This year’s PPI Awards were presented at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Financial Center in Dubai where a total of 15 categories were awarded to companies and individuals across a wide spectrum of the industry and from right across the globe.
The PPI Awards - now in their 5th Year, are the only global awards that recognize the serious ingenuity, innovation, and sheer hard work that goes into the skill of pulp and paper making. Our judges are completely independent, and come from all areas of the industry. Some are stalwarts, with a combined experience of many years both on the frontline, and managing and commentating on the industry from above, and others are from the demanding consumer area.
This year’s judges included: Teresa Presas, (CEPI), Rod Young (RISI), John Pollard (Unilever), Phillip Lawrence (Eco Logical Strategies), Neil Mc- Cubbin (Industry Consultant), Jonathan Roberts (Pryor Roberts Communications), Mark Williamson (Journalist Engineer), Martyn Eustace (Two Sides and Print Power), Jacqui Macalister (McDonald’s), Robert Wilson (AMEC), and IIkka Hiirsalmi (Independent Industry Consultant).
RISI would like to thank our sponsors for being able to support and champion the magnificent work and dedication carried out across this outstanding industry.
All RISI and PPI staff at the event would like to give our congratulations to the winners and runners up and we look forward to seeing you again next year.
Environmental Strategy of the Year Award
Sponsored by Metso
Winner: Cascades Tissue Group, Canada
According to the company, recycling has been part of its DNA since it inception in 1964. Over and above its environmental reporting, Cascades has gone one step further by developing its first sustainable development plan for 2010-2012, after consulting 200 stakeholders. This process led to the identification of 18 key performance indicators (KPI) that focus on the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability.
Bio Strategy of the Year
Sponsored by Andritz
Winner: Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier, Netherlands
The Smurfit Kappa paper mill in Roermond has, through an effective sustainability strategy, found valuable solutions for almost all of its reject streams. The company has set up a strategy to create value from its rejects and the on-site Rofire® production facility is at the core of the reject valorisation strategy at the mill. At this moment, 99.5% of its raw materials are converted into useful and valuable applications.
Managing Risk and Safety Award – Company of the Year
Sponsored by: FM Global
Winner: Mondi Heerlen, Netherlands
The Mondi Heerlen plant has reached the milestone of 10 years without a lost time incident. Over the years, many programs and projects have been implemented and improved. In the early days, this consisted of some basic programs like risk assessment, behavioral observation audits, near hit reporting and people involvement, which was later followed by implementation of a thorough management program based around OHSAS 18001 certification.
Mario Gosselin, CEO of Kruger Products, accepted the Business Strategy of the Year Award from Voith by video link.
Business Strategy of the Year
Sponsored by Voith
Winner: Kruger Products, L.P. (KPLP), Canada
Last year was a year of milestones for Kruger. With a goal of improving profitability, its strategy included streamlining operations and creating efficiencies across its entire network to build value. A series of three key strategic decisions were executed throughout 2012, with the aim of improving its leading position in the Canadian marketplace while continuing with its growth in the USA.
Promotional Campaign of the Year Award
Supported by RISI Marketing Services
Winner: Sappi Fine Paper North America – Ideas that Matter
Sappi Fine Paper North America established the Ideas that Matter (ITM) grant program to recognize and support designers who use their skills and expertise to solve communications problems for a wide range of charitable activities. Today, ITM remains the only grant program of its kind in the industry. Sappi believes that the creative ideas of designers can have an impact beyond the aesthetic and that those ideas can be a powerful force for social good.
Graphic Papers – Innovative Product of the Year
Sponsored by HP and ColorLok
Winner: Gold East Paper (Jiangsu) Co, China
The company’s new type of high gloss paper, Cast Coated Paper, uses regular art paper as the base and then lightly coats it with a special coating formulation. The product achieves glossiness over 90% and works perfectly in gravure, offset, flexography and other printing techniques. According to the company, the product has the advantage of creating higher production efficiency while having a mirror-like gloss surface. The product is suitable for high-end label users in the cosmetic, medicine and food industries, as well as for promotional uses or bar code labels in supermarket and retail stores.
