The major players in the Canadian paper packaging industry have formed a new national organization, Paper Packaging Canada, to represent their diverse interests. Members of the new association will include both the mills that produce paper and board for packaging grades and the converters who turn them into boxes, bags and cartons.
The move mirrors rationalization underway throughout the manufacturing sector and effectively means the memberships of two current industry associations will be merged into one body at the same time as the links with the industry’s environmental council are strengthened.
The two associations merging are the Canadian Corrugated Case Association (representing the vast majority of Canadian corrugated board producers) and the Packaging Mills Association of Canada (representing the majority of Canadian packaging mills). The Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) will become the environmental arm of the new association.
“The industry faces immense pressures,” said interim chairman Charles Malo. “A high Canadian dollar, increased energy costs and competition from companies that don’t have to meet Canadian labour and environmental standards have led to mill closures, machine shutdowns and global rationalizations by owners and shareholders. More is coming,” he warned.
The industry had embraced sustainability issues, he said, but added that true sustainability included three key elements (economic viability, social desirability and environmental responsibility) rather than a focus on just one element, environmental. “You can’t make sustainable packaging if you are no longer in business.”
John Mullinder, the current executive director of PPEC, has been appointed the new association’s president and chief executive officer. “This is a challenging new venture,” he said, “at a time of rapid change within the industry. We look forward to coordinating our efforts better and to promoting the industry’s performance and substantial achievements more widely.”
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