This year’s annual Eurosac Congress “Paper sacks – the natural commitment” was held in Malta from 24.05.-25.05.2018. It provided a forum to discuss the circular economy approach of the European paper sack and sack kraft paper industry, recent market developments as well as the activities of the association, and customer needs in the food sector.
After moderate growth of 0.2 % in 2017, the beginning of 2018 was promising for the European paper sack industry: It recorded a growth of 3.1 % in deliveries of paper sacks in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2017.
Natural commitment to the circular economy
Joanna Drake, Deputy Director General of the Directorate-General for Environment, gave an update on the “EU Plastics Strategy”. It was intro-duced by a short video message from Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fishery, who welcomed the discussions at the congress as a contribution to make the transition to a circular economy a reality and encouraged the participants to innovate. The audience also received an overview of the industry’s European policy issues and the ongoing research and communication activities, that aim at improving the performance of paper sacks to meet the challenges of the future, for example in terms of customer demands, industry 4.0 and environmental issues related to the circular economy.
Eurosac Grand Prix Award 2018
The innovative power of the paper sack industry was showcased at the Eurosac Grand Prix Award ceremony. It honours the industry’s most creative advancements of the past year. The Eurosac Grand Prix 2018 trophy was awarded to Mondi for its sustainable packaging solution “MailerBAG” (formerly named Boomerang) for courier express shipments.