World Packaging Organization (WPO) 2018 Fall Meeting took place in the Jinan city of China on October 22-25 and was hosted by CEPI - China National Export Commodities Packaging Research Institute.
The meeting brought together the top level representatives of leading packaging organizations from 19 countries.
During the week of meetings, WPO Education, Marketing and Sustainability Committees workshops, WorldStar 2019 Jury meeting and WPO 2019 Second Board Meeting were held. Representatives of packaging institutions from different countries exchanged ideas in all these events.
Australia, Austria, Brazil, Czechia, China, Croatia, Finland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, UK and USA took part in the meetings, where WPO's current and future works were addressed.
Elected to be WPO Vice President Education for 2018 - 2020, ASD General Secretary Aslıhan Arıkan chaired the Education Workshop. WPO coordinates the English "Packaging Technology Training Courses" of 4 to 5 days in the countries requesting training under its own sponsorship.
A Packaging Conference took place within the scope of the activities under sponsorship of Labthink Company, which is a Chinese laboratory equipment manufacturer. Technical matters such as sustainability and legislation in the Chinese Packaging industry were addressed in the conference.
The next Board Meeting and WorldStar Competition Awards Ceremony will be organized in Prague / Czechia in May 2019. 44 applications were made from Turkey for the competition, where ASD voted for Turkey. 22 out of 44 applications were entitled to receive WorldStar 2019. Turkey ranked the second in terms of the number of awards received, after Japan, which received 26 awards; Turkey was followed by China, which received 21 awards. A total of 319 applications were made for the competition, where 189 products received awards.