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Demands on CPI are changing

Demands on the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) are changing and members no longer expect or are willing to support a wide range of activities.

In its annual review 2005, CPI suggest that members now want an organisation that focuses on issues and services that can make a real difference to their operations.

As CPI’s 2002 three year business plan drew to a close, a questionnaire entitled ‘moving forward’ was distributed in an attempt to aid development of the new three year plan.

Outgoing CPI president Richard Bourdon said: “The research was undertaken at a time when the industry was being buffeted by record energy prices and the pressure on costs was intense. The atmosphere was particularly gloomy; nevertheless 83% of the members that responded felt that CPI was meeting its objectives to some degree.

“Issues management, communications, lobbying, health and safety and statistics were all identified as being highly important and valued.”

After the results were analysed, they formed the basis of the new three year business plan, with the objectives of becoming cost and resource efficient and to provide a sustainable platform for the future.

While depressingly, manufacturing now makes up only 15% of UK Gross Domestic Product and dropped by 1% over the last year, production of newsprint continues to increase and has reached 1.14 million tonnes.

However, output of tissue grades, production of corrugated case materials and export sales continue to fall as is documented in the review.

Bourdon added: “I can look back and say that CPI has made immense strides. It has moved from an ‘association of associations’ to one of direct company membership, recruited and trained a young and dynamic team for the future, and supported and represented the industry through two incredibly tough years.

“Major challenges and obstacles have been overcome and CPI directors and staff have taken all this in their stride.”

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