New national association formed
September 1, 2008 By Pulp & Paper Canada
Canada -The memberships of the Canadian Corrugated Case Association and the Packaging Mills Association of Canada have merged to form Paper Packaging Canada, a new national organization representing t…
Canada -The memberships of the Canadian Corrugated Case Association and the Packaging Mills Association of Canada have merged to form Paper Packaging Canada, a new national organization representing the diverse interests of the players in Canada’s paper packaging industry.
Members of this new association will include the mills that produce paper and board for packaging grades, as well as the converters who turn them into boxes, bags and cartons.
The Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) will become the environmental arm of the new association.
John Mullinder, the current executive director of PPEC has been appointed the association’s president and chief executive officer.
“The industry faces immense pressure,” said the association’s 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.”
Malo warned that “more is coming,” and added, although the industry had embraced sustainability issues, the environment should not be the only element focused on; economic viability, social desirability and environmental responsibility must also come into play. “You can’t make sustainable packaging if you are no longer in business,” he said.
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