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Innovating at the mill for future success

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Innovating at the mill for future success

February 05, 2014 - 11:10
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How to create growth strategies and investment pathways in the bio technology business is firmly on the agenda at the forthcoming RISI Sixteenth Annual European Pulp and Paper Conference on March 10-12 in Prague.

In addition to RISI’s main program, there will be a one-day seminar with the theme "Innovating at the Mill for Future Success", specifically targeted towards maximizing the opportunities presented in the bio-economy. The seminar will be held concurrently with the pulp and paper program and will cover biopower, biofuels, biochemical and biomaterials and future impact and potential on the forest industry.

Specifically for the Bio products market, Annita Westenbroak from CEPI will be discussing how the pulp and paper industry navigates itself around the ever changing policy of climate change targets and subsidies for burning wood for energy. 

For companies about to embark on developing bio business strategy Robert Wilson director of European consulting, renewables and bioprocess for AMEC will discuss the regional shifts driving the forest-based bio economy and the fundamental transformational change this sector finds itself in, and how to look at your business in a new way to harness potential.

Also, hear a first hand perspective of a living example of a production unit that puts the bio economy right at the centre of its renewable business model. Jo Cox managing director of Smurfit Kappa Roermond Mill and a PPI Magazine Bio Strategy winner will talk the audience through the successes and pitfalls of running a bio-based ultra-modern production concept.   

Vital to the success of the future of the bio business, attendees will also hear about finance for this sector and how to overcome the hurdle of qualifying for project funding.

Adapting for success – Future proofing the industry

The main conference will also focus on the theme "Adapting for Change - Future-proofing the Pulp and Paper Industry," and will emphasize strategies to help organizations safeguard their success. Speakers will include CEOs and other high-level executives from the pulp and paper industry, as well as leaders from industries and sectors crucial to paper and packaging demand. In addition, RISI's highly regarded economists will present two-year outlooks on key areas of the supply chain.

The program also features a dedicated afternoon focused on the growing packaging segment, where attendees will hear speakers, including Dell's Global Commodity Manager for Packaging, Adam Bushong, who will offer a unique perspective into what the industry needs to provide for leading global brands. Other sessions will feature speakers such as:

•   Marco Mensink, Deputy Director General, CEPI

•   Andrew Coker, Director of Stakeholder Engagement Europe, APP

•   Robert Wilson, Director of European Consulting, Renewables and Bioprocess, AMEC

•   Simon Leich, Managing Director, CS Partners

•   Berry Wiersum, Chief Executive Officer, Sappi Fine Paper Europe

RISI economists who will be presenting include:

•   Kurt Schaefer, Vice President, Fiber

•   David Katsnelson, Director, Macroeconomics

•   Hannah Zhao, Senior Economist, Global Recovered Paper

•   Peter Barynin, Principal Economist, North American Timber

•   Ville Henttonen, Senior Product Manager, Mill Intelligence

•   Esko Uutela, Principal, Tissue

•   John Maine, Vice President, World Graphic Papers

•   Alejandro Mata, Economist, European Forest Products

•   Orifjon Abidov, Senior Economist, European Paper Packaging

The conference program and registration for the event are currently available at

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About the European Pulp and Paper Outlook Conference (

The Sixteenth Annual RISI European Pulp and Paper Outlook Conference will be held March 10-12 in the Czech Republic at the Marriott Prague Hotel. The conference will address some of the keys issues facing the European pulp and paper industry. Attendees will include executives from paper companies, merchants, pulp producers, suppliers, financial and market analysts, and other end-users. The conference program and registration details are available online at

About RISI (

RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, wood products, timber, biomass, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing industries to help them make better decisions.

Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, RISI operates additional offices throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.