IPPO’s Toshio Arita Honoured on Global Stage

Honorary IPPO member Toshio Arita’s tremendous contribution to the packaging industry has been recognised by the World Packaging Organisation, who presented him with the WPO Lifetime Achievement Award during the WorldStar ceremony at Interpack in May.

It was a golden moment for Toshio, aged 90, and for the IPPO members present at the ceremony, many of which have worked with him over the years, participating in inward missions to Tokyo Pack arranged by Toshio and the Japan Packaging Institute.

WPO president Pierre Pienaar congratulates IPPO’s Toshio Arita.

Speaking at the event, Toshio said change is a constant, and the packaging industry should constantly keep pace with the evolution of technology. Toshio is an exemplar of this sentiment, having contributed his expertise in packaging to the benefit of the packaging industry in Japan and across global borders for over half a century. He has been instrumental in introducing numerous packaging technologies and facilitating cross-company collaborations to the benefit of the wider industry.

“IPPO is extremely proud of Toshio’s achievement, and we feel privileged to have benefitted from his expertise and friendship over the years,” the IPPO Board said, on behalf of the membership.

IPPO members attending the WorldStar Awards to cheer Toshio on included Andrew Manly, Steven Pacitti, Lindy Hughson, Bo Wallteg, Liliam Benzi, Aslihan Arikan, Nerida Kelton, Erik Kruisselbrink, Marco Fiori, and Dominique Huret.

IPPO Past President Steven Pacitti interviewed Toshio at interpack, and filed a report which you can view on our LinkedIn post here.