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European Paper Industry Associations Pro Carton and CEPI Cartonboard to Merge

Pro Carton

Aug. 23, 2023 - Pro Carton and CEPI Cartonboard recently announced that they will merge into one association under the name Pro Carton. The decision follows a 12-month period of consultation.

The final merger is expected to take place mid-2024 after all legal procedures are successfully completed.

The announcement was made at the Associations' Annual General Meeting on 16 June 2023.

The merger will create a more effective and efficient group that has a stronger voice throughout the carton industry. This will include several new working streams, each devoted to driving synergies, improving the Associations' representation and support it offers member organizations.

In addition to announcing the merger, Pro Carton announced its new board members, who will take their positions immediately:

  • Andreas Birmoser, Stora Enso
  • Andreas Bo, Holmen Iggesund
  • Nick Dowling, Westrock
  • Nick Fox, Metsa Board
  • Thomas Kratochwill, MM Board & Paper
  • Kemal Ozkirim, Kartonsan
  • Jean-Francois Roche, Graphic Packaging International

Before the completion of the merger, the two associations will be strategically guided by the same team of board members. Michele Bianchi, CEO of RDM Group will continue in the position of President for Pro Carton. Neil Fox of Metsä Board will become Vice-President. Horst Bittermann will continue to lead the transformation and merger of the two associations in the role of General Director, and Winfried Mühling keeps responsibility as Marketing and Communications Director.

Mr. Bianchi, President of Pro Carton, commented, "This merger will create a stronger association that will ensure Pro Carton are prepared for the future of the European cartonboard and folding carton industry. With a stronger voice, cooperation across industry borders, and closer collaboration with ECMA, our union will deliver the support needed for the sustainable growth of our industry."

About CEPI Cartonboard

CEPI Cartonboard is the European Association of Cartonboard Manufacturers. It has members in 10 countries and represents cartonboard mills that make Solid Bleached Sulphite (SBB or GZ), Solid Unbleached Sulphate (SUB), Folding Boxboard (UC & GC) and White Lined Chipboard (GD, GT & UD). In total CEPI Cartonboard represents mills whose total capacity is over 95% of the total European capacity for these grades.

Pro Carton is the European Association of Carton and Cartonboard manufacturers. Its main purpose is to promote the use of cartons and cartonboard as an economically and ecologically balanced packaging medium. To learn more, visit:

SOURCE: Pro Carton

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