It could be a big win or a big loss… But UK Tissue is ready for the Brexit Challenge

Helen Morris, Senior Editor, Tissue World Magazine In a professionally efficient way this edition of TWM was chosen to coincide with Brexit Day – March 29, 2019.Our UK Country Report would bring the latest analysis from both sides of the moment – midnight on that Friday – when the dramatic new future would begin for the UK economy generally, and...

Industry 4.0 is underway… We look forward to Industry 5.0

TWM goes beyond the fourth industrial revolution in this edition. Our contributors focus on the many advances which are already well established in tissue production and, to use a phrase by one of them, look at the predictable benefits which ‘early adapters’ of the latest technology are likely to reap in the era of the fifth industrial revolution.What...

From east to west – the sun is rising on tissue’s New Year

A Happy New Year to you all. I don’t know whether you gave Auld Lang Syne a burst as the clock ticked down to the midnight hour on December 31, but we gave it a run for its money here at TWM.As befits tissue’s most globally devoted magazine, we are acutely aware that many of tissue’s personnel, in whatever capacity, will not have heard of the Scottish...

‘We are at a dynamic moment in the tissue industry’

This edition of TWM captures the distinct sense of momentum and energy, and change, at this point in tissue’s long history. These pages will give readers a comprehensive cross-analysis of those dynamics. We major on pulp – the single most important cost issue facing tissue today and the subject of much concerned speculation for some years.  In our...

After 15 years of outstanding economic performance how fit are Turkey’s thriving tissue companies to face the expected slowdown?

The chart on the wall of Turkey’s economic performance in the last 15 years has an impressive upward curve. To select just a few of the headlines: outstanding growth with GDP tripled and a per capita rise from 3,660 to 10,714 US$; incomes up and a dynamism in its young, open-minded and increasing population; rapid urbanisation, crucially linked to...

What does the UAE’s growing cultural confidence mean for tissue?

The Arab world’s first universal museum – Louvre Abu Dhabi – has opened in the United Arab Emirates. Emmanuel Macron, president of France, described the stunning symbol of a wider cultural perspective as “a bridge between civilisations.” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, vice president and ruler of Dubai, the emirate along the coast, said:...

Tissue World – 25 years bringing the world’s tissue businesses together

It began in Nice in March 1993 … the first ever trade show exclusively dedicated to tissue. There were 700 attendees and 49 exhibitors. Now, attendance at TW Milan 2017 reached almost 4,000, with participants coming from 91 countries and 220 exhibiting companies. In Nice, conference preprints were given to delegates. Now, Tissue World TV...

Even the great Bobby Fischer would find tissue’s US chess game a challenge

Our cover image depicts the US tissue battlefield. The reds strategically occupying the hill represent all we know of the status quo. For many decades the industry in the USA meant few giants monopolising the market in both manufacturing and retail. The environment was not a concern, NGOs not that powerful, and the economy was good. Then the market...

Getting the best out of our ever more sophisticated technology

HMI, the Human Machine Interface, might stand as a symbol of TWM’s Technical Theme on packaging, wrapping and logistics in this edition… as for the tissue industry across the board. Four top companies report on the cutting-edge direction of their research, but I have to say in one case, that of Optima Packaging, thank goodness for the acronym. It is...

The shifting growth of Asia’s most developed country; premium and lower mainstream products key

  Quality, in Asia’s most developed country, is key in the Japanese tissue market … that much is a constant. Much else, however, has moved on in the four years since TWM’s last Country Report from there, and all the signs suggest that change – paradoxically, as this is fundamentally a conservative country – is beginning to emerge as a...

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