In 2012 the Packaging Cluster was born with the aim of offering a tool that would boost the packaging sector in Catalonia, as well as the industry as a whole, and since then it has not stopped growing. Currently, the cluster is made up of 86 companies, knowledge centers and entities, coordinated by a team of four people, which at a logistical level has led to moving its headquarters to Sabadell, to the Can Roqueta Industrial Business Center.
The new headquarters opened on March 9 and hosted more than 60 professionals from the cluster ecosystem. The day began with the first meeting of the year for the Board of Directors, which meets periodically to know the status of the cluster, approve future activities and budgets and take stock, providing a strategic orientation to promote the packaging sector. The meeting was made up of the Board of Directors, some partner companies as listeners and two of the new partners in the cluster, Concentrol and Eurofins, who briefly presented themselves in front of the attendees.
In the session, an economic summary was made that reviewed the movements carried out in the first quarter of the year, the activities planned for both the partner and the cluster were presented and the progress of the R + D + i projects in March: Safe Smart Food, FoodPackLab and the sector study, 100% financed by ACCIÓ, in relation to Industry 4.0, in addition to assessing the impact of the Pick & Pack on the positioning and visibility of the cluster.
These meetings allow comparing the current situation of the entity with that of last year and follow clear indicators, according to the guidelines recommended in the audit that Packaging Cluster underwent at the end of the year, to achieve "Excellence" in the management of the cluster, at European level. In this way, the KPIs marked by the Strategic Plan of the cluster are constantly monitored and the results allow activating cases, which otherwise would not happen.
After the meeting, institutional welcomes were offered to the more than 60 invited professionals. They started with the President of Packaging Cluster, Artur Costa, who presented the new challenges that the cluster faces with the relocation of its headquarters and the future projection, as well as a tour of the evolution of the cluster in these years. Later, the Deputy Mayor for the Economic Development and Administrative Promotion Area of the Sabadell City Council, Montse González, showed the City Council's willingness to actively participate in research and innovation at PIMES. For her part, the General Director of Industry of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Matilde Villarroya, pointed out the great potential of the packaging sector today, with an annual turnover of 7.1 billion euros and a key position on the road to sustainability.
Finally, as a special guest at the inauguration, the President of the Cecot Innovation and Technology Club, Enric Barba, made a presentation on "Management leadership: a key factor in the success of innovation". In his speech, he gave some of the keys necessary to introduce innovation into his own leadership and gave real examples from the Battle of Trafalgar, replicable today. The inauguration ended with a joint toast with the attendees and a networking snack among the attendees.