Asia Pacific Symposium Program


The following is an overview of the 2019 symposium program. The following is a link to the Asia Packaging Network (APN) International Packaging Research and Innovation Symposium being held October 22-23, prior to the ISTA Packaging Symposium: click here

 Wednesday, October 23, 2019
18:30Gala Dinner (Guests and Speakers), Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City
 Thursday, October 24, 2019
9:00Welcome Remarks
Dr. Leah Buendia, Assistant Secretary for International Linkages, Department of Science and Technology
JK Kim, Chair, ISTA-Asia Pacific Division
9:20Empowering Effective Packaging Design
AJ Gruber, President and CEO, International Safe Transit Association Global, USA
9:50Developing Test Standards for Today and the Future
Eric Hiser, Vice President for Technical, International Safe Transit Association Global, USA
10:20Coffee Break
10:40Supply Chain Hazard Measurements Driving New & Updated Laboratory Testing
David Jin, Asia Manager, Chief Representative of Lansmont Corporation China Office, NVT Group
11:10Temperature Controlled Supply Chain – International Standardization and Design-Based Research
JK Kim, Korea Conformity Laboratories, South. Korea
11:40Global Packaging Research Initiatives
Brian O’Banion, Vice President for Research and Education, International Safe Transit Association Global, USA
13:30Customized Solutions for your Future Packaging Needs
Cathy Mu, ExxonMobil Chemical Asia Pacific, USA
14:00Challenges of Packaging in the Fresh Produce Cold Chains in Thailand: Material and Design Innovation
Vanee Chonhenchob, Associate Professor, Department of Packaging and Materials Technology, Faculty of Agro-Industry, Kasetsart University
14:30The Challenges of Developing Transport Packaging for Fresh Produce in the Philippines
Ericson Nolasco, Senior Science Research Specialist, Packaging Technology Division, Philippines
14:50A Stressful Journey of a Pallet
PK Ang, Group Executive Director, Newton Research & Development Centre Sdn. Bhd. Malaysia
15:20Coffee Break
15:40Packaging Testing, Its Relevance in Product Safety
Donnie Burgos, Packaging Support Manager, Unilever Philippines, Inc.
16:20Business Case: Stretch Film Optimization for a Manufacturer of Beer using Testing Technologies for Load Unit Safety
Carlos Mora, Safe Load Testing Technologies
16:50Transport Packaging Design and Optimization
Bernie Cangrejo, Central Philippine University
17:20Closing Remarks
Daisy E. Tanafranca, Chairperson 4th ISTA-APD Packaging Symposium
17:30ISTA Asia Pacific Division Board Meeting