Asia Pacific Packaging Symposium

December 2, 2021 | Jeon-ju, South Korea | Hybrid

The 2021 ISTA Asia Pacific Packaging Symposium will be held December 2nd in Jeon-ju, South Korea as a hybrid (online/in person) event. The Symposium is hosted by ISTA, Korea Conformity Lab (KCL), Jeon-ju University, organized by ISTA Asia Pacific Division and supported by Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, FOODPOLIS, KOPEA, LogisAll group, Korea Society of Packaging Science and Technology (KOPAST), GU (Lansmont Korea), and Yonsei University.

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The following is an overview of the ISTA Asia Pacific Packaging Symposium program.

Symposium session times: Korea uses Korea Standard Time (KST), which is the standard time zone for North and South Korea and is:
UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)/GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) +9 hours. There is no daylight saving time in Korea.

Wednesday | December 1st

20:00-21:00 Annual Board Meeting of the ISTA Asia Pacific Directors (APD) Zoom / Lahan Hotel

14:00-18:00 ISO TC315 (Cold Chain Logistics) Meeting Zoom / Lahan Hotel

Thursday | December 2nd

10:00-10:10 Welcome Remarks AJ Gruber, President, ISTA; Jeon Ju University; Jongkyoung Kim, Chair, ISTA Asia Pacific Directors

10:10-10:30 Keynote Speech: New Resources to Design for the Business Challenges of Today and the Future AJ Gruber, President & CEO, ISTA (Pre-recorded)

Session 1 | FOCUSING ON GLOBAL ISSUES AND TRENDS (English, Korean subtitled)

10:30-11:00 ISTA Pharma Committee Update Anthony (TJ) Rizzo, Chief Commercial Officer, Cold Chain Technologies, LLC (English, Korean subtitled) (Pre-recorded)

11:00-11:30 U.S. Packaging Policy – The Tsunami is Here Dan Felton, Executive Director, AMERIPEN (English, Korean subtitled) (Pre-recorded)

11:30-12:00 Correlation Between Horizontal Acceleration Testing and Tilt Testing for Load Stability Enrique de la Cruz, R&D Manager, Safe Load Technologies

12:00-13:00 Lunch


13:00-13:30 Distribution Multi-Axis Simulation Testing-in Pursuit of Lab - Results that are Closer to Reality Mr. David Jin, NVT Group 

13:30-14:00 The Current Status and Future Trends of the Last Mile Delivery Service Mr. XIAO Shuhuai, Director, CFLP 

14:00-14:30 Measurement and Analysis of Intermodal Transport Environment for Korea's Major Trading Countries in Asia Jong-Min Park, Pusan University (Korean, English subtitled)

14:30-15:00 Export Packaging Test and Standards Mr. Hyungbin Kim, Director, Korea Transport Packaging Technology Institute (Korean, English subtitled)

15:00-15:20 Coffee break


15:20-15:50 Smart Packaging During Covid-19 Yun suk Lee, Yonsei University

15:50-16:20 Freshness monitoring of Cold Chain Food Using ICT Convergence Technology Byeong-sam, Kim, Korea Food Research Institute 

16:20-16:50 Smart Packaging of Food with Package Design Trends Jin Young Lee, Jeonjun University 

16:50-17:20 Future of Contactless Distribution Service Standards: Open discussion Jinsoo No, GERI; Yongjin Cho, KFRI; Haeseung Lee, Jeonju University; Goopo Kwon, Youngsan University; Jongkyoung Kim, KCL 

18:00-20:00 Dinner and Networking Main hall, Lahan Hotel

Friday | December 3rd

20:00-22:00 ISO TC122/WG18 Meetings

Rates & registration

Virtual attendee

Registration rate: Complimentary

Virtual registration

In-person attendee

Registration rate: 200,000 Korean Won (Includes breaks and meals)

Click the registration button below which will prompt an email to YJ Choi of Korea Conformity Lab (KCL). Please provide your name, company and contact information.

In-person registration


We are pleased to be hosting the 2021 ISTA Asia Pacific Packaging Symposium at the Lahan Hotel in Jeon-ju, South Korea.

Lahan Hotel: 85 Girin-daero, Pungnam-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

Hotel Room Rate: $120 US dollars / night (tax included) or 135,000 Korean Won. This rate applies to Twin/Double rooms.


Phone: You can reserve your room by calling the Lahan Hotel Jeonju directly at +82-63-232-7000. Mention reservation code "KCL" to receive the group rate.

Email: Reserve your room by emailing the Lahah Hotel Jeonju at Mention reservation code "KCL" to receive the group rate.

Exploring Jeon-ju

The city of Jeon-ju is rich in Korean history and authentic beauty, making it the best travel destination for visitors looking to truly experience Korean traditions and culture. In particular, there are about 700 hanok buildings at the Jeon-ju Hanok Village, the city’s major tourist attraction. Within the hanok village, cultural heritage sites such as Gyeonggijeon Shrine, Jeonjuhyanggyo Local Confucian School and Omokdae & Imokdae can also be found. In addition to the city’s well-preserved beauty, Jeon-ju is also famous for mouthwatering exclusive delicacies. To learn more, click here.

Covid-19 Safety

We are so excited to see everybody at the Symposium and are focused on making sure everyone at the event is safe and comfortable. We plan to follow all guidance surrounding Covid-19 from the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in the Republic of Korea.

All travelers to Korea must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 72 hours of their departure.

Only limited categories of vaccinated travelers may apply for a quarantine exemption certificate at an overseas Korean Embassy or Consulate prior to travel.

Please visit the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in the Republic of Korea for the most up to date information.


JK Kim, Principal Researcher of KCL Chair of ISTA Asia-Pacific Division