The Institute is closely linked with international organisations . It is recognised by the UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation)and the ITC (International Trading Centre)for consultancy and training. The IIP is a member of the Asian Packaging Federation (APF); the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP), USA; the Institute of Packaging (IOP), UK; Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), USA and the World Packaging Organisation (WPO)
TRAINING & EDUCATION
To meet the growing demands from industrial units in both the organised and unorganised sectors for qualified technical manpower, the Institute introduced the 2-year programme leading to a post graduate diploma in packaging,in 1985.The course is designed to equip candidates with all the facets of packaging activity.
Other courses being offered by the Institute include the Distance Education Programme Correspondence Coures since 1996, recognised by the World Packaging Organisation and accredited by the Asian Packaging Federation. The 18-month course designed primarily for working professionals, is open to industry personnel and to students in india, the Asia-Pacific region and other countries.
A 3 Month Certificate Course in Packaging introduced in 1968 is conducted at the Head Office and at the Regional Centres. Entries are on a first-come-first-served basis. The course is also open to overseas participants deputed by their governments under various schemes.
The IIP is probably, the first Packaging Institute in the world to hold a training programme exclusively for women entrepreneurs. The one-month Entrepreneurship Development Programme is organised once a year.
Short training programmes, seminars and conferences are organised by the Head Office and the Regional Centres throughout the year in various parts of the country.
CONSULTANCY AND PROJECTS
Consultancy services for package design and development and cost effective packaging are offered by the institute round the year. On-the-spot advisory visits,techno-economic feasibility studies and market research to study the potential for new projects are also undertaken by the IIP on a regular basis.
In keeping with the Institute's efforts for the promotion of nature based packaging, coir composite board and cushioning media for packaging applications, a joint project with the Coir Board of India, is being developed for cost-effective packaging applications.
Laboratories at the Head Office and the Regional Centres extend testing facilities to industry for domestic distribution and for export, as per national and international standards like the Bureau of Indian Standards(BIS), International Standard Organisation (ISO), British Standards(BS), American Socity for Testing Materials (ASTM), and others. The IIP also issues UN certification of export packages for hazardous goods and equipment calibration standardisation certificates.
Export packs for fresh fruits and vegetables are developed including bulk and consumer packs.
Consumer and bulk export packs with specification details are developed for precut frozen fruits and vegetables.
EXHIBITION AND DESIGN
INDPACK, the annual national exhibition organised at various cities around the country, offers the packaging industry an opportunity to display developments in the machinery and materials sector.
INDPACK International ,a calloborative effort with exhibition organisers form overseas, is organised once in 2/3 years.
The Institute also organises industry participation in international exhibitions.
The Permanent exhibition centres in Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi offer display outlets for the products of the industries.
Industrial designs are developed as per client's requirements.
The biennial INDIASTAR Award is a recognition of excellence in packaging development for functional design and appeal. the INDIASTAR contest is also open to students under the student category. Likewise, the PACMACHINE AWARD symbolises achievements in the field of packaging and converting machinery, material handling and testing equipment.
Winning INDIASTAR entries can compete for the ASIASTAR and the WORLDSTAR Awards.
INFORMATION AND PUBLICATIONS
PACKAGING INDIA , the official journal of the Institute, published six times a year, is an invaluable source of information for the packaging industry. It is mailed free of cost to members of the Institute, packaging and related institutions all over the world. Individual subscriptions are available on request.
Monographs and text books, seminar papers and DIRECTORIES are published periodically. The institute's PUBLICATIONS are available at the Head Office and the Regional Centres.
LIBRARY & INTERNET SERVICES
IIP can rightfully boast of housing one of the best reference libraries in the world, with books, international periodicals, bound volumes of journals besides a large number of reports, national & international standards Database on products and materials and reprographic facility are also available. Library facilites are extended to members of the Institute, its students and faculty.
IIP has it's own website http.//iip-in.com. online internet services will shortly be available to the industry for IIP membership registration, Training programmes, Packaging India subscription, Advertising,Database Search etc.
Regd. & Head Office
Indian Institute of Packaging - Mumbai
E-2, MIDC Area, Andheri (E), Mumbai 93
Tel: 28219803, 28219469, 28216751.