31 MAY 2021 nzherald.co.nz

The Whakatāne Mill will stay open after its owner, SIG Combibloc, agreed to sell to a consortium of investors including Irish paper and packaging tycoon Dermot Smurfit and New Zealand private equity chief Ross George. The consortium is led by Smurfit who, together with his other European consortium members, has extensive experience in owning and operating paper packaging businesses.  Read more

26 MAY 2021 IndustryEdge

Australia’s woodchip exports lifted to 419.7 kbdmt (bone dried metric tonnes) in March 2021, as demand from Chinese pulp mills lifted off the back of very high pulp prices.  Read more

26 MAY 2021 IndustryEdge

If we are not already over it, we are going to have to get used to hearing ‘net zero by 2050’. It may not be current Government policy in Australia, but it is elsewhere. More’s the point, it is the policy of many industry and investor groups, and it’s the one climate change number on which a consensus seems to be emerging.  Read more

26 MAY 2021 IndustryEdge

New Zealand’s recovered paper exports are increasing, along with prices, as the global fibre market recovers.  Read more

21 MAY 2021 Spinnova

Sustainable natural fibre company, Spinnova and the world’s largest wood pulp producer Suzano have launched the construction of their joint venture smart factory in Finland.
The facility, producing SPINNOVA® fibre, is the first step towards¬ the ambition of scaling production volume to one million tonnes annually within ten years. Read more

13 MAY 2021 PKN Packaging

In a triumph for smart packaging, flexo and digital printing, and promotional marketing, Hungry Jack's has launched its biggest ever on-pack promotion – UNO at Hungry Jack's – delivered by a cross-industry collaboration between the fast food chain, Result Group, TLC Marketing, Multi-color Corporation and Detpak. Read more

13 MAY 2021 Packaging News

Paper-based packaging solutions specialist Graphic Packaging International has collaborated with start-up Mergulo, which produces a premium plant-based butter alternative. Read more

12 MAY 2021 Visy newsroom

Visy is proud to partner with Fairgrow in New Zealand to supply packaging for a program that supplies fresh fruit and vegetables to locals in need.  Read more

11 MAY 2021 AFPA

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) says a landmark study into the Black Summer bushfires confirming timber harvesting operations do not increase bushfire severity, and that the biggest factor is climate change, is an opportunity for all sides of the native forestry debate to join together to fight the real threat to our native forests and threatened species.  Read more

11 MAY 2021 Paper Advance

Stora Enso and packaging technology company Pulpex join forces to industrialize the production of eco-friendly paper bottles and containers made from wood fiber pulp. Read more

10 MAY 2021 Packaging News

EcoTensil, established leader in paperboard cutlery in the US, launches AquaDot range of sturdy, plastic-free paper utensils UK and EU. Read more

The acquisition strengthens Cellwood’s offering for pulp and paper bale elevators and conveyor sections of a fibreline, and so complements their Grubbens pulper, Krima Dispersers, Algas fibre separation products. For more details, contact Ross Bradford, PaperSystems T: +61 (0)466 341 497. Read more

07 MAY 2021 Timberbiz

In Australia sawmills have greatly increased production by adding shifts and are running flat out to feed a market ignited by the incredibly successful HomeBuilder scheme.  Read more

29 April 2021 AFPA

The newly installed Chair of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization’s (UN FAO) Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI), Ross Hampton, has made it clear that increasing sustainable forestry and timber industries is key to achieving the global ‘Carbon Neutral by 2050’ goal.  Read more

15 April 2021 PKN

Woolworths’ national rollout of paper shopping bags manufactured by Australian paper packaging converter Detpak is hitting its straps and has seen the creation of 25 new jobs and investment in new machinery at Detpak’s South Australia facility.  Read more

28 April 2021 IndustryEdge

Printing and communication paper prices will rise dramatically in the second half of 2021, with significant increases already locked in. A combination of factors is driving prices higher, with some regions already experiencing sharp increases.   Read more

