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CPI to ensure high performance for corrugated packaging through CFQ standard

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) will launch a Common Footprint Quality (CFQ) standard for the UK’s fresh produce industry to ensure safe and high performance corrugated packaging for fruit and vegetables.

Revealing the initiative at the London Produce Show at the Grosvenor House Hotel, CPI’s director of Packaging Affairs, Andy Barnetson, said the move will further improve the efficiency of the fresh produce supply chain by allowing common footprint trays from different suppliers to be stacked safely and quickly, maximising space in both storage and shipping.

The material can increase the shelf life of fresh produce by up to three days, while each corrugated box is used only once and then recycled, reducing the risk of cross-contamination of bacteria through product delivery – unlike returnable transit crates which might be used a number of times before washing.

The other advantages of corrugated packaging - flexibility and innovation - have helped several UK’s leading companies, such as Pauleys, improve delivery times and respond more quickly to customers’ needs.

“Corrugated is the perfect fit for fresh produce. Nothing beats it for strength, space efficiency and stacking. Rolling out the CFQ standard is further proof that the industry is not resting on its laurels and is determined to ensure the best packaging solutions for all fresh produce companies", Mr Barnetson underlined.


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CPI Director of Raw Materials: '2015 annus horribilis for UK paper industry'

In a recent article published on Resource Magazine, Simon Weston, Director of Raw Materials at the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI), provided an interesting insight on the problematic situation of UK paper industry.

"Last year was an annus horribilis for paper manufacturing in the UK", highlighted Mr Weston. "Whilst the industry has invested heavily in new machinery over the past decade, improving energy efficiency and reducing its environmental footprint, 13 paper machines were closed in 2015 with the loss of close to 900 kilotonnes (Kt) of capacity."

Many factors affected the industry performance, including changes in demanded products, new social trends and market fluctuations. "Since 2000, there has been a 40 per cent reduction in demand for newsprint and a 30 per cent decrease in demand for printing and writing papers, reflecting the increasing popularity of digital media. On the other hand, demand for hygiene products such as tissues has risen by nearly 15 per cent."

Mr Weston focused his analysis on recovered paper, underlining how "domestic mill consumption fell to 3.36 million tonnes, down nearly 400Kt, and the excess was absorbed by export markets, which grew to 4.9 million tonnes [...] The UK is now very dependent upon export markets and is therefore vulnerable to issues such as fluctuating demand in the world economy and quality. For the first time last year, Chinese mills became bigger users of British recovered paper than the UK itself."

Another issue derived from recovered paper quality: "Despite 65 per cent of post-domestic collection now being co-mingled, the MRF Code of Practice appears moribund with neither the level of participation nor the average contamination in output material reflecting a high-quality performance."

To read the complete article click here.


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CPI publishes its Annual Review 2015-16

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has published its Annual Review 2015-16 'Onwards and Upwards'.

The Review analyses challenges and opportunities across the UK Paper Industry throughout 2015, along with insights into what 2016 holds.

In his overview, David Workman, CPI Director General, underlines that 2015 was the year the plight of Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs) hit the headlines. On a positive note, lobbying by CPI, along with other EIIs, saw the Paper Industry maintain its Climate Change Levy relief under the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) and ensured that those Members in the Confederation CCA are exempt from the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). These two measures alone were worth £30m to the industry in 2015.

The CPI has also been heavily involved with officials from the Treasury, resulting in the Chancellor’s recent announcement that the CRC will be cancelled.

Energy was once again a priority in 2015 with rising costs proving detrimental to the paper industry. Environmental issues tackled by CPI are also covered in detail, along with a look at the circular economy package. It was another busy year on health and safety issues following the launch of the new PABIAC strategy at the CPI’s Biennial Health & Safety Conference.

Finally, the Review includes a detailed summary of Packaging Affairs activities featuring updates on regulatory matters, information on the recently introduced carrier bag charge, progress on the corrugated promotional programme and updates on the latest FEFCO marketing campaign.

CPI’s Annual Review 2015-16 is available in hard copy on request. Please contact Emma Punchard, Director of Communications, on 01793 889609 or email [email protected].


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David Workman to step down as Director General of CPI

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has announced that its Director General, David Workman, will step down later this year.

The CPI expresses its gratitude to Mr Workman for his dedication and leadership in raising the profile of the organisation and defending the interests of its Members.

Mr Workman commented: “I have really enjoyed the last six years, and will leave with very mixed feelings, but I believe that the time is right for a change. The legislative landscape is evolving and bringing with it fresh challenges which I think are best handled by someone able to lead the organisation through into the 2020s."

"My successor will inherit a fantastic team of people who together have transformed CPI into a very high profile and successful trade association.”


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Paper Industry: Two Sides releases new Myths & Facts booklet

Two Sides - the Paper Industry Communication Campaign promoting the sustainability of Print and Paper - has released the new version of its Myths and Facts booklet.

The publication addresses popular Myths about print and paper and dispels those Myths with verifiable Facts.

In response to common preconceptions about the environmental impact of Forest and Paper Industries, the booklet underlines that:

  • Between 2005 and 2015, European forests grew by an area the size of Switzerland - that's 1,500 football pitches every day
  • Europe recycles 72% of its paper
  • 84% of the industry’s raw materials come from Europe
  • Between 2005 and 2013, the CO2 emissions of the European pulp and paper industry were reduced by 22% 
  • 56% of the industry’s total primary annual energy consumption is biomass-based

"The misconceptions about print and paper are still a major issue for the industry", said Two Sides representatives. "All too often, we see messages from organisations such as; “Go Green – Go Paperless” and “Do your bit for the environment and choose e-billing”. These messages are unsubstantiated, misleading and can have a lasting effect on consumer perceptions of print and paper. The print and paper industry is a world leader when it comes to sustainably-managed materials, renewable energy and recycling."

Download the booklet here.


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