“This is not a scientific study, nor is it a popularity contest; it is purely a ranking put together by the editorial team after speaking to a lot of pulp and paper industry experts from around the world,” states Risi, adding that, as in the past, they’ve chosen to concentrate on leaders from the manufacturing side of the industry.
PAMSA is delighted that two of South Africa’s paper people are featured: Steve Bennie, Sappi Group CEO is at position 26 while Jane Molony, in her capacity as president of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations, is at number 29 (up five notches since last year).
The ICFPA serves as a forum of global dialogue, co-ordination and co-operation. ICFPA represents 17 pulp, paper, wood and fiber-based associations that encompass 35 countries, including many of the top pulp, paper, and wood producers around the world. It has also updated its mission, broadening the scope of the organization to represent an innovative forest-based industry. “The global forest products industry has significantly invested in research and has been developing new products and technologies to make the best use of wood and fibre-based products. We are an innovative industry with a key role to play in the transition towards a greener and more sustainable economy that will benefit current and future generations,” says Molony.
On Binnie’s position, Risi states that Sappi continues to reap rewards from its increasing diversification into dissolving pulp and specialty papers, as well as from price rises in printing and writing papers, particularly in Europe. In Europe specialties and packaging papers are growing in volume and coated paper price rises helped generate sales of Euro 616 (US$735.4) million in Q2, up from Euro 581 million last year. In North America, sales were also up from US$363 million from US$335 million for the same period last year despite a US$5 million impact of lost production due to the PM 1 conversion at its Somerset mill earlier this year. Demand for dissolving pulp has meant that Sappi has swung more of its Cloquet mill production capacity to dissolving pulp.