As the peak professional body for packaging education & training in Australasia it is paramount that the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) offers professional designations that are internationally recognised and have the ability to raise the profession of packaging technologists and designers across the globe.
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:
• 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
All too often Accessible Packaging is not considered when designing products which in turn leads to unnecessary frustration when opening & closing packs, reading the ingredients and opening instructions on packaging. It is important that Packaging Technologists consider how their packaging design could affect someone’s ability to eat, drink and the flow on of wasting food.
Let’s be truthful about Sustainable Packaging Claims on-pack
With the 2025 National Packaging Targets significantly shifting the packaging design landscape in Australia, a critical element that is coming up short is truthful and accurate environmental claims on-pack. More than ever consumers are demanding brands to be honest about their sustainability journey including the choice of wording and logos on-pack.
Entries now open for PIDA awards 2020
Entries are now open until 14 February for the 2020 Australasian Packaging & Innovation Awards for Australia and New Zealand. The AIP, in conjunction with Packaging New Zealand, have designed the PIDA awards to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field in Australia and New Zealand.
As the peak professional body for packaging education and training in Australasia the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is often asked to simply provide a list of the exact substrates and materials that should be selected for every product on the market to meet the sustainable packaging targets. The answer unfortunately is never that simple.
The AIP is pleased to advise that the Semester 1 intake is now open for 2020 Master of Food & Packaging Innovation with applications closing 30 November 2019. The Master of Food and Packaging Innovation is an inter-disciplinary degree that explores food processing, entrepreneurship and innovation in product and packaging design at an advanced level.
Mindsets have shifted over the last few years and globally consumers are now actively driving brands and their packaging departments to align their Sustainable Packaging Design to incorporate the 5R’s and to redesign with environmental impacts in mind. Packaging Technologists are being asked to re-consider the outcomes of their packaging design all the way across the supply chain.
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP); the peak professional body for packaging education and training in Australasia; is pleased to once again be joining the official partner program for PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2019 (Sept. 23-25, 2019; Las Vegas Convention Centre).
Pierre Pienaar, Education Director for the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and President of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO), recently received an appointment as Professor to the Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. Chengdu is the fourth largest city in China with a population of 17 million and is the capital of Sichuan Province.
Three Australian companies and one New Zealand company have achieved international recognition for their innovative and unique packaging designs in the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards for 2019. The winning companies include Caps and Closures for Precise Pour, ILNAM Estate for 8 Kangaroos, Lactote for POLATOTE and Radix Nutrition for their Foil Packaging Breakfast Pouch and were across three categories, Beverage, Food and Domestic & Household.
On-pack date related label is one of the most direct information carriers used in food industry to communicate specific product attributes with consumers. On one hand, it is regarded as an effective tool which can help consumers to make informed consumption decisions. However, on the other hand, it has been identified as one of the major factors that contributes to the problem of consumer food waste.
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.
Finalists announced for 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards
Finalists have been announced for the 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) which has been designed to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field across Australia and New Zealand.
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has announced the winner of the tenth annual APPMA Scholarship program that entitles one lucky person to receive entry into a Diploma in Packaging Technology valued at $9,000. The winner is Janell Siek who sees that packaging is perhaps the most hard-working component of any product found in the retail space.
The use of life cycle assessment tools for sustainable packaging design
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has created a new training course on ‘The use of Life cycle Assessment Tools for Sustainable Packaging Design’. This is aimed at providing an introduction and learning framework for packaging industry professionals to apply lifecycle thinking to their working contexts and includes an understanding of the reasons why lifecycle thinking is critical.
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.
2019 AIP National Technical Forum Registrations are now open
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) confirms that on the 30th of April all of industry will have the opportunity to attend not one packaging educational event, but three. Starting the day with a Women in Packaging breakfast, followed by the biennial AIP National Technical Forum, then finishing with the gala Australasian Packaging & Innovation Design Awards dinner - this is a must-attend.
WPO Lifetime Achievement Award - Keith Chessell FAIP
The Australian Institute of Packaging is pleased to advise that one of its Life Members Keith Chessell FAIP has been recognised for his significant contribution to the packaging industry over the last 50 years with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Packaging Organisation.
2019 APPMA Scholarship now open: applications close 22 February 2019
The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association, in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Packaging, are pleased to announce that submissions are open 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.
PIDA awards introduce new special award category for accessible packaging design
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and Packaging New Zealand are pleased to introduce a new Accessible Packaging Design category to the annual Packaging Innovation & Design Awards program. The Accessible Packaging Design Special Award is designed to recognise packaging that is accessible, intuitive, easy-to-open and innovative and is in partnership with Arthritis Australia and Arthritis New Zealand.
AIP helps educate Philippines packaging community
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) recently ran 3 new educational seminars on packaging for over 600 people at the inaugural ProPak Philippines trade show. Powered by ProPak Asia, ProPak Philippines was truly the first-of-its-kind food, drink and pharmaceutical focused international trade exhibition for the regions rapidly expanding processing & packaging industries.
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.
Australia & NZ Packaging Innovations recognised in 2019 Worldstar Packaging Awards
Three Australian companies and one New Zealand company have achieved international recognition for their innovative and unique packaging designs in the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards. The winning companies include Caps and Closures for Precise Pour, ILNAM Estate for 8 Kangaroos, Lactote for POLATOTE and Radix Nutrition for their Foil Packaging Breakfast Pouch and were across three categories.
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