An honour to Sri Lanka 

The Asian Packaging Federation has appointed a President from Sri Lanka namely Rohan Victoria to its Board of administration for the third time in its 50 years of existence.

He takes over the reigns from the 01st of January 2018 from Dr. Kie Shim of South Korea who held this position for two years.

The APF , the only International Packaging Organization representing the Asian Packaging Industry was founded in 1967 in Kyoto , Japan with five countries as founder members comprising China, India, Japan, Korea and the Philippines.

One nationally recognized leading packaging organization from each country in the Asia Pacific Region is eligible to be a full member of the APF except for the Peoples Republic of China, the only country with  two nationally  recognized packaging organizations been given the opportunity to receive full membership of the federation considering the total population of the country.

20 national packaging organizations from 19 countries from the Asia Pacific Region have received full membership of the APF during  the last five decades. There are currently 16 member organization in the membership register of the APF at present.

The Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging being  the  only leading organization representing the Sri Lankan  Packaging industry  joined the Asian Packaging Federation way back in 1978 during the reign of the founder President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging Stanley  Wickremaratne, who himself became a Vice President and later the 13th President of the Asian Packaging Federation in the year 1992 &1993. A decade later in 2002, Dharma Ratnayake, one time Secretary General of the APF was appointed as its Vice President and elevated to the rank of President a year later.

Both Mr.Wickramaratne and Mr Ratnayake became Vice Presidents of the World Packaging Organization.

Rohan Victoria , the Managing Director of Iris Trading ltd , who became a Member of the Council of Management  of the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging representing Aitken Spence Printing & Packaging (pvt) ltd, in 1995 , was appointed President of the Institute of Packaging in November 2016, prior to which he held the positions of Assistant Secretary , General Secretary , Vice president and the Deputy President covering a period of two and half decades.

Besides Rohan Victoria being the President of the APF and President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging he is also a Director of the Packaging Development Centre Ltd, Director of the Ingrin Institute of Printing and Graphics and also a Director of the Sri Lanka Institute of Printing.

Rohan Victoria , the current President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging led the Sri Lanka delegation in December for the meeting of the Board of Administration and General Assembly of the APF which was attended by more than 30 delegates representing nine member organization from nine countries where he was appointed the President of the APF for a two year period commencing January 2018.

The Asian Packaging Federation will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in Tokyo , Japan and  Rohan Victoria will participate at these celebration as the President of the Federation which is an honour for Sri Lanka

The APF, which was inaugurated in Japan in 1967, celebrated its 25th year anniversary too in Tokyo in 1992 with Stanley Wicremaratne as the incumbent President of the APF and Dharma Ratnayake as its Secretary General participating as honoured guests of the Japan Packaging Institute.

The Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging holds an esteemed position in the APF considering the achievement of three of its members heading the APF in its 50 year history.

These are hallmarks in the history of the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging and through the enthusiasm and dedication displayed by these office bearers , the Sri Lanka Institute Of Packaging takes pride of place in this organization thus bringing fame to Sri Lanka.