AERCE collaborates with Hispack to bring strategic packaging management closer to purchasing professionals.

The Spanish Association of Purchasing, Contracting and Procurement Professionals (AERCE) and the Hispack trade show organised by Fira de Barcelona have signed an agreement to promote greater knowledge of strategic packaging management as a key element of supply chains when it comes to providing value and competitive advantages to companies among the organisation’s associates.

The agreement, signed by the president of AERCE, Cristian Lienas, and the director of Hispack, Xavier Pascual, includes promotional activities, training and networking for managers and professionals from the world of Purchasing within the framework of the leading Spanish packaging trade fair, which will take place from 24 to 27 May at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue. One of the highlights will be Procurement Day Catalunya 2022, an annual event organised by the association that will bring together professionals from the Purchasing function, including numerous executives from companies in different production industries to discuss current issues of relevance to the Purchasing sector.

Given that purchasing management is increasingly acquiring greater repercussions and relevance as a fundamental element in guaranteeing the profitability and competitiveness of companies, Procurement Day Catalunya 2022 has high expectations in terms of the number of attendees.

Cristian Lienas explains: “the Procurement professional is a key player in the strategic management of packaging within the supply chain. For our associates, benefiting from this agreement with Hispack is an unbeatable opportunity to get closer to the latest trends in packaging and to learn about the most innovative and efficient solutions on the market with which to face one of the most immediate challenges for an increasing number of companies: the circular economy”.

For his part, Xavier Pascual assures: “due to their capacity and decision-making power within the company, the purchasing professional is a profile of enormous interest for Hispack. Our agreement with AERCE will allow this group to know first-hand the commercial offer of the market and the main trends that define the evolution of packaging. Their visit to the fair will help them to adapt their companies’ packaging to the regulatory framework and new consumer demands, in addition to contacting new suppliers”.

Procurement Day Catalunya 2022

This event organised by AERCE as part of Hispack will be marked by the participation of renowned purchasing managers, as well as experts in the fields of economics, sustainability and business planning from companies such as Serunion, Essity, Towa Pharma, Portaventura World and Strategic Sourcing Solutions, among others. The conference, which will take place on 24 May, will address topics such as the transformation of the Purchasing function, strategic supplier management, sustainability, industrial relocation and lean-agile applied to Purchasing. The opening conference of the event will be given by the director of the Institute of Financial Studies, IEF, Josep Soler, who will analyse the current economic context and future prospects.

On the other hand, by virtue of the agreement between AERCE and Hispack, all professional members of the entity will have free access to the packaging fair, as well as to all its conferences and activities. With the same pass, they will also be able to visit the Graphispag graphic industry and visual communication show, which is being held simultaneously at the same venue. Visitors to Hispack will also be able to benefit from exclusive discounts on trips to Barcelona with Iberia and Renfe and accommodation in hotels in Barcelona. These advantages must be managed during the registration process as a visitor through the show’s website.

About Hispack

Organised by Fira de Barcelona every three years, Hispack is the largest packaging, process and logistics trade fair held in Spain and one of the leading European trade fairs in its speciality. This year’s edition, which will take place from 24 to 27 May, is expected to bring together more than 600 direct exhibitors from 18 countries and more than 1,100 brands represented in two halls of the Gran Via exhibition centre. As a novelty, in 2022 it will coincide with Graphispag, the country’s leading trade fair for the graphics and visual communication industry.


AERCE is the Spanish Association of Purchasing, Contracting and Procurement Professionals. A non-profit professional association whose objective is to promote sustainable purchasing management to optimise costs and increase the productivity of companies: promoting the creation of value through the Purchasing function, providing the best tools for the performance of professionals in the sector and contributing to the sustainable development of society.

Barcelona, April 25th, 2022

For further information, please contact

Maria Dolores Herranz | Hispack | | (+34) 93 233 25 41

Mónica Grandes I AERCE I I (+34) 91 476 01 44