28 April 2021 IndustryEdge

Australia’s exports of products and goods likely to be packaged in fibre contracted 12.9% by value over the year-ended February 2021. Valued at AUD45.768 billion, the value of these goods exports fell as a result of the pandemic, from AUD52.570 billion. The likely effect was a small decline in the amount of fibre packaging used to export mainly food products to the world.   Read more

28 April 2021 IndustryEdge

A fourth successive month of pulp price rises in the main Chinese market has seen a near 55% rise in market pulp prices to the end of March. The USD100/t rise in the price of Bleached Softwood Kraft (BSK) pulp recorded in March sawn prices at record levels, averaging USD980/t. Further increases are expected to see April prices hit something close to USD1,050/t.   Read more

27 April 2021 Australian Government Press Release

Victoria will soon have the gold standard solution to the problem of mixed waste paper processing thanks to a $24 million joint investment from the Morrison and Andrews governments and a $13 million investment from Visy industries.  Read more

19 April 2021 Paper Advance

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has helped Spanish retail chain Alvaro Moreno to save almost 90 tonnes of plastic per year by switching from plastic to paper shopping, online delivery and gift bags. Read more

14 April 2021 Packaging News

Molson Coors is removing plastic rings and introducing a fully recyclable and sustainable cardboard sleeve for can multipacks for all major brands, including Carling and Coors. Read more

13 April 2021 PKN

Nestle Oceania has switched to recyclable paper packaging supplied by Amcor for its Smarties confectionery range in Australia, upgrading its manufacturing lines to accommodate the material change. Read more

13 April 2021 PapNews

Waste materials from the pulp and paper industry have long been seen as possible fillers for building products like cement, but for years these materials have ended up in the landfill. Now, researchers at UBC Okanagan (University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) are developing guidelines to use this waste for road construction in an environmentally friendly manner. Read more

29 March 2021 PapNews

Cepi, the European association representing the paper industry, has been closely monitoring market developments in reaction to the material waste import ban by the Chinese authorities including paper for recycling, the redirection of global flows of paper for recycling and structural changes in paper consumption and collection during the Covid-19 crisis. Read more

27 March 2021 IndustryEdge

Global pulp prices continued their rocket-paced growth in February, with all indications that March is proving to be similar. In the main Chinese bleached softwood kraft (BSK) market, the average price lifted to USD880/t, fuelled by soft inventories, some supply constraints and solid demand. Read more

27 March 2021 IndustryEdge

The Australian and New Zealand three-month moving average trade price of printing and communication papers* rose 4.3% in January 2021, compared with the prior month. Measured in US dollars, the quarterly average price was USDFob806/t, a rise of USD38/t on the prior month. Read more

27 March 2021 IndustryEdge

The Whakatane Board Mill – owned by SIG Combibloc – will close around the end of June 2020. Approximately 210 people will lose their jobs, after a short search reportedly failed to yield a buyer. Read more

26 March 2021 Timberbiz

The Whakatane Board Mill – owned by SIG Combibloc – will close around the end of June 2020. Approximately 210 people will lose their jobs, after a short search reportedly failed to yield a buyer.  Read more

26 March 2021 Print 21

The embattled printed newspaper industry has been hit by another blow, with the Queensland government axing compulsory newspaper advertising in regional papers by its departments, sending it online instead.  Read more

16 March 2021 Paper Advance

Today, Cepi, in partnership with leading EU media Politico, hosted a high level online discussion on the role of the bioeconomy to achieve the EU Green Deal goals.  Read more

15 March 2021 PulpPaper News.com

Smurfit Kappa has designed a new integrated packaging system following close collaboration with Signify, the world leader in connected LED lighting systems, by designing the BioShift UV-C Chamber Case, used to ship and transport UV-C lights that have significant antibacterial properties, which kill germs and viruses.   Read more

10 March 2021 Print 21

In the last year, global print advocacy group Two Sides engaged 320 organisations who it says were making misleading statements about paper, with 134 of them so far removing such statements from their communications.  Read more

08 March 2021 PKN Packaging News

A recently published Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study by Ramboll has revealed the real environmental impact of single-use packaging versus reusable tableware, finding significant advantages with paper-based single-use products.  Read more

