As you probably inferred from the big red logo on the cover, this magazine is called Paper360°. I think it’s a great moniker because in one short phrase it gets to the heart of the publication’s mission: to give readers a full-circle view of the industry, its people, and some of the critical topics affecting readers each day. This issue’s two Trendspotting features illustrate this goal.
First up, we examine Global Transport with a suite of articles looking at different aspects of the complex journey our products make once they leave the mill. For many, a rooted tree in a remote forest is an iconic image representing our industries—but the reality is more like a blur of motion. Vast quantities of forest products are constantly speeding around the globe via boxcar, trailer truck, cargo ship, conveyor—and at every step, the potential exists for loss and damage. Reviewing the section on Transport, I was once again struck by the amazing scope of the industries we serve, and proud to realize that Paper360° readers like you are part of the complex process that makes it all happen.
That brings me to this issue’s second Trendspotting feature: RISI’s Top 50 Power List. Insightful, provocative, and in parts a bit irreverent, this popular feature is the result of countless hours of information-gathering by Senior Editors Graeme Rodden and Mark Rushton (although anyone who knows me will recognize that I may have played a part in getting #50 on the list.) There’s a reason this feature has been so incredibly popular with readers, first in PPI and now in Paper360°: this snapshot view of industry influencers gives us a glimpse of how forest products is changing, what changes may be to come, and who to watch along the way.
Of course, we’ve got our usual complement of additional articles with the global reach that readers need: an exclusive interview with Sylvain Lhôte, new director general of the Confederation of European Paper industries (CEPI); a report on China’s Containerboard market; an interview discussing the global state of Graphic Papers; and a rebuild story from a Czech mill, plus another from a Swedish mill. Hope you’ve got your passport ready!
As an editor, I learn something new every day on my job. For this issue, I’ve learned it’s all about the movers and shakers—both literally and figuratively. What have you got planned for getting things moving at your job today? How will your influence be felt? I’d love to hear your stories. Why not drop me a postcard?
LARRY N. MONTAGUE
President & CEO, TAPPI
VP Operations, TAPPI
Senior Editor, North and South America
Senior Editor, Europe and Asia
Editorial Director, TAPPI Journal
INTEGRATED MEDIA DIRECTOR
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