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AIP Flexible Packaging - Now & Into the future Training Course heads to ProPak Asia on 15th June

The AIP will once again be heading to ProPak Asia on the middle of June to run a training course, the 4th annual Global Packaging Forum with over 25 speakers from across the globe and 2 workshops covering plastics and fibre.

The AIP Flexible Packaging – Now & Into the future will be held on the 15th of June and all of industry is invited to attend.

One of the fastest growing segments of the packaging industry, flexible packaging combines the best qualities of plastic, film, paper and aluminium foil to deliver a broad range of protective properties while employing a minimum of material. Typically taking the shape of a bag, pouch, liner, or overwrap, flexible packaging is defined as any package or any part of a package whose shape can be readily changed.

Leading the way in packaging innovation, flexible packaging adds value and marketability to food and non-food products alike. From ensuring food safety and extending shelf life, to providing even heating, barrier protection, ease of use, resealability and superb printability, the industry continues to advance at an unprecedented rate.

The life cycle attributes of flexible packaging demonstrate many sustainable advantages. Innovation and technology have enabled flexible packaging manufacturers to use fewer natural resources in the creation of their packaging, and improvements in production processes have reduced water and energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and volatile organic compounds.

The Flexible Packaging: Now & Into the Future training course will cover the basic fundamentals of flexible packaging, its benefits, how you chose the specific structures to match the product, its performance, marketing challenges and how the packaging is manufactured.

With the latest challenges facing us regarding sustainability in packaging the course will discuss the options, pros and cons of Compostability vs Recyclability, moves to mono material recyclable packaging to meet CEFLEX standards and other innovative alternative materials now available. As an add on, the course will be looking at the future plans for flexible packaging and available closed loop collection programs, kerbside collection development, advanced recycling options for circular design and many others to meet Packaging and Food Waste Targets.

Course Objectives:

The objectives of the course are to provide participants an understanding of:

• A good broad understanding of the benefits of Flexible packaging.

• The process of manufacturing.

• Where the future lies with flexible films and the changes ahead.

• Snap shot of some of the latest packaging trends and what are the driving forces.

• Understanding the challenges facing us with the sustainable packaging race toward.

The seminar will be conducted in English and all attendees will attain 12.5 CPD points per session towards the global Certified Packaging Professional designation and a certificate of attendance.


Joe Foster FAIP

AIP Education Team

As the Chief Executive Officer of the Global company Close the Loop Group who has been heavily involved in the flexible packaging industry for over 35 years with experience in engineering, Production, Technical, sales and marketing. Joe has a truly global view of the flexible packaging world having started his career in Ireland and also working in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Australia. Flexible packaging has always been his passion and Joe will be able to share his extensive knowledge and understanding of this ever-changing market as we see constant challenges from production constraints through to environmental impacts. Joe has recently being recognised by the AIP as Industry Packaging Professional of the Year and the WPO with a Lifetime Achievement Award.


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