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RISI’s 2018 European CEO of the Year

An interview with Miles Roberts, DS Smith MARK RUSHTON “Being able to navigate the volatile OCC and containerboard situation without missing a beat in terms of growing earnings and cash flows” and “Under Roberts’ leadership, DS Smith continues to capture margin by providing creative service and product enhancement to its myriad customers.” These were just two comments cited from investment ...

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Data Use in Mills: A Supplier Survey

We surveyed three industry suppliers who work with pulp and paper industry customers to capture and use data in mill environments and asked them for some quick tips on how mills can get the most from their data. Answers were provided by: • Michael Gee, North American Account Manager – Wedge, Trimble Forestry • Kai Vikman, COO, Industry Business Group, Pöyry ...

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Leveraging Water Data to Make a Global Impact

A recent Water Industry Forum explored how data collected from water facilities can be used to address global water scarcity and cleanliness challenges. JAN BOTTIGLIERI By the year 2030, global water demand is expected to outpace sustainable supply by 40 percent, according to the UN. Yet water is essential not only to our industry’s progress and success, but to human ...

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On the Ragged Edge of a Revolution

Big Data Tools that Advance Quality and Improve Economics in Papermaking PETER W. HART There is a significant opportunity for improving quality and economic performance in paper manufacturing through application of Big Data analysis. Obstacles are being overcome, but improvements in complementary analytical tools are still needed and are in development. Through these tools, mills can reap significant benefits. The ...

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Business Intelligence as a Strategic Weapon

ROD FISHER, FISHER INTERNATIONAL Business intelligence (BI) has come a long way in recent years. In the wake of Big Data and information overload, enhanced search methodologies and advanced systems have surfaced that fine-tune business intelligence to swiftly deliver targeted pieces of knowledge that can inform decisions and drive actions. Yet many organizations underutilize BI, which can have a significant ...

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OUTLOOK 2018: Pulp in a Frenzy

Growth, inflation and uncertainly mark the industry’s global outlook; but markets should loosen in early 2018. GRAEME RODDEN Economists see hope for some sectors of the forest products industry—but the bad news for graphic papers seems to have no end. Lassa Sinikallas, director, macroeconomics at RISI, was the kickoff speaker at the 32nd annual RISI North American Conference in Boston ...

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On the Journey to Injury-Free

International Paper began the road to injury-free in 2010 with the introduction of the LIFE initiative, which focuses on eliminating life-changing injuries and fatalities. KIRT CUEVAS At International Paper (IP) we believe the true measure of success is our ability to send every team member, contractor, and visitor home safely at the end of each day. Safety is a core ...

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Containerboard: Markets and More

  Two recent events gave corrugated pros, suppliers, converters, and box plant executives a look at what’s new in the containerboard industry. Here are a few field notes. JAN BOTTIGLIERI From TAPPI’S SuperCorrExpo With nearly 150,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, SuperCorrExpo 2016 gave more than 5000 attendees an up-close look at some of the newest technologies available in the ...

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Uncertainty Clouds the Market in a Volatile World

The industry’s top analysts convened in San Diego for RISI’s 31st Annual North American Conference. Here is their expert forecast for 2017. GRAEME RODDEN For the first time, RISI scheduled a tissue seminar as a prelude to its North American forest products outlook conference held in October, and delegates were not disappointed. In a rare occurrence for a conference such ...

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RISI’s European CEO of the Year

An interview with Berry Wiersum, CEO, Sappi Europe MARK RUSHTON RISI recently announced that Berry Wiersum, chief executive officer of Sappi Europe SA, has been named RISI’s 2017 European CEO of the Year. The award is nominated by a group of investment analysts, industry consultants, and commentators covering the European and global pulp and paper industry. According to nominators, “Wiersum ...

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