RISI Asian CEO of the Year Award for 2016 has recently been named as Kiyoshi Otsubo, Chairman, President and CEO of Rengo Co., Ltd. Mr Otsubo has been President and CEO at Rengo since 2000, and also became Chairman of the company in April 2014. PPI Interviewed Mr Otsubo who shared some of his thoughts on the industry in the Asian region and beyond.Read more
Georg Ickinger is out of the old school of inventors, the ones that make their life purpose solving problems that arise in everyday life, whether it be at home, work, or .... even on the ski slopes...
BRUSSELS, July 1, 2014 (PPI Magazine) - The 3rd editors' tour of Finland took place in late March. Sponsored by Pulp and Paper Technology Finland and led by Teppo Koski, TEKO Consulting, the Teppo Tour as it has come to be called visited 15 businesses in five days.
By Graeme Rodden, Mark Rushton, and Sally Cousins
BRUSSELS, July 1, 2014 (PPI Magazine) - In this its seventh iteration, the RISI Power List welcomes a host of new names to join many familiar faces. Compared with happenings in previous years, it has been relatively quiet for the pulp and paper industry over the past 12 months.
Still, the industry marches on. The bio-sector continues to grow albeit slowly as companies discover which products/process will provide the best return in the future.Read more
BRUSSELS, May 1, 2014 (PPI Magazine) - "Life is short when changing habits deep in culture, organizations and human behaviour".
Changes in the market situation have dramatically changed the way paper industry works today. Instead of solely trying to reach profitability by producing volume, today's survival strategy in production is: Always keep your promise to the customer, at the same time reduce unnecessary working capital and optimize production cost.Read more
BRUSSELS, April 1, 2014 (PPI Magazine) - Jo Cox is somewhat of an entrepreneur in the industry. As managing director of Smurfit Kappa's Roermond Mill in the Netherlands he has been instrumental in developing a pioneering strategy across all aspects of the mill, in particular its revolutionary focus on bio-based practices.
Cox's achievements and that of the mill have not gone unrecognized as he was named Mill Manager of the Year and Roermond was honored for having the Bio Strategy of the Year for the mill's pioneering developments at the 2013 PPI Awards.Read more
A ground-breaking discovery: Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES), produced by plants, open the way to produce pulp at low temperatures and at atmospheric pressure. Using DES, any type of biomass could be dissolved into lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose with minimal energy, emissions and residues. They could also be used to recover cellulose from waste and dissolve ink residues in recovered paper.Read more