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Belgium Packaging Institute

Address

Research Park
Kranenberg 10
1731 Zellik
BELGIUM

Contact

Marleen Calcoen/Maxence Wittebolle (Director/General Director)

Telephone

+32 2 464 02 10

Fax

+32 2 464 02 39

Web

Created in 1954, the BPI is a service centre with as main objectif to render assistance to manufacturers, transformers, distributers and consumers of all kind of packages.

Concretely this assistance counts four basic areas : education, information & documentation, technical help and quality testing of packages in various environments by means of our packaging laboratory and research and development.

The BPI is a neutral and objectif organism that is recognized by the Ministry for the execution of several quality controls of packaging materials and packages.

The administration of the BPI is entrust to a Board in which the representatifs of the professional federations and the different public authorities are seated.

Nevertheless the BPI is an autonomous organism that creates here own resources to finance here activities.

As a service centre the BPI is open to everyone. Every solicitude regarding packages is also that of the BPI.

Nevertheless, the BPI works also with a membership system. At the moment nearly 200 companies are member of the BPI, receiving many benefits including cost reduction for testing, training programmes etc ...

The speciality of the BPI covers services under the following headings:

  • Information and documentation
  • Training: specialized courses and seminars, in company trainings.
  • Testing: The packaging laboratory of the BPI build up a many years' specialised experience regarding testing of packaging materials and packages. All our testings are performed following the official standards and testing procedures.

The packaging laboratory is active in mainly six areas:

  • physico-chemical tests on packaging material and packages
  • testing of packages for dangerous goods
  • (flexible) intermediate bulk containers
  • consumer food packaging
  • quality control
  • consultancy

Research and development

The BPI participates regularly at research and development programmes usually issued by the European Commission. These programmes concerns all kind of examination projects in the field of packaging, training programmes, diagnoses, etc.

Events

Academia meets industry in China at the IAPRI 2018 World Packaging Conference

IAPRI’s June Conference was successful on many levels, but may also be remembered as the first event to feature a trial Academia Meets Industry session.

As the name suggests, the aim is to bridge the gap between industry’s needs and the research capabilities of IAPRI member organizations and university departments. “The central idea is to create an opportunity to encourage collaboration,” says co-organizer of the session, Yves Wyser of Nestlé Research Center.

An audience of around 30 heard three five-minute presentations. Two of these were from academia, seeking industry partners to take their projects a step further. Dan Xu of Southwest University, Chongqing, China, talked about nanomaterial applications in food packaging, and Cristina Guzman of UDEM, Mexico, presented on the characterization of Mexican roads.

Frank Zeng of York Colour, Jinjian, China, reciprocated by outlining his company’s needs regarding cost-effective light barrier in beverage packaging.

Helping to coordinate the new event were Jun Wang of Jiangnan University, China, and Tamal Ghosh of Omya Singapore. The idea had been proposed in previous years, but has only now come to fruition.

“Attendees welcomed the initiative, which will be pursued at future IAPRI events,” says Wyser. Format and frequency are still being discussed, he adds. Suggestions can be addressed to the organizers via Secretary General Ed Church: sg@iapri.org

Latest News

IAPRI PepsiCo Student Exchange Scholarship for Research

The IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarship for the 2018-’19 academic year has been awarded to Wanjun Chu of Linköping University, Sweden, for his proposal to investigate the influence of on-pack information on consumers’ food waste behavior.

He says he is “excited and grateful” to have this opportunity, and plans to spend time at Karlstad University, also in Sweden, and RMIT University, Australia. The Scholarship, worth $7,000, is generously sponsored by PepsiCo.

In his video presentation, pitched to an IAPRI judging panel during the Zhuhai Conference, he pointed out that there was an urgent need to develop improved understanding of how packaging attributes affect behavior around food waste in different contexts. The proposal is to focus on date-related on-pack information on dairy products. As he notes, studies have shown that the date label triggers as much as a third of avoidable household food waste in the UK.

One concern is that products which have been correctly stored are thrown away, even though perfectly edible, simply because the ‘best before’ date (but not the ‘use by’ date) has expired. Wanjun Chu first plans to interview experienced design masters students at Linköping for feedback on methodology. At Karlstad and RMIT, the aim is to recruit around 10 households in each location and spend three or four months assessing the impact of date information on behavior and exploring possible adjustments to on-pack design.

Design options could include a calendar-style visualization of ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates or a QR code link to a webpage with more detailed information on storage and shelf-life.

Activity Theory will be used to interpret collected data. A design ethnography approach will be applied in order to address challenges of accurate self-reporting and motivation among consumers.