Archive for the ‘Packaging’ Category

  • Plastic packager Pact takes Jalco for $80m

    'Ideal strategic fit': Brian Cridland, CEO Pact

    Australia’s largest plastic packaging manufacturer Pact has signed an $80m deal to take over leading supplier Jalco Group, a manufacturer for prominent brands including Colgate, Ajax and Sunsilk.

    “Jalco is an ideal strategic fit and will allow us to deepen existing customer relationships and enter new areas of growth,” said Brian Cridland, CEO of Pact Group. “We are extremely excited about the Jalco acquisition, an adjacent and highly complimentary business to the Pact Group enterprise. We have been a supplier to Jalco for many years, we understand the business and I am delighted to see these two companies come together.”

    Pact has just secured a debt financing deal that will diversify its funding base and give the company access to further capital to fund potential growth opportunities.

    “It’s in our DNA,” said Darren Brown, Pact CFO. “We have made 45 acquisitions over the past 13 years and have been very active, especially in the Australian and New Zealand markets.  I don’t see any reason why that would change in the future.  The debt refinancing deal extends our current facilities and will provide continuing support to extend our expansion plans.”

    In an ASX announcement on Tuesday, Pact Group said it had extended and amended its bank debt facilities, which comprise a A$590m facility and a NZ$180m facility. Pact Group has also entered into a new $100m receivables purchase facility.

    Melbourne-based Pact was established in 2002 and has a major presence in Australia, New Zealand and numerous Asian markets, manufacturing plastic packaging products for clients including Woolworths, Coles, Schweppes, Unilever and other major multinationals.

    Sydney-based Jalco, established in 1973, makes products ranging from plastic bottles to washing powders, shampoo, automotive fluids and diet supplements for leading brands including Unilever, Sunsilk, Avon and Colgate. The company employs 500 staff across six sites in NSW and comprises a number of divisions, including homecare and personal care.   Jalco’s annual sales are estimated at $165m.

    Pact will acquire Jalco for approximately $80m, which includes a conditional deferred component.  Acquisition costs were likely to total around $1m this financial year and would be funded through Pact’s debt facilities. The takeover is expected to be completed by 1 September, 2015, subject to a restructure of Jalco to retain its health and wellness division.

    Analysts are tipping that Pact will continue with an expansion strategy over the next three years.

  • Next winner at HP Awards

    Sydney's Next Printing accepts HP Print Excellence Award

    Sydney digital printer Next Printing has taken out the grand prize and four other major awards at this year’s sixth HP Digital Print Excellence Awards for Sign and Display in Singapore.

    As well as winning the overall Grand Winner award, Next Printing won four of seven categories, including Creative, Corrugated Packaging, Retail POP/POS and Green Digital Printing.  Bokay Group from Perth won the Vehicle Graphics category.

    This year’s event attracted more than 380 entries from 16 countries across Asia Pacific and Japan and included the HP Digital Print Excellence Awards for HP Indigo.  Supastick Labels from Perth shared the HP Indigo Grand Winner prize and won the Labels – Wine & Spirits category.

    Nulab Group from Melbourne

    Melbourne’s Nulab Group won the Limited Edition and Art Reproduction prize and received special recognition in three photo book categories.

    Labelmaker Group won the Labels – Pharmaceutical & Neutraceutical category, and New Zealand’s Hally Labels won Labels – Non-Alcoholic Beverages and was recognised in Labels – Health and Beauty.

    Bokay Group from Perth won the Vehicle Graphics category

  • Chameleon adapts to a changing market

    Queensland’s newly minted Chameleon Group – formerly the Sticker Company – is pushing ahead with an aggressive growth strategy and has two more North Queensland businesses in its sights.

    “We’re on a bit of a growth spurt at the moment,” said Chris Krieger, general manager of Hervey Bay-based Chameleon Group.  “We’ve doubled our business in the past couple of years and we’ll be looking to double it again over the next year as we focus on signage, digital, wide format and packaging – areas that have significant growth potential.”

    Over the past year, the former Sticker Company, which specialised in labels, stickers, business cards and signage, acquired competitors Digital Powerhouse of Bundaberg and McTaggart’s of Hervey Bay, before rebranding recently as Chameleon.

    “We’re still looking at a couple more businesses in the north of Queensland but I can’t say any more about that at this time, other than to say we’re going to be moving further up the coast.

