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    WPO Board Meeting Report - Dusseldorf May 2017

    • Australian Institute of Packaging
    Europe, Germany, Australia, Eating, Drinking, Food, Active, Smart Packaging, Sustainable Packaging, Packing Machinery, Product Development Services, Design, Shows, Associations, Media, Packaging Trade Shows, Events, Packaging Awards, General Business Services, Educational, Training Services

    What another memorable occasion for the Australian Institute of Packaging which was represented at this WPO Board meeting and WorldStars presentation by Pierre Pienaar. Not only are these meetings of value to the greater packaging industry in Australia but globally.

    There is lots of networking happening and it is always interesting and encouraging to renew old acquaintances and meet new member countries attending these meetings from around the world. May I take this opportunity to thank the AIP Board for opportunity to represent Australia at the Dusseldorf meetings.

    These sessions were attended by Argentina, Austria, Australia, Brazil, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Ukraine and USA.

    Australia continues to be well regarded at these meetings where our opinion is sought as we are represented on a number of sub-committees, e.g. Education, Strategy, Marketing, Sustainability and Save Food.

    The WPO continues to be financially sound with education portfolio taking a priority in relation to funds for training being spent in developing countries.


    This remains a key area of Marketing for the WPO. All member countries are encouraged to become directly involved in promoting and encouraging entries from one’s own country. The WorldStar Competition is one of the major events of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) and is the pre-eminent international award in packaging.

    WorldStar illustrates the continual advancement of the state of packaging design and technology and creates a living standard of international packaging excellence from which others may learn. The WorldStar Competition is the main revenue source for WPO and its success is an important component in financing our global packaging training programmes. This year there were 292 entries, Sustainability 34 entries, Marketing 17 entries and Packaging that Saves Food 12 Entries.

    An emphasis is always to grow the WorldStar sales and global influence. In an effort to grow the categories, the following was discussed:

    • Packaging Material and labels would be introduced in 2018.

    • Packaging machinery and process for future consideration. The Board believed it would be very difficult to judge and the machinery manufacturers did not recognise the award. IOM3 would undertake more research on this category.

    WorldStars Student Awards

    The WorldStar Student Awards, promoted by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO), is an international packaging design competition for students – undergraduate or graduate – from countries around the world who are involved in projects in the field of packaging – structural design and/or graphic design.

    Through publicity of WPO’s global publications, student winners are provided with the opportunity to gain professional acknowledgement and entrance into a career as a packaging professional. The winner announced in Dusseldorf was Jacky Tien, from China.


    • WPO Recognition and endorsement of Packaging Education and Training.

    • On-line internet based training.

    • Various members of WPO use different forms of online internet based training.

    • The WPO global accreditation program, Certified Packaging Professional.

    • (CPP) continues to grow, globally and in Australia it has really gone from strength to strength.

    The Short course based approach of the WPO will continue to build the capacity of member organisations whilst providing a good educational experience for attendees, and focus will be on:

    • Asia.

    • Africa.

    • Eastern Europe.

    • Central Americas.

    • South America.

    The flagship of the WPO Education program, the Residential Training Program continues to show the strength of the WPO across the globe. This year training has already been in Iran, Indonesia, Nigeria and the coming months it will take place in Kenya, Vietnem, China and Italy.

    The WPO has commenced a Train the Trainer Program. The regions targeted are:

    (A) Africa, Madagascar, Seychelles, Maldives.

    (B) South/East Asia (Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand).

    (C) Eastern Europe/sub-Continent (e.g. Croatia, Turkey, Iran, Hungary, Czech Rep, Bangladesh).

    (D) Western Europe.

    (E) South America.


    All member countries have received their membership certificates and are encouraged to display these at meetings, seminars, conferences, congresses, or any place where recognition can be gained.

    WPO News: the AIP was congratulated on being so organised in supplying news on a regular basis. They continue to always look for articles of interest and news items.

    Linkedin membership to WPO Linkedin has grown to over 3000 and members are encouraged to join up, as it remains a good way of keeping in contact and spreading information on WPO.


    Dr Johannes Bergmair reported on the Packaging that Saves Food Exhibition at Interpack 2017. There were 15 WPO members and two WPO Regional members exhibiting:Australia, Brazil, Croatia, Czechia, India, Hungary, APO, Austria, Finland, The Netherlands, Mexico, India, Iran, Germany, South Africa, Spain, Lebanon/ Morocco/Egypt/Tunisia. It was important to try and keep the exhibition intact for future use. Also important was that if information is used from the Save Food Exhibition, that the Interpack name receives attribution as a source.


    WPO is becoming more involved in countries across the globe, great education opportunities exist more now than ever before, Marketing is really putting the name out in the open across all continents. Financially sound with good leadership into the future. The AIP has become an important player on this world stage where our opinion, ideas and advice constantly sought.

    WPO should establish a facility to manage International Packaging Congresses around the world. This World Packaging Congress would be a WPO branded initiative. The website requires updating, should be interactive and have a facility for administration by means of a password, this will make it easy to update.

    Lifetime Achievement Award, there had been 11 entries and four recipients were chosen by the judges. They are: Sergio Haberfeld, Brazil; Søren Østergaard, Denmark; Dharmatilake Ratnayake, Sri Lanka and Anne Emblem, UK.


    The President, Tom Schneider informed the meeting that the WPO Executive had received one nomination for the position of WPO President for 2018-2020. The person nominated was Mr. Pierre Pienaar and the board unanimously accepted the nomination and voted in favour of appointing Pierre Pienaar as the next WPO President.

    By Pierre Pienaar, FAIP, CPP

    See also

    Winners announced for 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards

    The winners of the 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) for Australia and New Zealand were announced at a gala dinner on the 30th of April at the SOFITEL Wentworth, Sydney. The PIDA Awards are the exclusive feeder program for the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards run by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) with the 2019 PIDA winners automatically eligible for entry into the 2020 international competition.

    AIP announces finalists for 2019 AOONA scholarship

    The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), are pleased to announce that there are three finalists for the tenth annual Scholarship program which will enable one lucky packaging technologist, designer or engineer in Australia the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of $9,000. The Diploma in Packaging Technology is a Level 5 qualification which is internationally recognised.

    One of the core objectives of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is to ensure that individuals are recognised for their significant contributions to the packaging industry. Dr Carol Kilcullen-Lawrence PhD, FAIP, CPP, National President of the AIP had the opportunity at the gala awards night on the 2 May to present five AIP Special Awards. The AIP Special Awards are not given often and are designed to recognise inspirational individuals who have contributed significantly to the packaging industry over many years.

    2019 Packaging New Zealand Scholarship now open

    Packaging New Zealand are pleased to announce that entries are now open for their annual Scholarship program for 2019. The annual Packaging Scholarship enables one lucky packaging technologist, designer or engineer in New Zealand the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of $9,000. The Diploma of Packaging Technology is offered through the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP); the peak professional body for packaging education and training in Australasia.

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