This issue of Converting opens in an atypical manner, the first of a year packed with key appointments for the world of package printing & converting. Reading the Summary, turning the page, you find an Open Letter signed by Inciflex CEO Vincenzo Consalvo, which we “receive and gladly publish”. The subject is not business but heart, and the possibility of each of us stepping out of the dimension of work for a moment to help those who have lost everything due to the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

Then the ‘normal’ dossier begins, full of information from an industry that is moving full steam ahead, in defiance of the uncertainty generated by international events. We in the press struggle to follow all the conferences, OHs and trade fairs, and it is always worth the effort: packaging plays a major role in social and economic life, and the companies that contribute to its development are extraordinarily dynamic. We are proud to give them a voice.

So, in this Converting 1 you will find the latest industry news, followed by the awards jamboree and success stories, market analyses and updates on standards and technological evolution, ending in the great Special Report dedicated to rotogravure printing.

But you will also find, in this issue, two new columns that will develop throughout the year. The one on international markets, based on StudiaBo data and dedicated to exporting companies, and the one by Studio Legale Salmi experts on transversal topics of particular relevance. They testify to Converting publisher’s commitment to constantly enriching an editorial project focused on providing useful information. Which is no small thing…