    “Diversification is where it’s at these days,” said Krieger.  “We’ll be pushing the digital side because that seems to be where it’s all going these days.  Signage makes up about 20% of our business right now and we’ll be increasing that over the next year, as well as looking to expand our packaging unit, where there is huge growth potential.”

    Krieger spent just a couple of hours at PrintEx15 last month but picked up a Seiko Colorpainter for his signage work and a Duplo DC-616 business card cutter.

    “In a changing marketplace.  It’s get in or get out, spend the money or lose market share,” said Krieger. “We’ve also bought a Agfa Flatbed and we’re considering upgrading from an HP 260 to an HP 360 latex press. There’s a fair bit happening right now but things are going well and I can’t complain.  It’s a big commitment but we’re determined to go up and up from here and it’s looking pretty exciting.”

    "On a bit of a growth spurt": Chris Krieger, GM Chameleon Group

  • Flexible Kiwis add Australian Packaging

    'Closely aligned.' (l to r) GPL MD Greg Chapman with APL directors Dianne Anderson and Ray Cranfield

    New Zealand flexible packaging specialist Gravure Packaging (GPL) has bought Sydney-based Australian Packaging (APL) as it continues an ambitious expansion strategy.

    “We are going through quite a growth phase here in New Zealand,” said Greg Chapman, MD of Wellington-based GPL. “The acquisition will provide an opportunity to cross-sell on both sides of the Tasman and the complementary product lines will add a real strength to our flexible packaging business.”

    Australian Packaging produces flexographic printing, solventless lamination and perforation for the food and FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) markets, as well as for domestic and international airlines.

    “One of their strongest portfolios is pie wrapping and they make a lot of high-quality laminates for what we call ‘rewind packaging’ for the snack food sector,” said Chapman. “Their customer base is Australia-wide and stretches into New Caledonia and Fiji, with one of the most recognised brands being Mrs Mac’s.”

    APL will continue operating under its current trading name and its two directors, Ray Cranfield and Dianne Anderson, will be retained for at least 12 months to ensure a smooth transition of the business.

    “We will be retaining the existing staff in Australia and will mirror what we have recently established here in our managerial structure,” said Chapman. “Peter Barnes will fulfill the role of production manager with Vivienne Tasker being the commercial manager.  My time will be split between the two companies.”

    Chapman said the previous owners of APL had wanted to retire and a broker approached him on their behalf. “We were invited ahead of three other parties to enter the due diligence process. I guess our approach was most closely aligned to their hearts. It is what you would call a ‘responsible sale’  – one where they wanted the future of the business to be secured and long-term relationships with employees, customers and suppliers maintained.”

    GPL has been eyeing up potential acquisition targets both domestically and abroad for some time. The company, owned by Chapman, Paddy Daly and founder Gunter Amelung, has also revamped its production process, expanded its staff and is planning further capital investment at its Petone plant.

    “Australia has suffered the same thing we have in New Zealand whereby a lot of manufacturing is moving offshore,” said Chapman.  “But there is enormous potential growth in the packaging sector on both sides of the Tasman. People will always need to eat, drink and consume products. And consumers are wanting more convenience around their food products — smaller, individualised portions and very personalised pre-packaged products — so packaging is going to survive and thrive.”



  • ISO installs X-Rite CxF3 as new industry standard

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has adopted X-Rite’s Color Exchange Format version 3 (CxF3) as the new industry standard for colour data exchange.

    “We are proud to be able to make this contribution to the industry,” said Francis Lamy, chief technology officer at X-Rite’s headquarters in Michigan. “CxF is a key enabler to more efficient workflows with less waste, faster turnaround times and streamlined communication of colour information in colour critical workflows.”

    X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in colour science and technology, and its Pantone division had made the technology available to ISO and welcomed the decision. “X-Rite fully endorses ISO’s goal of harmonizing technical specifications for products and services that make industries more efficient by communicating colour electronically in a global colour supply chain. This standard (ISO 17972-1:2015) provides the graphic arts industry with an accurate, efficient way to communicate colour information across any supply chain.”

    “Physically correct and accurate colour communication is critical to an efficient workflow,” said Ray Cheydleur, product portfolio manager at X-Rite. “X-Rite’s CxF3, and now ISO CxF, ensures an accurate and efficient exchange of digital standards, measurements and metadata. The publication of this standard provides a framework for sharing colour data at all steps in the workflow – from brand owner through to production. Many companies and products have already benefited from CxF3, and now that it is an ISO standard, many more will benefit in the future.”

