Australia’s biggest range of packaging machines and materials


In 1959 Ian Venus and Brian Hartung set up their first office in a small room at the back of 383 Flinders Lane in Melbourne.

A year later, when Australian import restrictions were lifted, Ian and Brian looked beyond Australia’s shores for supplies. They soon introduced new products such as jute twine from Scotland, brown kraft paper from Austria and water-activated tape from England to the Australian market.

In 1962 the partnership dissolved. Ian Venus retained Venus Hartung & Company while Brian Hartung established a new business and retained the non-packaging agencies.

Later in 1962, Venus Hartung won its first major contract – to supply the Australian government with cellulose tape imported from Austria.

In 1963, Venus Hartung’s first sales manager, Peter Rush, introduced a new concept in packaging tape – self adhesive kraft paper that was also silicone coated. Following this, in 1964, Venus introduced a self adhesive plastic PVC tape. Another Australian first that totally changed the direction of carton sealing in Australia.

By 1965 Venus Hartung had outgrown the 2 floors it occupied in Flinders Lane and built a new warehouse in Abbotsford, an inner Melbourne suburb, and in 1969 the company incorporated to become Venus Hartung Pty Ltd.

Throughout the early 70’s, under the guidance of Sales Director, Frank Trchala, Venus Hartung enjoyed enormous growth in the sales of packaging machinery, heat sealers for polythene bags, filling and unitising equipment, shrink wrap, skin packaging, carton sealing and strapping machines, and shrink and stretch wrappers for loaded pallets.

In 1976 the company diversified into ropes and twines for packaging, mining, fishing, transport and agriculture. Joe Schirrippa, Sales Manager from 1976 to 1993, led these developments, particularly in the area of harvesting twines and by 1985 the company occupied two city blocks with a warehousing and administrative complex that covered 100,000 square feet.

The appointment of Wayne Shearer as Marketing Manager in 1994 began an era when Venus classified its products into 15 distinct categories: Poly Bags, Films, Heat Sealers, Self Adhesive Tapes, Tape Dispensers and Carton Sealers, Strapping, Strapping Machines and Tools, Pallet Wrappers, Netting Products, Hotmelt Glues and Glueguns, Agriculture and Harvesting Twines, Warehouse Equipment and Materials Handling, Rubber Bands ad Ties, Ropes and Twines, Carton Stapling and Net Clipping.

Increasing sophistication in the range of heat sealing, band sealing, laminating, vacuum sealers, skin and shrink packaging equipment continued throughout the 1990s, making Venus Australia’s market leader in heat sealing.

In the 1990’s Venus expanded the range of harvesting products – in particular by introducing big bale twines in 1992 and HDPE netwrap for big round bales in 1993. When Phil Pomeroy joined the sales team in 1995 Venus added more big bale twines, then 3 layer pit covers and Venus stretch silage film.

Venus purchased the current property at 555 Church Street Richmond in 1997. The multi-million dollar project involved extensive re-building and opened in 1999. The 4 level complex covers a city block and has 3 container bays.

The company appointed Tim Venus as Operations Director in 2006. Tim brought with him extensive experience in marketing and sales.

In 2009, our 50th year in business, despite the global financial crisis, sales quickly recovered to 2008 levels and in 2015 Venus achieved the highest yearly sales ever.

Venus Hartung Pty Ltd now heads a group of subsidiaries and affiliates that includes tape manufacturing and printing, and exports to USA, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Kuwait, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Singapore.

Led by Managing Director, Ian Venus and Marketing Manager, Wayne Shearer, Venus Hartung is now Australia’s leading packaging company supplying packaging products to customers nationwide.

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Our Team

We have a friendly and knowledgeable team that can solve your packaging problems.

We have had many years of experience in the packaging industry and experience across every sector including food and food services, agriculture, retail and on-line trade, manufacturing and spare parts, education, health, media & major events, printing and publishing, and warehousing and distribution.

Who are we?


We have an extensive showroom in our inner-city location in Melbourne which showcases all our latest models of packaging machines.

Whilst here, members of our experienced sales team can provide insight and advice on the packaging options available, demonstrate our machines and discuss options for packaging consumables such as film, bags and strapping required.

Many customers come to our showroom with the item they need to package and consider different machines and processes to achieve the most professional and cost effective outcome.

If you are planning a visit to our showroom with have ample car parking in our customer car park in Northcote Street, right under our building.


