Rohan Victoria appointed President of Asian Packaging Federation

An honour to Sri Lanka


The Asian Packaging Federation has appointed a Sri Lankan, Rohan Victoria, as president to its board of administration. This is the third time in its 50 years of existence that a Sri Lankan has taken over the reins as the Federation’s president.

He took over the mantle on January 1, 2018 from Dr. Kie Shim of South Korea, who held the 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, 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 People’s Republic of China, the only country with  two nationally recognized packaging organizations, which was given the opportunity of receiving full membership of the Federation considering the total population of the country.

Twenty national packaging organizations from 19 countries from the Asia Pacific Region received full membership of the APF during the past five decades. There are 16 organizations in the membership register of the APF at present.

The Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging, the only leading organization representing the Sri Lankan packaging industry, joined the Asian Packaging Federation 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 (1992-93).

A decade later in 2002, Dharma Ratnayake, a one time Secretary General of the APF, was appointed its vice president and elevated to the rank of president a year later.

Both Wickramaratne and 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.

He earlier held the positions of assistant secretary, general secretary, vice president and the deputy president covering a period of two and half decades.

In addition to Rohan Victoria serving as 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 Lankan 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 organizations from nine countries, where he was appointed president of the APF for a two-year period from 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 to Sri Lanka

The APF, which was inaugurated in Japan in 1967, celebrated its 25th year anniversary also in Tokyo in 1992 with Stanley Wicremaratne as the incumbent president of the APF and Dharma Ratnayake as its secretary general participating as 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 bringing fame to Sri Lanka.

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