WPO (World Packaging Organisation) has conducted residential training programs in West and East Africa, markets characterized by informal packaging, with vendors buying in bulk and repacking products in small pack sizes for open markets.
The first three-day program was hosted by the Institute of Packaging Nigeria and the second by the Institute of Packaging Professionals Kenya, in Lagos and Nairobi respectively. Training covered a broad spectrum of packaging technology, showing students how to improve packaging design, decoration and testing, as well as lowering costs and wastage levels. Also demonstrated were examples from developed countries of active and intelligent packaging, anti-counterfeit and tamper-evident packaging.
‘This area of packaging technology requires support and advice,’ explained Pierre Pienaar, vice president of education at WPO.
Pienaar conducted training alongside Kishan Singh, vice president of the WorldStar Awards program and chairman of the Institute of Packaging SA's National Education Forum.