Oji Fibre Solutions unveils NZ paper bag plant upgrade

Oji Fibre Solutions (OjiFS) has unveiled upgraded and expanded facilities at its Auckland paper bag manufacturing plant.

According to the company, the NZ$30m ($27.7m) capital investment lifts production capacity and provides a world-class food safety environment that aims to future proof the business and continue to set the global standard in dairy bag production.

The new facilities were officially opened on Friday by the Minister for Economic Development, Hon Simon Bridges.

OjiFS chief executive Jon Ryder said the event marks one of the first milestones in an exciting new chapter in the company’s history.

“The decision to invest $30 million into this site was made in February 2015, within months of the purchase of our business (formerly CHH Pulp, Paper and Packaging) by Oji Holdings and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) in November 2014. It is a strong sign of Oji’s commitment to New Zealand and our intent to grow the Oji Fibre Solutions business in NZ and Australia,” said Ryder.

Ryder said the business has traditionally been a supplier of commodity products – the Penrose investment reflects its transition to become more of a solutions company for its customers.

“We are determined to develop a portfolio of value added products that address the sectors we support; in this case dairy, flour and sugar. Our investment provides a world- class food safety environment which is vital to ensure the integrity of the supply chain,” he said.

The investment project has seen the extension of the plant’s existing hygiene hall and upgrade of a conversion line that produces multi-walled bags for dairy and food powder packaging. It entailed upgrading of all aspects of critical hygiene, installation of state of the art bag-making equipment and construction of an additional 3,000m2 of onsite warehousing and associated facilities.

Tetra Pak boosts new food packaging solution

Food processing and packaging solutions company, Tetra Pak is ramping up its offering of Tetra Recart in the Australian and New Zealand markets, providing a new solution for food manufacturers.

According to the company, Tetra Recart is the world’s first retortable carton package, which provides an alternative to cans, stand-up pouches and glass jars.

“Having witnessed the success and popularity of Tetra Recart in other markets we’ve decided to make it more readily available to Australian and New Zealand manufacturers as well,” said Craig Salkeld, Managing Director, Tetra Pak Oceania.

The packaging solution not only provides various benefits to customers, but is also functional and convenient for consumers, while offering a more sustainable option from an environment standpoint.

According to the company, it is a modern packaging solution with high consumer appeal. In a survey covering six countries in North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East, 79 per cent of consumers who had bought Tetra Recart at least once said they preferred it over a can.

The report also showed that consumers perceive shelf-stable food packed in Tetra Recart to be fresher compared to food in a traditional tin can, as it does not carry the metallic taste from its packaging.

Tetra Recart has also been named as a finalist in the inaugural Australian Packaging and Innovation Awards, for 2017 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Food Category, a further testament of Tetra Recart’s modern and innovative design appeal for businesses and consumers alike.

The product was designed with simplicity in mind. It provides consumers with convenience, as the lightweight material and cubic design means it is easy to carry, transport and store. The cartons come with a perforated edge opening, which enables quick and safe opening of the package, even for younger users.

It pours easily with a full-top opening, and can be flattened when it needs to be discarded. Each aspect of the package functionality provides ease of use for the modern, busy consumer.





New National Board for AIP

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) welcomed a new National President and new Board at their annual general meeting last week which was held alongside of AUSPACK 2017.

Dr Carol Lawrence, Phd, FAIP has been elected to be the National President of the Institute for the next two years. Carol’s experience in the packaging industry spans over 20 years, starting with a technical role that underpinned the selection of the most appropriate label material to complement the packaging.

This role was enhanced by a background in chemistry, including a PhD in polymer chemistry, gained in the UK. She has expertise in assessing the environmental impacts of self-adhesive label stocks and how to select sustainable raw materials and ensuring that mechanisms are in place for third party verification of their environment. Carol was also the Victorian Chairperson for the AIP for last two years.

The AIP National Board Members include two new members in Anthony Peyton MAIP as the new Victorian Chair and Jason Fields FAIP to the Northern Region committee.

