WPO and AIPIA to further collaborate on smart packaging
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The WPO (World Packaging Organisation) and AIPIA (The Active & Intelligent Packaging Organisation) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further their collaboration in sharing ideas on smart packaging and the science that underpins it. This will include WPO supporting AIPIA on the technology of material science, which is particularly important in active packaging. In turn AIPIA will support WPO’s agenda of encouraging sustainable and appropriate packaging innovation.
The two organisations have already been cooperating at various events, including ProPak and CPHi exhibitions in Asia, MENA and South Asia, and will endeavour to develop joint agendas wherever possible to further the creation of smart packaging solutions which meet the goals of the global industry and particular market needs.
According to WPO president, Pierre Pienaar, “Both organisations have been aware for some time that we share common goals and objectives and it is a logical next step to formalise these in a constructive and practical way. The two of us have a clear focus on our responsibility to the sector and the way packaging can be a solution, not a problem – as it is so often characterised today. Packaging for good is high on our agendas and we see this collaboration as a way to demonstrate these benefits in a very impactful way.”
Andrew Manly, communications director at AIPIA added, “WPO is the major global packaging organisation and has a strong profile in both the developed and developing world. It is a tremendous boost to the smart packaging sector to be able to join with WPO in promoting these technologies and helping to reinforce the organisation’s agenda on sustainability, innovation and supply chain efficiency. We are particularly delighted to be able to tap into so many talented people, in particular Pierre’s tremendous knowledge of materials science.”
“This agreement adds strength and knowledge to both organisations. We look forward to working with AIPIA and ‘spreading the good word’ about packaging and its benefits across the globe. We also intend to develop joint agendas at each other’s conference wherever possible”, concluded WPO senior vice president marketing and president-elect, Luciana Pellegrino. The MoU WPO AIPIA also aims to encourage the development of a Smart Packaging category in WorldStar Awards, the global packaging competition organized by WPO.