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:
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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