AIP introduces on-line training courses for industry

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is pleased to advise that the Institute will be moving 5x Training Courses to a virtual platform to ensure consistency of educational offerings for the industry at this time. In addition, two of the training courses are new to the portfolio and one has been updated. All of industry is invited to attend no matter where you are in the world so book your place today.

The first of the 5x course series will be the popular Flexible Packaging: Now and Into the Future Training Course on the 16 of June.

Flexible Packaging: Now and Into the Future
Overview of the course: 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 and other alternative materials now available. As an add on, the course will briefly be looking at the future plans for flexible packaging and available recycling options to meet the 2025 National Packaging 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.
  • Understanding flexible films to build the structures used in the industry
  • 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 2025.

Who should attend?
Packaging technologists and designers, product developers, marketing personal, technical and production staff using packaging, sales and marketing reps who want a crash course on all things ‘flexible’.