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Industry News Croxsons win a Queen’s Award for enterprise


Glass packaging company, Croxsons, has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The family owned business is one of only 201 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Croxsons has been recognised for its excellence in international trade, which has seen the firm return continuous growth in overseas sales for the past six years. With export growth increasing year-on-year from £2.8 million to £9.9 million during the period - a rise in total of over 250 per cent - overseas sales now account for 36.3 per cent of the company’s turnover. This ongoing trading performance, combined with strong domestic sales, has helped propel Croxsons to an impressive 700 per cent hike in revenues since 2005. First trading in 1872, Croxsons faultless commitment to quality continues to provide leading food and drink manufacturers and brand owners with unique and innovative packaging solutions. With their base in Morden, Surrey, and further operations in New Zealand, Australia and the USA, Croxsons sell in over 50 markets worldwide. Commenting on their achievement, both James and Tim Croxson, the fourth and fifth generations respectively, who currently head up the firm,


said: “We are thrilled and privileged to have been recognised for international trade with a Queen’s Award. The achievement is testament to the collective and sustained effort from everyone here at Croxsons who have helped ensure that the business continues to be a success story that would delight our forebears.” Now in its 53rd year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years. Croxsons will celebrate its award during a royal reception for Queen’s Awards winners in the summer.


Valpak launches PackFlow 2025 - an alternative approach to EPR reform


Packaging compliance scheme Valpak has published a report on a collaborative alternative to the government’s current options for extended producer responsibility (EPR) reform. The report, PackFlow Hybrid Model – An Enhanced


Approach to EPR Reform, is the result of months of research and modelling. It outlines a new, hybrid system that builds on, and enhances, the four models provided in the government’s consultation on EPR. Director of consulting at Valpak, Andrew McCaffery, said the combined system represents the best opportunity to develop end markets and encourage meaningful recycling. He said: “None of the models offered in the consultation have focused strongly on ways to develop end markets. We have a unique chance to reform the system in a way that will redefine the costs around collection and recycling, and transform the landscape for packaging. We should ensure that whichever option is chosen represents a robust system designed to meet – and exceed – the UK’s requirements.” The 20-page report, which was first introduced at Valpak’s


recent PackFlow meeting, attended by government representatives and industry partners, summarises the company’s extensive research into the strengths and weaknesses of the existing UK scheme.


Revised edition of of Birkner paper industry directory published


With the 82nd edition of Birkner – International PaperWorld the publishing house continues the successful and comprehensive business directory of the international paper industry. The new revised edition with its


information regarding location, management, machines, raw material, procuts, services and brands hereby reflects the very fast and dynamic product and market development in this industry. More than 28,000 company profiles from 153 countries inform regarding new or modified products, process technologies and company structures. Volume 1 contains in six chapters the company information for manufacturers of


pulp, wood pulp, paper and cardboard, paper and cardboard manufacturers, buyers 'guides of manufacturers and processors, brands and trade marks, dealers and buyers' guides. We round off the first volume with the atlas of paper factories. Volume 2 offers company information for recycled paper trade, service companies, supplying industry, product register of the supplying industry, associations and institutions, as well as the trade journals in six chapters. The second volume ends with the General Index, the search register for both volumes. With the professional access to the regularly updated internet database www.paper-


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world.com up-to- date company profiles, company and trade news, comfortable multilingual search and export functions as well as worldwide digital maps complements the book edition in an ideal way. The database access is available at a price of 366,- €, the book edition at 342,- € p.a., the combination of book and web database access at 495,- €, via book stores or directly at the publishing house Birkner GmbH & Co. KG , Postfach 54 07 50, 22507 Hamburg, by email info@paper-world.com or by fax +49-40-800-80-1902. Postage fees of 12.95 € for the book apply.


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