Board members that have continued on for another term include Joanne Cockerill MAIP, CPP as Central Region Chair, Brent Du Preez MAIP as Central Region Associate, Pierre Pienaar FAIP, CPP as Education Director and Northern Region Chair, George Ganzenmuller FAIP as Northern Region Associate, Greg Roberts FAIP, CPP as Southern Region Associate, Craig Wellman FAIP as Treasurer, Ralph Moyle FAIP as Education Coordinator and Nerida Kelton MAIP as National Executive Officer.

New ultra-hygienic PE packing concept at AUSPACK

Behn + Bates, a Haver & Boecker, has presented its new ultra-hygienic form, fill seal (FFS) polyethylene (PE) packing concept for powder-type products – the Roto-Packer Adams Care-Line – at AUSPACK 2017.

PE plastic bags are considered to be the most hygienic packing material for highly sensitive food products such as baby food as the risk of contamination during the manufacturing process of PE film has been reduced to an absolute minimum. However, when it comes to filling the PE bags with product, packing machines on the market today have been unable to meet very high hygiene standards.

Recognising this problem, the company which focuses exclusively on packing solutions for the food industry, developed the idea for a new hygienic machine for PE film bag filling. The entire R&D process for the development of the innovative machine was undertaken in close collaboration with a key customer to ensure industry requirements were met. In parallel with this development process, a PE film manufacturer created a new double layer gusseted film for optimal product protection.

The result is the Roto-Packer Adams Care-Line Edition – an ultra-hygienic packing technology that not only fills powders into common PE film bags but also double-layer PE film bags for optimal product protection.

The product features proven machine components that have been combined in a completely new system to minimise areas where dust can collect and guarantee optimum cleaning. There are no open threads, edges or drill holes in the sectional steel frame, removing any points where product dust can build up. The inclined edges and rounded corners allow for easy dust removal.

The number of integrated components has been reduced to the absolute minimum needed for proper functioning and all parts are encased. There are virtually no machine parts such as screws or nuts that could fall into the product during filling.

During the development of the CARE-LINE, BEHN + BATES put special focus on the selection of components achieving EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group) certification for the majority of its parts.

In any FFS machine the bag is formed from an endless gusseted film which is then filled and sealed. The product makes it possible – for the first time – to seal PE film bags up to the outer edge. It produces perfect edge definition to protect the products in the filled bag better than ever before from vermin, dirt and deteriorations.

Last chance to visit AUSPACK 2017

The doors are still open, but today is the final day of this innovative event for the processing and packaging industry, at Sydney Showgrounds.

Anne-Marie Mina,  organiser of AUSPACK, said, “This is the biggest Sydney show ever in terms of number of exhibitors. The quality of visitors is very high and exhibitors are extremely happy so far.

“We have more than 100 international exhibitors who are launching their products in the Australian market here. Such broad exhibitor offerings gives visitors a wide choice, enabling them to see the latest global technologies in their sector and find the perfect solution for their business. Anecdotal comments from visitors have shown that they are extremely impressed with the products and solutions on offer right across the show floor.”

International exhibitor Schur Star Systems, a packaging-systems company from Denmark, showed its flexible packaging solutions. The key to the globally unique Schur Star system is that a multitude of different flexible pouch sizes and styles, in different print and laminate structures, can be run through the packaging system with very quick changeover times; for example, changing from a 400-millimetre wide pouch to a 100mm wide pouch takes just five minutes. The system has application across a range of industries including fresh produce and meat.

UK-based Woolcool showcased its range of eco-friendly, insulated packaging products. The highly effective packaging, which is used for both food and pharmaceuticals, is made from coarse sheep’s belly wool, which is essentially “waste wool”, and has 25 per cent Australian content. Woolcool packaging sits in a carton, enveloping chilled or frozen product; the carton is chilled down and ice packs added on top. Woolcool is guaranteed to keep product at less than five degrees Celsius for 24 hours or more. One of its biggest applications is the online grocery trade.

ETF’s Anne-Marie Mina said, “These are just two examples of the thousands of technologies on display at AUSAPCK 2017. Their difference and cost benefits offer much value to the Australian market, and are among the reasons visitors find AUSPACK so informative.”

Mina urged visitors to make sure the most of the last day of the event, with doors closing at 5pm this afternoon.

