Management

Walter Schalka: RISI’s Four-time Latin American CEO of the Year

The merger between Suzano and Fibria dominates, but Schalka looks beyond. MARINA FALEIROS Walter Schalka, CEO of giant pulp and paper producer Suzano, has been named RISI’s Latin American CEO of the Year for the fourth consecutive time. Schalka was cited by several market analysts as a key player in the merger process between Suzano and Fibria, one of the ...

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UPM: The Forest Forerunner

The path to continuous innovation cannot be travelled alone; “co-creation” is a must. GRAEME RODDEN Although still the world’s largest producer of graphic papers, Finland’s UPM is perhaps now known more for its development of innovative bio-based products derived from wood biomass. Thus, UPM has become UPM—The Biofore Company. During a press tour of Finland organized by the Finnish Pulp ...

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Machine Learning and Improved Performance

As the cost of computational power comes down, Machine Learning and Industrial Analytics will play a larger role in helping mills trim costs and run more effectively. DAVID ALMAGOR The pulp and paper industry has demonstrated remarkable resiliency during challenging periods. With mostly limited growth opportunities in mature markets, pulp and paper manufacturers in Western Europe and North America are ...

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RISI’s 2018 Top 50 Power List

GRAEME RODDEN & MARK RUSHTON Welcome to the 11th Top 50 Power List. For the first time, we feature an institution, rather than an individual, at the top of the list. There is no doubting the influence the Peoples’ Republic of China has had on the industry, dating back a couple of decades but intensifying recently, particularly with its ban ...

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Leading our Industry

2018 TAPPI/PIMA Awards  BY JAN BOTTIGLIERI Each year, Paper360° is honored to showcase members of our industry who lead by example—in their service to others, their exemplary management, or their remarkable contributions to helping our industry innovate and grow. Here, you’ll meet the winners of the TAPPI/PIMA national-level awards—the association’s highest honors—as well as those receiving awards from several TAPPI ...

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Human Performance and Risk Reduction

MARK MONTONARA Accidents happen. No matter how many safety procedures you have in place or safety mechanisms a facility has installed, human error can cause an incident. But leaders can foster a culture of safety that will reduce the potential for human error and stop critical performance incidents from occurring. What it takes is careful planning to identify potential risks ...

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RISI’s Asian CEO of the Year

millwise| CEO OF THE YEAR: ASIA RISI’s Asian CEO of the Year An interview with Cheung Yan, chairwoman of Nine Dragons Paper SHAW N WANG After 20 years of fast and steady development, Nine Dragons Paper Group is now the world’s largest recycled-based paper manufacturing group. Much of the credit goes to its chairwoman, Cheung Yan. RISI has named Cheung ...

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Suppliers Reach Out to Mill Leaders

trendspotting|MANAGEMENT Suppliers Reach Out to Mill Leaders To find out how an organization ticks, talk to its leaders. Better yet, get its leaders to talk to you. This philosophy was put into practice at the recent Spring Meeting of the Association of Suppliers to the Paper Industry (ASPI) held in Sarasota, FL. Management-level speakers from pulp, paper, and packaging companies ...

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The Graying of the Paper Industry

trendspotting| MANAGEMENT The Graying of the Paper Industry An industry veteran looks at the statistics about our industry’ s aging workforce—as well as some strategies for managing this critical issue. JOHN A. NEUN, P.E. The first time I ever darkened the door of a paper mill was in 1979. I was a research engineer working for a large clothing company ...

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