    X-Rite established the first version of CxF in 2000 and since then the company has continued to invest in and improve the specification.

    “Printing according to established ISO standards is a benefit for both the print producer and the media buyer,” said Laurel Brunner, managing director of Digital Dots Limited. “With the adoption of ISO 17972-1:2015, a new dimension has now been added to standards compliance that will help everyone in the colour workflow more easily produce colour quality. X-Rite has made a valuable contribution to the industry by making this important specification available as an open standard.”

    Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in color science and technology. Including its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries.

    For more information and to download a copy of the new standard, visit here.


  • PaperlinX update: Irish operation sold

    PaperlinX has confirmed the sale of its Irish business as the company continues its long road out of Europe.

    PaperlinX Limited confirms that following satisfaction of completion conditions, the sale of PaperlinX Ireland Holdings and its trading operations to the Irish management team has been completed, the company said in a statement to the ASX.

    The Irish business has been bought by former director Enda Brophy and will be renamed GPM Sign & Display and GPM Commercial Print, according to UK reports.  The company employs about 65 staff.

    The two remaining PaperlinX European divisions, in the Czech Republic and Germany, continue to trade as the company pushes ahead with its plans to sell them off as soon as possible.


    PaperlinX update, June 10: New details have emerged outlining the magnitude of the financial disaster that earlier this year consumed the UK’s largest paper merchant PaperlinX.

    PaperlinX UK owed creditors more than $A106 million (£53m) when it was placed into administration early in April, according to figures just released by administrators Deloitte.

    The company owed Dutch banking group ING £39.4 million before the bank withdrew its credit insurance, leading to the collapse of the paper merchant’s UK operation.

    In its first Statement of Proposals ahead of a creditors’ meeting scheduled for today (June 10), Deloitte also revealed that PaperlinX had a massive pension fund deficit of about $A360 million (£180m) at the time.

    Today’s creditors meeting is for PaperlinX Services (Europe) and the company’s three main businesses – Robert Horne Group, The Paper Company and Howard Smith Paper Group.

    UK reports say paper manufacturer Stora Enso is owed £10.5m by PaperlinX companies, while Lecta Paper is owed £6m and Arctic Paper is owed almost £3m.


    PaperlinX update, June 2: PaperlinX has entered into agreements to sell its operations in Scandinavia, Spain and Ireland, leaving the group with just two remaining European businesses in the Czech Republic and Germany.

    PaperlinX Limited chief executive Andy Preece told AAP the company was pleased that the divisions would continue to operate.

    The Scandinavian business, which includes operations in Denmark and Sweden, has been sold to global paper and packaging distributor Antalis International, which last month bought PaperlinX UK’s packaging operation. The Spanish business, PaperlinX SL, has been sold to the Spanish management team, and an agreement to sell the Irish business to the Irish management team was signed on Tuesday.

    The two remaining PaperlinX businesses in Europe, the Czech Republic and Germany, continue to trade as the company attempts to either sell or realise the operations.

    Since the collapse of its UK business early in April, PaperlinX has now shut down units in The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Spain and Ireland, while selling off its UK wide-format, packaging and Reel Paper divisions.

    PPX businesses in Australia, New Zealand and Asia (ANZA) have financial separation from the European operations.


    PaperlinX update, May 19: PaperlinX has sold its business in Poland to a private equity-backed consortium in an agreement which takes immediate effect.  It’s the latest deal in the wake of the collapse of the company’s UK business last month.

    In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, Paperlinx Limited said: European subsidiary PaperlinX Netherlands Holding BV, has entered into an agreement to sell its operations in Poland to a consortium of a local private equity firm,Warsaw Equity Management sp z.o.o. and the local management team, with immediate effect.

    “After an intensive sale process, we are pleased to announce the successful sale of this business to the management and their financial sponsors,” said PaperlinX CEO Andy Preece. “We wish the Polish management team and their employees all the best in the future.”

    All proceeds of the sale, which was for an undisclosed amount, will go the company’s European shareholders.

    Since closing its UK business early in April, PaperlinX has now shut down operations in The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Poland, while selling off its UK wide-format, packaging and Reel Paper divisions. The company continues to operate in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland and Spain.

    PPX businesses in Australia, New Zealand and Asia (ANZA) have financial separation from the European operations and ANZA operations ‘remain unchanged.’


    PaperlinX update, May 7: Global paper and packaging distributor Antalis has bought PaperlinX UK’s packaging operation in a deal that will take its UK packaging supplies business to £80 million a year.

