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Conference Program

Tuesday, 12 March, 2019

Day I


Conference Registration


Presentation of Fastmarkets RISI European CEO of the Year Award


Macroeconomic Outlook

  • Trends and prospects for the global economy over the next 12 months
  • How geopolitical forces and country risk will shape market economics
  • Exploring the impact of supranational regulatory and policy developments
  • Assessing international trade flows



Presentation of the Winner of the StepChange Consulting Survey Prize


Coffee and Tea Networking Break

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Global Fiber Outlook: Could the Prolonged Upturn Be Coming to an End?

  • Assessing the impact of the Chinese recovered paper import ban on global fiber markets
  • Understanding the risks to the growing consensus that the global pulp market should trend tighter through the end of the cycle
  • Whether any of the recent capacity expansion announcements will materially impact the market in the near term



Fabio Almeida

Head of Europe and Americas

Suzano Pulp and Paper

International Panel Discussion: The Global Market Outlook

  • When do you see the pulp industry will have a functioning futures market like any other commodity and energy?
  • The global fibre base is diminishing while demand for paper-based products is increasing. Where is future fibre supply coming from?
  • What do you think about the increase in global competition? US moving to Europe/Brazil, Europe looking to expand in US/Brazil, etc.
  • Do you believe that we are in a capacity expansion mode in your key product sectors? If so, how does this capacity expansion period differ from prior ones?
  • Understanding the trade flows, where are hotspots of consumption and how are they going to change?
  • Where do you see the best opportunity to invest and extract value; forestry? Installed capacity? Downstream?

Networking Lunch Break


Papermaking 4.0 & Smart Service


Digital and P&P: Cost Competitiveness and Margins


Coffee and Tea Networking Break

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Packaging: The View from the Producer




European CEO Panel Discussion

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What will be the impact of the consolidation in the market? 

Integrated converters- what impact is the consolidation and integration of producers and suppliers having on the whole value chain?

What happens when the boom subsides? Pricing power in a rising pulp price environment -what will be the next major disruption?

Adapting to distributions in the market:

  • Short-term: trade tariffs, immediate impacts
  • Medium-term: increasingly environemntally focused buyers and the growth of the paperless economy
  • Long-term: Workforce management
  • Are there any plans for capacity expansion? What is the new frontier for the pulp industry?

Close of Day One


Off Site Cocktail Reception and Fastmarkets RISI PPI Awards

Come join us for a cocktail reception at the new Palais Wetheim. Food and beverages are included. This beautiful space blends Viennesse chic with Berlin punk style. Palais Wertheim is about a 8 minute walk from the Vienna Marriott Hotel. RISI Staff will be meeting in the hotel lobby and will walk over at 17:15.  

Palais Wertheim

Time: 17:30 - 19:00

Address: Canovagasse 1a 1010 Vienna Austria

Wednesday, 13 March, 2019

Day II


Conference Registration


Hannah Zhao

Senior Economist, Global Recovered Paper

Fastmarkets RISI

The Global OCC Markets- The Great Uncertainty Over China

  • China’s RCP import regulation and the impact on global OCC markets in short to medium term
  • Changing OCC trade flows
  • How are Chinese paper/board producers going to secure fibre supply?
  • Changing OCC demand/supply balance and the potential impact on global containerboard markets



Fastmarkets RISI Outlook on Containerboard

Discussion on the global containerboard supply/demand balances, capacity additions and cost developments.  Where we will see new capacity in the next two years? What are the trade dynamics globally?



Fastmarkets RISI Global Outlook on Boxboard


Coffee and Tea Networking Break

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Paper for Recycling:The Impact on the Environment, Sustainability and How is the Demand Going to be Met?

  • Exploring the changing production & consumption patterns
  • Keeping pace with evolving collection systems & outlet perspectives on the market
  • The importance of Quality Secondary Raw Materials and benefits to production
  • How China is shaping the industry



Johann Moser

Senior Vice President Strategic Technology Board and Packaging


Panel Discussion: Paper for Recycling



The Mill of the Future

Two Case Study Examples of How to Bring your Mill into the Future:

  • Data Driven Solutions are Building the Way - Jari Almi, Director, Industrial Internet, Valmet  
  • Concrete Steps Towards a Digital Mill - Marko Yli-Pietilä, Head of Smart Operations, Stora Enso



Networking Lunch Break


Fastmarkets RISI Outlook on Graphic Paper




Kamal Comair

Senior Director GESPA and ALTRA TRADE

Indevco Group

Dr. Fady Gemayel


Arab Federation for Paper, Printing and Packaging Industries (AFPPPI)

Panel Discussion: Understanding the MENA Paper Packaging Market and Opportunities

  • Outlining the current paper packaging market conditions in the MENA region: Consumption, Capacity and Trade
  • Mapping the emerging opportunities driven by the changing macroeconomic environment
  • Gauging the appetite for future pulp, paper and recycled fiber imports
  • Supply chain: Insight into the realities of transporting materials to the region
  • The trading landscape: The prevalence of contract vs spot sales in the region

Coffee and Tea Networking Break

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Fastmarkets RISI Outlook for Tissue

  • What does the next 12 to 18 months hold for pulp and eucalyptus prices?
  • A look at the key factors that have impacted and the market and key future challenges for prices
  • How is consolidation impacting the tissue market and the outlook for future prices?

Presentation Dissolving Pulp: Financial Environment and the Impact on the Environment

  • Introducing of Lenzing AG and its role/growth in the dissolving pulp market
  • Innovations and trends on the textile fiber market
  • Sustainablity challenges and our pillars to address them 



Presentation Alternative Fibers - Financial Environment and the Impact on the Environment


Close of Conference