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International association of packaging research institutes



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Keith Pearson (General Secretary)


+27 (825) 757 235 (South Africa)

The World Packaging Organisation - WPO was founded 1968, and it portrays a story of success as the organisation remains relevant and useful in an ever changing environment. The vision of WPO is “Better quality of life, through better packaging for more people”. This vision fully covers the global initiative of sustainable development and supports the realities associated with the “Packaging revolution” that is sweeping many of the developing countries around the world. WPO’s mission is to encourage the development of packaging technology, science and engineering; To contribute to the development of international trade and stimulate and implement education and training in packaging. Supporting the establishment of packaging organisations, and together with our partners, offer ongoing support to these new entities.

WPO operates a dynamic website and an electronic newsletter which provide up to date news, market and technical information. Positional papers are published to communicate WPO perspectives on subjects such as, Market Development, International Trade, Food Security, Traceability, Health and Sustainability. It is the intention of WPO to be a reference regarding matters related to packaging.

WPO engages in training, promotion, innovation, development and networking in packaging, with a special emphasis on developing countries. Through these efforts, WPO strives to assist in the development of the global packaging community, and its recognition. WPO activities support globalisation and the opportunities to export packaging and packaged products to the global market. WPO assists national institutes with training programmes designed to assist developing countries acquire up to date information required to modernize their economies and elevate their own level of packaging expertise to global standards and provide the necessary packaging knowledge and support to ensure sustainable global standards are achieved.

Every year, WPO organises the internationally acclaimed WorldStar Awards,, which illustrate the continual advancement of the state of the packaging art, thereby creating a standard of international packaging excellence from which others may learn. The program offers the opportunity for companies to be recognized and rewarded for outstanding design and innovation achievements. The judges’ criteria include functional innovation in protection, handling, information, design, appeal, quality, economy and environmental compatibility. All packages which have already won recognition in recognised a national and/or regional competition are eligible to enter WorldStar.

WorldStar Student awards seeks to stimulate packaging design and innovation amongst young people, providing an insight into the opportunities to be discovered in the packaging industry and hopefully encourage these young people to become part of the excitement of creating new packaging concepts on an ongoing basis. This awards programme is held each year. WPO work is carried out jointly by members and other partners. Strategic partners of WPO include ITC, the International Trade Centre and IPPO, the International Packaging Press Organisation.


IAPRI 2017 -Call for papers opens

The 28th IAPRI Symposium is taking place between the 9-12 May 2017 in Lausanne, Switzerland. it is hosted jointly by Vaud University of Applied Sciences and Nestec. For details for the Call for Papers please click here.

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