Welcome to The Packaging Society
The Packaging Society, formerly the Institute of Packaging, is here to support you throughout your career in packaging and is one of the world's oldest and foremost professional bodies for packaging professionals.
As the premier training provider in a variety of packaging technology areas in the UK, the Packaging Society can support you from the outset of your career, gaining knowledge and credibility, and then further your career with knowledge updating and technical specialisms.
Importantly The Packaging Society links you to the wider community of packaging professionals giving you access to their collective knowledge and contacts as well as building your profession network.
Events organised across the country will allow you to hear expert speakers on topical subjects and visit manufacturing and production facilities putting a practical experience to academic knowledge gained in training.
Take a look at the member benefits page and apply for membership via the online form.
I am as your Chairman always a dedicated Packaging Optimist and it is with great pride that I see our Industry moving forward as we start the new year. Of course it is inevitable that packaging will grow in conjunction with the general increase in many areas of production. Still we must seek that magical innovation to keep us ahead and provide that added value..
I always look to the Starpacks competition to see how innovations have succeeded and last year was no exception with the supreme award going to Britvic for the novel Robinsons Squash’d package. Not only was it clever packaging but also a new marketing route for the soft drinks industry, which has now brought others into this ‘pocket size’ option.
With this in mind there will be a conference on innovations scheduled for early May which I believe will open our eyes to the sources that may well yield that added value in the future. Before that we have the Easifair exhibition at the NEC in February where I am sure you will all be seeking those new ideas.
However, a word of caution, all this activity needs trained packaging technologists who have the vision to find the answers. Sadly, as with other industries, there is a lack of talent coming forward to fill in the gaps left by retirement or indeed as packaging pathfinders. It is essential that more people realize the excitement and success of being a packaging technologist and take up training to increase the skills necessary to move forward. The Packaging Society have a range of courses and will welcome you on board. Let us not leave it too late.
Keith Barnes, Jan 2015