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i-News August 10, 2012


August 10, 2012


We are expanding our educational offerings!
ISTA is pleased to announce our third presentation in our webinar series. Highly rated speaker from this year's Forum, Kevin Howard.



Shipping Products in China: What to Expect
Many companies use standard test levels suggested by organizations like ISTA, ASTM, JIS, and others, but can these standard tests be right for all products being shipped to all places? This case study will focus on Agilent Technology products made in the US and shipped to China. Photographs and videos taken over a 2 week visit through China in 2011 clearly indicated that test levels and orientations needed to be adjusted to better reflect the common hazards found in this particular supply chain. This study is similar to Kevin’s presentation in 2005 on the distribution system in India, with surprising insights as to how products are commonly handled in one of the fastest growing markets in the world.

Date and Time: September 12, 2012 – 2:30pm EST
Presenter: Kevin Howard
Webinar Fee: $35 ISTA Members; $55 Non Members


The 2012 ISTA China Packaging Symposium will be held on September 18-20 at the Nanlin Hotel in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province. A balance of speakers from China, Asia, the U.S., and Europe will ensure a global perspective, offering presentations on international packaging technology, packaging design, packaged-product testing, the distribution environment, global supply chains, sustainability and packaging materials.

Check out the program and join us at the Symposium!


Exhibitors: The exhibition is an exchange platform for exhibitors to promote their products and services during the Symposium, and for attendees to learn cutting-edge information direct from packaging industry. Contact Lisa Bonsignore if you are interesting in participating!




ADDED BONUS: ISTA-China will be hosting a CPLP Technician workshop prior to the 2012 China Symposium. The workshop will be held on September 17. Mr. HAN Xueshan, the Vice Dean of China Packaging Research & Test Center will teach the Workshop in CHINESE. Learning materials are in English. Teaching language and presentation slides are in Chinese. Examination will be offered Chinese. The workshop will be held at the Nanlin Hotel, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province China.




The 4th ISTA European Packaging Symposium, organized by ISTA and the Fraunhofer Institute, will be held November 6 & 7 at Fraunhofer’s facilities in the Dortmund, Germany. Speakers including Ericsson, CHEP, Bonn University, Lufthansa Cargo, BSH, HP, BFSV, DHL, Smithers-PIRA, Sealed Air, Fraunhofer IML, INCPEN, and others, will bring case studies as well as new information during this valued event. Check out the Speakers currently on the program!

This Symposium offers rich opportunity for increasing brand value by delivering reduced damage, reduced costs and elimination of unnecessary use of materials, as well enhanced customer service through increased reliability and improved lead times. Attend the event, meet the industry experts, and learn how to access this unlocked value.

Presentations will give a practical insight into economic and environmental optimisation of packaging for distribution, and on latest techniques in pre-shipment testing of packaged products, and on sustainability in packaging. The event will provide practical benefit to delegates on the critical link between packaging and logistics, focusing on cost savings and delivering against sustainability requirements.

The event will appeal to packaging users and producers as well as retailers and other supply chain stakeholders; content will be relevant to the range of market sectors, from consumer goods and electronics, to industrial products and medical/pharmaceutical sectors.

This ISTA event is hosted by Fraunhofer IML, based in Dortmund, promising great networking and an enjoyable and informative event, building on the success of the last three year’s events.


ADDED BONUS - Discover the Advantages of Being Certified!

CPLP Technician and Technologist sessions will be offered after the Symposium on November 8 & 9 and will be conducted by David Shires from Smithers Pira, who is a CPLP-Professional. Normally taken in a self-study format, the Symposium offers the opportunity for you to take the "live" version - in a classroom setting and with an experienced instructor.

Workshop Fee:
$695 for one level (Technician or Technologist)

$1,295 for both levels (Technician and Technologist)

Note: All CPLP materials and exams are in English. English proficiency is therefore required for successful participation in the CPLP program. A mininum attendance of four people is required for this workshop to be held. If this requirement is not met, the workshop will be canceled.

Please contact Lisa Bonsignore at ISTA (, phone 517-333-3437) if you are interested in becoming a CPLP or for more information on these sessions.


Interested in speaking at the 2013 Forum? If you have an interesting and informative topic or case study related to transport packaging we want to hear from you! We also want hear from you if you have a topic you’d like to see on the 2013 program. If you are interested in submitting an abstract, you may complete a speaker request form by choosing the button below. For more information contact Lisa Bonsignore.



Ask a Package Testing Expert – or BE one!

ISTA launched a new support site last year titled “Ask a Package Testing Expert”, allowing users to ask questions as well as give input to questions or discuss solutions to problems. We’ve had a good response so far with new questions being added weekly! Staff attempts to give an answer to all questions but we’re looking for additional input from our members!

A small sampling of questions:
• What are ISO regions with regards to Temperature and Humidity?
• What is the best procedure for determining the effects of double stacking of boxes weighing 98kg each?
• How does the total weight on top of the bottom box translate to burst strength?
• Where does 22-degrees come from in the Tip/Tipover Test?
• Should I use VERY demanding test methods?

There are technical and test procedure questions, as well as questions about certification, membership and education. We also have categories for you to ask questions relating specifically to ISTA 6-SAMSCLUB and sustainability issues.

If you haven’t already go to the site and register for your free account ( Then start browsing the different categories; feel free to participate with input or answers to existing questions, or even ask a question of your own!



2012 WorldStar Student Awards open for entries!

The World Packaging Organisation's (WPO) WorldStar Student Awards is an international packaging design competition for students from countries around the world to develop projects in the field of packaging design.

The WorldStar Student Awards, with its wide publicity throughout WPO's global publications, will provide an opportunity for the winners to gain professional acknowledgement and entrance into a career as a packaging professional.

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) is proud to host the 2012-13 WorldStar Student Awards for the world's student population to contribute its creativity in package design. IoPP encourages all student members to participate in this worldwide competition.

Packages submitted by students for consideration should be:

• Innovative
• Aesthetically appealing
• Environmentally compliant
• Easy to manufacture
• Convenient
• Relevant on a global level

Entry Fee: $15 or €12 (Euro)
Entry Deadline: October 19, 2012

Awards winners will be recognized during the U.S. Student Packaging Jamboree in March, 2013.

Click here for package categories, entry guidelines & entry form.




PACK EXPO Marketing Opportunity for ISTA Members

ISTA will be exhibiting at PACK EXPO International 2012. This event will be held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, October 28-31, 2012. PACK EXPO brings together more than 46,000 buyers from all over the globe and 1,800-plus leading suppliers, showcasing state-of-the art materials, machinery and methods for packaging and processing in every market.

ISTA is once again offering a unique opportunity to our members to “exhibit without being there” or to supplement their show presence. We have secured a 20’ x 10’ exhibit space, with room enough to promote not only our own activities and resources, but also the products and services of our laboratory and supplier members. The ISTA booth will be located in a high-traffic area within the Association Pavilion.

Showcase your products and services to professionals that are looking specifically for what ISTA members have to offer! For a nominal $425 fee you will receive:
• Display of your company literature in the ISTA booth.
• Signage with your company logo in color, company name and website address – plus your PACK EXPO booth number if your company is at the show!
• Promotion in a targeted email that will be sent to over 3,000 packaging professionals in September and October – this email will show your company logo and link to your company website.
• Promotion in the September and October issues of i-news. The promotion will display your company logo and web address.

To sign up for this great marketing opportunity contact Kathy Joneson,, 517-333-3437 ext 214.

Visit to register to attend PACK EXPO.

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