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UPM Raflatac expands asset platform in Poland to meet label stock demand growth in Europe


Pulse Roll awarded Investors in People accreditation


awarded the prestigious Investors in People Standard (IIP) accreditation, demonstrating the company’s commitment to continuous improvement and high performance through good people management. Gary Seward, the company’s managing


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Wroclaw, Poland label stock factory. By introducing a new coating line, together with related reel handling and slitting capacity additions, the company aims to meet the increasing demand for self-adhesive label stock in Europe. Production of the new line is planned to commence in the first half of 2018. “This is a significant investment to meet the


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demand growth of our customers in Europe,” explained Antti Jääskeläinen, executive vice president, UPM Raflatac. “It further leverages our unique competences, end-use specific product offering and industry-leading, optimally-located operating platform in Poland. “One of the trends driving label stock demand is the fast growth of E-commerce, an end-use


5p carrier bag charge: One year on


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ast month marked the one-year anniversary of the introduction of the 5p carrier bag


charge in the UK. Following the announcement that there had been an impressive 75 per cent reduction in carrier bag usage, Richard Kirkman, technical director at Veolia UK and Ireland, stated: “In just 365 days we’ve seen a huge drop in


carrier bags coming through our facilities. In fact, plastic bags collected by Veolia have reduced from an estimated 170 million to 40 million, since the 5p charge came into practice last October. This is a great achievement and something we, as a nation, should be very proud of. “Through our Bag2Bag scheme, launched in


Southwark, we’re able to recycle the low-density film – the main material in single use bags – back into single use refuse sacks that are then distributed back to Southwark residents.” Read more on the Converterwebsite.


PM Raflatac is strengthening its position by building a new coating line at its


requiring increasing amounts of labelling material. Also the packaged food trends, together with the general private consumption growth, continue to be important drivers. We have successfully responded to the demand globally, which is also reflected in our annual top line growth rate of about six per cent in recent years. The approximately €35 million investment in the additional coating and finishing capacity in Wroclaw will ensure the continued excellent service and quality for UPM Raflatac customers.” Operations at the UPM Raflatac Wroclaw


label stock factory started in 2008, followed by the nearby UPM Raflatac Nowa Wies factory in 2012. Located in Western Poland, the two factories today employ nearly 600 people and form a significant UPM Raflatac label stock production hub.


director, said: “Being accredited against the Investors in People Standard is an outstanding achievement. As a rapidly expanding company, we are extremely proud to be recognised for the way in which we support, develop and manage our employees. We are committed to sustaining our focus on continuous improvement throughout the whole business and investment in our people is vital for our continued success.” Just 16 per cent of UK employers are


currently accredited with IIP. The Investors in People accreditation follows the company’s success last year when Pulse Roll Label Products was also recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, a standard of commercial excellence and the UK’s highest accolade for business success.


arrow web ink and varnish specialist, Pulse Roll Label Products, has been


UK packaging and print industries need to step up for young talent


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om Garsed, marketing, design & innovation director at Graphic Packaging UK, has called


for action in the UK packaging and print industries to support the development of young talent in the country. He said: “At GPI we have a number of initiatives to


bring young talent into our company, including apprenticeship schemes across multiple departments, university placement schemes in packaging design and sponsoring the Schools and Students StarPack design briefs. The Starpack Awards are where creative packaging design briefs are provided for schools, colleges and universities. All of these activities enable GPI to connect and help train and educate young people considering a career in a design related function. However, this simply isn’t enough.” According to UK Government statistics issued in June this year, 621,000 young people aged 16-


24 were unemployed in February to April 2016, representing an unemployment rate of 13.6 per cent. Fewer young people are entering the industry and there are very limited routes for existing employees to get up-to-date support training. The packaging industry currently employs 85,000 people in the UK – representing three per cent of the UK manufacturing industry workforce. Jo Stephenson, director of women in packaging UK, commented: “A new Packaging Steering


Group has been formed, with the backing of a number of retailers, brands, packers and supply chain partners, to advise on the development of bespoke packaging training courses with the support of the UK university infrastructure. The PackFuture initiative has recently successfully developed a Post Graduate Certificate in ‘Advances in Food and Beverage Packaging’ to be launched at Chester University with further undergraduate programmes to follow.” Much of the industry’s skill base relies on this route to fulfil its employment needs and this is


something supported by GPI customer, 2 Sisters Food Group. Leaders from 2SFG’s People and Talent teams have given their backing to the recently announced new industry approved apprenticeship programmes.


Read the full story on the Converterwebsite.


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