New directions for The Packaging Society
IOP: The Packaging Society has shortened and simplified its name to just The Packaging Society, and to accompany this has launched a new logo and masthead.
In 2005 the then Institute of Packaging merged with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), forming IOP: The Packaging Society, and it continued to work in the best traditions of its predecessors.
Earlier this year, a new Board, chaired by Keith Barnes, was appointed to run the Society and it determined to re-double its efforts to bring the Society’s work to the forefront of the packaging world. An important part of this, now that the merger has bedded in, is to look forward and simplify the organisation’s name.
Tracing its roots back to the 1940s, The Packaging Society has refocused its work and, under the new masthead, will bring exciting and relevant opportunities and services to its members and the packaging industry. The Packaging Society Board is promoting new initiatives in key areas:
- Packaging education and training. The Diploma in Packaging Technology, Certificate in Packaging and the NVQ for Packaging Operators are being revised and complemented by a more extensive programme of shorter courses.
- The iconic Starpack Awards, now in their 50th year, are undergoing a revamp to make them even more relevant to the needs of industry, students and schools. High standards, integrity and objectivity define the awards and these qualities will be further enhanced as we move forward.
- The Packaging Professional magazine has gone from strength to strength since it was brought within the scope of the Institute’s in-house publishing team. Its 'must-read' nature will continue to be essential for those interested in in-depth analysis and coverage that extends beyond day-to-day snippets and sound bites.
- The PackSource Directory is also taking new shape, and in 2010 greater use will be made of online availability. This will provide more flexible access to information about key suppliers and enable greater use will be made of the invaluable information contained in the directory.
- The Boilerhouse, the Institute’s new premises in Grantham, is now the location for much of The Packaging Society’s work. The combination of meeting spaces, conference facilities and a new home for the Packaging Library provides members and the packaging community with a real resource.
- Local societies all over the UK provide invaluable opportunities for networking and socialising. These are being complemented by the development of a 'virtual society' that will create more extensive professional networking opportunities regardless of geographical location.
- Continuing professional development is an essential way in which members can demonstrate they keep up with the ever-changing world of packaging. The Institute’s online recording facility enables members to keep a concise up-to-date record that they can call on for job applications, promotions or appraisals.
Contact details for The Packaging Society
The Packaging Society
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Springfield Business Park
Lincs NG31 7FZ
Tel: +44 (0)1476 513880
Fax: +44 (0)1476 513899
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