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BFSV - Consultancy, Research, System Planning, Packaging


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Prof Dr Bernd Sadlowsky (Chief Executive Officer and Director)

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Dipl-Ing Johannes D. Petzoldt (Vice Director)

Dipl-Ing Wolfgang Reimers (Scientific staff member)

Dipl-Ing Sven Tiedemann (Scientific staff member)

Dipl-Ing Kay von Oppel (Scientific staff member)

Dipl-Ing Frank Volkmann (Scientific staff member)


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The BFSV - founded as the Institute for Seaworthy Packaging - has specialised in the provision of technological know-how in the fields of packaging - disposal - recovering - recycling. It provides industry with advice on all aspects of these fields and information on the current state of legislation. Its close links with the Fachhochschule Hamburg offer the opportunity to profit from a pool of additional expert knowledge if needed. Membership - for companies or individuals - permits easy access to the entire knowledge potential of the BFSV at reduced cost. It is the ideal way to ensure competent answers and solutions, even for interdisciplinary problems. The necessary test methods and instruments are provided by or are developed in the attached institute. Industrial projects are often tackled in form of degree thesis work, i.e. with university assistance - an ideal symbiosis of research + practical work + training for the next generation.


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.