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(If you would like to read in in-depth review of our history, please follow the instructions at the foot of this page)


On 4th February 1970, 33 people from many areas of the packaging industry attended a meeting at AECI in Modderfontein to discuss the need or otherwise for the formation of an Institute of Packaging in South Africa.

It was unanimously agreed at this historic meeting that further investigations should be carried out and a steering committee was elected with Bob Gillespie of AECI as chairman, and Chris Angus of Van Leer as secretary.  Their brief was to look into all the implications of the project, and after several more meetings, it was agreed to proceed with the formation of an Institute of Packaging – thus IPSA was born.

Today, IPSA has developed into an influential educational body of note within the packaging industry.

With hundreds of members country wide, IPSA now represents the main body of packaging professionals within the industry, and services the needs and interests of these members through its five regional offices in the Northern Region, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, and the Border region.  The institute also has a number of country members, mainly students, who are situated in the more outlying areas of South Africa, and increasingly, in Africa to the north of us.

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If you would like to read an in-depth review of the history of our institute, please follow the instructions below -


1.  Click on this link : www.packagingmag.co.za

       When the page opens select the menu item "Back Issues" on the bar above, and locate AUGUST 2010.

2.  Click on this issue to open, then on the menu bar above the picture of the magazine, click on "pages" and enter '92' - the articles follows in the pages thereafter.

3.   Use the arrow on the right hand side of the page to browse through all the pages (click on the pages shown to enlarge).   If the printing appears a bit indistinct at first, wait for the full download to complete ("wings"  to clear) when the print will become quite clear.  Navigate by right clicking on your mouse and dragging.


PLEASE NOTE  that this article was written to commemorate our 40th anniversary in 2010.