The New South Wales Branch of the Australian Institute of Packaging has announced that its new Chairman will be Kevin Hannon MAIP.
Mr Hannon has been greatly engaged as a committee member of the NSW Australian Institute of Packaging since 2004 and now steps up to the Chairman’s role, where he has been welcomed by the AIP National Board. The National Board also thanked outgoing NSW Chairman, William Woo MAIP for all his efforts over the past few years.
Kevin Hannon has been in the packaging industry since finishing his HSC more than two decades ago, where his specialism is in plastics converting. He has experience in a broad range of roles within the industry, including both tooling and plant engineering, sales and technical positions, as well as product design and project management.
Kevin’s first taste of the packaging industry came in the Christmas break, after finishing his HSC. Kevin took a temporary job operating injection moulding machines at a family packaging business in Girraween whilst waiting for his HSC results.
This small taste of the packaging industry influenced Mr Hannon to follow an engineering route at university once he had received his HSC results and university placing.
After university Mr Hannon went onto secure a position in a large multinational heavy engineering firm, where he worked for 10 years, gaining experience in the mechanical and structural engineering fields, working on a number of large infrastructure projects.
Kevin then made a move back into plastics, where he has taken on various roles and challenges. At present Kevin is the Australian Business Development Manager at Viscount Plastics, where he is oversees the development of new products. He is responsible for using the Viscount NPD process to see new opportunities that come into the business through to fruition.
Kevin explains that by moving between companies and plastics converting roles it has kept him intrigued and passionate about plastics and packaging for the twenty plus years that he has spent in the packaging industry.
Mr Hannon says “In the past seven years or so, I have seen many changes and issues come and go in our industry. Today it’s no different; every day a different challenge comes along and we all need to be prepared as an industry to be professional in way we respond to those challenges, to ensure we maintain a viable, competitive and sustainable local packaging industry.”