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Edition 1/2002

WPO Office moved to Sweden

As of 1st January 2002, Carl Olsmats from Packforsk took over the position of the general secretary of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) from his American colleague Bill Pflaum. Hereby, the seat of Office is moved to the Swedish Institute for Packaging and Distribution. The position of Product Manager for the WorldStar Award will be assumed by Mrs. Madeleine Klackenberg from the Institute known by the abbreviation Packforsk.
Packforsk, Torshamnsgatan 24, Box 9, SE-164 93 Kista, Sweden.
Contact addresses of the Secretary-General and the Project Manager:
carls.olsmats@packforsk.se, telephone +4687525778
madeleine.klackenberg@packforsk.se, telephone +4687525719, fax +4687513889

 
 

The 16th Interpack

From 24th to 30th April 2002, the interpack, the 16th International Fair for packaging machinery, packaging and confectionery machinery will take place in Duesseldorf. On the 10th of May 1999, in Duesseldorf the foundation of the European Packaging Institute was agreed upon during the 15th interpack with the participation of 2494 exhibitors from 53 countries. At the same time, the draft submitted for the statutes of the Institute was approved during this foundation event.
Thus, the forthcoming interpack represents a welcomed opportunity for the board of the European Packaging Institute to put up the ideas for the further development of co-operation within the European Packaging Institute for discussion. For anyone interested, all issues of "Reports, News, Notifications" as well as the statutes of the European Packaging Institute can be viewed at the German Packaging Institute stand at the interpack.
The member institutes and associations will be invited in good time to the European Packaging Institute.

 
 

Trends and Strategies as a Focus for New Packaging Courses

Currently, the Section Leipzig of the German Packaging Institute is organising a series of further education courses for packaging experts about progress in packaging development and recycling of packaging in co-operation with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Leipzig and the Duales System Deutschland AG (DSD). The reform states, in particular, who are determinedly helping in the development in the field of packaging are strongly interested in the courses. In the face of the established need for information, the courses were given the theme "Trends in the area of packaging and strategies for the packaging development" due to the identified need for information.
The course program focuses on the packaging development and on the benchmarks for the development and further development of packaging, the advances made in the recycling of used packages and on the new problems within the international co-operation in the packaging area, all of which have already been submitted to the partner institutes and associations for discussion. In connection with the problems of international co-operation, above all, the European Unions requirements on packaging materials and packages and the following tasks of the Institute should be discussed in detail.

 
 

Packaging Experts from 13 Countries Received an IHK Certificate in 2001

In November 2001, packaging experts from the reform states took part on a course for further education on the subject of new developments in the field of packaging and packaging recycling, organised by the Leadership Academy of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Leipzig. This concluded a series of further education for packaging experts from the reform states of Central and Eastern Europe. 18 packaging experts and environmental experts from Estonia attended the course which took place from 11th to 18th of November 2001.
The courses had been prepared by the Section Leipzig of the German Packaging Institute and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in connection with the DSD AG and packaging associations and institutes from the participating countries.
The courses carried out in 2001 focussed on the new requirements relating to the packaging quality and the environment. The topics mainly under discussion were the possibility of improving the quality of packaging and the closing of material cycles. In the previous year, experts from 13 countries participated in these courses. By means of the courses it was possible to start the technical exchange with Armenia and to intensify the exchange with Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Ukraine and Hungary.
Among others, the course program prepared for the participants from Estonia included the topics "Advances in recycling used packages - new experiences made by DSD AG", "New aspects of package evaluation", "Package innovations - trends and results", "Developments in the package design and package technology" and "Current developments in packaging materials". The course program was supplemented with topics such as "Packaging and environment", "The German Educational System in the area of packaging", "Packaging and internet" as well as with "Safeguard and increase of package quality and the ecological evaluation of packages".
As a result of the courses, the role of these arrangements for further education was acknowledged. At the same time, the need for the continuance of these courses for the reform states of Central and Eastern Europe was emphasised. All of the course participants received a certificate issued by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Leipzig which was confirmed by the German Packaging Institute and DSD AG.

 
 

European Trade Institute (EHI) celebrated its 50th Jubilee

Today's European Trade Institute can look back on the last 50 successful years. The Institute emerged form the "Rationalisierungsgemeinschaft des Handels" (Rationalisation Association of Trade) of RKW which was founded in 1951. The "Institut für Selbstbedienung" (ISB) (Institute for Self Service), Cologne, represented another nucleus for the European Trade Institute, which was founded in 1957 and merged into the "Deutsches Handelsinstitut DHI (German Trade Institute) after having been amalgamated with the Rationalisation Association of Trade in 1988. The fact that traders were increasingly thinking and acting as Europeans caused the European Trade Institute to evolve from the German Trade Institute in 1993. The promotion of rationalisation and the commodity industry in the trade and the acquisition of knowledge and experiences for practical use are important targets of the European Trade Institute.
In 1957, a team specialising in packaging was formed to evaluate the experiences made with packages and pallets in the trade. In the beginning, the team investigated questions of self service packaging and the demands of shops on packaging. Later on, the group also dealt with the questions of the use of pallets and containers as well as the use of reusable packages and waste disposal. The research resulted in recommendations for the manufacturers and users of packages, containers and pallets.
The Institute published an anthology titled "Praxisorientierte Handelsforschung - 50 Jahre EHI ("Practice oriented trade research - 50 years EHI") on the occasion of its 50th jubilee. The volume of 316 pages provides a survey on the working focuses and results of the institute, on EHI participations and co-operation partners, on the chronology of the trade since 1945 and on interfaces between science and politics.
One of the personalities contributing articles to the anthology is David Byrne, CE Commissioner for Consumer topics. In his article titled "Health and consumer protection throughout the food chain: The importance of traceability" he underlines the significance of the measures for guaranteeing the safety of foodstuff which were initiated by the CE.
Address: Europäisches Handelsinstitut, p.o. Box 190 209, D-50499 Koeln