Tissue – Innovative Product of the Year Award
Sponsored by: Xerium
Winner: Cascades Tissue Group – Cascades Moka Tissue Products
Cascades® MokaTM 100% recycled unbleached bathroom tissue is, according to the company, “a first-of-its-kind product.” In addition to eliminating chemical whitening, Cascades’ value- added tissue product, which is beige in appearance, is made of a pulp mix composed of 100% recycled fiber, 80% of which is post-consumer material and 20% is recovered corrugated boxes.
Global CEO of the Year Award
Sponsored by StepChange Consulting
Winner: Peter Oswald – Mondi Europe & International
Oswald was this year’s winner of the prestigious RISI European CEO of the Year award. Heading up one of the leading companies in Europe, Oswald has plotted and steered a course that has seen Mondi head for the added value areas such as specialist packaging, as well as expand in some of the emerging regions of the world, such as Eastern Europe and China.
Mill Manager of the Year Award
Sponsored by ABB
Winner: Jo Cox – Managing Director of Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier
Cox is a natural leader with the ability to motivate his people to work hard and achieve results. His management style involves a combination of giving clear objectives and deliverables, while at the same time allowing his people a degree of autonomy to encourage creativity. Proof of success can be seen in the mill’s continuous growth of output, high-quality products and strong EBITDA results. Under his management, sustainability has become a key business driver and has acted as a catalyst for innovation at the mill, with the aim to eventually become a zero waste mill.
Representatives from ABB could not be there on the night, award presented by Mark Rushton, PPI
Environmental Award – Mill
Sponsored by Cargill
Winner: BILT Graphic Paper Products – Unit Bhigwan,India
The mill has made considerable efforts to reduce emissions by constantly pursuing energy conservation measures and reducing fossil fuel usage. The mill has achieved the status of being a zero liquid and solid discharge mill with 100% of the treated effluent being utilized. The mill has consistently managed to reduce its pulp consumption over the years due to innovative process changes.
The Water Efficiency Award
Sponsored by NALCO
Winner: Middle East Paper Company (MEPCo),Saudi Arabia
The paper production process is very water intensive; however MEPCO was able to overcome this challenge by entering an agreement with the nearby Khumarh waste water treatment plant, which handles the domestic waste water of the city, to reuse the treated wastewater for its operations. The wastewater discharge from the paper plant was treated and sent back to the waste treatment plant. After expansion, MEPCO installed screens, drum filters, two dissolved air flotation units and gravity filters to recycle a large share of the water internally.
Advances in Innovation in Sustainable Packaging
Sponsored by AkzoNobel
Winner: Ecologic Brands, U.S. – eco.bottle®
Ecologic Brands is a sustainable packaging company known for creating America’s first molded paper bottle, consisting of an outer shell made with 100% recycled cardboard and newspapers, integrated with a thin inner pouch, and which uses almost 70% less plastic than traditional plastic bottles. Post use, the outer shell can be composted or recycled with paper and the inner pouch can be recycled to provide a closed loop system.
Representatives from Ecologic could not be there on the night, award picked up by Rod Young, RISI
Advances and Innovation in Specialty Papers
Supported by Pulp & Paper International
Winner: Sappi Fine Paper Europe,Germany – Alfeld
In direct response to brand owners increasingly looking to source materials that address concerns regarding migration of mineral oil and other contaminants into food from cardboard containing recycled newsprint, Sappi has developed an innovative range of flexible packaging papers with a functional mineral oil barrier (MOB) coating. This coating solves the contaminant migration problem and still allows the environmentally sustainable use of recycled content in packaging materials.
Supply Chain Award
Winner: Mondi SCP, Slovakia
Mondi has been innovative in setting up a number of systems to streamline its supply chain processes, all with the customer at the core of its strategic planning. The company has worked hard to ensure it not only provides its customers with excellent quality ordered goods at an agreed price, but also gives them excellent service. A number of initiatives were implemented including improvements in the monthly sharing of mill time slots.
Breakthrough Technologies of the Year
Supported by Pulp & Paper International
Winner: Ashland Water Technologies, USA – Biobond Technology
Biobond is a highly innovative technology based on the idea that paper and papermaking could be much more sustainable if it were possible to recover starch from waste paper. Biobond is comprised of three separately fed chemistries, working together to prevent the loss of incoming starch to the environment and prevent the starch from degrading.