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Jim McLaren

Senior Editor, PPI Pulp & Paper Week


James McLaren has covered the forest products industry for more than 25 years. He is a senior editor for RISI’s PPI Pulp & Paper Week, mainly reporting on North American boxboard markets, and also serves as executive editor of RISI’s global online pulp and paper news service.

A graduate of Rutgers University, he worked for daily newspapers in New Jersey before originally joining P&PW in 1989 under Miller Freeman. He worked for Forestweb before joining RISI in 2004, and covered wood products markets for Crow’s newsletter before returning to P&PW in 2008.

With Miller Freeman, James was launch editor of PPI Asia in Singapore in 1998 and co-founded International Woodfiber Report in 1995. He was co-chairman of the International Woodfiber Conference in 1996, the Southern Forest Industries Conference in 1997, and the first Wood Summit in 1998.


Panel Discussion: Packaging, Recycling & Sustainability

Day 3: Sustainability of Trade, Packaging and Graphic Paper

Friday, 12 October, 2018 - 08:15

  • What is the appetite for CPGs to hedge pulp and paper pricing? Is the growth rate of the market too optimistic?
  • What are the impacts of currency fluctuations for the containerboard market and how can they can be mitigated?
  • How can you find opportunity in a low volume, high mix packaging solution plan across many regionals globally?
  • Are CPGs looking to redefine a material portfolio to diversify when market volatility is risky with highly common materials?
  • What are the sustainable material substitutes for mitigating raw material variables in cost?
  • The Impact of the Convertors. What will be the Immediate Disruption and the Long Term Impact? Will there be one?

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