Report on the impact of the pandemic on trade and the economy

The Amec Observatory has released a report explaining the repercussions that Covid-19 is having on international trade and the main economies.

Access to the report can be made through this link, in which the information will be updated. Likewise, Amec informs in the same link of all the changes in the celebration of fairs in which the different sectors of the association are represented, as well as the countries with restrictions on the entry of Spanish citizens.

The Amec Observatory offers relevant data in real time, conducts studies and explores markets to report disruptions, trends and opportunities for its companies. The companies that are part of Amec generate an export volume of more than 6,650 million euros, export on average 55.6% of their turnover and invest 4.7% in innovation.

The Packaging Cluster opens its new workspace in Sabadell

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.


Pentawards Unveils Top 20 All-Time Winners Table

Pentawards, the world’s most prestigious packaging design competition, has revealed its Top 20 Winners Table; the design agencies, brands, freelancers, universities, packaging suppliers and manufacturers that have accumulated the most Pentawards points since 2007.

When each ranking is given a corresponding point score – five for Diamond, through to one for Bronze - Turner Duckworth, which has worked for major names including McDonald’s, Amazon and Coca-Cola tops the Pentawards Top 20 Winners Table with 115 points. Mousegraphics, Design Bridge, forceMAJEURE and Stranger & Stranger make up the top five, scoring 98, 86, 69 and 65 respectively.

Sarah Moffat
, Global Chief Creative Officer at Turner Duckworth, comments on their continued design success: "To be recognised with a win is an honour, but to be recognised for winning with consistency over the last 13 years is an incredible honour. We’ve tackled everything from lawn feed to the Red Cross. It doesn’t just mean that we have a shelf full of shiny trophies but it’s also testament to the relentless spirit of our team and their ongoing commitment that only the best is good enough. Thank you, Pentawards, we’re proud to be named your Number 1.”

Adam Ryan,
Head of Pentawards, says: “Firstly a huge congratulations to the team at Turner Duckworth. It is no mean feat winning any Pentaward, let alone amassing 115 points in just 13 years. A fantastic achievement! It also goes to show that it doesn’t take long to move up the rankings, which should be encouraging to those brands and agencies that want to break into the Top 20. To those that are thinking about entering a design for the first time in 2020, we could be talking about you in years to come, just take that first step.”

The Pentawards Top 20 Winners Table is updated each year, as awards are decided and assigned by the judging panel. The panel is made up of experts from leading brands and design agencies, graphic designers, packaging specialists and branding professionals. For 2020, the panel includes more female jurors than ever before, as well as its most diverse collection of experts, drawing from 18 countries. Some of the brands deciding the fate of this year’s entries include Amazon, Facebook, Nestlé, Pearlfisher, Heineken, Bulletproof, Microsoft and Superunion.

What is the Pentawards league table methodology for ranking?
The Pentawards league table ranks all Pentawards winners based on the awards they have won during the Pentawards competition between 2007 – 2019.

The league table consists of design agencies, brands, universities / colleges, freelancers and packaging suppliers / manufacturers.

Winners are sorted based on the number of Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze Pentawards won, the total score is then based on the scoring below.

Diamond: 5 Points
Platinum: 4 Points
Gold: 3 Points
Silver: 2 Points
Bronze: 1 Points

*This league does not currently included awards such as; design agency of the year, visionary, founders prize or any other special awards.

With the competition closing on Friday 27th March, those still thinking of entering have just over three weeks to complete their submission. Those that fail to meet this deadline will not only miss the chance to get their designs in front of some of the biggest brands in the world, but also risk falling behind their more proactive competitors.

Adam Ryan
concludes: “With just three weeks to go, anyone thinking of entering needs to do so quickly. The entire Pentawards experience is designed to make every entrant feels as though they are getting something out of the process, whether that is an actual award, constructive feedback, unrivalled networking opportunities or simply meeting their role models. It has something for everyone and might just potentially transform their future thinking. Don’t wait, get that entry in now.”