    Antalis has acquired three packaging companies – 1st Class Packaging, Donington Packaging Supplies and Parkside Packaging – which have all been up for sale since the collapse of PaperlinX UK last month.  The companies, with a estimated total turnover of £20m, have continued to operate as normal since PaperlinX UK was placed into administration on 1st April.

    David Hunter, managing director at Antalis, said the acquisition would further enhance the company’s position as a key player in the UK packaging sector and would secure the jobs of 63 employees.

    Antalis is a major distributor of packaging systems and products, including materials such as cartons, containers, bubble film, wrapping papers and tapes, packaging machinery and bespoke solutions, and also provides professional consultancy services to analyse packaging logistics.


    PaperlinX update, May 5: PaperlinX has dumped its chief financial officer (CFO) in the ongoing fallout from the company’s collapse in Europe and the new CFO will be based in Australia. 

    In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, PaperlinX said: Joost Smallenbroek, who is based in the Netherlands, will no longer hold the position of CFO, with immediate effect. Due to the changes currently occurring in the PaperlinX business in the UK, the Benelux and across the European region, the CFO position is no longer required to be based in Continental Europe.

    “I would like to thank Joost for his efforts at PaperlinX,” said Andy Preece, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of PaperlinX.

    Wayne Johnson has assumed the role of CFO, which will now be based in Melbourne. Johnson joined the company in 2009 and was deputy CFO and executive general manager corporate services prior to his appointment. Before joining PaperlinX, he occupied a number of commercial and corporate finance roles at Symbion Health Limited (formerly Mayne Group Limited).

    “The Board are extremely pleased that Wayne has accepted the role of CFO and are looking forward to working closely with him,” said Preece.


    PaperlinX update, April 30: PaperlinX has placed its Austrian operation PaperNet GmbH into administration after failing to find a buyer.

    PaperNet is the latest domino to fall in PaperlinX’s European business, following the collapse of the UK operation on 1 April and the Benelux businesses a couple of weeks later.  PaperNet employed a staff of about 70.

    “This appointment in Austria highlights the interconnectedness of the PaperlinX European businesses,” said PaperlinX in a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange:

    The local directors were required to commence this course of action given the liquidity issues that the business has faced following the tightening and/or withdrawal of credit terms from suppliers and lenders in recent weeks after the PaperlinX UK and Benelux businesses were placed into administration. Although attempts to sell this business have been unsuccessful, PaperlinX will continue to pursue opportunities to divest the remaining European businesses in Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Scandinavia, Ireland and Germany.

    PaperlinX reiterated that its profitable operations in Australia, New Zealand and Asia (ANZA) have financial separation from the European operations and said that the day-to-day businesses and operations of the ANZA region ‘remain unchanged.‘


    PaperlinX update, April 28: Global plastics group Vink Holdings has acquired collapsed PaperlinX UK’s wide-format operation Visual Technology Solutions (VTS) in a deal that will save 66 jobs.

    After weeks of negotiations, administrators Deloitte said the VTS business had been sold to Vink-owned Quantum Europoint, and the new business would trade as Europoint.  Vink Holdings CEO David Williams said 66 staff members would keep their jobs, including managing director Frank Moran, who will head up the new operation.

    The deal came days after Premier Paper Group snapped up PaperlinX’s Reel Paper and Savory Paper business.  Deloitte has given the go ahead to an online auction next month to dispose of the remaining assets from the failed PaperlinX UK business.

    Meanwhile, in another setback to the UK paper industry, Fife-based paper maker Tullis Russell has gone into administration with the loss of 325 jobs.  Administrators KPMG said 325 Tullis employees were being made redundant with immediate effect and the remaining 149 have been retained to complete some outstanding orders.  Tullis Russell Papermakers posted losses of £18.5m over the past five years.


    PaperlinX update, April 22: Administrators at Deloitte have given the green light to a massive online auction next month to dispose of assets from the failed PaperlinX UK business.

    Hundreds of lots and individual items are up for sale from PaperlinX locations at Manchester, Macclesfield, Northampton – Moulton Park and Northampton – Brackmills.

    Hilco Industrial, which is organising the auction under direction from Deloitte, says items on offer will include: Paper and Board Converting units, Digital and Lithographic Printing equipment, Vinyl Plotting and Cutting machinery, Ream Packing Machinery. Warehouse Equipment, Racking, Forklift Trucks and Office Furniture.  The sale is due to take place on 11-13 May.  A complete list of the available assets on sale can be found here.