UK collaboration brings innovative packaging solution to Aus

Perfect Automation has collaborated with UK-based packaging solutions provider Parkside to deliver two new packaging solutions to the Australian market.

Parkside has designed LIDD, a film lidding development suitable for the ready meal market, and Parkscribe, a new reclosable pack ideal for fruit and vegetables. Perfect Automation will market the products in Australia under its Perfectseal brand.

“Our strategic partnership and collaboration drives innovation and speeds up delivery to market. Together with Parkside, we can deliver products that tick all the boxes for Australian consumers in terms of convenience, appearance and added value,” said Peter Cumberlege, director of the Perfect Automation Packaging Division, PA Packaging Solutions.

Perfectseal is a machine, packaging and service support programme which offers an easy means to transition into tray sealing for ready meals and tamper proof film sealed punnets for the fruit market replacing existing clamshell or flow wrapped packs.

LIDD is a laminated peelable pack design for the ready meals market eliminating the need for secondary packaging, such as carton board sleeves and additional pack labelling. It is a reverse printed duplex laminate, which uses a pressure sensitive adhesive, allowing the layers of the laminate to be peeled from each other.

The top web of the laminated lidding film can be printed on both sides, with the surface of the film carrying marketing and nutritional information, whilst the reverse of the film can be printed with cooking instructions.

The new fruit and vegetable pack features a built in reclosable PET lidding film that is strong enough to maintain product freshness and provides a quick and easy peel for consumer convenience.

The film can be heat-sealed to virtually any pack size or material and high impact text and graphics can be printed directly on to the film, with a reclosable opening only 5 millimetres off the flange of the tray. This replaces the need for a label and creates a large opening aperture.

The film and pack developments will be unveiled for the first time at AUSPACK 2017, which is currently taking place in Sydney.

Food processing and packaging supplier Tna acquires NID

Food processing and packaging equipment supplier Tna has announced the acquisition of Australian confectionery equipment supplier NID.

Known across the food industry as a pioneer in the development of starch moulding equipment, NID has been supplying complete mogul lines for the confectionery industry for over 60 years. The acquisition provides tna with access to NID’s starch moulding technology and forms part of tna’s long-term strategic expansion plan, which will move the company one step closer to becoming a leading single source supplier to the confectionery industry.

“NID was the perfect fit for tna,” said Alf Taylor, CEO and co-founder of tna. “We share so many similarities. Both companies are family-owned businesses that started out with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and the determination to design equipment that could ‘do better’ and go that one step further than anything that’s been before.

“Just like our first prototype the tna robag, NID’s first designs were ground breaking at the time and not only challenged industry standards, but also played a key role in developing the confectionery industry. We’re very honoured that this great Australian success story has now become part of our own story and are thrilled to be able to welcome the entire NID team into the tna group.”

(Left to right: front row – Mark Mueller (CEO – NID) and Alf Taylor (CEO – tna), back row – Edward Smagarinsky (Chief Operating Officer – NID) and Bob Fritz (Chief Business Development Officer – tna)

Founded by entrepreneur and innovator Hans Arthur Faerber in Sydney in 1952, NID was the first company worldwide to patent the current form of tray stacking on a starch mogul. Faerber’s innovations were capable of speeds that had been unprecedented in the industry up to that point.

Since then, NID has proven itself in starch moulding machinery and ancillary equipment, with more than 600 NID moguls installed across the globe. NID provides some of the most reliable and trusted moulding technology on the market. Its latest generation of high-speed M3000 Mogul is the result of more than six decades of innovation and development and capable of production speeds of up to 35 trays per minute.

Accommodating a wide range of depositing pumps, the M3000 is a fully integrated solution that is suitable for a multitude of starch-moulded products such as gums, jellies, marshmallows, fondant creams, liquorice and crusted liqueur.

The acquisition will be effective from 6th of March, 2017 and will see all of NID’s staff become integrated into the tna group. It follows the acquisition of inserting and labelling equipment supplier Unique Solutions and food processing specialist Florigo in 2015.

