2023 was the first year of unrestricted exhibitions and live presentations after the pandemic. We took many opportunities to strengthen the position of cartonboard and folding cartons. What I remember most vividly are the live interviews with Packaging Journal at Interpack. At the trade fair, you could feel the sense of relief that the industry was finally coming together in person again. The interviews with Julia Paul and Jan Malte Andresen were brilliantly staged and it was fun to talk about packaging, the results of our carbon footprint study and what else moves our industry. Thanks again to Packaging Journal.
We also took part in several roundtables and other live interviews. In a session with Neue Verpackung, we shared the results of our recent Consumer Survey on mandatory deposits. The results show that consumers are looking for options and will not accept a top-down decision on mandatory deposit solutions in the HORECA (Hospitality, recreation and Catering) channels.
One of the most memorable events we attended was EuroPack in Montreux, organised by Marcus Evans. A great networking event with participants from the entire packaging value chain. Professional presentations and scheduled times for networking.
We are also grateful about successful media partnerships we initiated in 2023. A special thank you goes to packAKTUELL where we started a regular chapter on “Verbandsnachrichten” – packaging news from the associations.
The Sustainable Packaging Summit organised by Packaging Europe was also great. The content is rich and the format also promotes networking with colleagues from the entire value chain.
Not forgetting, of course, the ECMA Congress and the Carton Awards Gala in Seville. This year, ECMA and Pro Carton welcomed more than 200 participants to the congress and more than 250 to the gala night: