Registrations now open for Australia's leading packaging conference

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With 56 expert speakers from 18 countries, the 2018 Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) National Conference is the place to be in May.

Designed for packaging designers, technologists, engineers, sales and marketing people the biennial Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) National Conference is the largest packaging and processing conference of its kind in Australia and New Zealand.

Run by industry for industry the AIP National Conference has been leading the way in professional and personal development for decades and is a part of the annual Packaging & Processing Week.

This year’s conference, to be held on the Queensland Gold Coast on May 2-3, has attracted representatives from Member Countries from the World Packaging Organisation (WPO).

The AIP is hosting the prestigious international WorldStar Packaging Awards in conjunction with the conference.

In addition, the 2018 PIDA Awards gala dinner will be held as well as a Women in Industry Breakfast Forum.

Visitors from more than 30 countries are expected to attend the two-day international event.

Keynote speakers

The International Packaging Press Organisation (IPPO) is planning to send five editors and journalists who specialise in packaging, to speak at the conference.

They include Pat Reynolds, Packaging World (US), Steven Pacitti, Plastics in Packaging (UK), Lindy Hughson MAIP, PKN Packaging News + Food and Drink Business (ANZ), Des King, The Write Stuff (UK) and Andrew Manly, Active & Intelligent Packaging Association (UK).

Other keynote speakers include Nigel Garrard (Managing Director, Orora), Karl Deily (President, Food Care, Sealed Air), Steven Chapman (Managing Director, Shine), Jacqui Wilson-Smith, (McCormick & Company) and Alan Spreckley (ABB).

On May 2, the AIP, in conjunction with the APPMA and Packaging Council of NZ, will host the prestigious 2018 PIDA Awards and 2018 WorldStar Packaging Awards.

A gala dinner will be held at the Marriott Resort, Surfers Paradise, with industry guests from more than 40 countries in attendance. Winners will be announced during the dinner.

The Packaging & Processing Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field.

The PIDA’s are the only awards program in ANZ developed to recognise materials/packaging and also machinery/equipment.

The PIDA awards are the exclusive entry point for a number of the categories for the WorldStar Packaging Awards.

Industry breakfast

The following day, the inaugural Women In Industry breakfast will be held, to be hosted by PKN Packaging News and Food & Drink Business.

Executive coach and author Belinda Brosnan will deliver the keynote session on personal leadership, followed by a panel discussion featuring influential and inspiring women working in the food, beverage and packaging industry.

The panel will explore why diversity matters in the workplace, best practice approaches to building inclusive teams, obstacles to be overcome to increase gender balance in line management roles, and how diversity can enable growth and value creation.

Interactive training

Also on May 3, a special residency training course will be held on fundamentals in packaging technology.

This session is an exclusive opportunity to meet one of the US-based trainers, from the Fundamentals of Packaging Technology Course that is now available online throughout Australasia through the AIP.

The FPT course is designed as bite-sized modules and is set up for the convenience of busy working professionals, and the training platform is functionally intuitive.

Jane Chase, CEO of the IoPP in the US will be presenting three of the most popular modules during the day to help you better understand the FPT course and available units and lessons.

The session includes Paper and Paperboard Materials, Corrugated Fibreboard and Bottle Design Criteria.

This is the only time the ANZ industry will be offered residency-training for this course.

For further information on attending or exhibiting at the 2018 AIP National Conference visit: contact the AIP on +61 7 3278 4490, or



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