Detmold Group wins packaging honour

Adelaide packaging company, Detmold has been recognised as a high performer at the Australian Packaging Covenant Awards for the fourth year running.

The awards recognise the accomplishments of companies in packaging product stewardship through their commitment and involvement in the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC).

According to the company, collaboration with the team at Detpak and customers was pivotal to this extended awards success.

“Consistently being recognised as a high performer over the past four years and winning the KPI 1 Sustainable Packaging Design category in 2015 demonstrates our commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Detmold Group GM Marketing & Innovation Tom Lunn.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of sustainable design in our industry.”

“At Detmold we embed the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines (SPG) into the design process and support the development of a range of packaging with reduced environmental impact,” said Lunn.

“To maintain the high level of sustainability we conduct regular packaging reviews in conjunction with our innovation department, LaunchPad, and follow SPGs.

“What has set us apart is our focus on working collaboratively with Detpak’s major customers such as Hungry Jack’s and Red Rooster to review their packaging on a regular basis and make changes that have tangible and far reaching environmental benefits.”

Speakers confirmed for packaging & processing forums

The latest speakers have been confirmed for the 2017 Packaging & Processing Week National Technical Forums which will run alongside AUSPACK 2017 this March.

The forums are expected to attract delegates from all facets of the packaging and processing industry. They will include both technologist and management level personnel who work in roles including design, development, marketing, production, engineering, supply chain and logistics as well as equipment suppliers, raw material providers, users of packaging, retailers and consumers.

The speakers and topics to be covered include:

  • Dr. Angeline Achariya, Chief Executive Officer, Food Innovation Centre – “How to accelerate and de-risk your innovations for sustainable business growth”.
  • Jason Goode FAIP, Group Packaging and Process Improvement Manager, Simplot Australia – “Industry-Based Packaging Specification System (PaSS) Progress Report”.
  • Tanya Barden (pictured), Director Economics and Sustainability, Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) will be presenting the Latest AFGC State of Industry Report: Trends and Development in the Australian Food and Beverage Market.
  • Philip Trauboth, Sales Manager (Cutting & Packaging technology), ALPMA in Germany – “Understanding the latest trends in Cutting and Packaging”.
  • Laura Jones, Trend and Innovation Consultant, Mintel – ” Packaging Wrap Up: A fast-forward look at how the next generation of packaging is engaging consumers”.

The four-day, 42 speaker event runs from 7-10 March at Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park.

Image: AFCG


AUSPACK increases focus on food processing

Cutting-edge meat-processing technologies, such as advanced sensing, will be at the forefront of the inaugural Processing Day at AUSPACK 2017.

Anne-Marie Mina, Event Executive with Exhibition and Trade Fairs (ETF), the organisers of AUSPACK, said, “With ever-increasing numbers of processing machinery suppliers exhibiting and demonstrating their solutions, we’re excited to match the interest with a dedicated processing-sector forum. Advances in automation are making a really positive impact on Australia’s meat-processing industry, ensuring it remains competitive, so these sessions will be a must-attend for any meat processor.”

Mina said presentations from two key bodies will headline the free sessions, to be held on Wednesday March 8 from noon to 4pm, where up to 150 attendees from 60 companies are expected to hear presentations from Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) R&D Program Managers, Supply Chain Technology, Christian Ruberg and Darryl Heidke, and, Chairman of the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC), Peter Noble.

Working in collaboration with the government and red meat industry, MLA invests in R&D and marketing that contributes to industry profitability, sustainability and global competitiveness.

Ruberg and Heidke will present on how technology, data and collaboration are an integral  part of the future red meat value chain. Their session will outline how the latest automation systems integrated with advanced sensing are leading to impressive productivity increases for the Australian red meat industry. For example, advanced sensing — initially proposed to drive robotic cutting — is leading to highly accurate information on every carcass, allowing processors to optimise their boning rooms and market allocation of product. The MLA session will also outline how technology providers can access Commonwealth research funds to leverage and fast-track their meat industry innovations through MLA’s subsidiary MLA Donor Company.

