AIPIA, WPO agreement on sustainable and smart packaging

Sign memorandum of understanding to enhance collaboration 

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WPO President Pierre Pienaar (left) and AIPIA communications director Andrew Manly (right) at interpack 2023.

The Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA), and the World Packaging Organization (WPO) 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 organizations have already been cooperating at various events, including  ProPak and CPHi exhibitions in Asia, MENA and South Asia. They will endeavor to develop joint agendas wherever possible to further the creation of smart packaging solutions that meet the goals of the global industry and particular market needs. 

WPO president Pierre Pienaar welcomed the agreement and signing of the MoU, “Both organizations have been aware for some time that we share common goals and objectives and it is a logical next step to formalize 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 characterized 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 organization 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 Organization’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.”

One outcome of the MoU could be the development of a defined WorldStar Award that involves Smart Packaging. “These Awards are the benchmark for global packaging innovation and are recognized as the Oscars of packaging. While some elements of smart packaging are included already in the various categories, we now see innovations appearing everywhere, APAC, MENA, China, South America as well as the more traditional markets of the Americas, Japan, and Europe. So the time is right for a more formalized WorldStar Award, we believe,” continued Manly.

This agreement adds strength and knowledge to both organizations, we look forward to working with AIPIA and ‘spreading the good word’ about packaging and its benefits across the globe,” concluded Pienaar.

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