PakTech To Start Production In Australia

June 7, 2023, by Media Release

PakTech To Start Production In Australia

PakTech are to start production of their four- and six-pack holders in Australia as part of an ongoing process to increase sustainability.

Their partnership will Visy and will see them able to make 100m recycled packaging handles locally each year.

It represents the latest step in a move within the beer industry to reduce the impact of packaging on the environment. We first reported on Bright Brewery's efforts to set up a collection scheme that would allow for the reuse of PakTech holders in 2021, and other schemes have followed.

In a statement to media this morning (June 7), PakTech CEO Brandon Rogers said: "Establishing an on-the-ground local footprint in the region is incredibly exciting; not only for PakTech, but for our customers and everyone in Australia who cares about sustainability and our impact on the environment."

Once PakTech moves production for the local market to Australia, it will remove the need to import their products from the States, thus reducing the carbon footprint. The introduction of a closed-loop system that would see used PakTech holders fully recycled – as can be found in the US – would see the environmental impact of the products reduced further still.

Read the full media release below.

PakTech, US sustainable packaging producer, brings technology and industry-leading recycled plastics manufacturing to Australia

PakTech, the leading producer of sustainable secondary packaging solutions, has announced its official launch in Australia, through which its technology, manufacturing and products will enable the food, beverage, and consumer goods industries to respond to the growing ESG pressures and consumer demand for sustainable packaging and practices. 

Embracing an entirely circular economy model, PakTech is the leading manufacturer of 100% recycled and recyclable secondary packaging. Later this year, using its proprietary technology, PakTech will have the capacity to manufacture 100 million recycled injection moulded packaging handles for cans, bottles and other containers, annually within Australia. 

Having experienced significant organic growth in Australia in recent years, the company is now establishing an on-the-ground-presence, with a contract manufacturing facility in Victoria and proprietary partnership with Visy. Through it, PakTech will be able to tap burgeoning demand and fulfil its vision: made in Australia, recycled in Australia, and repurposed again into new PakTech products in Australia.

Locally, PakTech’s existing customers include Hawkers Brewery, Billson’s of Beechworth and The Apple Press. Its launch in Australia comes as public demand for sustainable packaging and practices skyrockets. In the US, PakTech counts brewers such as pFriem Brewing, Independence Brewing Co, Sycamore Brewing and CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) companies like Pepsi, KraftHeinz and Johnson & Johnson as customers, and has seen continued strong growth for sustainable multipack products.

Commenting on PakTech’s arrival in Australia, CEO Brandon Rogers said: “Conscious consumerism is flourishing, and pressure from consumers around the world is forcing brands and retailers to rethink their approach to sustainable packaging. Sustainability and the circular economy is no longer a competitive differentiator, it’s an expectation. 

“Australia’s buying habits are very similar to ours in the US. We’ve seen significant organic growth in recent years; and we forecast that will continue in the coming years. Establishing an on-the-ground local footprint in the region is incredibly exciting; not only for PakTech, but for our customers and everyone in Australia who cares about sustainability and our impact on the environment.

“Through our launch in Australia, we’re helping our customers meet not only their customer needs, but also regulatory requirements too. As ESG pressures and the need for transparency increases, many companies are setting internal sustainability goals to meet regulatory mandates or customer or shareholder demands. But rather than setting goals of 25% recycled content by 2025, PakTech enables businesses to use 100% recycled content today. We’re incredibly excited by this potential, and joining an Australian market. There’s work still to be done, but we’re humbled to be able to play our part.”

According to a report from environmental consultancy firm Eunomia Research and Consulting and the European Environmental Bureau, Australia’s recycling rate ranked 21 in a list of 25 developed economies. Its recycling rate of 41.6% is higher than only Finland, France, Hong Kong and the United States.

Australia is yet to mandate legislation, but could follow the lead of other markets like the UK and the US which are in the process of establishing formal legislation regarding the use of plastics. 

PakTech handles are made from 100% recycled HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a Type 2 polyethylene thermoplastic. Since using 100% recycled material, almost one billion milk jugs have been recycled, 120 million pounds of plastics saved from landfills and oceans, and almost 50 acres of land saved from landfill waste by repurposing recycled containers into PakTech products. 

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