AMPC is the Rural Research and Development Corporation supporting Australia’s red meat processing industry, improving sector sustainability and efficiency. Adopting new technologies, developing new products and product differentiation are all critical to reducing costs and improving operational efficiencies without compromising workforce safety or product integrity — crucial for Australia, which is recognised for its high-quality meat — and Mr Noble will elaborate on this.

Mina said many exhibitors will be showcasing processing solutions at the event, including Heat and Control, Viking Food Solutions, JL Lennard, Scott Automation & Robotics, Foodmach, Walls Machinery, Aurora Process Solutions and Active Magnetics Research.

Processing Day agenda:

12-12:45pm: MLA keynote presentation: “The Future in Automation and Objective Measurement in Optimised Meat Value Chains”

12:45-1:30pm: AMPC keynote presentation: “The Importance of R&D in the Red Meat Processing Industry”

1:30-2:15pm: Lunch and networking

2:15-3pm: 1-on-1 meetings between processors and machinery suppliers (organised by the event’s Client Engagement Manager, Luke Kasprzak)

3-4pm: Exhibition floor tour, highlighting processing machinery and solution exhibitors


‘Matchmake’ to bring AUSPACK visitors, exhibitors closer together

Australia’s biggest packaging and processing show, AUSPACK, has launched its Matchmake  service.

The service connects visitors with exhibitors before the show. The service allows visitors to pre-arrange meeting with exhibitors to discuss products or machinery at their convenience.

To use the service, visitors simply have to register, be granted access by the AUSPACK rego supplier, Lüp, and login into their profiles before setting up meetings with suppliers.

The service is also available through the event show app, visitors just have to login after registering.

Global and local robotics and automation experts will also present advancements in robotic technology and intelligent automation across processing and packaging at the show.

HMPS (exhibiting on Stand 69) managing director Mark Emmett said that robots can now complete a variety of tasks from simple to complex.

“There is a shortage of labour for repetitive tasks. Robots do an amazing job at doing the same task over and over with complete accuracy. We are finding even smaller producers have a need for automation. We are able to offer from very basic to very complex, customised solutions,” Emmett said.

Processing, packing and value-adding at AUSPACK 2017

Haver & Boecker Australia will present its entire suite of technology owners when it exhibits at AUSPACK 2017.

As the subsidiary of Germany-based Haver & Boecker, a leading developer and manufacturer of processing and packing technology for the food, minerals, chemicals, cement and building materials industries, the company offers innovative, efficient and high quality technology along the entire value adding chain of bulk material handling.

Its suite of technology brands includes:

Behn and Bates – the specialist in the foodstuffs sector, provides filling and packaging technology for food, animal feed and pet food. The brand includes packaging machines for any type of bag and for manual or automatic operations.

Newtec Bag Palletizing – which offers innovative palletising technology. The challenge for the palletising specialist is the production of clean and compact filled bags that is in precision harmony with the upstream packing process. Customers receive end-of-line solutions with throughputs of 300 to 5,000 bags per hour for most markets.

Ibau hamburg – which supplies worldwide proven advanced silo technology and economic silo systems, silo conversions, terminals, carriers, ship unloaders, all relevant components and a spare part service.

W.S. Tyler – which provides technology solutions for screening, washing and pelletising, along with a complete line of engineered screen media and complementary services like vibration analysis.

Feige Filling – the specialist for liquids including uncritical, foaming, explosive or flammable products. It provides customers with appropriate filling technologies for container sizes ranging from 0.5kg to 3,000kg.

Haver Automation – which offers innovative automation solutions and management systems for cement, building materials, chemical, mineral processing and food manufacturing plants.

In addition to its technology showcase, Haver & Boeker Australia will host the CEO from Haver & Boeker Germany, Dr Reinhold Festge, who will be available to discuss with clients’ ‘Industry 4.0’ technologies and how these automation and communication systems can optimise plant performance.

Technological innovations in the packing sector will also be the topic of a presentation to be delivered by Behn+Bates specialist Jonas Komitsch at the event on March 7th. The presentation – “Industrie 4.0 – Integrated Inspection as Part of Modern Packaging Technologies” – will look at integrated inspection capability and how it can improve efficiencies and quality.

The event takes place from taking place from March 7 – 10 at  Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. Haver & Boecker Australia can be found at booth 115.


