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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Address

PO Box 1000 FL-02044 VTT

Contact

Mika Vähä-Nissi (Research Team Leader, Surface Treatments)

Other staff

Ali Harlin (Research Professor, Biomaterials)

Jonas Hartman (Key Account Manager, Chemistry)

Raimo Korhonen (Head of Research Area, Printed functionality)

Jouni Lattu (Key Account Manager, Packaging)

Tuomas Mustonen (Vice President, Customer Solutions)

Pia Qvintus (Research Team Leader, Fibre Products)

Maria Smolander (Research Team Leader, Printed Sensors)

Telephone

+358 20722 6191

Fax

+358 20722 7026

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is the biggest contract research organisation in Northern Europe. VTT provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services. From its wide knowledge base, VTT can combine different technologies, create new innovations and a substantial range of world class technologies and applied research services thus improving its clients' competitiveness and competence. Through its international scientific and technology network, VTT can produce information, upgrade technology knowledge, create business intelligence and value added to its stakeholders. VTT has extensive expertise in packaging technologies including engineering of novel fibre-based and other biomaterials. Research is targeted to competitive products and solutions for the paper, chemical and packaging industries. Special emphasis is to combine developed functional systems with novel printing and coating technologies. VTT is experienced in food/package interactions, packaging processes and food contact materials. Packaging solutions are developed by thorough understanding of the food product behaviour during storage and distribution. Research areas: --Functional packages --Novel renewable materials: biopolymers, fibre-based materials --Coating and surface modification --Printing --Printed optics, electronics and diagnostic packaging systems --Cost management --Optimised packaging processes for food

Events

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.