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Berry Wiersum



Sappi Europe SA

Sappi, the world’s leading producer of coated fine paper, appointed Berry Wiersum (61, British) Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe S.A. on 15 January 2007.

Mr Wiersum started his career at ICI Fibres, became President of Amoco Fabrics (Europe), then the President of Amoco Chemicals (Europe), and when Amoco was taken over by BP, he moved to BP to assist with the integration of the two groups in Europe.  He subsequently left BP and joined Pechiney S.A. in France and ran the CEBAL packaging division until he was recruited as Managing Director of the Packaging division of Kappa Packaging BV (The Netherlands) and member of the Management Board responsible for paper manufacture and packaging in the Kappa group.  He holds a Master of Arts degree with Combined Honours in Mediaeval and Modern History and subsidiaries in French and Music from the University of St. Andrews in the UK.

Berry Wiersum was Vice-Chairman Coated Cepifine in 2009 and 2010.

Berry Wiersum was Chairmen of Cepi in 2010 and 2011.

Berry Wiersum was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Euro-Graph (European Association of Graphic Paper Producers) in 2015 and 2016.

Berry is married with four children.


CEO/Executive Panel Discussion

Day One

Tuesday, 6 March, 2018

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The last twelve months have been significant for the European Paper & Packaging industry in many ways. The demand environment has improved particularly for packaging which appears to be driven by both cyclical and structural factors, with the latter including factors such as e-commerce and the shift to more renewable sources of packaging. This has helped pricing across all grades of paper. Raw material costs, particularly recovered paper have been very volatile with Chinese demand playing a big part in this. Non-raw material cost inflation is also starting to become an issue particularly in areas like transport and labour. Four main themes that are emerging will be discussed:

  • Growth in the packaging sector – cyclical or structural?
  • European pricing dynamics have improved and look set to strengthen further in 2018
  • Recovered fibre availability and cost?
  • Capacity growth and the potential for further European consolidation

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