Robotics company is complete package for South East Asian food industry

PACKAGING robots from Australia fitted with cameras to allow remote troubleshooting are helping to streamline South East Asia’s surging food and beverage industry.

HMPS is based in Adelaide, South Australia, and is one of the largest automation manufacturers in the country.

It designs and develops bespoke machines to fill specific industry needs, including packaging, organising, weighing and x-raying materials to ensure there are no foreign substances.

HMPS machines are being been used in a number of countries in South East Asia including the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. It also has machines operating across Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

The company won the Export Achievement Award at the 2015 Auspack Awards for their unique dual-function machine they supplied Nestlé in South Africa. The device processes sachets of food into boxes and trays simultaneously.

img - industries_manufacturing_technology_HMPS_P2Design, prototype, final build and testing all happen at the local HMPS factory near Adelaide Airport.

HMPS Business Development Manager Linh Bui said its base location in Adelaide made it ideally placed to service South East Asia because of time-zone similarities and geographical proximity.

He said the region’s rising middle-class growth and the expansion of its food and beverage industries had created demand for effective packaging systems.

“We provide a whole gamut of turnkey products for packaging food and drinks,” he said.

“We provide remote monitoring options for our products where we include a modem and camera on the machine.

“As soon as we get a phone call we can review footage and identify what the problem is and where it occurred and work with the customer to resolve it quite quickly.”

HMPS has more than 300 machines in the field and has grown by almost 30 per cent in the past three years.

It is in the process of developing other niche products including machines with Internet of Things (IoT) technology to further improve its remote servicing.

The company is trialling the technology in Australia and plans to roll it out to its international clients if it proves successful.

“We are developing a way in which the customer and us would be able to monitor performance and put in preventative procedures during production,” Bui (right) said.

“For example, if you’re looking after multiple sites, you would be able to monitor the situations on your mobile or tablet while you are traveling, and make sure the machines in the factories are working how they should.”

HMPS will showcase its machines in Thailand in June, at ProPak Asia 2017.

ProPak is Asia’s largest processing and packaging event and this year’s show will feature more than 1200 exhibitors from more than 20 countries.

This article first appeared in The Lead.

Global green packaging market to reach US$207,543m by 2022

The global green packaging market generated revenue of US$132,556 million in 2015, and is expected to reach US$207,543 million by 2022, according to a new report.

Green Packaging Market by Packaging Type and Application: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014 – 2022, published by Allied Market Research also found that the sector grew at a CAGR of 5.41% from 2016 to 2022. The food & beverage segment accounted for more than three-fifths of overall share in the applications segment.

Rise in hygiene & health concerns among consumers boosts the demand for green packaging with applications in sustainable packaging. Moreover, stringent government regulations on nondegradable plastics and increase in demand for recycled packaging products have fueled the market growth.

Furthermore, reverse logistics in packaging industry has eased the transportation of municipal wastes to recycle plants. Initiatives by multinational companies such as Dow Chemical Company, Henkel AG & KGaA, and Mitsubishi Corporation to promote sustainable development by forming a community called Together for Sustainability provides opportunity to the market. This initiative supports the United Nations Global Compact and Responsible Care to achieve sustainable development.

The recycle content packaging segment is expected to grow with a CAGR of 4.92%. Bioplastics have flourished in healthcare and pharmaceutical applications, and are accepted as an alternative for polymer oil-based products. In addition, reverse logistics and increase in number of legislations for ecological packaging techniques have facilitated the recycle of municipal wastes.

Key findings of the study:

  • The European region is expected to continue to lead the market, followed by North America during the forecast period.
  • German green packaging market is estimated with a CAGR of 5.10%.
  • The Middle East region is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 3.15%.
  • The North American and Asia-Pacific regions jointly accounted for more than half of the total share in 2015.
  • Utilization of degradable raw materials has shown major growth in developed and developing nations. In 2015, Europe demonstrated maximum demand for bioplastics with the potential to witness significant growth in future. In addition, Asia-Pacific accounted for approximately one-fourth share of the total volume.