08 March 2021 Paper Advance

The choices you make about your products' eCommerce packaging have implications that travel far beyond their customers' journey.   Read more

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25 FEBRUARY 2021 IndustryEdge

Australia’s exports of recovered paper totalled 1.022 million tonnes in 2020, down just 4.3% compared with 2019. While newsworthy, the really important news in the market is that Indonesia has almost exactly replaced the influence of China for Australian exporters, accounting for 37% of total shipments in 2020 and a blistering 60% in the month of December. Read more

25 FEBRUARY 2021 IndustryEdge

Australia’s total pulp imports lifted a healthy 7.5% (21.4 kt) in 2020, rising to 307.4 kt, just marginally below the annualised peak recorded in mid-2018. Read more

25 FEBRUARY 2021 IndustryEdge

The Australian and New Zealand three-month moving average trade price of printing and communication papers* rose 7.0% in December 2020, compared with the prior month. Measured in US dollars, the monthly average price was USDFob849/t, a rise of USD81/t on the prior month. Read more

25 FEBRUARY 2021 

Economic development and forestry minister Stuart Nash says the proposed closure of Whakatāne mill was a blow to the community, but he still believes the wood industry has a future there. Read more

24 FEBRUARY 2021 PulpPaper News.com

The European kraft paper and paper sack industry has put further efforts into improving its carbon footprint. In only three years, between 2015 and 2018, the carbon intensity of a single paper sack was reduced by 8%. Read more

24 FEBRUARY 2021 BillerudKorsnäs

Through close and enduring collaboration BillerudKorsnäs and Tetra Pak aim to push the figure of renewable material from wood fibre in carton packages towards 100%. Already today the figure is about 70%. New innovations to further increase the sustainability of packages are since long top of the agenda for both companies. Read more


The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has again rejected a recycled report falsely claiming a link between native forestry operations and increased bushfire intensity. Read more

10 FEBRUARY 2021 PKN Packaging News

Skyrocketing shipping costs are impacting board and paper prices, with the nation’s major printable materials suppliers forced to introduce price rises from next month, which will range from three to nine per cent.
The country's two biggest suppliers, Ball & Doggett and Spicers, both say they are unable to absorb the rapidly escalating costs, even with the stronger Aussie dollar. Spicers prices will rise on 1 March, Ball & Doggett on 15 March. Read more

9 FEBRUARY 2021 Paper Advance

Cellulose foam was among six nominees up for the award, all recognised for the development of new technologies and applications in the cellulose fibre industry.

Cellulose foam by Stora Enso is a lightweight wood fiber-based foam material for protective and cushioning material in packaging. This novel, sustainable foam material has been designed to be fully natural and the technology offers a biodegradable alternative to a wide range of products.  Read more

The new infrared camera has been specifically designed by Procemex engineers to integrate seamlessly into the existing Procemex OnePlatform installed base and meet the troubleshooting and machine optimization demands of fast running paper, tissue and board machines.     Read more

8 FEBRUARY 2021 Timberbiz

The manufacturing union representing pulp and paper workers has slammed the Morrison Government for abandoning local workers during the COVID-19 jobs crisis by buying Indonesian paper instead of photocopy paper manufactured locally by Australian Paper in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. Read more

28 JANUARY 2021 IndustryEdge

In part driven by sustainability, global food businesses and brands are increasingly focussed on shifting their packaging to fibre and away from less sustainable offerings. While that is a welcome – some say overdue – direction, the reality is that some grades of fibre packaging, specialty papers and fibre alternatives are already winning increased market share.   Read more

28 JANUARY 2021 IndustryEdge

Australia’s recovered paper exports totalled a stable 88.4 kt in November as shipments to China fell away in preparation for the import ban that commenced on 1st January 2021. Shipments to China plummeted to 8.7 kt (down 71% on the prior month), as those to Indonesia more than doubled to a near record 42 kt for the month. Traders anticipate that exports to Indonesia hit record levels in December, totalling over 50 kt for the first time. Read more

