Metsa Board – James Walker, Technical Services Manager and Ball & Doggett – Brad Partington, General Manager – Packaging

Metsa Board - James Walker, Technical Services Manager and Ball & Doggett - Brad Partington, General Manager - Packaging : Day 3 Session 2


Session : Sustainable Packaging – Efficiencies, Technology Innovation supporting the Global Supply Chain

The partnership between Ball & Doggett and Metsa Board is long standing and one we are proud of. Providing the Australian market with high quality boards and supports the sustainable criteria’s brands are seeking to meet.

James Walker and Brad Partington talk on the partnership and global position of the packaging industry. This session is aligned to those that seek to under the supply chain experience within Ball & Doggett.

Showcased as an industry first at Australia’s largest packaging exhibition, APPEX 2024 our stand sat amongst 450 others whilst we delivered a successful four day campaign including twelve live sessions with international and domestic specialists within the packaging supply chain. The ‘Live Experience’ platform focused on driving education, sharing expert insights from across the supply chain that impacts delivery of sustainable packaging into the industry.

As the Australian packaging industry navigates an unprecedented change, these conversations are more relevant than ever.

We know you will find this session insightful and invite you to journey with us and explore each of the live sessions captured for you to enjoy, learn from and share with your network.

Ball & Doggett is proud to partner with APPEX 2024 to deliver this experience for the Australian packaging industry.

With thanks to ecoporium by Ball & Doggett’s media partnership with PKN Packaging News.


James Walker, Technical Services Manager

From Sydney originally, a gravure printer by trade James Walker worked at Anzpac in Australia then moving to work internationally in South East Asia, for the last 10 years. Five of those years in Ho Chi Minh City working for a printing company, before joining the paperboard industry.

Joining Metsa Board, as a Technical Service Manager for the past 4 years is based in Singapore and manages Asia Pacific market, working with customers to assist them in all their technical needs. The priority is to ensure Metsa Group’s high-performance Folding Box Boards are meeting and exceeding their high expectations along with achieving great running efficiencies through printing, converting and filling line processes. Further to this, James is the “Sustainability Ambassador” for this region, helping to promote and explain what “Sustainability” means in terms of Metsä Board and how sustainability can benefit customers.

James is a member of the Australian Institute of Packaging and currently studying a Diploma of Packaging technology through them.

Brad Partington, General Manager, Packaging

With an impressive career spanning over twenty years within the Ball & Doggett’s group, Brad Partington oversees procurement, sales channels for packaging products, and manages significant supply agreements. His accolades include winning the Printing Industries of NSW Future Leaders award in 2013 and being the national runner-up in the same category.

Brad’s adaptability and leadership shine as he navigates various roles within Ball & Doggett, embodying the values of teamwork by relocating his family twice. He leads by example, adhering to the motto “Strive to be YOUR best,” and drives innovation while fostering strong relationships in the packaging and print industries.

His commitment to ethical business practices and genuine desire for everyone’s success form the foundation of his interactions with suppliers, customers, and internal teams. Brad’s dedication and leadership are instrumental in shaping the company’s trajectory.


Hosted by Zaidee Jackson (AAIP), National Business Development Manager – Sustainable Packaging