March 2023
News and updates for our packaging community.

The ISTA Educational Foundation (ISTAEF) is thrilled to announce Eric Joneson as the recipient of this year’s R. David LeButt Award, which honors packaging professionals for their outstanding contributions to education in transport packaging.

"This award is substantially meaningful to me, said Joneson. "I was present when the first-ever LeButt Award was given in 2000, and I'm lucky enough to have known all 22 of the award recipients. Their leadership and participation set the example of how anyone can make a positive contribution. For me, educational contribution really means sharing of knowledge and that’s what I’ve found to be thoroughly rewarding over nearly three decades of participation with ISTA."

Joneson will be recognized at the annual ISTA Forum, including TempPack and TransPack events, which will be held May 1-3 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas.


Don't wait any longer! Reserve your room for the 2023 ISTA Forum TODAY. We are hosting the 2023 ISTA Forum, including TransPack & TempPack events May 1-3 in Houston, Texas at the beautiful Marriott Marquis Houston. The Marriott Marquis will deliver a downtown Houston urban resort experience with over 150,000 square feet of elegant event space, a rooftop terrace, best sports bar and the world's largest Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river – all allowing valuable opportunities for our community to gather, learn & connect!


The following companies will be presenting on the programs:


Get ISTA PDP Certified at the Forum! Prior to the Forum, ISTA's Lead Instructor Larry Dull will conduct an ISTA PDP Certification training on Sunday, April 30.

This in-person event covers all six (6) courses required to obtain your ISTA PDP Certification.  Once you complete these courses and pass the exam, you will receive your certification as an ISTA Packaging Dynamics Professional. 
  • PDP 101 | Principles of Distribution Packaging
  • PDP 201 | Atmospheric & Compression Hazards in Transit
  • PDP 202 | Shock & Drop Hazards in Transit
  • PDP 203 | Vibration Hazards in Transit
  • PDP 204 | Test Laboratory Operations & Instrumentation
  • PDP 205 | Test Procedures & Enhanced Simulation Testing

Hundreds of packaging professionals attend the ISTA Forum looking for innovative solutions. Exhibitors at the ISTA Forum will showcase their products and services while targeting key decision makers of the transport packaging industry. Click the button below and choose "Exhibitors" to learn about their products, services, and innovative solutions.

Be a part of pushing the packaging industry forward! Submit an abstract for the 2023 ISTA European Packaging Symposium - happening 27-28 September in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Target topics of interest include:
Retail, Logistics, Packaging Trends | Cold-Chain | Packaging Performance Testing Applications and Research | Challenges of Protective Package Design | Quality Assurance and Validation Best Practices | Damage Reduction Success Stories | e-Commerce Packaging | Sustainable Packaging Development | Optimization of Packaging Systems Case Studies | Digital Simulation

The abstract submission deadline is April 30, 2023. Abstract submissions must be made using the online form and include an abstract title, topic description, and any practical takeaways. If selected to be a speaker, your attendee registration will be waived.


ISTA is now offering four Distribution Environment Data Collection & Analysis courses that provide an in-depth discussion on the collection and analysis of shock & vibration data associated with the transport of products.  Now available online with ISTA’s improved and revamped learning platform, you can choose to go through all four courses in order or, you can take any one or more individual courses based on your area of interest.



  • DCA 101 | Introduction to Distribution Environment Data Collection & Analysis 
  • DCA 201 | Distribution Environment Data Collection
  • DCA 301 | Distribution Environment Data Analysis - Vehicle Vibration 
  • DCA 302 | Distribution Environment Data Analysis - Shock Impact & Drop

Dennis Young played a foundational role in ISTA’s future when he helped lead the association in 1995 with a new vision. Dennis served as ISTA’s Technical Director prior to joining the MSU School of Packaging.

ISTA and the Michigan State University School of Packaging invite you to share your memories and stories in honor of Dennis Young - a packaging legend, an incredible mentor and teacher, and a friend. 


Did you know? ISTA has a helpful Support Center that allows you to browse through a collection of articles and FAQs. The knowledge base includes popular topics surrounding Testing, Certification, Membership and so much more. If you can’t find an answer to your question, submit a ticket and we’ll get back to you.
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