28 JANUARY 2021 IndustryEdge

The Australian and New Zealand three-month moving average trade price of printing and communication papers* rose 2.1% in November 2020, compared with the prior month. Measured in US dollars, the monthly average price was USDFob767/t, the highest monthly average price since July 2019.  Read more

28 JANUARY 2021 PKN Packaging News

Smart packaging with QR codes that link to a product’s coronavirus swab test results are in WHthe spotlight, as New Zealand and China forge their new trade deal.
At a time when Australia’s trade relations with China can at best be described as strained, New Zealand has upgraded its 2008 trade agreement with China, inking a new deal that will now see it have 98 per cent free trade with China once the agreement comes into full effect. Read more

27 JANUARY 2021  PKN Packaging News

Nestle has announced that its popular Smarties range of products will now use recyclable paper packaging moving forward, becoming the first global confectionery brand to make the sustainable switch.  Read more

FRANK-PTI Germany, manufacturer of Quality Testing Instruments has received an order to supply Laboratory Testing Instruments for their new Paper Testing Laboratory at the Australian Manildra Group in Sydney. The delivery and start up will be early 2021. FRANK-PTI is represented in Australasia by UJL Pty Ltd, Melbourne. The delivery will be supported locally by UJL Solutions specialists.  Read more


Professor Gil Garnier, BioPRIA, Monash University has been appointed as one of the judges for the 3rd Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Award. Held every two years since 2016, the award is presented by the International Council of Forests and Paper Association (ICFPA) to recognise excellence in pulp and paper research from around the world, with entries ranging from projects looking at value adding, emissions reduction and innovation.  Read more

22 JANUARY 2021 PRINT 21

Part of one of Australia's biggest print jobs will be put on pause from this week, as supermarket giant Woolworths is halting its catalogue printing for at least 12 weeks in areas where it has higher digital engagement with its customers.  Read more

22 JANUARY 2021 Timberbiz

The World Wildlife Fund seems a little confused over what logging is. Put simply, the WWF seems to have incorrectly lumped timber harvesting and private native forestry as contributing factors of deforestation and degradation. Source: Bruce Mitchell.  Read more


The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has published ‘Australian packaging consumption and recycling data 2018–19’ a new report tracking Australia’s progress towards the 2025 National Packaging Targets (2025 Targets).  Read more


Recycled content is the key component in the creation of a circular economy. It keeps raw materials flowing within the economy longer, reduces the pressure to extract more virgin materials from the earth, and delays their eventual disposal as waste.  Read more

28 OCTOBER 2020 IndustryEdge

Exports of pulp from New Zealand crashed in April, recovered some ground in May and returned to normal in June, as a direct result of the pandemic. Pulp exports had been trending up, and were at two year highs in February 2020 (95 kt), before collapsing to 31 kt in April 2020. On a three-month moving average basis, exports had been trending up since the middle of 2019.  Read more

28 OCTOBER 2020 IndustryEdge

Typically the lowest value of all the printing and communication paper grades, imports of uncoated mechanical paper grades – including newsprint – have been widely varied in recent months. As an example, at 14.3 kt in August 2020, imports were 48% higher than the prior month. But the main interest is in the changing patterns of imports between the sub-grades, which are all able to be substituted for one another, in a wide variety of cases.  Read more

28 OCTOBER 2020 IndustryEdge

We know the pulp and paper industries are significant chemical users, but what chemicals are most important? IndustryEdge has access to a huge amount of data, especially for Australia. If you can help us understand the most important chemicals, we can supply extra data – every month – for you and your business.  Read more

22 OCTOBER 2020 PKN Packaging

Melbourne-based specialty coffee roaster Jasper Coffee has launched a new, plastic-free, single use coffee cup and lid, in what it says is a first in Australia. Jasper Coffee said the cup is 100 per cent recyclable and compostable. The cup uses cardboard with a water-based dispersion barrier produced by Finland-based Kotkamills.  Read more

20 OCTOBER 2020 Resource Recycling

Next year, China is widely expected to close the door completely to recovered fiber imports, a move that has the industry in a cautious state. But Ranjit Singh Baxi of recovered fiber broker J&H Sales International offered some optimistic perspective.  Read more

