Flexible packaging consortium marks a century of stakeholders

RPC–bpi group has become the 100th firm to sign up to CEFLEX, the consortium of organisations collaborating to enhance the performance of flexible packaging in the circular economy in Europe.

Other recent additions to the consortium include plastics recycling machine supplier Herbold Meckesheim. Interest is also coming from outside Europe with India (Polyplex, Sumilon) and Thailand (The Siam Cement Public Company Limited (SCG)) participating.

“This shows the relevance of CEFLEX’s Vision for Europe to companies from the other parts of the world where the circular economy is starting to be recognised as the way forward for the plastic packaging industry,” explained project coordinator Graham Houlder.

The CEFLEX Vision is that, in 2020, there will be a “comprehensive sustainability and circular economy roadmap” for flexible packaging in Europe. This includes design guidelines and a “robust” approach to measure, demonstrate and communicate the value flexible packaging adds to the circular economy.

Andrew Green, CEO of RPC bpi group commented, “BPI is honoured to be listed as the 100th CEFLEX stakeholder. We see full value chain initiatives like CEFLEX as being vital to developing and agreeing a common vision for how our industry creates and realises a circular economy for flexible packaging. RPC bpi group is a large producer of flexible packaging as well as being one of Europe’s largest recyclers of polythene film and joins the consortium fully committed to participate in the implementation of the Vision.”

Werner Herbold of Herbold Mechesheim added, “As specialists in machines and systems for plastic recycling we work relentlessly toward bringing to the market new solutions which can enable more and better recycling of plastic packaging. What we believe we will gain from CEFLEX through the collaborative work, across the value chain, is accelerated growth in our sector and we will be able to bring new and innovative solutions to market.”