Approval for the European Packaging Institute
Reaching beyond the circle of experts, the foundation of the European
Packaging Institute (EPI) gained attention and met with general approval.
During their participation in 20 international courses organised and carried
out by the German Packaging Institute (Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut e.
V. (DVI) and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Leipzig together with
the Duales System Deutschland AG (DSD AG) and other partners, the foundation
of the institute was welcomed by packaging experts as well as leading
scientists and managers. At the same time by statements made during the
courses, the participants argued in favour of the inclusion of the representatives
of their countries into the systematic co-operation between the European
Packaging Institutes and Associations.
The special courses for university professors from 6 countries, which
took place in summer 2001, particularly underlined the meaning of European
co-operation as far as the development of professorships in the field
of packaging is concerned, as well as the need for lectures on basic knowledge
and special fields of packaging in technical and economical studies.
16 countries have already expressed their approval for the tasks and targets
which have been laid down in the statutes of the EPI.
During 2001, 9 institutes and associations have already confirmed the
membership of the EPI. 20 countries have already requested the Institute's
first newsletter which was published in English and German under the title
of "Reports, News, Notifications".
International Symposium on "Commodity Science in Global Quality
From 2nd to 8th of September, the International Society of Commodity
Science and Technology (IGWT) carried out it's 13th symposium on commodity
science and technology at the University of Maribor, Slovenia. The conference's
committee put seven complex topics on the general agenda "Global
prospects of commodity science - products, technology, quality and environment".
Apart from key and general technologies, the general aspects of quality
and quality management and questions concerning sustainable development
and environmental management, as well as those relating to packaging were
specially focussed. At the symposium, the German and European Packaging
Institutes were represented by Prof. Dr. Dr. G. Grundke (Leipzig), who
was also a member of the international committee and had lectured on "The
Packaging of the Future and the Role of the Commodity Science Global prospects
of commodity science and the role of the commodity science" at the
first plenary session.
As a result of the re-election of the committee, held during the symposium,
Prof. Dr. Dr. Grundke form the German Packaging Institute e.V., Prof.
Dr. F. Lox, President of the Belgian Packaging Institute and assistant
professor Dr. M. Skrzypek from the Faculty for Commodity Science of the
Academy of Economics of Krakau now belong to the superior body of the
society as corresponding members.
The conference documents are available at the Section Leipzig of the German
Packaging Institute in two volumes (1466 pages in total).
Circulation of packages as the theme of lectures
Among others, the possibility of integration of the basics of the recycling
economy as well as current questions on the circulation of packages into
academic teaching and especially the subject areas of natural sciences,
economics and technical sciences represented one of the most important
subjects of discussion during the course on the topic "Quality of
the packaging - New demands on packaging and environment". The course
was held from 9th to 13th of July at the Leadership Academy of the Chamber
of Industry and Commerce Leipzig. Together with the Section Leipzig of
the German Packaging Institute and DSD, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce
invited 20 professors, academic and assistant professors and lecturers
from Bulgaria, Poland and Romania to take part in this course. Being the
4th of its kind organised by the German Packaging Institute and DSD for
university teachers, the course was intended to present scientific findings
and practical experiences concerning the circulation of packages and to
convey ideas for lectures and seminars.
During the course, the participants expressed themselves in favour of
the continuation of the international exchange. In a statement made on
the completion of the course, the participants also welcomed the foundation
and official registration of the European Packaging Institute. The participants
emphasised in their statement that they expected the Institute to develop
a systematic co-operation between the packaging experts which should also
incorporate representatives of their respective home countries.
Throughout the course, the representatives of the three countries reported
on the progress in the field of packaging in their countries since the
introduction of the market economy as well as, on the problems which came
to light during the development of the recycling economy under the new
conditions. The report emphasised in particular the progress in package
design and in the field of collection, sorting and recycling of used packages.
ITC 30 Years in the Service of Packaging Industry
Meanwhile, the Export Packaging Service of the International Trade Centre
of the United Nations (ITC) can look back on the last successful 30 years.
ICS's Export Packaging Service was established in the International Trade
Centre in Geneva to support developing countries. The purpose was to provide
developing countries with a practical aid for the development of transport
packages for export purposes as a precondition for the export of their
goods to the industrialised countries. To this end, it was planned to
publish information and guidelines concerning important questions on packaging
As results of these 30 years, 50 notifications on the requirements for
export packages, 56 editions on technical and commercial information relating
to special topics published as Packdata Factsheets and 13 monographs as
well as three series of slides for teaching purposes, are available amongst
Address of the Export Packaging Service: Export Packaging, Functional
Advisory Services Section, Division of Trade Support Services, International
Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland,
Fax (+4222) 7300576, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Privatisation of the Bulgarian Packaging Institute
The Bulgarian Packaging Institute Sofia which is generally known as NIERA
Centre has been privatised. The press group Monitor holds a 75% majority
of shares in the now established NIERA Centre AG. Its former proprietor,
the Republic of Bulgaria, still holds a 25% share.
The work areas of the newly established public limited company notified
to the German Packaging Institute are: Research and development in the
packaging sector with special consideration to packaging processes, standardisation
and testing of packaging materials, informational and advisory activity
and publishing activity in the packaging sector. Being a co-founder of
the national Academy for Packaging, the Centre will also commit itself
to questions relating to education.
