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Program

Wednesday, 13 November, 2019

Pre-Event

6:30pm

Pre-Registration and Welcome Cocktail Reception

Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Day One

7:45am

Registration

8:45am

Greg Rudder

Editor

Pulp & Paper Week, Fastmarkest RISI

Welcome remarks

9:00am

Special Recognition Award

Special Recognition Award to be presented to Steve Voorhees, CEO of WestRock for completing the acquisition of Kapstone, and for the company's unique and ongoing business efforts at coordinating and teaming corrugated and consumer packaging.

9:30am

Moderator

Panelists

CEO Panel: The strategic vision for the global containerboard industry

  • How supply is reacting to demand; forecasting current capacity and plans for addition
  • Assessing the continued trend for lightweight linerboard
  • How are leading producers innovating to ensure a more sustainable future?
10:30am

Coffee and Tea Networking Break

11:00am

Macroeconomic outlook

  • An analysis of global economic trends and their influence on the containerboard market
  • Current status of the global economy and predictions over the next 12 months
  • How Brexit, trade wars and political uncertainty are influencing the global economy

  - Examining the subsequent impact on the containerboard industry

11:30am

North American & global containerboard outlook

  • What is behind the recent softness in the global markets 
  • Divergent supply and demand patterns across the globe
  • Predictions v. reality: The genuine impact of e-commerce on containerboard production
12:15pm

Networking Lunch

1:30pm

Moderator

Greg Rudder

Editor

Pulp & Paper Week, Fastmarkest RISI

Panelists

Presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award Jack Schwarz, Founder of Schwarz Partners

Special guests - TO BE ANNOUNCED

2:45pm

Daniel Nordigarden

Senior expert & Associate Partner - Paper & Packaging

McKinsey & Company

Exploring the M&A appetite in light of the current climate

  • How the biggest trends are impacting the desire to merge or acquire. With a focus on; 
     - Global e-commerce
     - Sustainability
     - FMCG
     - Changing consumer preferences
     - Digitisation/ Technology
  • Looking at the trend for large integrated companies to acquire smaller independent producers
  • Impact on consolidation on pricing and performance in the containerboard industry
 
3:15pm

Coffee and Tea Networking Break

3:45pm

Hannah Zhao

Senior Economist, Global Recovered Paper

Fastmarkets RISI

OCC markets in light of the Chinese import ban

  • What will happen to the waste paper that was historically exported to China
  • Assessing the current and future demand for OCC over the next 12 months
  • Charting the demand and use of OCC against virgin pulp
  • Opportunities for India - how an influx in waste paper imports is bringing life back into the industry
3:45pm

Capacity: How planned additions will impact the global market

  • Assessing the plans for additional capacity across North America and globally
  • Business logic behind increasing capacity during a time of weak demand
  • How increased capacity and new build mills will impact global supply and demand
4:15pm

Country spotlight: Changing trade flows in and outs of China

  • Which domestic policies are China implementing to ensure a continued supply of recycled pulp?
  • The impact of the limited supply of raw materials
  • Will we see greater investment in North American mills from Chinese companies?
  • Levels of domestic production and impact on Imports 
5:00pm

Crossroads Paper Project: What it means for Utah and beyond

5:30pm

Cocktail Reception

7:00pm

Close of Day one

Friday, 15 November, 2019

Day Two

7:30am

Registration

8:30am

Greg Rudder

Editor

Pulp & Paper Week, Fastmarkest RISI

Welcome remarks

 

 

8:45am

Moderator

Panelists

E-commerce and the impact on corrugated demand

  • The rise in e-commerce and how it is affecting demand for containerboard
  • How consumer preferences towards sustainability are impacting decisions made by international retailers
  • Will e-retail continue to grow? If so, how?
9:30am

Sustainability: The impact of a global move away from plastics

  • How changing customer attitudes towards a greener future are affecting the industry
  • The environment benefits associated with containerboard
  • What does sustainability actually mean for producers?
  • How new technologies are ensuring sustainablity 

  - Reality and viability of implementing them

10:00am

Moderator

Greg Rudder

Editor

Pulp & Paper Week, Fastmarkest RISI

Panelists

Lightweight Linerboard: The continued trend for lighter materials

  • Exploring supply and demand for lightweight linerboard across Europe and North America
  • Machinery innovations and technology advances
10:45am

Coffee and Tea Networking Break

11:15am

Gleb Sinavskis

Economist - European Packaging Paper

Fastmarkets RISI

European containerboard market outlook

  • Overview of the European containerboard market
  • How supply/demand misbalance is impacting trade
  • Where are prices, compared to mill cash costs
11:45am

Thinking outside of the box - realizing potential through innovation

  • Discussing the future of corrugated packaging
  • Maximising innovation through globalisation
  • Impact of e-commerce on digital technologies and demand
12:15pm

Beth Lis

Vice President, Asian Paper

Fastmarkets RISI

Examining the key drivers for change in the Asian containerboard markets

  • Discussing recent changes to the Asian Containerboard markets
  • How Chinese policies are impacting the rest of Asia
  • Analysis of the Asian paper packaging market
12:45pm

Networking Lunch

1:45pm

Klabin Case Study: Puma Project II and its projected impact on global supply and demand

2:15pm

Panelists

Emerging Markets: Growing industries in Latin America

  • Understanding the containerboard industry in Latin America
  • Growing agriculture exports and impact on the emerging containerboard markets
  • Examining how foreign investment in Latin America in bringing into the industry
2:45pm

Regional Trade Outlook: Examining the containerboard industry in the Middle East & Africa

  • The impact of the recent GCC Antidumping duties on the containerboard trade balance
  • Capacity management and changes in light of demand volatility 
  • The heating war on plastic, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The rise of e-commerce and its bouyant impact on containerboard demand
3:15pm

Close of conference