    Deloitte says the auction is subject to change pending any progress in their continuing efforts to sell off PaperlinX’s UK business and assets.  There’s speculation that Deloitte is considering bids for the company’s UK business, with Spanish paper manufacturer Lecta touted as a potential buyer.

    The move came days after PaperlinX shut down its Benelux business in the Netherlands and Belgium, in the wake of the collapse of its UK operation early this month.


    PaperlinX update, April 21: PaperlinX sell-off underway in the UK

    Premier Paper Group has snapped up PaperlinX’s Reel Paper and Savory Paper in a deal with administrators at Deloitte that could save 30 jobs.

    “The Premier Paper Group has acquired the assets of PaperlinX’s Reel Paper and Savory Paper division and offered positions to more than 30 former Paperlinx employees,” Graham Griffiths, managing director, Premier Paper Group, said in a statement:

    “This is an excellent opportunity to grow our business in this sector and the fit with our current business ensures that paper producers have a route to market and customers have a service offer that they can rely on.  The recent unfortunate events at Paperlinx have resulted in redundancy for many people. We are delighted to be able offer more than 30 jobs to a team of people with many years experience and a great track record in the business forms, direct mail and digital inkjet markets.”  

    Reel Paper and Savory Paper supplied paper to direct mail, business forms and high-speed inkjet markets.  The new division, renamed Premier Reel Paper, will be based at the PaperlinX site at Castle Donington in the East Midlands.

    The move comes days after PaperlinX shut down its Benelux business in the Netherlands and Belgium in the wake of the collapse of its UK operation earlier this month.

    There’s continued speculation that Deloitte is considering bids for PaperlinX UK, with Spanish paper manufacturer Lecta touted as a potential buyer.  Deloitte has yet to comment.

  • Australians in Bangkok for ProPak Asia

    A large Australian contingent has joined 1600 exhibitors at this year’s largest-ever ProPak Asia event in Thailand. 

    The 23rd International Processing, Filling and Packaging Technology Event for Asia runs from 17-20 June at Bitec in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Australian companies with stands in six large exhibition halls at Bitec include Accupak, Fibre King ,Oryx Automation, Heat & Control, HMPS, Maselli Asia Pacific, Metz, Floveyor, HBM Plastics, Hot Melt Packaging, Select Packaging, TNA Australia and others. The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) also have stands.

    ProPak Asia 2015 is presenting over 1600 exhibitors from 44 countries, including 14 international pavilions from China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, the UK and the US. More than 4500 machines from across the world will be on display. The event includes DrinkTechAsia, showcasing latest beverage processing and packaging technology.

    “Through increasing domestic demand and exports within ASEAN, Asia and globally, more and more companies are joining ProPak Asia as manufacturers and suppliers set up and develop good business in Asia,” said Justin Pau, GM Bangkok Exhibition Services.

    More details are available here.


  • Amcor expands in China

    Packaging giant Amcor has boosted its operations in China with the acquisition of the Zhongshan Tiancai Packaging Company in the southern Guangdong province.

    Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific (AFAP) said the deal expands Amcor’s footprint in China to a total of ten manufacturing plants across the country. “The acquisition is testament to our commitment to Amcor’s growth in China,” said Ralf K. Wunderlich, president AFAP.

    “About 390 skilled staff members will join Amcor and bring with them strong packaging expertise to benefit our customers in the South China region and beyond,” he said.  “As a market leader in flexibles packaging in China, it is also an opportunity for us to further build our innovation expertise and product offering for our customers.”

    Zhongshan Tiancai Packaging consists of one manufacturing plant specialising in printing and manufacturing multi-layer films for the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical end markets.

    AFAP is a subsidiary of Amcor Limited and employs more than 7,000 people across 37 manufacturing plants in eight countries. The company provides a range of flexible packaging solutions to customers across the Asia Pacific region. The AFAP portfolio is supplemented by products manufactured by Amcor in Europe and the Americas for a range of industries including food, personal care, home care, and healthcare.

    Amcor, a global leader in flexibles and rigid plastics packaging, employs 27,000 people worldwide and has operations across 43 countries.

    Last month, the company said it would send 30 jobs from its Melbourne head office to Zurich but denied reports that the move was part of a plan to shift its corporate headquarters out of Australia.

  • Coveris takes Elldex NZ in $30m deal

    Global packaging giant Coveris Holdings Corp has launched into the Australasian market with a NZ$30m deal to acquire NZ packaging business Elldex.

