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PIFA and FPA merger

A new, more powerful packaging trade association called the Packaging and Films Association (PAFA) has been created, which will have a specialist group covering technical and environmental issues.

PAFA will combine the interests of the former Packaging and Industrial Films Association (PIFA) and the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA). It aims to play a core role in representing around 80% of the flexibles industry in the UK, with links to create European influence.

The former chief executive of PIFA will become chief executive of the new association. Meanwhile former FPA director Martin Unwin will retire on June 30 but continue to support the association for the remainder of the year ahead. Britton Group Security retail and mailing business managing director Barry Turner will be chairman of PAFA and Printpack managing director David Read will be vice chairman.

Announcing the move, Tyson said: The continuous process of mergers and acquisitions resulting from the globalisation of the industry have resulted in members of the two former associations now sharing many common challenges which can be far better served by a single powerful voice.

PAFA hopes to ensure the negative impact of legislation on the industry is minimised as well as improving the environmental contribution the sector makes to society and its image.

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