The World Packaging Organisation (WPO) has welcomed three new ‘Full Members’ at its 109th board meeting at the recent interpack tradeshow in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The new associations accepted as part of this global packaging community are the Chamber of Printing and Packaging Industries (Egypt), the Institut National du Design Packaging (France) and the Irish Packaging Society (Ireland).
As ‘Full Members’, all have the right to vote in WPO matters.
“It is extremely meaningful to WPO to get new members from regions where we are not that active yet. This is a way of increasing our presence in other regions and, most important, to contribute to the sustainable development of local and global packaging industries,” WPO president Pierre Pienaar said.
“On the other hand, no doubt these three new countries – Egypt, France and Ireland – will give excellent inputs to WPO new projects and actions. So, it is a ‘win win’ partnership.”
WPO senior vice-president of marketing and upcoming WPO president Luciana Pellegrino added, “The more packaging associations that join WPO, the more we can have a better approach to the global packaging challenges, especially key ones related to save food, food safety, sustainability, digitalisation, packaging innovation and packaging education programs.
“As the voice of the global packaging industry, WPOaims to welcome national representative associations from different countries around the globe and strengthen them to foster the packaging industry in their own countries.
“Last but not least, we are willing to support countries that do not count with a packaging national body yet, a program that goes on in partnership with UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation).”