    Auckland-based Elldex Packaging Solutions, with 125 employees and a turnover of around NZ$42m, is a leading Australasian manufacturer and importer of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) flexible plastic packaging for the meat, dairy, seafood, agriculture and industrial sectors.

    Elldex is due to open a new 48,000 sq.ft plant in Christchurch, NZ, in the coming weeks.  The company will retain its existing management team and be renamed Coveris Australasia.

    'Terrific strategic fit': Murray Hine, Elldex GM

    “Elldex is a terrific strategic fit for Coveris,” said Murray Hine, Elldex GM. “We are pleased to be part of this growing packaging company.”

    Coveris said the acquisition, effective immediately, would enable the company to expand globally into Australasia and underlined its ongoing commitment to ‘geographic expansion.’

    “We are very pleased to add Elldex Packaging Solutions to Coveris,” said Gary Masse, Coveris CEO. “As the global demand for our products continues to increase, Elldex will allow us to serve our customers in this important region of the world.”

    Chicago-based Coveris, formed in 2013 by the amalgamation of  packaging companies Exopack, Britton Group, Kobusch, PACCOR, Paragon Print & Packaging, and Kube Tech – under the ownership of Sun Capital Partners – is the sixth largest global plastic packaging company in the world with total revenues close to US$3 billion.  Last year, the company acquired two UK firms, St. Neots Packaging and Learoyd Packaging.

    Coveris employs almost 10,000 staff and manages 65 plants across North America, Europe, the Middle East and China.

    Meanwhile, in other packaging sector news, Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific has completed its acquisition of Zhongshan Tiancai Packaging Company, expanding Amcor’s footprint in China to a total of ten manufacturing plants.

  • Fujifilm ZAC plates ‘best ever’: Percival Print

    Percival co-owners Rod Jenkins and David LeRoy

    Perth’s Percival Print & Packaging says its Fujifilm ZAC lo-chem plates installed last year have reduced costs and maintenance as well as lowering chemical use.

    “I would say this is the best plate production system we have ever used,” says Percival co-owner David LeRoy.  “We are saving at least 40 litres of chemistry per month and beyond that we have noticed maintenance has been greatly reduced, with few if any processor breakdowns due to tarring and contamination. About twice a year a Fujifilm technician will come in and clean the system and the rest of the time it is fully operational, so our uptime has improved too.

    Percival Print & Packaging’s 22 employees produce folding cartons, commercial print, posters and trade finishing work for customers across Australia and internationally, including major corporate brands in the pharmaceutical, food services, promotional and retail industries, as well creative design studios, medical and educational material suppliers and advertising agencies.

    “Many of our packaging customers are extremely pro-active on environmental matters so any improvements from their supply chain are welcomed,” says LeRoy. “We were quite surprised at the savings in chemical use. This is achieved by monitoring the plate image area and replenisher bath so that exactly the right amount of replenisher is used and not a drop more.”

    ZAC software is at the heart of calculating the correct amount of replenisher to use, based on actual need and not the traditional estimation method, which invariably results in over-replenishment. Inside the ZAC processor, an EDCA (Entropically Driven Colloidal Assembly) sensor constantly monitors target and actual conductivity, sending instructions to the replenishing system software.

    Percival’s ZAC plateline is feeding both of its busy multicolour presses – the B1 KBA and the Heidelberg B3 – and there are few if any re-makes.

    Percival Print & Packaging has serviced Western Australia’s business community with packaging and commercial print products for more than 40 years. Established in 1972 by George Percival, the business is today co-owned by David LeRoy and Rod Jenkins.


  • Amcor sends 30 Melbourne jobs to Zurich

    Packaging giant Amcor will send 30 jobs from its Melbourne office to Zurich but has denied reports that the move is part of a plan to shift its corporate headquarters out of Australia.

    “It comes down to what’s the definition of headquarters?” said John V. Murray, Amcor’s executive general manager, corporate affairs.  “A number of corporate functions have already been relocated overseas and it’s a process that has been ongoing for several years. We have 29 thousand people and 180 plants in 45 different countries.  The future is like a virtual head office.”

    Australia accounts for only 5% of Amcor’s business and it makes sense to relocate some functions closer to customers, said Murray.

    “It’s not like we have a massive presence here.  We have 50 people on half a floor in a little building in suburban Hawthorn.  30 of those roles will now be moved offshore.  Some people will choose to relocate and for those who don’t want to relocate, their jobs will be filled by others offshore.  So there may be a small number of redundancies.”

