The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) have appointed Pierre Pienaar FAIP as their new Vice President.
Currently chairman of the Queensland branch of the AIP, Pierre is also a long standing tutor to the AIP certificate and diploma courses in packaging and is a key member of the AIP packaging training programme. Pienaar has previously headed up the South African Institute of Packaging and has strong links with the IoP, PIABC and other packaging institutes around the world.
Pienaar will hold the position of Vice President until the AIP National Conference in June 2010 where he will succeed Craig Wellman as a broad succession plan laid in by the AIP National Board.
Pierre Pienaar’s interest in packaging started in 1984 after having studied pharmacy. Shortly after joining a pharmaceutical company, he became concerned about a number of packaging related issues in the pharmaceutical world. Hence, Pierre began his studies in packaging and moved within the same company to Packaging Research and Development. Pierre has attended international congresses and conferences where he has delivered papers and been a judge of national and international packaging competitions.
Pierre has a Master of Science degree (Packaging Engineering/Technology) from Brunel University, UK, and has a Master of Manufacturing and Production degree from University of Hertfordshire, UK. He has been a National President of the South African Institute of Packaging, a director of the Packaging Council of Southern Africa and a representative on the board of the World Packaging Organisation. He has lectured in the technology and science of packaging at various universities for the past 20 years and is currently a tutor for the correspondence course being offered through the Australian Institute of Packaging, namely the Diploma in Packaging IoP UK.
Pierre is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Packaging, Professional member of the Australian Food, Industry and Science Technology and an honorary life member of the South African Institute of Packaging, Southern Africa. He has his own packaging consulting business, PackTech Solutions and has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and food packaging industries.