The main emphasis will be on environmental aspects of packaging.
Since 2001, the NIERA Centre has been publishing the technical journal
"Packaging and Design" which offers information on the scientific,
technical and economical progress of the packaging industry in Bulgaria
as well as abroad.
Address: Centre NIERA AG, Blvd. Dragan Zankow 37, 1797 Sofia, Bulgaria.
DVI information via fax call
Recent months showed a growing demand for information from the German
Packaging Institute (Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut e. V. DVI). The notification
of special demand comprehended information from Section Leipzig of the
German Packaging Institute which periodically reports on important intentions
and work results and at the same time drawing attention to important regulations
and their application is especially demanded. The information is intended
for members and friends of the German Packaging Institute and is being
published for the 7th year in 2001.
Currently, 26 editions are available with more than 215 articles. Up to
now, the editions have been available by post or the Internet. The Chamber
of Industry and Commerce Leipzig set up a fax call service starting with
edition 2/2001 to provide the respective current edition to all persons
interested. From now on, the respectively most recent edition of the newsletter
from Section Leipzig of the German Packaging Institute may be obtained
by fax call 0049/(0)341/ 217 383-328.
Furthermore and additionally, the common offices of the German Packaging
Institute (DVI) and of the Association of German Packaging Engineers (BDVI)
globally offer the newsletter of Section Leipzig via the Internet at the
New edition of the anthologies on packaging services and damage prevention
Due to the strong demand for the results of the packaging seminars with
information about research work and services for the packaging economy
as well as about progress in the fields of damage research and prevention,
Section Leipzig of the German Packaging Institute was triggered to revise
the anthologies which had been published about these seminars.
All parts of the anthology about the 18th Packaging Seminar in Leipzig
which targeted the topic "Research work and services for the packaging
industry in the Free State of Saxony - possibilities, problems, benefits",
were expanded upon. The new contributions to the first part comprise the
lectures "Simplified control with new indicator labels of temperature
sensitive products", "Theory on the development of service offers
in the packaging sector" as well as a report on the course and the
results of the seminar.
The contribution "An important step for the development of the packaging
industry in Europe - about targets and tasks of the European Packaging
Institute" being part of the seminar documentation, was supplemented
with the reprint of the Statutes of the European Packaging Institute.
Furthermore, a preview for the new Leipzig Packaging Fair in May 2003
was incorporated (title: New Leipzig Packaging Fair CONVERPACK).
The revision of the anthology on the 14th Leipzig Packaging Seminar is
even more comprehensive, dealing with the advances in damage research
and damage prevention. The revision was published as the 3rd edition.
A survey on important terms of damage research and their definitions is
new in this edition.
The second part contains, amongst others, the contributions "Advances
in the identification of damage causes and in the evaluation of damages
in practice", "New legal regulations and standards", "Current
questions on the revision of the European Packaging Directive", "New
demands for packages", "RAL quality labels for packaging materials,
packages, pallets and containers" as well as "10 Years of German
Packaging Institute", and "The German Packaging Institute and
the Site of Section Leipzig".
The anthologies may be requested from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce
Leipzig, Department for Promotion of Economic Development, P.O. Box 770,
0491 Leipzig, phone (0341) 1267-1322 for a protection fee of EUR 10,00.
Governmental Regulation on the Collection, Sorting and Recycling of
Used Packages in the Ukraine
A fee system will be introduced in the Ukraine for the collection, sorting
and recycling of used packages. This is projected by the resolution of
the Cabinet of the Ukraine on the use of the collection, sorting, transport,
processing and recycling system of waste as secondary resource (Regulation
915, 26th July 2001). The regulation is the first step towards the introduction
of the recycling economy in the Ukraine. The fees fixed by the government
depend upon the type of packaging materials.
Between 2001 and 2002, at least 5 percent of used packages are to be recycled.
This will be increased to 10 percent in 2003, to 15 percent in 2004 and
to 20 percent in 2005. Those companies, organisations and authorities
using packaging may collect, sort and recycle on an independent basis
or make use of the company "Ukrekomresurs" as a service provider.
This obligation excludes export goods, bread, cakes and pastries, milk
and auxiliary goods of any kind.
According to this instruction the standards for the identification of
packaging materials must be worked out by 1st December.
1st International Specialised Exhibition for Glass Packages
The first specialised exhibition for glass packages will take place in
Moscow in February 2002. This exhibition is sponsored by the Russian technical
journal "TARA i UPAKOWKA" (Tara and Packaging) and takes place
from the 19th to the 23rd of February 2002. The exhibition is titled "STEKLOTARA
-2002" (Glass package - 2002) with the subtitle "Presence and
The exhibition program ranges from package design via technology to the
actual offer for glass packaging means. The exhibition aims are the promotion
of the use of glass packaging and the exchange between the packaging manufacturers
of these packaging materials and the users. The exhibition will also consider
raw materials and recycled materials, equipment for the fabrication of
packaging for beverages and other foodstuff as well as packaging for perfumes,
cosmetics, pharmaceutical products and for industrial applications.
For detailed information, please consult the editorial staff from "TARA
i UPAKOWKA". Address: 18, Sadovaya-Spasskaya, 107807 Moscow, Russia.