Women’s Institute top the bill at Open Innovation in Consumer Packaging

13 Mar 2007

The Women’s Institute and Unilever will head a cast of speakers at an exciting seminar programme from IOP: The Packaging Society, to take place during the Packaging Innovation Show at Total Processing & Packaging 2007 (15-18 May at the Birmingham NEC). They will be joined by well-known high street names such as Asda, Tesco and United Biscuits.

The Open Innovation in Consumer Packaging seminar series is split into sessions covering the packaging needs of brand owners, retailers and consumers, as well as the design function, global and regional trends, smart and intelligent packaging, and machinery designs of the future.

Delegates will hear at first hand the reasons why the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) launched its Stop Excess Packaging Campaign, and the NFWI will gain some insight into the positives, and not just the negatives, of the packaging sector.

Speakers include representatives from within the packaging supply chain – The British Brands Group, WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), Royal College of Art/Helen Hamlyn Trust, Mintel GNPD and the Packaging Federation, will line up alongside the RPC Group, Crown Packaging, Field Boxmore, FaraPack Polymers, the PPMA, and many more.

The design fraternity will also be catered for. Designers will have the opportunity to examine how to build sustainability in to the design process, create consumer-led packaging, and apply new materials and market research.

‘The seminar programme is taking place against a backdrop of consumer anger at what is perceived as over-packaging and particular emphasis will be placed on the need to address sustainability issues through good packaging design, material developments and manufacturing techniques,’ said Gordon Stewart, Head of IOP: The Packaging Society.

The seminar programme is free of charge and visitors can handpick the sessions they wish to attend. It will take place within the Packaging Innovation Seminar Theatre in Hall 3a.

Register and full details of other seminars.

View the IOP-organised seminar programme online, or download a copy (Word doc 144kb).

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