    A report last week said Amcor would permanently move its corporate headquarters to Zurich, Switzerland to take advantage of a corporate tax rate of 17.92%.

    But the company’s head office is staying put, according to Murray.  “Amcor will remain a publicly listed company on the Australian Stock Exchange and it will remain an Australian tax resident.  The majority of corporate functions remain outside Australia, while some corporate functions will remain in Australia.  We will be retaining an office here in Melbourne, where the chairman resides.”

  • More than cutting: new Esko finishing tools

    Esko, the manufacturer of cutting tables for packaging, signage & displays, has unveiled a new range of specialty tools to allow customers to finish a wide variety of applications in sign, display and packaging materials.

    Some of the newest tools include a psaligraphy (paper cutting) knife tool, a perforation wheel and a braille tool.  All three tools are available for usage on the Kongsberg XN, Kongsberg V and Kongsberg XL series of digital finishing systems.

    Esko makes more than a hundred high-quality cutting blades, router bits and accessories and says the wide variety of tools is what truly enables customers to expand their businesses with the most creative use of materials and applications.

    Esko Kongsberg has an experienced R&D team constantly developing new tools.

    The new Psaligraphy (or paper cutting) knife tool cuts out the finest details in paper and folding carton, at a level not seen before. This is a perfect tool for adding creativity and value to greeting cards, promotional items or folding carton samples.

    The 60 mm Perforation wheel enables users to create tear and crease-assist perforations in corrugated board up to 4 mm thick at a much higher speed than before. This tool is ideal for producing POP-materials and all kinds of packaging. Prior to this wheel becoming available, it took about 40 seconds to do 1 meter of a 3×3 perforation pattern (3 mm cut and 3 mm space). The new wheel only needs 2 seconds to do that.

    The Braille tool, loaded with clear acrylic ‘Braille spheres’ that are inserted into small holes. These holes are milled with a special spindle to create raised dots that are readable with fingertips. The Braille tool will work on most rigid materials more than one mm thick and is used to produce signage requiring directions or inscriptions in braille.

    Esko’s online store for more at


  • A Diamond for SkinnyPack at DuPont Awards

    The 2015 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation in the US will be remembered as the year of design, with 77 percent of the winners being honoured for design excellence in enhancing the users’ experience.

    Canada-based IPL, Inc., earned the Diamond Award, the program’s highest honour for SkinnyPack™ Technology. This mono-material package marries flexible and rigid packaging to create a thin, light, strong structure that uses less material, enables recycling and allows more message space.

    “This year’s winners stand out as leaders in packaging innovation,” said William J. Harvey, president, DuPont Packaging &. Industrial Polymers. “They exemplify how collaboration, innovation and packaging excellence converge to generate game-changing solutions that positively impact our lives.”

    The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the industry’s longest-running, global, independently judged celebration of innovation and collaboration throughout the value chain. An independent panel of packaging experts evaluated nearly 140 entries from more than 25 countries and last night awarded one diamond winner, five gold winners and seven silver winners based on “excellence”. In one, two or all three categories: technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience.

    “The novelty this year lies in the fact that we saw packaging designs that added intuitive functionality in a way that was both simple and meaningful for the user,” said David Luttenberger, CPP, global packaging director, Mintel Group, Ltd., USA and lead judge. “There’s frequently a lot of technology behind seemingly simple designs. When you can design packaging in a way that resolves an issue and is intuitive to use, that’s value.”

    Click here for a complete list of winners.


  • Greener Apple for China

    Apple is expanding a sustainable forest program in China that produces the virgin paper used in its product packaging.

    The expansion of Apple’s renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China will include a new multi-year project with World Wildlife Fund to significantly increase responsibly managed forests across China. The new forestland program aims to protect as much as 1 million acres of responsibly managed working forests which provide fibre for pulp, paper and wood products.

    “Forests, like energy, can be renewable resources,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice-president of Environmental Initiatives. “We believe we can run on naturally renewable resources and ensure that we protect and create as much sustainable working forest as needed to produce the virgin paper in our product packaging.”

    “Apple’s support for this project and its environmental leadership show that protecting forests is not just good for society but important for business,” said Lo Sze Ping, CEO for WWF China. “This collaboration will seek to reduce China’s ecological footprint by helping produce more wood from responsibly managed forests within its own borders. Doing so is essential to China, the world’s biggest timber importer. Our hope is this will catalyze a new model of corporate leadership in promoting sustainable forest management and using paper resources more efficiently and responsibly around the world.”

