Emmanuel Guichard, why this collaboration between ELIPSO and IK *?
On May 9, 2017, we awarded the third prize Pack the future. The date of May 9 is symbolic because it is the day of the feast of Europe which commemorates a founding speech of Robert Schuman "Europe will not be done in a sudden, nor in an overall construction: it will be achieved through concrete achievements that create a de facto solidarity ". The members of IK and ELIPSO want that our associations make concrete achievements, too. France and Germany represent the largest markets for plastic packaging in Europe, especially with regard to the departure of the United Kingdom due to Brexit.
What are the common issues?
There is no shortage of topics for our Franco-German packaging team!
We are currently drafting a guide on the various aspects of Eco-design, in relation to the entire value chain (customers, distributors and recyclers). This guide is designed to help everyone to integrate environmental issues when creating a new packaging. We also have more specific actions, as on the PET market where we created ForumPET Europe to answer the many questions of consumers. We have also written a trilingual document on bioplastics, a topical issue with the ban on fine plastic bags in France.
Following the elections of Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron and the new Franco-German impetus we are working on proposals to harmonize our regulations to make life easier for our companies.
Why did you choose ALL4PACK Paris for the 2018 Awards?
The Pack the Future award has become a showcase for the innovation of plastic packaging, showing the creativity of our companies at European level.
We therefore share the same objectives as ALL4PACK, which is a true crossroads of innovation and a must for our businesses. So it was only natural that we wanted the prize to be awarded during the show. No matter if they are exhibitors or visitors, we wish our members to benefit from the fair and to be on our stand for this event.
Thank you Emmanuel for this collaboration which we are delighted, thank you to ELIPSO and IK for this beautiful European initiative! ALL4PACK Paris is considered as an expert show where the great subjects of tomorrow are decrypted. Our 2018 red thread promotes excellence at the service of the consumer and the 4th edition of "Pack The Future" will once again demonstrate the creativity of the sector.
(1) ELIPSO is the trade organisation that represents the interests of plastic and flexible packaging producers. These companies established all over France employ 38,000 people in 320 firms (principally SMEs) and generate cumulative turnover of €7.7 billion.
* The German industry association IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V. (German Association for Plastics Packagings and Films) represents the interests of manufacturers of plastics packaging and films in Germany and Europe