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European Paper Industry welcomes revamped EU trade policy’s support to green and digital transitions

Last year the European Commission launched a major review process of the European Union's trade policy to help contribute to a resilient and sustainable EU economy after the coronavirus pandemic.

A CEPI update.


Paper, board and tissue in food contact: New legal developments, products and analytical requirements

On 03 March to 04 March 2021, the established PTS conference “Paper & Board for Food Contact” will take place again - this time with two innovations. Firstly, the conference language will be English and secondly, the event will be online.


New managing director of Körber Tissue’s fold division

Giovacchino Giurlani is the new Managing Director of the Fold Division of Körbers Business Area Tissue. He has an in-depth knowledge of the tissue market and technologies. After graduating in Electronic Engineering at the University of Pisa, he began his professional career at Fabio Perini S.p.A. - a company that was already part of the Körber Group at that time - where he was in charge of sales as Area Sales Manager, and design in the role of Production Mechanical Technical Manager.


Growing demand for packaging and hygiene papers

Despite the slowing down of the European economy and the sanitary restrictions, most of the mills ran without disruptions in 2020; even if some operated at reduced speed because of lower levels of demand.


Paper in Motion

From Simancas to Fabriano, with the aim of reconstructing “le vie della carta” (the paper routes) in Mare Nostrum, the crossroads of populations and ideas since the dawn of time. Following the first workshop held in Simancas in Spain last January, the workshop “Paper in Motion” of COST Action PIMo (People in Motion) will be in Fabriano, the paper manufacturing city par excellence.


The paper revolution

With its advances in the development of environmentally friendly, sustainable, paper-based packaging solutions, Sappi has proven itself to be a pioneer in sustainability. To learn how the paper manufacturer is deeply revolutionizing the packaging industry and the types of challenges it has to overcome, watch the new episode of Blue Couch at 10 a.m. (CET) on Wednesday 3 February at


PulPaper rescheduled to 2022

The PulPaper event will be rescheduled to the spring of 2022. The decision is due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic situation and travel restrictions. This spring, however, a new online Virtual pre-PulPaper event is organized on Thursday 29 April 2021.


Merry Christmas!

Dear readers,

we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

In case of urgent messages: You will find them on our websites even between the years. Otherwise we'll meet again in January. Have a good time!

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AFRY releases its latest World Paper Markets edition with outlooks to 2035

The world paper industry is currently facing far-reaching structural changes due to the digitalisation of society and business, the globalisation of industries and the consequent redistribution of wealth. The pandemic has pushed the global paper market onto a new trajectory with significant long-term implications. World demand for paper and board is forecast to grow by 1.1%/a in the long-term, from 410 million tonnes in 2019 to 488 million tonnes by 2035.


Sappi appoints Marco Eikelenboom as CEO Europe

Sappi announced that Marco Eikelenboom (53), currently Vice President Marketing & Sales, Graphic Papers at Sappi Europe, has been appointed as CEO of Sappi Europe as from 1 April 2021. Marco Eikelenboom succeeds Berry Wiersum (65), a 40-year veteran of the industry in Europe, who will retire at the end of March 2021. Berry Wiersum joined Sappi as CEO of Sappi Europe, a position he held for 14 years.


Paper industry supports European Parliament call for new Industrial Strategy

Last week, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the New Industrial Strategy for Europe, a report by Italian Member of the European Parliament Carlo Calenda (S&D – Envi Committee).


4evergreen alliance launch: Striving for full circularity of fibre-based packaging by 2030

On Wednesday the wood fibre-based packaging alliance 4evergreen held its launch event entitled “Perfecting circularity with fibre-based packaging”. The online event included a panel debate with industry leaders from Stora Enso (Finland), Huhtamaki (Finland), Mars (US), Nestlé (Switzerland) and Smurfit Kappa (Ireland).