    Apple is also expanding renewable energy projects to its manufacturing facilities in China.

    “We’ve set an example by greening our data centers, retail stores and corporate offices, and we’re ready to start leading the way toward reducing carbon emissions from manufacturing,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “This won’t happen overnight—in fact it will take years—but it’s important work that has to happen, and Apple is in a unique position to take the initiative toward this ambitious goal. It is a responsibility we accept. We are excited to work with leaders in our supply chain who want to be on the cutting edge of China’s green transformation.”

  • Antalis takes PaperlinX packaging

    Global paper and packaging distributor Antalis has bought PaperlinX UK’s packaging operation in a deal that will take its UK packaging supplies business to £80 million a year.

    Antalis has acquired three packaging companies – 1st Class Packaging, Donington Packaging Supplies and Parkside Packaging – which have all been up for sale since the collapse of PaperlinX UK last month.  The companies, with a estimated total turnover of £20m, have continued to operate as normal since PaperlinX UK was placed into administration on 1st April.

    David Hunter, managing director at Antalis, said the acquisition would further enhance the company’s position as a key player in the UK packaging sector and would secure the jobs of 63 employees.

    Antalis is a major distributor of packaging systems and products, including materials such as cartons, containers, bubble film, wrapping papers and tapes, packaging machinery and bespoke solutions, and also provides professional consultancy services to analyse packaging logistics.

  • PAMS of NZ named world’s best confectionery packaging design

    Press release, Wednesday 6 May:  Foodstuffs Limited

    Foodstuffs Own Brand, Pams and Brother Design, has won first place in the Confectionery, Sweets and Desserts category at the prestigious international Dieline Awards 2015.

    The Dieline Awards recognise the world’s best consumer product and packaging design, where entries are judged by an international panel of structural packaging, design, branding, and consumer product experts.

    Jocelyn McCallum, National Private Label Manager of Foodstuffs Own Brands says that winning first place in these awards is a huge accomplishment.

    “The Dieline are the most respected authority and premier source for packaging design worldwide, and we have beaten more than 1,100 other entries. Competition is very tough and it is testament to the work we do with Brother Design.”

    Brother Design’s Business Development Director, Jenny McMillan, says the award is an immense source of pride for the agency.

    “I think it shows we really are achieving something special especially with our work for Pams”, she says. “Winning at the Dieline Awards for a private label, which has beaten some of the world’s best brand by some of most recognisable labels in the world, is testament to Foodstuffs forward thinking around design and the increasing commercial success of Pams is testimony to the power of this kind of distinctive design.”

    The win has consolidated Pams and Foodstuffs Own Brand’s position with world leading packaging design, where a number of designs have recently won gold, silver and bronze at the International Vertex Awards.

  • Packaging partners expand range of JIT boards

    BJ Ball will stock and convert Stora Enso packaging boards from February 2015 as a result of a ground breaking agreement with the Scandinavian paper and packaging supplier.

    According to Tony Bertrand, marketing manager, the new agreement will see BJ Ball consolidate its position as the Number One supplier to the local packaging industry. Stora Enso claims one in three beverage cartons around the world are made from its materials and that increased global distribution and local partners now play a crucial role.

    In a press release the partners highlight some of the main products they will be making available starting with Tambrite, the flag ship product in the range. It is used in pharmaceutical  food and chocolate packaging.

    The continuous development of Tambrite has resulted in excellent stiffness and bulk attributes, and the board has a good visual appearance and performs well in printing and converting processes including digital printing. In addition, both laser and inkjet coding can be used, as well as Braille embossing and other special finishing effects. In food packaging, Tambrite is the best choice when package robustness plays an important role. Tambrite is also used for folding cartons for chocolate and confectioneries. Thanks to recent product development, Tambrite is now an even more efficient and environmentally friendly choice than ever before!

    BJ Ball will also stock a selected range of Tamfold,  packaging board particularly well suited for food service, such as clamshells used for fast food packaging, since there is no added OBA (optical brightening agents). Tamfold is often chosen for pharmaceutical packaging due to its quality consistency and value for money.

    According to Darron White, general manager packaging, BJ Ball, the agreement brings together two organisations with a strong commitment to sustainability. ‘Consumers want confidence that they are dealing with reputable companies; consistency and a stated commitment is important. This is a significant change in the local availability of an internationally renown product that keeps on delivering,’ he said.