Spotlight on Global Achievements

The Fastmarkets RISI PPI Awards  were held in Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon in March, celebrating the good and great in the global pulp and paper industry. Awards were presented in three categories; sponsors were FM Global, Valmet, TAPPI TissueCon, Paper First, StepChange Consulting, Cepi, and Nalco Water. Here is a look at the winners.

Corporate Awards

Risk and Safety Award
Mondi Swiecie—Work Safe, Home Safe, Everybody, Every Day

Judges’ comments: “The winner in this category has made it clear that every single employee at its mill is personally responsible and empowered to stop unsafe behaviors immediately, even if it means shutting down operations.”

The Internet of Things and
Digitalization Award
Mayr-Melnhof Karton Gesellschaft m.b.H.—MMK Digital: Buy Cartonboard Online 24/7

Judges’ comments: “The pulp and paper industry has been gathering digital data on production for years and has now matured to the extent where managing that data is making a real difference to production efficiencies and ultimately customer satisfaction.”

Tissue Product Award
Hakle GmbH—Grass Paper Towels

Judges’ comments: “The winner of this category is a prime example of some of the inspirational work being done in the production of top tissue products made from renewable resources.”

Bringing Paper to Life—
Marketing Campaign of The
Year Award 
Södra—Södra Does It Again: Innovative Campaign Smashes Targets And Spreads The Word

Judges’ comments: “The winner of this category went the extra mile in the global promotion of paper products as it told the world about the sustainability of the industry. It deliberately targeted customers’ customers and beyond to redress misconceptions around and raise awareness of the sustainability of the modern industry.”

Individual Awards

International CEO of The Year Award 
Jussi Pesonen—UPM

Judge’s comment: “His diligent efforts (resulted) in the transformation of UPM from a business that was primarily focused on paper production to one that has broadened its reach across the paper and pulp market.”

• Brad Southern—Louisiana-Pacific
• Ksenia Sosnina—Ilim Group
• Michele Bianchi—RDM Group
• Susumu Yajima—Oji Holdings

Mill Manager Award 
Klaus Peller—Mondi Syktyvkar

Judges’ comments: “This year’s winner impressed the judges with his democratic leadership style, which has played a significant role in the mill’s progress.”

• Ben Jennings—DS Smith plc
• Ernst Spitzbart—UPM
• Pavan Kumar Suri—JK Paper Rayagarda
• Roman Senecky—Mondi Steti

PPI Industry Woman of the Year Award

Susanne Oste
Susanne Oste—Sappi Europe

Judges’ comments: “The winner of this category is a true industry visionary; starting out as an apprentice machine operator and moving swiftly into research and R&D, registering two patents, this woman has invented papers, headed up sales teams, and has been CEO of a specialty paper company. She now plays a central role in creating the next generation of paper products.”

Anna Oñate—Sappi Europe
• Jennifer Miller—Sappi North America
• Linda Ottosson—Södra
• Sofia Reis Jorge—Altri

Mill Awards

Environmental Leadership—From Sustainable Forestry to Waste Management 
Södra—Ground-breaking Solution to Textile Waste

Judges’ comments: “The winner of this category is proving that it’s not just pulp and paper products where opportunities lie, there are other industries that are now open to enter into with the deep environmental know-how and process experience the industry has. The winner of this category clearly demonstrates this.”

Honorary Mill of the Future Award 
Metsä Fibre—
Äänekoski Bioproduct Mill

Packaging Innovation Award 
Klabin S.A.—The World’s First Kraftliner Board Made 100% From Eucalyptus Fibers (Hardwood)

Judges’ comments: “Among the benefits being proven by the winner of this category is a basis weight reduction of more than 10 percent of the new board produced while also maintaining the same final packaging structure.”

Water Efficiency Award
Domtar—Proof Every Drop Counts

Judges’ comments: “The winner is a company that has stood out in implementing monitoring of water sources and leading in water efficiency and has managed to decrease its water intake by an incredible 44 percent over the past five years.”