentally friendly shopping bags

Free plastic carrier bags will disappear from Australia’s two largest supermarkets in 2018. There are many arguments for and against this change, as it is important to look at the all environmental impacts of their alternatives. Dr Carol Kilcullen-Lawrence writes.

Free plastic carrier bags are often referred to as single use; however, this doesn’t take into account their downstream use as bin liners for example. Studies show that, in South Australia when this change occurred, sales of bags for refuse massively increased. In many cases, these bin liners are heavier than carrier bags, so more plastic reaches landfill. Additionally, if light-weight supermarket bags are replaced with thicker bags that customers pay a small fee for, while these are designed to be reusable for a while, if they eventually end up as bin liners the negative environmental impact is even greater.

In Europe they have taken some steps to avoid this use of the sturdier bags for refuse, by describing them as a ‘Bag for Life’ so when they are no longer suitable for carrying groceries, they can be returned to the supermarket for recycling and replaced with a new one free of charge. It’s important to point out however that the colourful branding with supermarket logos etc. provides another negative environmental impact compared to plain light- weight bags.

Many would be surprised at the findings when sustainability of different carrier bags is assessed throughout their full lifecycle. A common reaction is to assume paper bags have the lowest environmental impact. In fact, although studies vary, all agree that paper bags have higher or equal environmental impact (depending upon which specific impact is being measured) as light- weight plastic bags and fabric reusable bags. Paper is only more favourable if measuring eutrophication, as manufacturing and recycling paper carrier bags has a lower impact on our waterways in terms of release of nutrients. In considering other types of environmental impact, resource use, energy and greenhouse gas production, the most favourable carrier bags are light-weight plastic and reusable fabric bags.

Looking more closely at reusable fabric bags, focus clearly needs to shift to how many times they are actually reused. To ensure their impact remains the most favourable they must be reused at least 100 times, with some analysis claiming this can be as high as 175 times. This varies depending on their actual composition, be it PP, PET, cotton or hemp and the like. Many are not sturdy enough to last the distance, in terms of stitching etc. Some customers also raise concerns about hygiene and no studies have taken into account the impacts of regularly washing bags.

While not as numerous as supermarket bags, it would be good to see investigations into other types of free shopping bags at retail outlets. The formats of these are wide and variable – high quality, heavy- weight, paper and plastic – many with elaborate ribbon and cord handles so that when customers recycle them, they are unlikely to deconstruct them into separate components that are compatible with recycling together.

Many DIY stores are giving customers access to cardboard packaging that their goods have been delivered to the store in. This was popular for groceries in many parts of the world years ago. While this could be acceptable to many customers, space is premium in supermarkets and this may not fit with the in-store image large chains want to portray.

Once light-weight carrier bags are gone, will the focus shift to the smaller light-weight grocery bags used for customers to select their own loose produce? Increasingly, there are options emerging to buy fabric reusable versions of these and in reality they could themselves be reused several times as they are not subject to the stresses put on carrier bags.

There are so many factors that come into play when assessing which carrier bags are truly best for the environment. An Australia-wide approach is more likely to achieve the best outcome, rather than individual states and supermarket chains making random decisions. Light-weight plastic carrier bags are not necessarily the worst environmental option, so perhaps the focus needs to move to offering customers effective ways to recycle them. Essentially, their composition is almost identical to many soft plastics used to package all types of products used in the home, and courier bags from online shopping. We shouldn’t accept that these are destined for landfill. Light-weight plastic carrier bags can be diverted into schemes that are emerging for such household waste.

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Dr Carol Kilcullen-Lawrence FAIP PhD is National President of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP). 

2018 packaging scholarship now open

The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has opened submissions for its tenth annual scholarship program which will enable one lucky packaging technologist, designer or engineer in Australia the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of $9,000.

The Diploma in Packaging Technology is a Level 5 qualification which is internationally recognised for those wishing to pursue a career in the packaging industry or for those who are already in the industry and who wish to extend their knowledge and expertise. The Diploma prepares students to take responsibility for packaging operations at any level through the supply chain. The qualification is comprehensive, and provides an opportunity to study the principles of packaging, packaging materials and packaging processes.

Diploma in Packaging Technology students are from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, and are typically experienced practitioners or managers in technical, sales/marketing, QA, purchasing, engineering or design.

Completion of the Diploma in Packaging Technology demonstrates your commitment to your career and to the industry.  Delegates who successfully complete the Diploma are equipping themselves for senior positions within the packaging industry.

The APPMA annual Scholarship Program has been running for ten years and is a part of the Association’s on-going commitment to ensuring that individuals have the opportunity to further their education within the packaging industry. The 2018 APPMA Scholarship Winner will be announced at the 2018 Packaging & Processing Innovation & Design Awards which will be held in conjunction with the prestigious international WorldStar Packaging Awards on the 2 May at Surfers Paradise, Queensland.

Jet Technologies and B&F Papers partner for specialty films in NZ

B&F Papers and Jet Technologies have announced a strategic partnership in New Zealand. B&F will be the sole distributor of Jet laminates and films in NZ, and will provide Jet’s customers with customer service and support with the highest quality portfolio of laminating film.

According to B&F, this is a great addition to their their market leading slitting and distribution facilities.

The partnership will give the NZ market greater access to premium films including Soft Touch and Anti-Scuff laminates, as well as preparing the country for 2018’s newest range of digital films.