The prominent players profiled in the report are Amcor Limited, E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, Mondi Limited, Sealed Air Corporation, TetraPak International S.A., Ardagh Group Co., PlastiPak Holdings, Inc., Bemis Company, Inc., Uflex limited, and ELOPAK AS.


AUSPACK 2017 set for big things


The show, which will be held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, has sold the allocation of exhibition space launched originally and due to popular demand will now expand into the adjoining hall 3B.

Event Director, Luke Kasprzak said that the expansion will see the show to be the biggest show in its Sydney history with the largest offering ever, lots of new event features, all-inclusive educational program, awards, networking and more.

“A number of new stands have been added and we are confident this highly sought after space will sell out very quickly,” he added.

“Each show we grow the processing side of AUSPACK and this will continue in 2017 with more exhibitors providing more processing machinery and solutions than ever before. Processing Day will be launched as part of AUSPACK highlighting the latest and best the industry has to offer. Growth in this sector has certainly contributed to the continuous expansion of AUSPACK”.

“If you want to reach buyers from fast moving consumer goods to pharmaceutical, manufacturing to materials handling, cosmetics to chemicals and automotive to printing, now is the time to get involved. AUSPACK has once again proven to be the place where professionals meet to do business, look for inspiration and learn about best practices for their industries”.


Orora boss wins manufacturing executive award

Nigel Garrard, the CEO and managing director of Orora, won the Manufacturing Executive of the Year award at an event last night.

Garrard was named among four finalists in the category. According to a statement about the event, “through Garrard’s leadership, Orora recently created an app for the team members to share news and interact across state and country borders. This demonstrates the value that the company puts in the voices of its team members.”

The annual Executive of the Year event was held last night at Sydney’s Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour.

The awards, held by CEO Magazine, “recognise the achievements of exceptional individuals rather than companies they work for. Categories honour these individuals across a range of industries and job roles”.

Garrard heads Orora, which demerged from Amcor in late-2013, and announced a full-year profit increase of 28.3 per cent to $16.8 million in August.

The company has 40 factories worldwide, 87 distribution sites and 6,200 employees in seven countries.

Amcor buys Chinese food packaging firm

Packaging giant Amcor is acquiring Hebei Qite Packing Co, a flexible packaging products maker based in the Northern China province of Hebei, for $US28 million ($36 million).

The business generates sales of over $36m in flexible packaging products to large domestic customers within the dairy and food segments.

Amcor currently has a total of eleven flexible packaging plants in China, including two plants in close proximity to Qite in Northern China. Once fully integrated, Amcor will have an even stronger platform to grow the business in this region.

“Amcor continues to have substantial opportunities to grow our flexible packaging business in the Asian region,” Amcor’s Managing Director and CEO, Ron Delia said in a statement.

“Globally and especially within Asia, China is a very attractive growth market for flexible packaging. This acquisition will enhance our already attractive platform for growth with new and existing customers in the important Northern region.”

Amcor has also completed the acquisition of North American-based Sonoco Products Company rigid plastics blow moulding operations.

The Sonoco business is a leading manufacturer of specialty rigid plastic containers for the pharmaceutical, personal care and specialty food segments with six production facilities in the United States and one in Canada.

The acquisition of Hebei Qite Packing Co remains subject to regulatory approvals.


Registrations now open for major processing and packaging event

Organisers, Exhibitions and Trade Fairs, have opened registrations for the free to attend AUSPACK 2017, taking place at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park on 7 – 10 March 2017.

AUSPACK 2017 is on track to be the biggest Sydney show in its history coinciding with the recent announcement that with five months out, 95% of exhibition space has already been sold.

“Visitors can expect a number of new elements to this year’s offering on the exhibition floor,” said Exhibition Director Luke Kasprzak.

“We’re always looking for ways to innovate, which includes the ongoing strategic partnership with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and their full schedule industry-led educational forum and this year’s launch of a dedicated Processing Day which is sure to attract the interest of the food and beverage processing industry at our free, four day event.”

“As the industry moves towards smarter engineering, data, automation and robotics become key so it is imperative we highlight this trend on the show floor. Other trends featured include food safety and hygiene, active and intelligent packaging and a continued focus on food processing.”

