The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI), an organisation working on behalf of the UK's Paper-based Industries, recently announced the publication of its Annual Review 2014-15 – Working Together for a Competitive Future.
The Review highlights the issues that CPI has been dealing with on behalf of Members and reflects on key areas of activity in 2014 and into 2015.
David Workman, CPI Director General, believes that 2014 was the year when attitudes seemed to change. Notably, the Paper Industry was singled out by the Chancellor in his last two Budget speeches as one that the Government recognised as being in need of support. In written communications with the Treasury, CPI has received direct personal responses from the Chancellor himself.
It is also worth highlighting CPI’s success in securing government compensation, worth a total of £23.5m in 2014, to address the Paper Industry’s competitiveness issues around the EU Emissions Trading System and the UK’s Carbon Price Support taxation.
Energy remains a key cost for the paper industry, with internationally competitively priced energy critical for the long-term future of papermaking in the UK. Environmental issues tackled by CPI are also covered in detail.
The Review highlights the achievements in Health and Safety during the three years of the last PABIAC Strategy. A detailed summary of Packaging Affairs activity includes updates on regulatory matters, including food contact issues and the ongoing Corrugated promotional programme.