B&F has invested substantially into an Atlas Titan SR800 which is the only 2 metre wide dual shaft slitter in NZ. The Slitter Rewinder will allow customers to enjoy standard and custom widths alongside prompt delivery of high quality slit rolls.

Jet Technologies’ local NZ expertise and product support will be ongoing via B&F.

“Having had the opportunity to meet the management of B&F, we are extremely pleased to have found a partner that understands and is completely aligned with our company & family values,” said Jack Malki, Director of Jet Technologies.

The missing piece of the recycling puzzle

As Australia’s population and waste levels continue to rise, recycling matters now more than ever. This year Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week (13 – 19 November) highlights why recycling is only part of the battle. To help win the War on Waste consumers and businesses need to properly close the recycling loop by purchasing products that contain recycled content.

In the 20 years to 2015, Australia’s population increased by 28 per cent and waste levels grew by 170 per cent (i). The good news is that recycling is growing at an even faster rate than waste. What happens to those materials once they have been recycled and how everyone plays a part in the process is a key focus of this year’s National Recycling Week campaign.

Currently the Australian manufacturing economy is predominantly linear, which can be summarised as ‘take, make, use and dispose’. This is not sustainable. A circular economy on the other hand, replaces ‘dispose’ with ‘recycle, reuse and repurpose’ and keeps important materials from being wasted in landfill.

“Since the introduction of kerbside recycling in the 80s and 90s Australians have really embraced recycling. But to truly close the recycling loop, and keep valuable resources like plastic, metal and paper in circulation and out of landfills, we need to buy back the products that have been made from our recycling,” says Ryan Collins, Planet Ark’s Recycling Programs Manager.

New research (ii) from Planet Ark’s new guide What Goes Around: Why Buying Recycled MattersMatters shows 88 per cent of Australians already purchase products that contain recycled materials, and 70 per cent said they would be more likely to purchase products and / or packaging if they contained recycled materials. Most Australians also have high awareness of some products that can be made with recycled materials including office paper (83 per cent), toilet tissue (75 per cent) and paper towels (78 per cent).

However, the new research also shows there is less awareness about other products that can be made using recycled materials, such as road surfaces, printer cartridges, paving and carpet underlay.

“We’re actually surrounded by products made from our recycling, and people may be surprised by some of the recycled products out there, like wallets and purses made from tyre inner tubes; surfboard fins made from ocean plastic; eye glasses made from milk bottle lids; fencing made from printer cartridges; as well as shampoo bottles and shopping bags made from recycled PET plastic and even pet litter made from recycled paper. Also, inspiring discoveries from research and development projects are finding more and more ways to utilise waste, so the list of products made from recycled materials will continue to grow,” Collins says.

Some of those innovations include using the unique qualities of problem waste, like tyres, to create synthetic hockey or soccer pitches, or even green steel, which reduces electricity consumption and delivers productivity improvements. Other inspiring stories include research into new uses for glass, which can be used in road bases and construction.

“When consumers and businesses purchase products that are made from recycled materials, they create a demand for recycling, which supports Australian industry, allows new recycled manufacturing opportunities to flourish and creates jobs. As well as being good for the environment, the financial benefits of this closed loop cycle are significant. It’s estimated that by 2025 the circular economy in Australia could be worth $26 billion,” Collins says.

High consumer support for products that contain recycled content will grow that market and strengthen the circular economy in Australia. To make it easier for consumers and businesses to buy recycled, Planet Ark has created a handy online directory to raise awareness that these products are available and plentiful.

i) MRA Consulting Group 2016, ‘State of Waste 2016 – current and future Australian trends’ https://blog.mraconsulting.com.au/2016/04/20/state-of-waste-2016-current-and-future-australian-trends/#_edn2

ii) What Goes Around: Why Buying Recycled Matters. A Guide for Households, Businesses and Councils, October 2017 https://recyclingweek.planetark.org/media/research.cfm

Packaging mentoring program for women – registrations open

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has advised that registrations are now open for the 2018 AIP Influential Women Mentoring Program for Australasia.

This is a new and improved AIP mentoring program for women in the industry using Gallup Strengths to discover talents and how best to increase performance, productivity and passion at work.

Women who are looking to increase their conviction, make an impact and unlock their leadership potential are invited to apply.

The program will connect them to women in the packaging industry, using the latest technology no matter where you are located. This program isn’t about being perfect – it’s about making progress and growing in a career together. It is about knowing which levers to adjust to be influential and learning along the way.

Learning Outcomes

Unlock your career possibilities and increase your conviction so you can stop playing small and reach your true potential with the support of others.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Develop their talents and find a leadership style that is authentic to them.
  • Surround themselves with a tribe of like-minded people wanting to amplify influence.
  • Have the right mindset for amplifying influence and regulating limiting self-talk.
  • Get clear on their values and how they impact decision making, relationships and the ability to get things done.
  • Position themselves as a leader in the industry that has influence and impact.
  • Improve their presence and ability to gain the buy-in of peers, leaders and stakeholders.
  • Diversify their networks and sure up their ability to ‘future-proof’ their career.
  • Have the confidence to speak up at the table and be heard.

The AIP Influential Women Mentoring Program commences in February 2018. Early Bird Registrations close 29 November. More information is available here.