Pro Carton strengthens its position to help industry succeed with CEPI Cartonboard merger confirmed

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Members of CEPI Cartonboard and Pro Carton have confirmed that they will merge into one strong association under the name Pro Carton, following a 12-month period of consultation.

The final merger is expected to take place in 2024 after all legal procedures are successfully met.

Driving joined targets and synergies

The announcement was made at the Annual General Meeting in June in Brussels.  There has long been a strong alignment between CEPI Cartonboard and Pro Carton.  The merger will create a more effective and efficient group that has a stronger voice throughout the cartonboard and carton industry. This will include several new working streams, each devoted to driving synergies, improving the Associations’ representation and support it offers member organisations.

Uniting and strengthening the industry

Michele Bianchi, President of Pro Carton, commented:

“This merger will create a stronger association that will ensure our members 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.”

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

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

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 further head Pro Carton and continue to lead the transformation and merger of the two associations in the role of Directeur General. Winfried Mühling keeps responsibility as Marketing and Communications Director.

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Source: Pro Carton