August 2021 E-Newsletter
International Association of Packaging Research Institutes

Conference Spotlight

What packaging? How much? And when?
Our review of IAPRI’s June Conference concludes with a look at two general-stream papers and one sponsor presentation, all of them offering different perspectives on packaging in the supply chain.

New approaches to old challenges
The second of our reports on inspiring presentations from the June IAPRI online Conference focuses on two very different areas where technology is offering radical alternatives to traditional methodologies.

Alternative routes to paper, research and intelligent packaging
In the first of three selections from the busy June Conference program, we zoom in on wood-free paper alternatives, RFID options for board packaging and new methods for researching household food waste during lockdown


IAPRI Changes from Working Groups to Communities of Practice
IAPRI Board of Directors has changed the IAPRI Operating Policies in the section 6.0 that refers, in the past to the Working Groups to now Communities of Practice (CoP).

IAPRI Seeking Proposals to Host the 2024 World Packaging Conference
The IAPRI Board of Directors is requesting that all members consider the possibility of hosting this World Packaging Conference in their country in 2024.

AMERIPEN Report: Packaging Industry Contributes $537.91 Billion to U.S. Economy
A new study released by AMERIPEN – the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment says that the economic impact of packaging in the USA is roughly equivalent to 2.50 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).



Research News

ISTA is now seeking bids on research project: Distribution Environment Data Collection Project: China
The work sought in this RFP is the creation of a technical report detailing the transport modes, storage, and handling involved in the distribution of CPGs, including last segments, in the representative land routes in China.

European partners research paper and board coatings
A consortium of research organizations, including Materials and Packaging Research & Services at the University of Hasselt (UHasselt), Pack4Food at Ghent University, both in Belgium, and Fraunhofer IVV, Germany, is working with small businesses to develop and assess coatings for paper and board used as food packaging.

Member News

MSU School of Packaging gets $10.8 million donation from Packaging Leader Amcor
Michigan State University just received a $10.8 million gift from Switzerland-based Amcor to fund its School of Packaging. The gift will go towards establishing an Endowed Chair of Packaging Sustainability and support renovations to the School of Packaging building.

CETEA, Brazil, works on intelligent medical packaging
Underlining the critical role that packaging can play in specialized medical applications, a team from Brazil’s CETEA Packaging Technology Center is working on a three-year project to create intelligent and autonomous packaging for human organs awaiting transplant.

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