One such sector is the glass packaging market, which is investigated by our own David Longfield in this very issue. The combination of growing demands for improved quantities and quality from consumers has resulted in a geographical shift, with manufacturers likely to focus on such emerging markets. For a greater insight into this burgeoning sector, make sure you read David's feature.
Another sector set for great change in the coming months is the issue of illegal logging and, more directly, the legal obligation packaging producers will need to be mindful of from early in March. The European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) comes into force on 3 March this year, at a time when a recent report revealed that up to 30% of global wood trade originates from illegal logging. Packaging Today recently caught up with Jacek Siwek, director of sustainability & stakeholder engagement at Asia Pulp & Paper. In this issue you can read in further detail, his thoughts on what this means for the packaging industry and how it can best respond.
And finally for this month, we are only several weeks away from the latest iteration of the easyFairs-organized Packaging Innovations tradeshow event, which takes place on 27-28 February in Halls 18 and 19 at the NEC Birmingham, UK. The two-day event features a conference with keynotes from brands such as Unilever, Procter & Gamble and Gü, as well as experts from companies including Kingfisher, Nestlé and Waitrose.
easyFairs UK MD Matt Benyon said visitors can expect "practical content, with lots of real life examples; content they can take back to the office and confidently apply".
To benefit from the wealth of content lined-up, as well as the raft of exhibitors present across the two days, make sure to register at the easyFairs website in advance of the show. I hope to see you all there.