Global Packaging Alliance Holds Annual Meeting

ROCHESTER, NY | Members of the Global Packaging Alliance (GPA) discussed a number of issues during their recent annual meeting held in São Paolo, Brazil, including the way emerging packaging trends are impacting brands, retailers, and consumers in new ways, and creating opportunities for packaging converters at the same time. Representatives from the global consortium of independent, medium-sized packaging manufacturers convened from all over the world to explore solutions to evolving packaging requirements.

Gonçalves, a leading supplier of cosmetic and health care folding cartons in Latin America, hosted the meeting at its newly built Cajamar headquarters, located in the metropolitan region of São Paulo. The 54,000 m2 industrial plant supports 20+ production lines, with an arrangement of machines that contributes to a natural workflow. Technical and architectural solutions (e.g., reflective windows, thermo acoustic roof tiles, LED lighting) all improve the plant’s energy efficiency, which supports the ongoing commitment to sustainability shared by all GPA members.

“As a resource alliance, the GPA is the ideal platform to exchange state-of-the-art procedures and answers to today’s challenges such as sustainability goals, time-to-market reduction, or Industry 4.0 initiatives,” says Hans-Christian Bestehorn, GPA spokesman and CEO of the rlc | packaging group, a GPA charter member.

The annual meeting also provided a forum for members to discuss packaging trends in their respective markets and share the latest developments in their operations, including equipment investments, technical advancements, process improvements, new materials, and operating data for benchmarking. In line with the motto “Think Global – Act Local,” the GPA says its goal is to serve a global customer base with responsive, high quality, localized streamlined service.

The organization says members practice packaging management geared toward the needs of international companies, including Bayer, Beiersdorf, GlaxoSmithKline, L’Oreal, Merck, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever. This includes designing and producing innovative paperboard and plastic packaging, as well as providing logistical services such as fulfillment and POP management.

GPA members include the following:

  • Diamond Packaging – Rochester, NY (US)
  • rlc | packaging group – Hannover, Germany, Poland, and Switzerland
  • Gonçalves SA Indústria Gráfica — São Paolo, Brazil, and Mexico
  • Polygrafoformlenie – Flexo – St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Kumar Printers – Gurgaon, India
  • Masterpack – Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Samwon Printing – Gimpo, South Korea

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