With 2018 nearing an end it is time to reflect on what was one of the most successful and actionpacked year the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has ever had in its 55 year history. We started the year by hosting the 2018 AIP National Conference, 2018 Packaging Innovation & Design Awards, 2018 WorldStar Packaging Awards, the 100th World Packaging Organisation Board Meeting and the inaugural Women in Industry Forum and we just kept going for the rest of the year. We have tried to highlight some of the key events and initiatives that the AIP undertook this year in this our final newsletter for 2018.
Please don’t forget the submissions are now open for the 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards and the 2019 Scholarships; we encourage all of you to enter as many categories as you can. Our Awards program is the exclusive entry point for the prestigious international WorldStar Packaging Awards for Australia and New Zealand. I would also like to remind you that the biennial AIP National Technical Forum is now moving to be held on the same day as the annual Packaging Innovation & Design (PIDA) Awards and will be designed to focus on showcasing best-practice and award-winning Save Food & Sustainable Packaging Designs and Innovative packaging across Food, Beverage, Pharmaceutical and Domestic Household.
The AIP National Technical Forum has been running for over two decades and brings together packaging technologists, designers, sales and marketing people from all industries to better understand technical side of packaging design. The event will allow attendees the opportunity to be inspired by what other companies are already developing in key industries and markets. Walk away with new ideas and inspiration for your next packaging project. Please make sure that you mark the 30th of April in to your calendar for the 2019 AIP National Technical Forum, 2019 Women in Industry Forum and 2019 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards that will be held at the SOFITEL Wentworth Sydney, New South Wales.
I would also like to take this opportunity to personally thank the AIP National Board, the regional volunteers, committees, working groups, Members, National Partners and Sponsors who have contributed to the amazing year we have had; without you our Institute would not be possible. On behalf of the AIP National Board may you and your family have a wonderful holiday season, be safe and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events in 2019.
Dr Carol Kilcullen-Lawrence Phd, FAIP, CPP
Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP)