Today, we take a look back at a very busy first half of 2022 and look forward to some major events that are upcoming in the calendar.

We very proudly welcome three major players who have joined Pro Carton as stand-alone members.  We extend a big thank you to Buchmann Karton, La Rochette Cartonboard and FOLBB.  We thank you for your trust and for strengthening Pro Carton with your membership.

For the past two years, most TICCIT activities in Europe were put on hold.  In the last few months we have seen face-to-face classroom activities resume in Germany and in Spain. UK confirmed support for new activities in H2. Please do take a look at a pictorial summary of TICCIT In Action activities – both in our TICCIT article and on our website.  Do contact us as soon as you want to initiate a programme with your local schools – it really is a memorable learning experience for all.

We recently adjusted our strategy in press coverage by limiting the number of paid articles and advertising placed.  Instead, our focus has been on byline articles and videos that communicate the benefits of cartons and cartonboard and demonstrate our leadership position on the road to circularity.  We have managed to raise substantial interest from leading magazines in all major European countries, for example we have collaborated closely with La Papeterie in France, Nord Emballage in Sweden, Lebensmittel Praxis in Germany and SPN / Packaging Europe in the UK.  Please take a look at our latest media publications Press Coverage in our members area.

I would also like to direct your focus to the short interviews that we made together with industry experts from across the value chain, where we discussed the importance and benefits of the 4evergreen design guideline.  We shall also be publishing a round table format interview with different stakeholders of the industry that aims to highlight the contribution of cartonboard for a circular economy.  Please watch out for announcements coming up shortly regarding that.

EU legislation keeps us busy before the Summer break.  Members will find a summary of FPE positioning papers on our website. On 29th June we – and fellow FPE Associations – are organising a Paper Packaging Day with the participation of key decision makers.  You will have the opportunity to join in with that event online or in person.  Please take a look at the links on our website.

We have just received the first data for the 2022 Cartonboard carbon footprint study which is a project we carry out in conjunction with the RISE Institute in Sweden. We expect the consolidated results to be available around October 2022.

We are currently preparing for the 2022 European Carton Excellence Award (ECEA) – we have received so many impressive entries and will start the judging process shortly.  We also received a record number of entries for the Pro Carton Young Designer Award (PCYDA).  Entries are now closed and we have started pre-screening the innovative packaging designs.  Still open for entry is the Pro Carton Student Video Award (PCSVA) where we expect to receive a host of video masterpieces before the end of June.  The judging for the different Awards will be finalized by the middle of July and then the focus will shift towards the public voting. This year we have also added the PCSVA to the public voting scheme.  I am sure there will be substantial interest in securing the top positions in all 3 Awards.

On September 14th we shall hold our 2022 General Assembly which will be linked to the ECMA congress in Krakow.  Horst Bittermann will send out the invitation to attend shortly. ECMA Congress takes place in Krakow on September 15th and 16th and one of the highlights will be the European Carton Excellence Awards Night on September 15th.

We are now preparing for our presence at Fachpack in Nürnberg/Germany from September 27th to 29th where we will join forces with FFI to meet a wide audience of industry, retailers and media representatives. Please come and see us in Halle 9 – Stand 345.

I wish all of you a great start to the Summer.  Enjoy the warm temperatures for some outdoor activities with family and friends.

Best regards,

Winnie Muehling, General Manager