Tissue World Magazine
Alexandra Stuthridge, Technical Business Manager, BioProducts Institute (BPI)


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 broadcasts from the show floor with live interviews posted on YouTube and distributed online through all marketing and social media channels. TW’s website has 50,170 unique users making 264,890 page views.

Après-show has always been important to TW … it helps to iron out the fine details. In Nice, cocktails celebrated deals done at the Hotel Negresco on the Promenade des Anglais. In Milan, a relaxation zone offered yoga and massage sessions, and guests at the gala dinner luxuriated in the splendid Villa Necchi Campiglio where they were entertained by opera singers from La Scala.

2002 saw Tissue World Americas launched in Miami. Tissue World also launched the first global independent magazine in the industry, TWM, with comprehensive news and analysis and four, now six, Country Reports which crucially promote growing links between company leaders across the world and the shows themselves. There are now 3,500 magazine subscribers, and online 200,747 impressions annually. Now, too, our “Focus Reports” magazines offer detailed regional trading analyses of Western Europe and North America.

No less than four hurricanes – Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne – severely impacted TW Milan 2004, but of course the show must go on and it did. Many delegates staying on a further week until the airport re-opened. For 25 years then, Tissue World has become the industry’s essential event by reaching across the five continents … to China in 2004, at the Convention Center SNIEC in Pudong, Shanghai, to Barcelona, Milan, to New Orleans, and in response to industry demand with launches in Istanbul in 2014 and São Paulo in 2015, and soon in Bangkok. Across TW portfolios 8,300 unique industry professionals attend the trade shows. The 25th anniversary year celebrated at TW

Miami in March 2018 is going to be very special. Here are just some of the highlights: over 200 exhibitors, 40 conference speakers in our new-look conference … Plus, the TWM Mill Awards 2018, the Most Sustainable Exhibitor Award, Happy Hour, our Show Floor Tech Talks, and our fabulous Gala Dinner at the grand Temple House … All helping the tissue world do business since 1993. aA

Mexico: Innovation and new product niches become vital
Mexico is a classic story of big untapped tissue potential. The second largest economy in Latin America, and yet growing slower than other large Latin American countries for more than a decade and continuing to grow at a modest pace.

Yet there are surprising statistics about this net tissue exporter. It has free trade agreements with 50 countries, although trade with NAFTA neighbours Canada and the US represents the bulk of external tissue flows. The average technical age of a tissue mill in Mexico is 21 years compared to the US at 31 years and Canada at 33 years. Its mills are slightly smaller but newer.

Mill production averages about 83,000mty, ahead of Canada, but behind the US at almost 102,000mty. Mexico outpaced NAFTA’s total capacity growth up to 2017 by about 22%, stalling a little only in the last couple of years. To take the usual drivers of tissue consumption growth – rising population, increased spending power, new products, niche range targeting – the last two will be vital as competition is fierce.

Inside, Absormex CMPC’s general manager Humberto Narro Flores says Mexico has what it takes to be the South American tissue giant, poised to benefit from steady population growth, improved productivity and infrastructure, and a slowly growing economy.