The World Packaging Organisation (WPO) just announced that Australia’s very own senior packaging and process technologist, Ralph Moyle, would be the latest recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award.

A stalwart of the Australian packaging industry, Moyle has significantly contributed to the sector for more than four decades. 

An experienced packaging consultant with an extensive knowledge in the manufacturing industry, he has expanded packaging knowledge as a mentor, trainer and educator across Australia, New Zealand and parts of South East Asia.

His extensive years in the industry has seen him lead many teams across the sector, including major stints at the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), Fonterra and Simplot. 

His time with the AIP saw him become an instrumental educator and ran numerous training courses and lecturing sessions. He lectured within the Master of Food and Packaging Innovation degree and was the AIP education coordinator. 

During his long career in the industry, he had led and implemented major packaging material and format changes for major Australian FMCG businesses.

These include the full glass range for the Leggo’s range, full range of Golden Circle long-life juice bottles, as well as shelf-ready packaging conversion projects for Fonterra, Golden Circle and GlaxoSmithKline. 

Still taking in the news, Moyle was humbled and honoured to be recognised on a global scale by the WPO. 

“I have been very fortunate to have been able to share my expertise with others and expand training into various parts of Australasia,” said Moyle.

“We have been able to take our knowledge and expertise in Sustainable Packaging Design to Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and New Zealand, and I hope to continue this work in a post-Covid world.

“These programs have brought together people from all professions within the packaging industry for a common goal of knowledge sharing and learning.” 

The Lifetime Achievement Award is a way for the WPO to acknowledge and reward excellence in all aspects of packaging science, technology, design and application around the world.

“It was established with the aim of recognising practitioners from all packaging disciplines, who have made a significant national or international contribution in packaging over a prolonged and sustained period,” said Pierre Pienaar, WPO president. 

“It is these people who have consistently pushed the boundaries in advancing packaging to serve the needs of an ever more demanding consumer base. These prestigious awards will celebrate and preserve, in perpetuity, the collective achievements of these innovators.” 

Moyle will be recognised alongside 11 other Australian and New Zealand companies during this year’s WorldStar Packaging Awards virtual ceremony, set to be held in May.

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