RISI launches PPI Awards 2010 program - date and venue announced for awards ceremony

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RISI launches PPI Awards 2010 program - date and venue announced for awards ceremony

April 26, 2010 - 12:27

BRUSSELS, April 26, 2010 (RISI) -RISI today announced the launch of the PPI Awards 2010 program. Potential candidates can easily enter for the awards online athttp://www.ppiawards.com/and must submit entries before Friday, July 9th, 2010. The winners will be presented with their trophies at the PPI Awards 2010 ceremony to be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at Le Plaza Hotel in Brussels, Belgium.

Mark Rushton, Editor of PPI magazine and chairman of the jury for the PPI Awards, commented, "Based on the positive feedback from the industry last year, we are pleased to be organizing the PPI Awards once again in 2010. The PPI Awards program proved to be a popular new launch in the industry judging by the high quality applicants, the number of entries and the attendance at the event by leading companies. The 2010 awards will provide another opportunity for pulp and papermakers worldwide to show off their achievements on a global platform."

HP and ColorLok have signed on as the headline sponsor for this year's awards program. A number of other leading companies in the industry have also signed up to sponsor award categories. Additional category sponsorships and exclusive opportunities are available. Please visit thehttp://www.ppiawards.com/website for more information.

Glen Hopkins, Hewlett Packard Vice President and General Manager, Printing & Technology Platforms R&D, commented, "In the highly competitive world we live in, it's important to recognize organizations and initiatives benefiting the pulp and paper industry as a whole while finding ways to collaborate and collectively grow our individual businesses. The ColorLok 'Better Paper for Better Printing' program is an example we are particularly proud of at HP. As headline sponsor of the PPI Awards program, we are honored to reward others whose leadership, vision, and innovation will power the future of our industry."

A panel of expert independent judges will select the finalists in each category. Twelve awards will cover a variety of business and technical categories.

COMPANY AWARDS

Promotional Campaign of the Year- Sponsored by HP and ColorLok

Environmental Strategy of the Year- Sponsored by Metso

The Green Energy and Biofuels Award- Sponsored by Andritz

Innovative Product of the Year- Sponsored by BTG

Managing Risk and Safety - Company of the Year- Sponsored by FM Global

Business Strategy of the Year

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Global CEO of the Year - Sponsored by StepChange Consulting

Mill Manager of the Year- Sponsored by ABB

Research Achievement of the Year- Sponsored by HP and ColorLok

MILL AWARDS

The Water Efficiency Award- Sponsored by Kemira

Environmental Strategy of the Year

Efficiency Improvements of the Year

The PPI Awards 2010 is being held in conjunction with CEPI European Paper Week. The theme of the CEPI event is "European Paper Industry -- at the core of green growth." For more information, please visit the CEPI website:http://www.cepi.org/Content/Default.asp?PageId=43. RISI will also be organizing a half-day seminar on the afternoon of November 16 at Le Plaza Hotel.

About the PPI Awards

Organized by RISI, the leading information provider to the global forest products industry, the PPI Awards program honors leadership, vision, innovation and strategic accomplishments within the pulp and paper industry. The PPI Awards are the only global awards dedicated to recognizing the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector.

About RISI

RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. We work with clients in the pulp and paper, wood products, timber, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing industries to help them make better decisions. More information can be found athttp://www.risi.com/