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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.


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.