In the US, TAPPI's Corrugated Containers Division has changed its name to the Corrugated Packaging Division in a move that the company said more accurately reflects the division's membership and activities.
The new name is one of several changes that resulted from recommendations of a team of division members who spent the past year studying the division's membership, products and governance structure.
The company said that the division council has accepted the report and recommendations of this team and has developed a plan for continuous improvement. Other changes include a focus on return on investment for members, the allocation of more resources to product development, a more flexible committee structure and a dedication to be converter-driven.
To these ends, the division has adopted a new core purpose and a set of core values, along with a long term goal to be "the premier knowledge source for the corrugated packaging industry".
The division will elect a 15 member Corrugated Packaging Council made up of six appointed positions and nine positions elected by the membership. The six appointed positions will be chosen from among the senior leadership of both integrated and independent converting companies.
Industry suppliers will fill three of the nine elected positions, three will be members-at-large, and the other three will be division officers. The first election for the Corrugated Packaging Council will likely be held at the 2003 Corrugated Packaging Conference in Dallas next October.
TAPPI is the leading technical association for the worldwide pulp, paper, and converting industry. The Corrugated Packaging Division serves the entire corrugated packaging industry, concentrating on converter production and manufacturing staff, industry suppliers and industry customers.