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Conference Program

Monday, 8 March, 2021

Session One

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

10:00

Matt Graves

Senior Vice President, Fastmarkets RISI Indices, News, Markets & Prices

Fastmarkets RISI

Welcome Remarks

10:10

Peter Handley

Head of the Energy-Intensive Industries and Raw Materials Unit

European Commission's Directorate-General for Growth

European legislative overview

Overview of the European Commission’s 2030 Climate & Energy framework

10:20

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

10:50

Matt Graves

Senior Vice President, Fastmarkets RISI Indices, News, Markets & Prices

Fastmarkets RISI

Presentation of the Fastmarkets RISI European CEO of the Year Award and acceptance speech from the winner

Presented to Tony Smurfit, CEO, Smurfit Kappa Group

11:00

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

 

11:30

Fastmarkets RISI PPI Awards presentation of Environment Leader Award winner and acceptance speech from the winner

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11:40

Virtual Coffee Break

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12:00

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?
12:30

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
13:00

Moderator

Matt Graves

Senior Vice President, Fastmarkets RISI Indices, News, Markets & Prices

Fastmarkets RISI

Panelists

Interview with Ilkka Hamala, CEO of Metsä Group

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13:30

Virtual Lunch Break

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14:15

Chris Taylor

Head of Customs & Northern Ireland Policy

UK Mission to the EU

Brexit: the future for trade relationships between the UK & EU

  • What will the final Brexit outcome mean for trade and logistics services between the UK & remaining EU member states?
  • Overview of projected timelines for new rules, practical implications for EU trade and additional customs requirements
14:45

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.

15:15

Virtual Coffee Break

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15:45

Javier Sanchez

Global OOH & Usage Manager

Kantar, Worldpanel Division

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?
16:15

Developing sustainable packaging for e-commerce

  • Adapting packaging strategies as a response to the surge in e-commerce
  • Responding to the consumer; how are packaging producers creating innovative solutions in line with the ‘new normal’ to add brand value and create a retail experience through e-commerce?
  • What part does sustainability have to play in the choices brands are making when it comes to packaging?
16:45

Fastmarkets RISI PPI Awards presentation of Packaging Innovation Award winner and acceptance speech from the winner

17:00

The potential of sustainable papermaking

  • Ideas to conserve resources, reuse materials and minimize emissions and rejects
  • Decarbonization of the paper production process
17:15

Close of session one

Tuesday, 9 March, 2021

Session Two

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

10:00

Welcome remarks

10:10

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

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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

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12:05

Fastmarkets RISI PPI Awards presentation of Industry Woman of the Year and acceptance speech from the winner

12:15

Hannah Zhao

Senior Economist, Global Recovered Paper

Fastmarkets RISI

Recovered paper outlook with a focus on China's policy implications

  • 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

Moderator

Panelists

Osman Kaytan

General Manager

The Paper Recycling Industrialists Association (AGED)

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

Pascal Jaouen

Vice President and General Manager-Paper Division Europe

Nalco Water

Data is Oil, Water is Gold – also in the new normal!

  • Sustainability challenges in the new normal and the industry response
  • ReStrength - Best practise in recycled containerboards, case history from Germany
13:45

Virtual Lunch Break

14:15

Presentation of the Fastmarkets RISI Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented to Berry Wiersum, CEO, Sappi Europe S.A.

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

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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

Fastmarkets RISI PPI Awards presentation of Risk Management award and speech from the winner

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16:45

Moderator

Panelists

Roman Swiderski

Product Manager iCorr® Business Automation

BHS Corrugated Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH

Panel discussion : E-commerce development in B2B

  • Key factors for successful e-commerce
  • Product portfolio expectation on e-commerce platform
  • Change management process from traditional to digital business
  • Role of big e-commerce platforms in the B2B environment
17:15

Close of session two

Wednesday, 10 March, 2021

Session Three

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

10:30

Welcome Remarks

10:35

Panelists

Marco Moffa

Head of Operational Excellence BU Paper

Fedrigoni Group

Generating value from digital through an integrated team: Fedrigoni, Voith and Bain&Co.

  • Fedrigoni one-year digital journey from data lake to savings realization with OnEfficiency
  • Voith OnEfficiency technology: optimizing fiber consumption through machine learning
  • Fedrigoni, Voith, Bain&Co: benefits of a threefold and integrated team
11:05

Automated warehousing at the heart of the digitalized supply chain

11:25

A practical approach to demand forecasting with AI post-COVID

Traditional forecasting methods don't work post-COVID, irrespective of whether you were a winner or loser. The recovery profile will be different for each market and product sector and as society returns to normal, historic trends will not be the leading indicator for the future. Alan Cheesbrough will demonstrate how Artificial Intelligence can be used in a practical way to generate high volume, reliable forecasts during COVID recovery and beyond.

11:55

Fastmarkets RISI presentation of the Internet of Things Award and speech from the winner

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12:05

Virtual Coffee and Lunch Break

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13:00

Global tissue outlook

  • COVID-19 effects on the tissue business in 2020
  • Global outlook in the post-corona time
  • Europe - Will investments continue with slowing growth?
  • Competition - can major changes be expected?
13:30

Moderator

Greg Rudder

Managing Editor

Pulp & Paper Week, Fastmarkets RISI

Panelists

Paul Fecher

Chairman

Northwood Paper, Tissue and Hygiene Companies

Tissue Products Panel

  • 12 months on, how are companies adapting to shifts in consumption as a result of the pandemic?
  • How are industry leaders predicting the next 12 months to look?

 

 

14:15

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