World Packaging Organization (WPO, members, representing 20 countries, will participate in the 100th WPO Board Meeting, scheduled May 1st. The week long event alos includes WPO Working Groups – Education, Marketing and Sustainability – joining to discuss the ongoing projects and propose new actions in the subsequent Board Meeting.

Active WPO member, Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP,, is hosting the program, which includes 2018 WorldStar Packaging Awards ceremony. On May 2nd, a Gala Dinner will take place to announce both WorldStar and 2018 PIDA Awards´ winners, the local packaging competition open for packaging projects from Australia and New Zealand.

The week will end with 2018 AIP National Conference (May 2-3). Only held every two years, the 2018 conference will have 56 speakers from 19 countries over two days. Focused on packaging designers, technologists, engineers, sales and marketing people, the biennial AIP National Conference is the largest packaging and processing conference of its kind in Australia and New Zealand. Run by industry for industry the Conference has been leading the way in professional and personal development for decades and is a part of the annual Packaging & Processing Week. 

In 2018, the AIP National Conference is offering some unique programs and initiatives outside of the two-days educational program. These include all WPO activities and PKN Packaging News Women in Industry Breakfast Forum. Other activities will be a Fundamentals of Packaging Technology interactive residential training session, by WPO member in USA, IoPP (Institute of Packaging Professionals), and five international editors from the International Packaging Press Organisation (IPPO) as guest speakers during the two days.

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