The latest news from the Flexible Packaging Association.

FPA Working for you

By John Baumann
Chairman, FPA Board of Directors
President and CEO, Ampac Packaging LLC

FPA is working with its membership to implement initiatives that focus on key industry challenges and opportunities, provide information and data that keeps you informed and your company competitive; and develop programs that help you understand - and meet - the needs of your stakeholders, industry customers, retailers, NGOs, legislators, and regulators.

FPA Programs
As your customers and other stakeholders push for greater transparency of sustainable business practices throughout the value chain, FPA is providing members with insight into and guidance on sustainability information most frequently requested by investment firms, major retailers, and your customers.

FPA commissioned Packaging & Technology Integrated Solutions (PTIS) to conduct the FPACorporate Sustainability Metrics for Flexible Packaging Manufacturersstudy, which identifies critical metrics flexible packaging companies should address in their corporate sustainability reporting.

FPA will soon issue aGuidance on Preparing Corporate Sustainability Reports. TheGuidancewill help FPA members assess and measure specific metrics including greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water use, and generated waste. FPA will also conduct a webinar to review theGuidanceand discuss metrics reporting.

Additionally, FPA remains deeply invested in assisting members identify potential end-of-life options for flexible packaging. FPA has commissioned Earth Engineering Center of Columbia University to explore the most promising technologies for resource recovery from flexible packaging waste. Through this research, FPA is also examining the environmental and economic impact associated with resource recovery technologies. The next phase of this research will include the launch of a pilot program to collect and test flexible packaging waste as feedstock for the production of energy.

FPA’sFlexible Packaging Sustainability Toolkitis an excellent resource to utilize as you continue to discuss the sustainability benefits of flexible packaging with your customers. TheToolkit, which includes educational and marketing resources that promote the environmental advantages of using flexible packaging, is available electronically on the FPA Web site, or in a hard copy version by contacting FPA.

Representing the Industry
In addition to sustainability, FPA is ensuring that the industry’s position is represented in other key areas such as Extended Producer Responsibility and the Walmart Sustainability Packaging Initiative. FPA is also actively monitoring the developments of climate change legislation, greenhouse gas reporting and permitting rules, and amendments to the Toxic Controls Substances Act.

FPA Activities & Events
FPA provides numerous educational and networking opportunities throughout the year. The 2010 FPA Fall Executive Conference was a major success. The 2011 FPA Annual Meeting (March 9-11, 2011) will include content-rich presentations focusing on flexible packaging issues and topics; and, great networking opportunities among industry leaders and peers. The upcoming 2011 FPA Environmental, Health & Safety Summit (February 9-11, 2011) offers FPA members and non-members the opportunity to interact with U.S. EPA and OSHA officials and discuss important regulatory issues impacting the flexible packaging industry. You can read more about these events in this issue of theFPA Update.

FPA will announce the winning entries of  the 2011 FPA Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition during the 2011 FPA Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Receiving worldwide recognition from numerous trade publications, winning entries of the Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition stand out as the best of the best in flexible packaging design, technology, and sustainability.

Stay up to date on these and other FPA events and activities, by visiting theFPA website, which provides direct access to industry and FPA information and data. The “Members Only” section contains a wealth of resources including FPA reports, research, and publications. FPA also publishes the Industry News Bulletin, which is delivered to your inbox every Monday afternoon, and includes news and information on FPA and the industry.

If you would like to learn more about FPA’s initiatives, contact FPA at (410) 649-0800

Annual Meeting

The Flexible Packaging Association’s 2011 Annual Meeting will be held from March 9-11, 2011 at The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. The 2011 FPA Annual Meeting will include great networking opportunities for FPA members and guests, and educational sessions focusing on key industry topics including M&A activity, private equity, flexible packaging material availability, and open innovation.

The 2011 FPA Annual Meeting will feature presentations from:   

• Gregory Myers, Managing Director for Mason Wells, who will discuss the Impact and Role of Private Equity in the Flexible Packaging Industry.

• Jon Ewing, Managing Director for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, who will focus on Merger & Acquisition Activity in the Flexible Packaging Industry.

• William Burke, President and COO of Nordenia USA and incoming FPA Chairman, who will provide the 2011 Annual Meeting Opening Remarks and a preview of the 2011 State of Flexible Packaging Industry Report.

• Jan Homan, CEO of Constantia Flexibles and FPE Chairman, who will provide an Update on the European Flexible Packaging Market.

• Nick Vafiadis, Business Director – Polyolefins for CMAI, who will provide an Outlook on Flexible Packaging Materials.

The 2011 FPA Annual Meeting will also include a CPG Panel Discussion on Open Innovation. For more information, contact FPA at (410) 694-0800 or

2011 FPA Environmental, Health & Safety Summit

The FPA Environmental, Health & Safety Summit (EHS) will be held on February 9-11, 2011 at the TradeWinds Resort in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla. The Summit will focus on industry-specific regulatory issues, and provide content-rich presentations and opportunities to interact with officials from the U.S. EPA, OSHA, industry experts and peers. Environmental and/or Safety professionals and managers at both corporate and plant levels will benefit from the Summit, which is open to FPA members and non members. To view the full Summit agenda and register for the event or contact FPA at (410) 694-0800.

Arizona Chemical Joins FPA

FPA is pleased to announce that Arizona Chemical has joined the association. As an FPA associate member, Arizona Chemical is a global supplier of bio-based specialty chemicals and raw materials. The company is the world’s largest producer of pine tree derivatives. Its product line also includes resins for flexible packaging inks and coatings. With more than 1,000 employees and state-of-the-art refineries in five countries on both sides of the Atlantic, Arizona Chemical provides sustainable raw materials to hundreds of companies. Arizona Chemical’s FPA official representative is Marc Jackson, Flexible Packaging Team Leader; and the FPA alternate representative is Tugce Asici, Marketing Manager. For more information, visitArizona Chemical