19 OCTOBER 2020 Timberbiz

The Victorian State Government’s announcements around timber plantations in Eastern Victoria have been described as hollow and doing nothing for security of the local industry.  Read more


The Federal Budget delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg last night has been welcomed by the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) for its significant measures to support jobs, businesses, and manufacturing investment as Australia looks to kickstart the economy.  Read more

7 OCTOBER 2020 PKN Packaging

Nestlé UK is switching its Smarties chocolate bar to a recyclable paper wrapper, moving away from the film wrappers of the past as the company continues its drive towards more eco-friendly packaging.  Read more

2 OCTOBER 2020 PKN Packaging

Carton, glass, and can behemoth Visy achieved record growth in August, driven it says by consumers switching from plastic packaging to carton, aluminium, and glass.
Visy says its sales in August were up by a third on the same month in the previous year, and by 28 per cent over the July figure. The company says it was the highest month-on-month growth since the death of founder Richard Pratt in 2009. Since then the company has been run by his son, Anthony Pratt.  Read more

01 OCTOBER 2020 

NPAT features an ultra-thin pressure-sensing array that fits easily between two rolls. This sensing array captures and displays a clear visual representation of pressure distribution, nip width, and cross width, helping ensure uniformity and limiting machine downtime. With NPAT, operators can instantly see the effects of their adjustments, and keep records of their data to be used as a “gold standard” for aligning the same or similar machines. For more information about NPAT, and to view a short demonstration, visit this link:  Read more

28 SEPTEMBER 2020 IndustryEdge

Chaos at Port Botany, assertion of market power by global shipping companies and ‘disastrous’ container handling conditions in Sydney have been brought to a head with a new series of port congestion surcharges at Australia’s second busiest port. The additional charge was announced by ANL/CMA/CGM, following on from a similar announcement just a day earlier by MSC. But those involved in importing and exporting through Port Botany advise that far from being the first cost escalation associated with the port of Sydney, it is just the latest addition to a situation that is now close to out of control.  Read more

28 SEPTEMBER 2020 IndustryEdge

Global pulp markets appear to be reacting to supply signals, and to continuing pressures on some major economies ahead of others, with the earliest signs of a cyclical upturn in prices evident in the most recent trade activity. The primary emphasis in the pulp market has been on Bleached Softwood Kraft (BSK) where supply-side management continues to be more responsive to current market conditions for the hardwood counterpart. BSK prices in China lifted USD5-10/t in August, with Hawkins Wright reporting there are expectations of further increases in September.  Read more

24 SEPTEMBER 2020 PaperAdvance

Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the United States, is pleased to announce the expansion of its alternative fiber offerings with Monadnock Hemp Envi™ Performance Board. Monadnock.  Read more

21 SEPTEMBER 2020 

Louise Van Tiel, a plant engineer from Oji Fibre Solutions Kinleith was announced winner of the 2020 NZ Section New Speaker Competition. Sixty members attended the event held on the 17th September at the Distinction Hotel Rotorua. This was the first live NZ meeting since Covid.  Read more


Opal, along with other large industrial users of gas, said it welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to restore Australia’s domestic gas supply and market pricing to globally competitive conditions.  Read more

17 SEPTEMBER 2020 BioMarkets Insights

Packaging and paper company Stora Enso has conducted a trial with paperboard company Fiskeby Board to explore possibilities to recycle used paper cups into white-lined chipboard (WLC).  Read more

16 SEPTEMBER 2020 Packaging News

Danish company Lego said it will use paper inside its boxed sets, replacing the current plastic bags containing its ever-popular toy bricks.  Read more


Valmet on Sept. 11, 2020 entered into an agreement to acquire PMP Group in Poland. The enterprise value of the acquisition is approximately EUR 64 million, plus a conditional and capped earn-out component.  Read more


The Victorian Opposition has highlighted Premier Dan Andrews’ sham forestry plan and exposed the so-called “transition to plantations” as just Government spin.  Read more

