WPO´s first meeting of 2013 will be in Sydney (Australia) from May 7-10. The WorldStar ceremony will take place on the evening of May 9. Our hosts, the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), partnered with Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association, are working hard to produce an excellent program, including a technical forum. The second meeting of the year is scheduled to Barcelona (Spain) during the week of November 4, hosted by Graphispack. Members will soon receive more information about both.
Global study on packaging statistics
Johannes Bergmair, Director of the packaging institute in Austria – Österreichisches Forschungsinstitut für Chemie und Technik – a very active member of WPO, will be in charge of a Global Study on Packaging Statistics. The idea is to join the most important statistics on the packaging industry worldwide to be used by WPO and its members as a reference in their daily activities. The numbers will be also valuable to the press. Suggestions on this topic can be sent to Johannes by e-mail Johannes.Bergmair@ofi.at.
Exhbitions and publications on the webpage
As part of the Marketing & Communications activies, the new WPO webpage, that is being created by Kellen Company, will count with two very important instruments to its members: a complete list of packaging exhibitions and packaging magazines around the world. The lists are reponsibility of Soha Atallah, Director of Liban Pack, a WPO member, and Liliam Benzi, PR of WPO and editor of Inside WPO. Members are welcome to send suggestions to both lists. For the exhibitions list, please send information to Soha at firstname.lastname@example.org and for the magazines list to Liliam at email@example.com.
WPO visits Propak Africa
Keith Pearson, General Secretary of WPO, attended Propak Africa to view the latest the industry has to offer in new equipment, machinery, products and services. Together with co-located shows FoodPro, Pro-Plas Africa, Print Expo and Pro-Label Africa, the show took place at the Expo Centre, Nasrec in Johannesburg, from 12-15 March. There were over 525 exhibitors and international representation has increased substantially over the previous show in 2009, demonstrating the confidence the international market has in South Africa. In addition to the Turkey, French, Italian and Taiwan Pavilions, exhibitors are from the UK, USA, India, China, Argentina, Mexico, Korea, Australia, Spain, Belgium, German, Switzerland and individual companies from Turkey, France Italy and Taiwan.