PHILIPPINES – UPM Raflatac has officially launched its range of FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody certified label stock products in the Philippines, where industry is paying more attention to environmental issues in the packaging supply chain.
Despite labels being a small part of packaging, sustainable origin and traceability for all packaging materials has grown in importance across the globe. Having the Chain of Custody means that label converters and brand owners can trust that the UPM Raflatac label materials carrying the FSC or PEFC logo contain wood fibre verified as coming from sustainable and legally managed forests.
The company has been organizing Chain of Custody workshops in Southeast Asia for label converters and brand owners and, according to Alex Ng - sales and marketing director of UPM Raflatac SEA – has noticed that the interest level towards environmental issues is experiencing rapid growth across Southeast Asia.
“We constantly hear our customers talk about the environment and how they can contribute, so from this we know that the market is getting ready towards taking the lead in sustainability, as some have already shown keen interest to explore further in this (Chain of Custody) programme.”
UPM Raflatac’s most recent Chain of Custody workshops were held in Manila, the Philippines, and saw a lot of in-depth discussions about the growing importance of Chain of Custody and forest certification; how label converters can become Chain of Custody certified; and how PEFC and FSC Chain of Custody certified materials benefit brand owners.
The Philippines market is one of the key markets for UPM Raflatac, said Ng: “The market growth is very positive and encouraging as it has a significant double digit growth. Furthermore, we have witnessed global and regional label converters entering the local market.
“This will definitely have a big impact to the printing industry and it will change the dynamic landscape. UPM Raflatac is one of the world’s leading producers of self-adhesive label materials and through our global network we are ready to support the growing Philippines labelling industry.”