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Program

Monday, 8 March, 2021

Session One

All times are set in Central European Time (CET). 

10:00

Welcome Remarks

10:10

European legislative overview

10:45

How is the European Paper and Pulp industry responding to changing policy demands?

A look at how the European industry is responding to sustainability and circularity targets

11:15

Panelists

Fireside chat with Tony Smurfit, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Group

  • Effects of COVID-19 on the business
  • Discussing demand trends and changing customer landscape
  • Discussing Smurfit Kappa’s climate change targets and new “net zero” emissions goal by 2050

 

11:45

Virtual Networking Break

12:15

Global macroeconomic outlook

  • Current status of the global economy and predictions for the next 12-18 months
  • How is Europe's economy set to recover from a second wave of Covid-19?
12:45

Global fiber outlook

  • How might the major pulp end-use markets change post-pandemic?
  • Assessment of the current inventory situation globally
  • Review of the large pipeline of pulp mill capacity expansion projects announced
13:15

Interview with Ilkka Hamala, CEO of MetsaGroup

13:45

Virtual Lunch Break

14:30

Global boxboard outlook

From interesting opportunities and challenges arising from the coronavirus pandemic to the growing overcapacity and expected changes in global trade flows, this presentation will analyse every region individually, giving a focal point to Europe.

15:00

Understanding online: e-retail trends and consumer behavior in food and beverage industries

  • How has Covid-19 compromised consumer spending in 2020?
  • How are the away from home markets set to recover in 2021?
  • Will they recover or are the changes set to last?
15:30

E-Commerce trends and strategy for accelerated growth

  • Changes in end use preference due to the pandemic
  • Is this a trend that is set to last?
  • Strategies responding to the accelerated shifts to e-retail
16:15

Virtual Networking Break

16:30

Food and beverage packaging – taking a look at hygiene and safety standards

17:00

Opportunities, trends and new uses for fiber in packaging

 

  • How are leading retailers working in partnership with packaging producers to develop new and sustainable uses for fiber in packaging?
17:45

Close of session one

Tuesday, 9 March, 2021

Session Two

All times are set in Central European Time (CET). 

10:00

Welcome remarks and Presentation of the Fastmarkets RISI European CEO of the Year Award

10:10

Keynote address by CEO Award winner

10:20

Global containerboard outlook

  • Discussing global and European supply/demand balances
  • Chinese demand evolution and export potential
  • Cost competitiveness landscape in Europe
11:45

Virtual Coffee Break

12:15

Hannah Zhao

Senior Economist, Global Recovered Paper

Fastmarkets RISI (presenting via video)

Recovered Paper Outlook with a focus on China's policy implications Outlook

  • Review of COVID-19’s impacts on PfR markets 
  • The effects of trade and trade regulations on global PfR market dynamics
  • Trends in demand and supply  
12:45

Panelists

European Recycled Paper Panel

  • Impact of global trade dynamics and country-specific PfR policies both inside and outside of Europe
  • The impact of Covid-19 on logistics and the wider industry
13:30

Virtual Lunch Break

14:15

Fastmarkets PPI Awards presentation of International CEO of the Year and acceptance speech from the winner

14:30

Moderator

Panelists

European CEO Panel – Paper & Pulp

  • How has Europe's pulp and paper industry responded to challenges posed by Covid-19?
  • The rise in remote working and its impact on pulp and graphic paper markets
  • What changes to the industry are we most likely to see over the next five years?

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15:15

Virtual Coffee Break

15:30

Global graphic papers outlook

After a bad year for demand, the graphic paper industry was ill-prepared to face the challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. This presentation will focus on why the pandemic has been so disruptive to graphic paper consumption and what can we expect to see in the post-pandemic reality in Europe and the rest of the world.

16:00

Ville Henttonen

Senior Product Manager, Mill Intelligence

Fastmarkets RISI

Assessing the landscape for Europe’s remaining graphic paper assets

  • Analysing the competitiveness of the remaining European graphic paper assets
  • Looking into potential scenarios for mill owners including forced or voluntary closure, potential takeover and swing capacity or full conversions under current ownership
16:30

Close of session two

Wednesday, 10 March, 2021

Session Three

All times are set in Central European Time (CET). 

10:00

Welcome Remarks

10:05

Global tissue outlook

10:30

Tissue Products Panel

11:15

Virtual Coffee Break

11:45

Session to be Announced

12:30

Session to be Announced

13:00

Virtual Lunch Break

14:00

Presentation of the PPI Awards Industry Woman of the Year Award 2021 and keynote speech from the winner

14:20

Presentation of the PPI Awards Environment and Waste Management Award 2021 and keynote speech from the winner

14:40

Presentation of the PPI Awards Internet of Things Award 2021 and speech from the winner

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15:00

Presentation of the PPI Awards Risk Management Award 2021 and speech from the winner

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15:20

Packaging Innovation Showcase

15:40

Close of conference and Awards Ceremony