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Packaging Technology and Development


All products are packaged at some stage in their life cycle, and packaging has an influence on the cost and efficient movement of goods throughout the supply chain, adding value, minimising damage, providing vital information, and presenting the goods to the next stage in the chain in a convenient and acceptable condition. The Module aims to provide learners with a broad knowledge of the principles, materials, processes and other elements of packaging selection, production and use.

Successful candidates will be able to apply the knowledge gained in this Module to the management of effective supply chains, in solving problems and making decisions associated with the technical and aesthetic performance, cost, safety and legality of packaging materials and packed products.


By the end of the Module the students are able to:

  • Discuss the major functions of packaging, as a means of adding value to a product.
  • Assess the hazards of the supply chain and propose how packaging can be used to reduce their effects.
  • Evaluate the factors to be considered in the development and selection of packaging, including market, economics and available equipment and technology
  • Make broad comparisons between the major packaging materials: glass, metals, paper/board and plastics, with respect to market and market developments, functional and aesthetic performance, use of resources and cost
  • Discuss the environmental impact of packaging: use of resources and energy, generation of wastes, balanced against the benefits of maintaining and enhancing product value and reducing product waste. Compare the different methods of packaging waste disposal at the industrial, commercial and domestic levels.
  • Assess the effect of packaging legislation on a business: cost of compliance, procedures to demonstrate ‘due diligence’.


  • The market for packaging.
  • Functions of packaging:
    Product containment and preservation.
    Product protection.
    Product identity product handling.
    Selling the product.
  • Hazards of the supply chain; Mapping the journey.
  • Quantifying hazards; Quantifying product properties.
  • Packaging to reduce damage in the supply chain.
  • Testing solutions
  • Packaging development.
  • Packaging materials;
    Paper and board packaging.
    Corrugated board packaging.
    Glass packaging.
    Metal packaging.
    Plastics packaging.
  • Packaging and the environment.
  • Legislation in packaging.


5 days