Leading exhibitors include Walls Machinery, insignia, Case Packaging Systems, Biotec Solutions, Matthews, Contract Packaging Systems and Visy and major international exhibitors include Cama, Concetti, Multiplex Packaging, Qimarox and Krueger & Salecker Mascinenbau.

Some highlights on display will include the recently launched Ishida X-ray inspection systems, an Australian First Multi Flex1 Twin Stretch Hooder from Danish company Lachenmeier and new Shrink Tunnels for robotic packaging from AUTOPACK.

“It’s all about maximising the visitor’s time while onsite at AUSPACK 2017 to ensure their business objectives are met and their expectations exceeded,” said Kasprzak.

“As Australasia’s most comprehensive, free, food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing and packaging exhibition, there is a lot to pack into four days so we want to make their experience as simple and useful as possible.”

Concurrent events include the Official Networking Drinks, on the first day for exhibitors and VIP Visitors to network and unwind, the 2017 AIP National Technical Forums and the inaugural Packaging and Innovation Design Awards (PIDA).

AUSPACK 2017 is Australasia’s most comprehensive processing and packaging event, and is taking place 7 – 10 March at Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park. The event is free to attend.

To register for free, please visit the AUSPACK website:   https://www.auspack.com.au/

Amcor acquires US plastics business

Australian packaging company Amcor said on Friday it will buy a plastic container manufacturing business from US based Sonoco Products for $280 million.

The acquired business, Sonoco Specialty Containers, makes moulded packaging for food, drink and pharmaceuticals, Amcor said in a statement. It will expand Amcor’s rigid plastics division and allow the company to access US customers, Amcor said.

“Part of our strategy to grow this business includes acquiring specialized manufacturing capabilities which unlock further growth,” Amcor Chief Executive Ron Delia said in the statement.

Over many years Amcor Rigid Plastics has built a position in the specialty container segment through its Diversified Products business, by developing capabilities in house and acquiring specialised technologies.

This acquisition will significantly enhance Amcor’s product offering by adding complementary capabilities and technologies, including more extensive extrusion blow molding and injection technologies, expertise in producing polyethylene, polypropylene and multi-layer containers, as well as additional decorating capabilities.

Total sales of specialty benefits of approximately US$20 million and underlying market growth, this acquisition is expected to add approximately US$50 million of PBIT to Amcor’s Rigid Plastics segment at the end of the third full year of ownership. Additional growth opportunities underpinned by a broader product offering will further enhance returns on this acquisiton beyond that timeframe.

Amcor CEO and Managing Director Ron Delia said: “The Amcor Rigid Plastics business has significant growth opportunities, including in segments outside of the traditional non-alcoholic beverage markets. Part of our strategy to grow this business includes acquiring specialised manufacturing capabilities which unlock further growth in key segments.”

APPMA heading to NZ for FoodTech PackTech 2016

The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) will exhibit for the first time at FoodTech PackTech 2016, this October in Auckland.

The APPMA represents Australia’s leading packaging and processing machinery and allied components companies and members include manufacturers, distributors and importers of packaging and processing machinery who are suppliers to industries such as food, beverage, dairy, meat, poultry, seafood, confectionery, bakery & snacks and fresh produce.

24 APPMA Member companies will also be exhibiting at FoodTech PackTech 2016. They include: A&D Weightec, ABB, Accupack, Confoil, Heat and Control, HMPS, IFM Electronic, Integrated Packaging, JL Lennard, JMP Engineering, KHS, Multivac, Omron, Propac, Reynolds Group, Rhima, Rockwell Automation, Romheld, SICK, SMC Pneumatics, TNA, Tronics, Walls Machinery and Wedderburn.

The APPMA will also be hosting one of the NZIFST seminars alongside FoodTech PackTech 2016 on the 11th of October, 2.45 pm-1.45 pm. The seminar will include a panel of experts from who will discuss key trends and topics such as Cobots: Collaborative Robots, Internet of Things:4.0, Serialisation & Authentication and Total Cost of Ownership.

Panellists representing leading companies such as ABB, Heat and Control, Rhima, SICK, Rockwell Automation and A&D will be involved.