ECMA Annual Congress 2022

The ECMA Annual Congress will take place on 15 & 16 September 2022 in Krakow, Poland.

The theme of the congress will be: 'Sustainability Unboxed'.

European Carton Excellence Award 2022

This year, the European Carton Excellence Award, Europe's most prestigious award for cartonboard packaging, celebrated its 25th anniversary. Cartonboard is the perfect example of the circular economy being renewable, recyclable and biodegradable.

About Us

The European Carton Makers Association brings together folding carton converters, cartonboard mills, national associations and suppliers to the folding carton industry. ECMA represents over 500 carton producers with a current workforce of 60,000+ located across nearly all countries in the European Economic Area – this equates to over 80% of the €12.2 bill European folding carton market.

ECMA & Pro Carton Infographic - Cartonboard – a safe packaging solution made from a sustainable material
Being compliant with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and produced according to the highest quality standards prove that cartonboard is not just the most ecologically balanced packaging, but also one of the safest, making it ideal to package a wide range of food items.
Recyclability of Cartonboard and Carton

Cartonboard can be recycled in excess of 25 times with little to no loss of integrity , according to the latest independent research.

The 2021 study, conducted by Graz University of Technology in Austria, repeatedly recycled folding cartonboard to understand what effect, if any, there would be on the mechanical property of the material, including its innate strength and crush resist

Upcoming Events

ECMA SME Forum Meeting

09.00 - 13.00 CET

ECMA Executive Committee Meeting

09.00 - 13.00 CET

ECMA Food Safety Meeting

10.00 - 12.00 CET
ECMA Food Safety GMP Guide 2.0

As the representative body for the folding carton industry, the European Carton Makers Association published the first version of its Good Manufacturing Practice Guide for food safety in 2011

In March 2021 ECMA released an entirely new version of the GMP. 

European Carton Prospects 2021

In cooperation with NOA-PRISM the European Carton Prospects Report have been completely renewed in 2021. As the most in-depth consolidated study of its kind for our industry, the aim is to give our members a deeper understanding of the elements that have been influencing our industry over the last 2 years.

Member Directory
Box Marche S.p.A.
Lucaprint s.p.a.
Graphicsleader Packaging Artes Graficas S.A.
Bobst Mex SA
Acket drukkerij kartonnage bv
Arti Grafiche Antonelli S.r.l.
Groupe Tonnellier
Van Eerd bv
Graphic Packaging International
Remmert Dekker Packaging
Hewlett Packard
Valco Melton SLU