Our experienced and friendly Service Team provide pre and post sales service and repairs on all of our packaging machines out of our Melbourne headquarters. For larger machines we provide customers with on-site service.

Our technicians have a comprehensive and detailed technical knowledge of our packaging machines. They can provide insights on how to run machines to optimal capacity, helping with trouble-shooting over the phone and in person. The Service Team also stock a range of spare parts of recent and older machines.

We always have in stock a broad range of spare parts for Venus brand heat sealers, shrink packaging machines, pallet wrappers, Venhart strapping machines, and net clipping machines including circuit boards, Teflon strips and heating elements.

Be sure to take note of your packaging machine name, and model number and to ensure the fastest possible processing and despatch time. Most spare parts can be shipped via overnight satchel.

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Venus participates in major packaging exhibitions such as Pacprint and Printex, and agricultural field days throughout Australia.
  • Elmore & District Machinery Field Days, Victoria 4th - 6th October 2022
  • Henty Field Days (N.S.W.) Tues 22 to Thurs 24 September, 2015
  • Venus at Pacprint, Melbourne 2009
  • Venus at Printex, Sydney 2011
  • Venus at Pacprint, Melbourne 2001
  • Venus at Printex, Sydney 2007
  • Venus at Henty Field Days, Sept 2011
  • Venus at Farmworld, Lardner Park 2011
  • Venus at Elmore Field Days October 2007
  • Venus at Yorke Peninsula Field Days 2007
  • Printex 2007, 2011, 2015
  • PacPrint 2009 (NSW), 2013 (Vic), Regular participant since 1980
  • FoodPro 2008
  • Farmworld, Lardner Park 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Elmore and District Machinery Field Days 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Eyre Peninsula Field Days 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
  • Yorke Penninsula Field Days 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
  • AFIA National Fodder Conference 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Agquip, Gunnedah, NSW 16 - 18th August, 2016
  • Eyre Penisula Field Days, Cleve, SA 9 – 11th August, 2016
  • Fine Food Fair Melbourne - Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre 12 – 15th September, 2016,
  • Henty Field Days, Henty, NSW 20 - 22nd September 2016
  • Elmore Field Days, Elmore, VIC 4 - 6th October 2016
  • Australian Fodder Industry (AFIA) National Conference, Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia 29th - 31st July, 2018
  • Eyre Peninsula Field Days, Cleve, South Australia 14 - 16th August, 2018
  • AGQUIP, Gunnedah, New South Wales 21st - 23rd August, 2018
  • Elmore Fodder Festival, Elmore, Victoria August 29th, 2018
  • Elmore Field Days, Elmore, Victoria 2nd - 4th October, 2018
  • AUSPACK Packaging Expo, Melbourne, Victoria 26th - 29th March 2019
  • Farm World, Lardner Park, Victoria 11 - 14th April 2019
  • AGQUIP Field Days, Gunnedah, NSW 20th - 22nd August 2019
  • Yorke Peninsula Field Days 24-26th September 2019
  • South East Field Days, Lucindale, South Australia 18th - 19th March 2022
  • Farm World, Warragul, Victoria 24th - 27th March 2022
  • AFIA Conference, Toowoomba 25th - 27th July 2022
  • Sheepvention, Hamilton Showgrounds, Hamilton 1st - 3rd August 2022
  • Eyre Peninsula Field Days, Cleve, South Australia 9th - 11th August 2022
  • AGQUIP Field Days, Gunnedah, NSW 16th - 18th August 2022
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  • Dynamo Victoria FC

    We are pleased to announce a new Venus Sponsorship of the Dynamo Soccer Team. Established in 2018, Dynamo Victoria FC is a football club based in Melbourne and currently competing in the MCSA league. Born by the love of the game and fuelled by the desire to bring people closer together, Dynamo is an initiative of a multicultural and diverse group of people who gather around the sport.
    The club is focused on fostering inclusion in the community, and bringing together people from all walks of life to be active, have fun and support each other both on and off the field.
    We think that the Dynamo Victoria FC and Venus have much in common and look forward to a long and lasting relationship, and of course, a successful season!

  • Australian Fodder Industry Association

    Venus Packaging is very proud to be a silver sponsor of the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA). We have been associated with AFIA for well over 10 years.

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  • Burwood Briars Cricket Club

    We are proud sponsors of the Burwood Briars Cricket Club in Sydney who after winning 30 Premierships in the past 30 years are considered one of the most successful shires ever.

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