ITENE closes the 24th IAPRI World Packaging Conference in Valencia

June 24th, 2024


Advanced materials, sustainable packaging and packaging technologies or solutions for the security of packaging systems have been part of the innovations presented at the 24th IAPRI World Packaging Conference, held between June 18 and 20 in Valencia (Spain) and which has attracted the largest attendance in its history: more than 300 attendees and 150 speakers.

After a welcome event and guided tours of the headquarters of the ITENE technology center, organizer of the conference, the Spanish city has been the setting where, during this week, more than 150 speakers from 32 countries in America, Asia, Europe and Oceania have presented the latest trends and developments in packaging. Finally, the IAPRI General Meeting and the IAPRI awards ceremony rounded off the event along with the closing.  

The event began with a welcome session held at the Valencia Oceanographic Center by the managing director of ITENE, Javier Zabaleta, who highlighted “the key moment for packaging in which we find ourselves” given “the central role that sustainability has come to occupy has come to occupy a central place in the priorities of public administrations, companies and consumers.” In addition, the event included interventions by the president of IAPRI, Roland ten Klooster, and Paula Llobet, Councilor for Tourism, Innovation and Investment Attraction of the Valencia City Council, who highlighted that this event, with a focus on sustainability, is hosted by this city, European Green Capital in 2024, and also relevance in the field of innovation in the industry. 

Subsequently, they gave way to the interventions of the Keynote Speakers Mattia Pellegrini, head of the "From waste to resources" Unit of the European Commission, and Remigio Marano, official food contact materials scientist at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Thus, Pellegrini presented the future European Regulation on Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation, about which he detailed “it will be complemented by secondary legislation through a series of delegated acts and applied with planned consultations with interested parties” and “it will apply 18 months after its entry into force.” 

Likewise, Marano has focused on the importance of evaluating the suitability for food contact of materials such as recycled plastic, which he recalled can entail health risks "due to the possible migration to packaged foods from contaminants present in recycled plastic.”  

Subsequently, the presentations and poster exhibition began, which focused on the latest trends in innovations under six main themes: packaging materials, sustainable packaging in the supply chain, packaging design and development, improvements in safety and security. efficiency of packaging systems, packaging machinery and technologies, product conditioning and packaging technologies.  

Tributes on ITENE's 30th anniversary 

In parallel with the celebration of the conference, the Official Dinner of ITENE's 30th anniversary also took place, in which the three decades that separate the start of its activity from today and its evolution throughout these years were commemorated, marked by a strong commitment to R&D.   
During the evening, the President of ITENE, Marta Codoñer, and the managing director, Javier Zabaleta, they presented recognitions to different personalities who were key in the history of the center. Firstly, Javier Zabaleta and Ramón Catalá, author of the feasibility and design study of ITENE, and currently scientific advisor of the center and honorary professor at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology-CSIC, were honored. The recognitions were also presented to Luis Oliazola, Ángel Sánchez and Pedro Ballester, former presidents of ITENE; as well as CIPASI, TECNICARTÓN and AGLOLAK, the oldest partners; and Roland ten Klooster, President of IAPRI. In addition, the support that the Generalitat Valenciana dedicates to technology centers such as ITENE was highlighted with a recognition given to Felipe Carrasco, Autonomous Secretary of Innovation, Commerce and Consumption, who closed the event.   

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