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Belgium Packaging Institute


Research Park
Kranenberg 10
1731 Zellik


Marleen Calcoen/Maxence Wittebolle (Director/General Director)


+32 2 464 02 10


+32 2 464 02 39


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.


World Conference on Packaging 2018

The 21st IAPRI World Conference on Packaging will take place between 19-22 June in Zhuhai, China. It is hosted by Jinan University and Hunan University of Technology. Delegates and presenters at IAPRI events are used to finding themselves in impressive settings, and the Zhuhai Conference promises to be no exception, both in terms of the event venue itself and the locations for the social program.

 Meanwhile, huge progress has been made by the International Scientific Committee in refining the final program. Zhi-Wei Wang is professor and assistant president at JNU as well as being Conference chair. He explains: “Of the 207 abstracts approved for the general stream, 122 are accepted as oral presentations and 85 as poster presentations. In the peer review stream, 22 full papers were accepted for review. According to Dave Shires of Packaging Technology and Science, the review process for the peer review stream will be completed by April.”

The seven keynote speakers kicking off proceedings will be just the first of many highpoints over the four days of the event. A floating Official Dinner on the Wednesday will see former IAPRI President Thomas Goedecke being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Presentations from contenders for IAPRI’s Student Exchange Scholarship (generously sponsored by PepsiCo) will be staged on the Thursday.

 Regarding social activities, Zhi-Wei Wang says: “We plan to host the Official Dinner as a banquet in a ship-like restaurant off the coast, with local artistic performances. The view there is very beautiful, both of the sea itself and the newly-built Zhuhai Opera House.” Former IAPRI president Thomas Goedecke, of BAM, Germany, will be present at the onboard banquet to receive his Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his huge contribution both professionally and within IAPRI over the years.

In contrast to the Official Dinner, the Social Dinner will take place on the outskirts of Zhuhai, in “a place with a strong flavor of the countryside,” says Zhi-Wei Wang.

Three Working Group (WG) meetings will take place on the afternoon of the final day, after the IAPRI General Meeting, starting with the Packaging and Consumers WG and then with the Distribution Packaging and Sustainable Packaging

For more information and to register for the conference please click here

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IAPRI PepsiCo Student Exchange Scholarship for Research

IAPRI is pleased to announce that PepsiCo is sponsoring the 2018-2019 IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarship.

PepsiCo had stated this in support of the Scholarship: 'We believe this scholarship will provide a deserving student the critical skills and research experience in the field of packaging, needed for a successful career in a packaging or a consumer products company.'

The scholarship is $7,000 and 6 months with the objective of graduate students travel to a member organisation to undertake research that will enhance their work. The applications are in and video presentations will be made at the Confernce in China, then attending members will vote to select the scholarship winner.