Two major packaging companies in Australia and New Zealand have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, under which they will share knowledge, support research, address sustainability issues and solve common problems for consumer packaging and the packaging supply chain. The Australian Packing Covenant Organisation (ACPO) and the Packaging Council of New Zealand (PAC.NZ) signed the agreement at the Packaging and Processing Innovation Design Awards in Sydney in early March.

APCO CEO Trish Hyde said that the Memorandum of Understanding was a significant step forward for the two companies.

“Both our organisations are working towards common goals and objectives, and this agreement allows us to take a Trans-Tasman approach and strengthen partnerships, embrace innovation and better support our members,” she said.

Harry Burkhardt, President of PAC.NZ, agreed, saying that it was vital that packaging companies across Australia and New Zealand work together.

“We look forward to collaboratively working towards a seamless integration between initiatives, which are adopted by members of the Australian Packaging Covenant being applied in the New Zealand context.”