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The Austrian Packaging Institute was founded in 1956 as an independent and neutral centre for the packaging, manufacturing and distributing industries. Concentrating its business objectives mainly on the quality testing of packages at the beginning, it soon expanded its activities in providing basic information about packaging and the packaging industry in Austria to companies and public institutions and taking part in research projects. As a consequence of this Austria becomes one of the few European countries which regularly publish data in the field of packaging, for example the Annual Packaging Statistic.

Special research work has been done in the field of beverage packaging including cans and plastic containers. The important topics of discussion are one-way and multiple-way packaging, their ecological and economic comparison, cost analyses of both, as well as their share in the household waste. The accredited testing laboratory is the central testing and certification authority in Austria for the packaging for transport of dangerous goods. Quality control is offered for packaging materials and packages.

Consultancy work is mainly related to the examination of damages where packages are involved.

Furthermore the Austrian Packaging Institute is a member of national standard committees and participates in the work of international technical groups.

The activities of the institute are supported by manufacturers of raw material and packaging, packaging companies, packaging users, transport and distribution companies, the National Chamber of Commerce and governmental institutions such as the Ministry of Commerce or the Ministry of Environments.