In the ever-evolving world of packaging, the cartonboard and carton industry plays a pivotal role in shaping the way products are presented and perceived. It is a dynamic field where innovation meets sustainability, and talented individuals are making a significant impact.  A new series of interviews by Pro Carton celebrates the talented people who shape innovation and sustainability in packaging, colleagues who live sustainability and who make this workspace fun and exciting.

In this segment of Pro Carton’s job profile series, we turn our attention to Albert Miralles, the Technical Project Manager hailing from Spain and representing RDM Group (RDM). With a background in civil engineering and a passion for driving impactful projects, Albert shares his insights into his role as a pivotal figure in RDM’s mills, his journey through the cartonboard industry, and his dedication to sustainability and innovation.

Albert Miralles is the Technical Project Manager hailing from Spain and representing RDM Group (RDM).

Q: Albert, could you introduce yourself and tell us about your current role within the carton and cartonboard industry? How did you first become interested in this field, and what led you to your current career path?

A: I’m a 29-year-old civil engineer currently serving as the Project Manager and Loss Prevention Manager at RDM’s mills in Spain. My journey into this industry began with a background in civil engineering, focusing on general infrastructures.

However, the allure of the industrial sector and the profound environmental impact of the cartonboard industry captivated my interest. Joining RDM presented an exciting opportunity to contribute to sustainable development while leveraging my technical expertise.

Q: Can you describe the key milestones and experiences that have shaped your career in this industry?

A: The most rewarding milestones in my journey at RDM come at the culmination of a project I am responsible for, where tangible improvements are realised. Witnessing the start-up day of new equipment or installations is particularly fascinating, as it underscores the significance of our efforts in driving tangible results within the industry.

One of the most significant challenges lies in the inherent need for flexibility within my role. Coordinating multifaceted responsibilities amidst constant changes and requirements poses an enormous challenge, requiring continuous learning and strategic planning.

Q: What does a typical day or week in your current role look like?
A: A typical day in my current role involves overseeing a spectrum of responsibilities related to project management and loss prevention. I engage in planning and coordination to drive forward new investments while collaborating closely with various stakeholders across different areas.

Simultaneously, I focus on loss prevention, actively identifying and mitigating risks to safeguard assets and personnel.

Q: Are there any specific projects or initiatives you’ve been involved in recently that you find particularly exciting or innovative?

A: One recent project that stands out is the implementation of a new cogeneration plant at our facility. This project is notable for its technical complexity and significant environmental impact, as it maximises energy efficiency and minimises greenhouse gas emissions through state-of-the-art technology.

Q: How do you believe your work contributes to the sustainable and environmentally friendly aspects of cartonboard packaging?

A: RDM’s commitment to the environment is evident in a wide array of projects focused on lowering CO2 emissions and waste reduction. Even projects unrelated to environmental initiatives prioritise energy efficiency.

As a project manager, I contribute to environmental aspects by ensuring the successful completion of these projects while meeting quality standards.

Q: What trends or developments in the industry are you most excited about, and how do they influence your work?

A: I am particularly enthusiastic about trends emphasising process optimisation, energy saving, and advancements in health and safety protocols.

These trends not only enhance efficiency but also reduce waste and environmental impact, aligning with our commitment to sustainability.

Q: What advice do you have for individuals considering a career in the carton and cartonboard industry?

A: I find significant promise in the industry’s expansion and its potential for personal and professional growth.

As we navigate towards a future with reduced plastic usage, the carton and cartonboard sector offer exciting opportunities for sector expertise and career development.

Q: Lastly, what makes you proud to work in the carton and cartonboard industry?

A: I am proud to work in the carton and cartonboard industry because of its significant contributions to environmental conservation and sustainability.

The opportunity to find solutions that not only challenge me from an engineering perspective but also contribute to a greener, more sustainable future fills me with immense motivation every day.

In conclusion, Albert’s journey as a Technical Project Manager at RDM Group exemplifies the intersection of engineering expertise and a deep commitment to sustainability and innovation. His role is crucial in driving impactful projects within RDM’s mills, showcasing the dynamic career paths available in the cartonboard industry. Albert’s insights and dedication highlight the importance of sustainable practices and continuous innovation in shaping the future of packaging. As we continue to profile industry leaders like Albert, we are reminded of the remarkable talent and passion that propel the cartonboard industry forward.