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

A range of key industry leaders and insiders have opened up Tissue World Milan’s conference sessions.

With the theme “Change is the only constant…but where is the tipping point?” key talks included discussions on the economy and trends within the European tissue industry, as well as efficiency enhancing and energy saving technologies, Industry 4.0, converting technologies, chemicals, raw materials and fibres, as well as the Senior Management Symposium (SMS).
Crucial themes, ranging from the global economic outlook to international and regional tissue markets, consumer buying patterns and technological advancements will be discussed.

The Senior Management Symposium opened on the first day and talks included “Economic Outlook: The good, the bad and the ugly” by the University of Oxford’s Andrea Boltho, while SCA’s Mario Forte discussed “The circular economy and hygiene products: how it’s all connected”.

Sofidel Group’s Luigi Lazzareschi discussed managing sustainable growth, while RISI’s Esko Uutela looked into accelerating globalisation in the tissue business via new players and growing intercontinental trade.

Elsewhere, Euromonitor International’s Svetlana Uduslivaia analysed global tissue markets in 2017 and beyond: realities, challenges and opportunities in the increasingly-complex demand side of the marketplace.

There were also speakers from Patrick Boateng, a senior buyer for tissue paper products at major supermarket, who looked into the retailer’s power: a major buyer’s view on market developments.

On the 11 and 12 April, sessions include the hands-on Yankee Dryer Operations Workshop, energy optimisation and technical.

The impact of Industry 4.0 in tissue manufacturing, strength properties and energy savings, product novelties and many more tissue industry relevant topics will be covered.

This includes talks from Enerquin Air’s Jean Desharnais, Msquared’s Mark Penton, Albany International’s Clemens Stortelder and Nalco’s Gary Furman, as well as Elettric 80’s William A. Nelson, Fabio Perini’s Francesco Maltagliati, Metsä Fibre’s Tuomo Niemi and Voith’s Bernhard Kohl and Duni’s Magnus Bengtsson.

For more details on Tissue World Milan, visit www.tissueworld.com/milan,