Visit the website. Download Pentawards Top Winners' Table

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More effects of Coronavirus on the fair calendar

The rapid evolution of the situation with respect to COVID-19 has led to the change of dates of many of the most important fair events in all areas and even, in some cases, the cancellation of events, both in Asia and Europe and the rest of the world.
In Spain, the first major cancellation was that of the Mobile World Congress, which had to be held in Barcelona during the month of February. Other fairs such as In-Cosmetics followed, which will finally take place from June 30 to July 2 in Barcelona, or Infarma, which has been postponed for the same dates in Madrid.
Two important trade fairs in food, Prowein and Alimentaria have also varied: Prowein, which takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany, has been postponed for March 21-23 next year, while Alimentaria will be held in Barcelona, from 14 to 17 September of this year. More recently, it has been announced that Pack & Spirits will take place from July 1 to 2.
More closely related to our sector, Cosmopack, initially scheduled for March, will take place in Bologna, Italy, from September 3 to 6; Fespa Global Print Expo 2020, scheduled for March 24-27 in Madrid, has been postponed (no dates yet); Luxe Pack New York, scheduled for May, has been postponed for July 8 and 9; and Luxe Pack Shanghai, scheduled for April, has been postponed for July 7 and 8.The last fair events that have been postponed are Drupa, which was to be held in June and has announced new dates for April 2021, specifically it will be from 20 to April 30; and Interpack, which has been postponed from February 25 to March 3, 2021.



Fabregas Packaging joins the Salinas group

The Salinas group, through its subsidiary in Catalonia Latuc S.L. has sealed the acquisition of the production unit of Fabregas Packaging.
The centenary Catalan firm, a family business specializing in the production of rigid cardboard packaging for the Premium and luxury sectors, entered into a creditors' contest before the Commercial Court number 8 of Barcelona last November 2019.
With this acquisition, the Salinas group will manage three commercial brands: Cartonajes Salinas, Latuc and Fabregas Packaging, all of them dedicated to the same activity.
Salinas assumes with this acquisition the assets of the company, valued at about 9,000,000 million Euros and the productive unit, whose latest data is raised to 10,000,000 units produced in 8,000m2 of productive plant, more than fifty workers and the BRC certification of food safety and packaging of products not only food but also cosmetics and perfumery.
Faced with the diversification of other large groups, Salinas is committed to specialization and service in its main markets: Spain, France and Central Europe.
Salinas will integrate the Fabregas Packaging trademark in its business strategy, as well as the great know-how acquired by the firm for more than 100 years, with the intention of the group making a smooth and continuous transition. For its part, the Alicante firm contributes to the Fabregas Packaging business, all the semi-finished processes and graphic arts that it does not have, and a business philosophy based on the equipment and analysis, which has allowed it to maintain a sustained growth during twenty five years.

KCE acquires CTL-TH Packaging (Tuboplast)

KCE (Kaizaharra Corporación Empresarial) has announced its majority entry in the capital of the CTL-TH Packaging group based in Vitoria, Álava. CTL-TH Packaging, with a turnover of more than € 70M in 2019 and plants in Álava, Barcelona and Vichy (France), is one of the leading companies in the flexible tube packaging sector with a solid portfolio of manufacturing technologies of extruded, injected and laminated tubes for the cosmetic, pharmacy, oral care and food sectors.
The entry of KCE, carried out through a capital increase, reinforces the company's financial capacity and aims to position CTL-TH Packaging as the manufacturer with the best offer of products and services to respond to the transformations of the sector.
Iñaki López Gandásegui, President of KCE, says: “We are very excited to work with the CTL / Tuboplast Group team to take advantage of their experience, technological and innovation capacity, with the aim of maintaining and enhancing the leadership of CTL / Tuboplast. All this in close collaboration with our customers. ”
Imanol Sánchez, CEO of CTL-TH Packaging, considers the entry of this new majority shareholder as a new stage for the company: “We want to welcome KCE as a new shareholder that joins our company. We will add your business experience to our commitment to offer the best packaging solutions. After 55 years, we opened a new chapter in which we will continue working to continue being a benchmark in the sector, betting on excellent customer-centric management. ”




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