It’s probably late-January as you read this—because I am assuming that, when the new issue of Paper360° arrives, you immediately open it and begin reading.* January seems like a perfect time for “staying in.” At home this may mean a warm fireplace and a movie. At work it may mean hours bent over a snowy-white calendar—each square waiting to be filled with plans, deadlines, and goals. The turn of the year provides a great excuse to huddle with staff and lay out a framework for success in the coming year. And let’s be frank: it can be scary out there.
Fortunately, this issue has got you covered; as 2016 came to a close, our editorial team did the “going out” for you. We were able to hit several major end-of-the-year events and report back with information you and your team need to plan that successful 2017. Senior Editor Graeme Rodden kicks things off with our annual Outlook feature, to help you focus on global market trends; he also brings news from the PPSA Safety Conference. I’ve rounded up some of the latest developments in containerboard, one of our industry’s most dynamic sectors. Senior Editor Mark Rushton reports back from the prestigious PPI International Awards, to help you track what leading companies are doing to make a difference in the industry; he also gives us a close-up look at a developing technology, and what’s ahead for China’s pulp and paper industry.
And as I mentioned, it can be scary out there. As we enter this New Year in particular, we face a lot of sobering negativity. Global trends are not easy to predict. Climate models keep raising the bar on our sustainability goals. Markets are uncertain, consumer trends are a moving target, regulatory issues are complicated and evolving…“stay in” seems like a reasonable response.
A more reasonable response? Get out there. TAPPI, the organization that publishes Paper360°, was founded more than 100 years ago on the principles of knowledge sharing and personal networking. The more uncertainty we face, the more powerful those strategies become. This issue’s features merely scratch the surface of the information available at industry conferences and events. The networking and knowledge available can make a critical difference for anyone from the corner office to the mill or plant floor. (We list a few upcoming events on page 9; more are previewed on pages 32 and 39.)
Late-January is not too late to make a resolution. Reserve a few of those blank squares on your calendar for industry events, and encourage your colleagues to join you. Your Paper360° editors will be out there too—we hope to meet many readers along the way.
* If you are not yet at the point where you enthusiastically peruse Paper360° the moment it arrives, I’m listening. What can we do to make this publication even more essential to your job? Please drop me a note with your suggestions!
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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