10 SEPTEMBER 2020 Packaging News UK

DS Smith and Laithwaite’s Wine, the UK’s largest online wine merchant, have joined forces to certify a closed loop recycling system across the two companies’ supply chainsks.  Read more

4 SEPTEMBER 2020 A. Celli

A.CELLI PAPER SPA, main affiliate of ITALIA TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE group, announces the acquisition of PMT ITALIA - PAPER MACHINERY TECHNOLOGY, a company operating in the production of machinery for tissue and paper industry.  Read more

2 SEPTEMBER 2020 ABC South East SA

A South Australian regional timber processor has warned thousands of tonnes of softwood resource are bypassing mills and heading to China, despite long-term shortages facing some businesses.  Read more

30 SEPTEMBER 2020 Scandinavian Electronics

The new L&W Autoline automated paper testing system and L&W Laboratory Measurement System (LMS) were recently launched worldwide. L&W Autoline is the latest in a long line of almost 50 years of automatic paper testing systems. It is the fastest and most reliable automated paper testing system on the market and allows optimisation of quality control and minimisation of operational costs for all papermaking operations. Visit: Scandinavian Electronics (SE)  Read more


Stora Enso has placed an order for Procemex OnePlatform Web Monitoring & Web Inspection Systems for Oulu BM7-line. This delivery continues a decade long collaboration with Stora Enso Oulu mill. Procemex has brought imaging technology to many Stora Enso’s paper-, board- or coating machines, says Jari Keränen, Sales Director of Procemex. Vist UJL

26 AUGUST 2020 IndustryEdge

The Appita and IndustryEdge webinar series focussed on local, Asian and global pulp and paper markets continues to deliver insights. The second webinar, featuring a detailed interview from inside the Chinese paper market, heard more on China’s move to supply its ever growing internal demand for paper and paperboard.  Read more

26 AUGUST 2020 IndustryEdge

Australia exported 1.053 million tonnes of recovered paper in 2019-20, a fall of 4.8% on the prior year. In a year in which the market was torched, the total value of exports fell a huge 27.7% to be valued at AUD172.4M. The only grade that held up was the ‘Unsorted’ or ‘Mixed’ grade which saw exports lift 19.5% to 443.0 kt, accounting for more than 42% of the total, up from 33.5% the prior year. The asymmetry of the Unsorted grade, compared with the other three grades has never been more evident.  Read more

25 AUGUST 2020 IndustryEdge

Australia’s apparent consumption of virgin fibre pulp fell 12.4% in 2019-20, according to our latest analysis. Driven lower by the closure of Norske Skog’s Albury mill in late 2019, total virgin pulp consumption fell to 1.581 million tonnes, the lowest level in a decade. Although most of the impact was on mechanical pulp (-45.2% on 2018-19), chemical pulp consumption was also 2.1% lower.  Read more

25 AUGUST 2020 PulpPaper News

Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany have developed a new sustainable method of extracting the flavoring agent vanillin from lignin, a component of wood. Large quantities of waste lignin accumulate during the production of pulp, an important raw material for making paper.  Read more


The Bob Brown Foundation’s legal action against Tasmania’s sustainable forest industries is just the latest callous attack on forestry workers from the extremist activist group and threatens vital regional jobs in an essential industry at a time when Australia can least afford it, AFPA CEO Mr Ross Hampton said today.  Read more

18 AUGUST 2020 Packaging News UK

Heineken UK is rolling out its 100% plastic-free cardboard topper across thousands of UK retailers, replacing plastic rings.  Read more

17 AUGUST 2020 Timberbiz

Wodonga-based national transport company SCT Logistics will transport millions of tonnes of plantation timber burnt in NSW during the summer bushfires that would otherwise go to waste, thanks to support from the Victorian Government.  Read more

17 AUGUST 2020 Paper Advance

Daio will rebuild an existing paper machine into a facility that produces roll pulp for conversion into fluff pulp (*), one of the main raw materials in the production of absorbent hygiene products such as disposable diapers. The production facility is located at Daio’s Mishima Mill (Shikokuchuo City, Ehime Prefecture). Read more

