NEWS & INSIGHT FROM THE FPA

NEWS & INSIGHT FROM THE FPA

FPA SEMINAR 2019 ‘OUR VERY OWN DAVOS’

More than 160 FPA members attended last week’s Environment Seminar which was heralded by attendees as the best yet.  INCPEN’s Paul Vanston tweeted that the line-up was like our very own Davos – a huge credit to the FPA.

Stationers’ Hall proved an excellent venue, steeped in history, yet provided a forum in which to look to the future.

There was much engaging and informative content from every speaker and questions yielded further insight and provided a platform to air concerns.

Howard Colliver expressed his sincere thanks to the speakers for giving up their valuable time to come and share their thoughts with us and also thanked those Committee and team members who organised the event.

DEFENDING PAPER CUPS IN WALES 

Paper cup manufacturer members of the FPA have been in action defending paper cups in Wales.

Graphic Packaging International/PCA’s Mike Turner was interviewed on BBC Wales Good Morning Wales programme on Monday.  The link is here and Mike’s slot is approx 1 hr 38′ in.

Neil Whittall, Huhtamaki/PCRRG/PCA, was also interviewed, for BBC Wales Sunday Politics show.  Read here.

TRADING WITH THE EU AFTER BREXIT

At the Seminar the FDF’s Ian Wright warned businesses that they are being too slow to prepare for No-Deal and said that anyone doing business in Europe needs an EORI number and that you should be applying for this NOW.

In the UK, an EORI number is assigned to importers and exporters by HMRC and is used in the process of customs entry declarations and customs clearance for both import and export shipments travelling to or from the EU and countries outside the EU.  There is more information here, together with details of how to apply for a number.

Also, on Brexit, the FPA is pleased to note the scrapping of the fee for the EU Settlement Scheme as announced by the Prime Minister this week. Scrapping it was an issue we raised at our recent meeting with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Industry (BEIS).

BIG PLASTICS DEBATE

The FPA is once again taking part in the Big Plastics Debate which has become a key highlight of the Packaging Innovations trade show. It takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on February 27/28, with the debate now spread over the two afternoons. Martin Kersh will be chairing on 27 February and the session begins at 3.00pm with the judging of the Ecopack Challenge with presentations from the finalists. You are welcome to enter whether exhibiting or not – more here. This is followed at 3.45pm with a classic debate with proposers and seconders featuring major figures from the packaging industry. Previous Big Plastics Debates have attracted in excess of 500 attendees.  The day is nicely rounded off with a drink’s reception.

The FPA AGM takes place at the Show on the same day at 1.00pm.  Please register for the AGM and make a day of it. Members attending the AGM will receive VIP tickets to Packaging Innovations and will be invited to the PI Ambassadors Lunch taking place between 12.00-1.00pm.

ESSENTIAL READING

These articles don’t necessarily represent the views of the FPA but are published to ensure members are fully aware of the issues surrounding the industry. 

Interesting article from Lynn Dyer, President of the Foodservice Packaging Institute in the US on single use packaging. Read here.

The Guardian reports that the companies behind an alliance to end plastic waste are among the biggest investors in new plastic production plants. Read here.

DIARY DATES

14 February FDA Webinar: ‘An Introduction to FDA Approval for New Food Contact Substances’. Find out more and register here.

27 February FPA Annual General Meeting at Packaging Innovations, NEC, 1.00pm.

7 March FPA Awards and Exhibition, Grand Hotel Brighton. Information and booking details have been issued to members via MailChimp. Contact Caroline for more information.

27 June FPA Golf & Activities Day, De Vere Staverton Estate – make a note of the date!

 

If you are interested in becoming a member of the FPA please contact Caroline Crawford by email