 
 

Belgian Packaging Institute Close to 50th Jubilee

The Belgian Packaging Institute is able to look back on almost 50 years since it's formation. According the Belgian practice, the Institute is designated 'Institut Belge de l'Emballage asbi' and 'Belgisch Verpakkingsinstituut vzw.'. Its main activities lie in the fields of information and documentation, research work and technical service as well as further education of employees from the packaging industry. Apart from the general intention to promote the packaging industry and the rational use of packaging, the Institute works for the development of the national and international exchange. Throughout the past ten years, the institute also dealt especially with the legal regulations related to the use of packaging, questions on the prevention of package waste and the possibilities for collection, sorting and recycling of used packaging.
Regular information about the activities of the institute are published in the magazine "PACK NEWS & MECHANICAL HANDLING NEWS".
Address: Institut Belge de l'Emballage, Research Park, Kranenberg 10, B-1731 Zellik (Asse), Phone +32(0) 24640210, Fax +32(0) 24640239, E-mail: packaging@ibebvi.be, Website: www.ibebvi.be.

 
 

Packaging Association in Belarus

The decision has been reached to found a packaging association in Belarus. The association intends to promote the development in the field of packaging in the Republic of Belarus. To this end, the association will organise the research and development work, the education and further education of employees from the packaging industry as well as conferences, seminars and exhibitions. Furthermore, the association intends to prepare a program for the development of the packaging industry in Belarus and carry out an analysis of the packaging situation.

 
 

Thesis paper on new requirements for packages

The subjects of the new thesis paper prepared by the Section Leipzig of the German Packaging Institute are the most important results and experiences gained from studies on new developments as well as advances in the packaging technology and the practice of collection, sorting and recycling of used packaging. The thesis paper with the theme "Material recycling and the requirements for packages - state, prospects and setting the course for the future" was prepared in connection with the 19th Packaging Seminar, carried out with representatives from the packaging and disposal industry.
The thesis presented and titled "Thesis on new requirements for packages and conclusions for the development of packages" which concerns packaging strategies and conceptions recommends the following to be taken into consideration: The new requirements resulting from the demands for greater efficiency of the use of packaging and for optimisation of the recycling economy, the critical analysis of trends in the development of packaging and the points of orientation of the developments of packaging established in the latest studies which were discussed during the seminar. Hereby, the thesis also takes a look at the different trends in the use of packaging e.g. reduction of package expenditure in the interest of a cost reduction and an increase of package expenditure to introduce new ways of trade such as E-Commerce.
The thesis specifically underlines the significance of special investigations on the protective function of the package and of the systematic usage of commodity science research with particular regard of the fact that 500,000 tons of foodstuff has to be withdrawn from circulation in Germany annually because it has been stored too long or gone bad.
In particular, the thesis also points out to the results gained from the co-ordination of industrial waste and the role of the quality management in the disposal economy. By means of the quality assurance of packaging waste, the losses in the material cycle can be reduced, thus increasing the quality of the secondary raw materials and opening up new opportunities for application.

 
 

Europe goes Green Dot

The DSD AG issued an 83 page brochure with a survey on the status achieved with the introduction of the Green Dot in Europe. Wolfram Brück, managing director of the DSD AG, points out in the editorial that more than 460 billions of package units carrying the Green Dot are globally distributed per annum.
The brochure, especially, informs about the tasks, targets and the working methods of the Green Dot Organisation. This includes the presentation of the statutory basis for its work, the organisation established, financing and the status having been reached by the individual countries in relation to collection, sorting and recycling. This information is very useful for companies supplying these countries with products. They learn about the organisation awarding the licence for the Green Dot and about the costs resulting from the required licence fees. The authors are the representatives respectively responsible for the Green Dot Organisations.
The brochure is concluded with an article titled "PRO EUROPE s. p. r. l. - uniformity in diversity" detailing the cause for the foundation of the PACKAGING RECOVERY ORGANISATION EUROPE as well as the tasks and prospects of this organisation. The uniformity exists with the target of fulfilling the tasks which were determined in relation to recycling of used packages by the European Union. The diversity results from the difference in the systems and their working method.
Anyone interested may request the brochure from Duales System Deutschland AG (DSD), 51170 Koeln, Fax 0049(0)2203/937-190