Interview with John Nickless MAIP, Innovia Films Asia Pacific

I have been a member of the AIP since: September 1984.

What the AIP means to me: It’s been invaluable. It is a great networking opportunity, plus a chance to catch up with current members and past colleagues and associates. More importantly, it has enabled me to keep up with modern trends and packaging technology.

Education in the industry is: Paramount to ensure our packaging industry continues to thrive and attract quality individuals. It is also extremely important to ensure our industry keeps up to date with what is happening both here and overseas.

My strongest memory of change within the industry: The merger of many packaging companies and, sadly, the increasing loss of business to overseas competitors. Initially it was resin, then film, then printed rewind and finally, the total import of finished packaged goods.

My advice to those starting in the industry: Ensure you join organisations like the AIP and actively participate. Those who start in the packaging industry tend to stay, which reflects the rewards and good environment in which the packaging industry operates.

My mentor was: There have been many, but most of my knowledge was gained firsthand. As sales professional I have had the benefit of encountering all facets of the plastics and packaging industry. I value all the friendships and business partners I have dealt with over my 40 years in the plastic and films business. Don’t forget the adage, “Companies open doors but people do business”.

My greatest achievement in the industry: There are many; however, being acknowledged by the AIP for my contribution to the packaging industry is probably one of the highlights. It was totally unexpected.

I have always tried to help customers to grow their business and in so doing I have made a wealth of friends. By sharing my experiences and ideas with them I have gained their mutual respect and that has given me a great deal of personal satisfaction. Gaining their trust while assisting them to achieve their individual and company business goals and objectives has been very rewarding indeed. It is a great industry and one which I am proud to say I am associated with.

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