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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.


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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).


Tissue World Düsseldorf 2021 postponed

Informa Markets, the organiser of Tissue World events, has decided to postpone the upcoming Tissue World Düsseldorf 2021. The decision was made following the recent developments of COVID-19 and after extensive consultations with exhibitors, delegates, speakers, industry partners, while taking into consideration the effects on the tissue and related industries. Current and foreseeable international travel restrictions were also an important consideration.


Innovation discussions on the Blue Couch

The global paper manufacturer Sappi is launching “Blue Couch” – a new monthly video format featuring exciting guests discussing innovation, hot topics and strategies in the world of packaging and speciality papers. The first episode will be streamed at 10 a.m. (CET) on 4 November 2020 at


ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2021: New perspectives for the paper- and cellulose-based industry

With the foundation of ZELLCHEMING Service GmbH, the reorientation of the ZELLCHEMING Association with a clear separation between voluntary association life and economic activities is now officially completed.


Chemspec Digital 2020

Hosted online from 11 – 12 November, Chemspec Digital 2020 provides an interactive networking event for the fine and speciality chemicals community. From all over the world, industry experts will have the opportunity to meet, conduct business, discover innovative substances and learn about the latest trends & developments.


PTT: Paperboard replaces paper as most important export product of the Finnish Forest Industry

Global production and consumption began to recover in the summer, but in Europe and North America, the recovery has been weaker than in China. The strong recovery of general demand and demand for forest products requires that a vaccine becomes available. Demand for graphic papers will decrease sharply this year, and with that exports.


European Parliament raises climate ambition and recognizes multiple roles of forests

Last week, the European Parliament had its first real political say on two files of high relevance, not only for the EU climate agenda and Green Deal roll out, but also for the role that EU forest-based industries and forest-based products will be allowed to play in the race to climate neutrality by 2050.