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Conference: A top RockTenn exec to speak about packaging at North American event

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Conference: A top RockTenn exec to speak about packaging at North American event

August 29, 2014 - 11:02

OAKLAND, CA, Aug. 29, 2014 (PPI Pulp & Paper Week) -RockTenn's pres of Paper Solutions Jim Porter will speak about trends and opportunities in fiber-based packaging at RISI's 29th annual Forest Products Conference on Oct. 9. Porter is to speak at 10:40 AM at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.

Porter was formerly pres of Southern Container and Solvay Paperboard, and joined RockTenn in 2008 during the acquisition of those companies. He is the past chmn of the Fibre Box Assn and past chmn of the Containerboard Sector of the American Forest & Paper Association.

RockTenn became one North America's largest providers of packaging solutions, and manufacturers of containerboard and paperboard after the acquisition of Smurfit-Stone Container.

Earlier this year, Porter was selected to oversee the company's Paper Solutions organization, which includes 24 mills, the forest resources group, the recycling business, and all sales and supply chain for containerboard, paperboard, recycled fiber, and pulp products. RockTenn operates 98 corrugated packaging plants and 21 folding carton plants that convert 100 billion ft2 of product per year.

Porter's presentation will follow the awarding of the RISI North American CEO of the Year award to International Paper's (IP) John Faraci, as well as a presentation by Faraci, and also a CEO panel discussion. The CEOs for the discussion on industry trends include Faraci, Domtar's John Williams, Glatfelter's Dante Parrini, and Wausau Paper's Michael Burandt.

Faraci is to retire before March after 40 years at IP, the world's largest containerboard and corrugated producer by capacity.

Over the last 15 years, packaging has become one of the most sustaining grades in the US pulp and paper industry, along with tissue. Demand for tissue and packaging boards and papers have remained steady to growing, while dropping significantly and consistently for printing and writing papers and newsprint in North America.

Porter will touch upon the possibilities in US packaging.

After his presentation, Vertical Research Partners analyst Chip Dillon, a veteran Wall Street analyst tracking the North American industry, speaks about consolidation and how it has changed and continues changing the US pulp and paper and forest products industry.

RISI Dir of Macroeconomic David Katsnelson also is to speak during the session, providing a global economic forecast for the next two years, by region.

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