17 AUGUST 2020 Paper Advance

‘Chichibu Mayu’ means ‘cocoon-shaped marshmallow’ in Japanese and is the name of the world’s first forest-born sweets to achieve SGEC/PEFC certification. The forest sweets are made from the sap of maple trees grown in the SGEC/PEFC-certified municipal forests of Chichibu in Saitama, Japan. Chichibu Mayu resembles a fluffy marshmallow, and can be eaten by itself, dipped into coffee or melted on bread. Read more

14 AUGUST 2020 ABC News

The Boyer paper mill has seen a major drop in sales because of a decline in advertising during the coronavirus pandemic. Staff at Boyer have been stood down for two weeks on JobKeeper. There are fears glossy magazine closures could have an indirect impact on the Boyer mill  Read more

14 AUGUST 2020 Print 21

Supermarket giant Coles is copping a widespread lashing for its decision to dump printed catalogues in favour of an online version, stopping Australia’s biggest print job, with critics hitting out at both the marketing and environmental rationales.  Read more

29 JULY 2020 IndustryEdge

At a headline level, news of the expansion of the Australian manufacturing sector will always be well received. It is good news, but it is also patchy news, because as we well know, not all sectors are faring as well as others.

The Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australia PMI®) lifted 9.9 points in May, to reach 51.5 points, meaning the sector recovered somewhat from the disastrous performance in April. The PMI is a diffusion index, with any result above 50.0 meaning a sector expanded and any result below it, meaning it contracted. The further away from 50.0, the bigger the expansion or contraction.  Read more

29 JULY 2020 IndustryEdge

Probably the world’s greatest dairy products exporter, New Zealand is inevitably a massive user of fibre packaging, including industrial sacks and bags. Like other forms of fibre packaging, New Zealand is largely self-sufficient in this sector, with imports playing a supporting role.  Read more

29 JULY 2020 Print21

Australia must embrace a new era of innovation and economic reform to rebound from recession and fix an inefficient economy, according to a new report published this week.  Read more

22 JULY 2020 AFPA

The blockade by timber trucks of Bunnings’ Traralgon store and a promise by timber workers to undertake more of the same, should cause Bunnings management to reconsider its short-sighted decision to close its doors on Victorian hardwood timber and the thousands who work in Victorian native forest industries, according to the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA).  Read more


Scorecards to help manufacturers make responsible decisions could be the next big thing to hit packaging.

The packaging industry hasn’t maintained a great image during the pandemic, with images of streets littered with plastic gloves and masks in the headlines. But the paper and fibre industry has been busy behind the scenes: the first paper-based spirits bottle was announced, to be launched in 2021, as well as a recyclable, home-compostable food tray made of natural wood fibres, that won the bio-based Material of the Year 2020 Award. acquisitions by an Australian owned business in Australian business history. Mr Pratt said “manufacturing has never been more important to Australia’s future.”  Read more

17 JULY 2020 Visy News

Sustainable packaging options have never been in greater demand as growers, retailers and consumers all increasingly look for fresh thinking on environmentally friendly solutions.

Visy’s innovative fibre punnets can be made from FSC® (FSC® - C008345) certified fibre, allowing customers to use the FSC® logo and provide a clear signal of the packaging’s sustainability credentials to consumers. The fibre packaging shape and format also allows for maximised branding opportunities and increased consumer engagement.   Read more

16 JULY 2020 Visy

Visy Executive Chairman, Anthony Pratt announced today that Visy had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Australian and New Zealand glass manufacturing business of Owens Illinois (O-I) in a deal worth almost A$1 billion.

The deal, which is expected to be completed by the end of July, is one of the biggest manufacturing acquisitions by an Australian owned business in Australian business history. Mr Pratt said “manufacturing has never been more important to Australia’s future.”  Read more

14 JULY 2020 PKN Packaging News

Alcohol giant Diageo has partnered with Pilot Lite to launch Pulpex Limited – a sustainable packaging technology company – and will release the first 100 per cent plastic free, paper-based spirits bottle for its Johnnie Walker Black Label scotch whisky. Read more