EUROPE — CEPI Cartonboard and Pro Carton have announced that they will merge into one association. The Pro Carton name will be adopted and it follows a 12 month period of consultation. The full merger will conclude in the middle of next year. According to Pro Carton, the move creates a “more effective and efficient group that has a stronger voice throughout the carton industry”. Michele Bianchi will continue in the position of president for Pro Carton. Neil Fox will become VP. Horst Bittermann will continue to lead the transformation and merger of the two associations in the role of general director. …Michele Bianchi said: “This merger will create a stronger association that will ensure Pro Carton are prepared for the future of the European cartonboard and folding carton industry.