2019 Agenda

Tuesday 17 September

Tuesday 17 September

  1. Registration and welcome refreshments

  2. Chair's opening remarks

    Adam Page | Global Director of Research and Reports of Smithers

Macro-economic, societal and legislative challenges and opportunities

  1. Cycles and patterns in the pulp and paper industry – a look 50 years back and where we’re headed next

    Marko Summanen | Vice President Business Development Europe of Fisher International, Inc., Finland

  2. No news is bad news: the shocking truth about printed newspapers - how is the supply chain responding

    Gary Thomson | Senior Market Consultant of EMGE & Co

  3. Industry Keynotes: How is the supply / demand equation changing? Managing change and seizing new opportunities for growth in the circular and digital economies

    Speakers including: Berry Wiersum, Chief Executive Officer, Sappi Europe S.A.; Markus Gärtner, Chief Executive Officer, Fibre Packaging/Paper, Mondi; Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President, UPM Biorefining

    Top level updates followed by panel discussion

  4. Networking coffee break

  5. Update on recent financial performance of the sector

    Rupert Taylor | Head of Corporate Sector Advisory of NatWest

    Using paper cashflow and assets to shift into growth segments; assessing the attraction of fibre-based packaging


  6. China’s changing paper trail - impact on regional markets and company strategies

    Natasha Valeeva | Analyst - Food and Agribusiness Supply Chains of RaboBank

  7. Brand-owner keynote: Sustainability – unlocking new opportunities for innovation, growth, and collaboration across the value chain

    Jay L. Gouliard | Vice President of Global Packaging of Mondelez International

    Sustainability is enabling new avenues of innovation across the consumer packaged goods value chain – from raw material suppliers to end-of-life processors.  Opportunities to collaborate and add value to each of our enterprises have never been so numerous.  Working together, we can “change the world” by creating solutions that our consumers cherish, that protect our products and our planet, and that do not diminish the overall abundance of natural resources for future generations to enjoy.

  8. Q&A session

  9. Networking lunch

  10. The changing role of the paper merchant within the supply chain - adapting to the expectations of becoming a service delivery company

    Mikhail Senatorov | Senior Vice President & CEO of DOUBLE V Group of Companies

  11. Targeting the paper consumer with a sustainability message

    Marcus Hellberg | Sales Director of Södra Cell International, Italy

    • Identifying the right audience for a sustainability message
    • Tackling the misleading messages
    • The result: more than 4.3 million impressions on social media
  12. Q&A session

Investing in R&D: How are pulp, paper, tissue and packaging manufacturers driving innovation and differentiation to realise the full potential of these materials?

  1. Chair

    Ian Murdoch | formerly European Leader, Forestry, Paper and Packaging Industry Group of PWC

  2. Metsä Group’s investment in R&D, focusing on an agenda driven by sustainability

    Ari Kiviranta | Senior Vice President, Development of Metsä Group

  3. Networking break

  4. Next generation papers for the packaging market

    Magnus Renman | Group R&D Director of DS Smith

  5. The transformation of research and innovation in the evolving bioeconomy

    Dina Dedic | Vice President Biorefinery & Energy of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, RISE Bioeconomy

  6. Q&A session

  7. Chair’s closing remarks (5:15-5:30 pm)

    Ian Murdoch | formerly European Leader, Forestry, Paper and Packaging Industry Group of PWC

  8. Networking dinner

    18.00 -20:00 Networking dinner

    Help us celebrate 50 years of PRIMA at our exclusive networking dinner taking place on the evening of Tuesday 17 September.

    Hosted at the picturesque Villa Richter, Prague, the 50th anniversary dinner will provide the perfect atmosphere for you to meet and mingle with fellow peers and colleagues as you enjoy a 3-course meal, live entertainment and stunning views over the city.

    Places are limited, so once you've booked your conference ticket, please contact Gwen Manac'h at gmanach@smithers.com to reserve your place at the dinner.

Wednesday 18 September

Wednesday 18 September

  1. Registration and welcome refreshments

  2. Chairman’s opening remarks

    Ian Murdoch | Forestry, Paper & Packaging Industry Group Leader of PwC Europe

Future proofing – insights from industry leaders

  1. Towards a renewable future

    Gilles van Nieuwenhuyzen | Executive Vice President, Packaging Solutions of Stora Enso

  2. An industry in transition

    Henrik Sjölund | CEO of Holmen

  3. Q&A session

The future of print in a changing media, advertising and communications market

  1. Challenges in publishing – how can the supply chain help to make print great again?

    Christian Kallenberg | Founder & Owner of We Like Mags

  2. Digital printing for folding carton – a major (R)evolution underway!

    Claire Summerbsy I Marketing Manager of The Alexir Partnership UK and Claire Virazels I Programme Manager Production Colour & Packaging Technology of Xerox EMEA

    The packaging and paper industries are going through major changes, requiring from all stakeholders more flexibility, as well as faster turnarounds and accelerated time to market

    • Commercial printers are also looking at complementing their offering by investing in packaging, using digital print as the enabler

    • Brand owners are looking for solutions that can bring more value to their packaging in order to better communicate with end consumers

    • Authentic customer cases will be used to demonstrate what has already been achieved by both packaging converters and printers and what is waiting round the corner – in particular The Alexir Partnership (UK) will share their return on experience with digital.

    Alexir are a large packaging service provider who create, package and pack all sorts of products from design to delivery. They have successfully embraced digital printing technologies a couple of years ago as a complement to litho printing and will share what benefits they see in digital and how their customers / brand owners benefit from it as well!



  3. Networking break

  4. Between two worlds – How publishers are adapting their business models to the digital economy

    Bernhard Niemela | Managing Director & Editor-in-Chief of Deutscher Drucker Verlag – a unit of Ebner Media Group

  5. Q&A session

Consumer behaviour and buying pattern trends in paper and packaging

Brand owners approach to sustainability and packaging innovation – what do they need from the supply chain?

  1. Packaging challenges in a fast moving environment

    Martin Luh | Global Packaging Base Material Management (Solidboard), of Nestlé

    Anti-plastic concerns; novel packaging solutions; consumer, NGO and retail influence and what it means for fibre packaging

  2. Sustainable packaging - how consumers drive the need for paper based packaging

    Arco Berkenbosch | Vice President Innovation and Development of Smurfit Kappa

  3. Corrugated packaging: opportunities in a changing & challenging environment

    Angelika Christ | Secretary General of FEFCO - European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers

  4. Q&A session

  5. Networking lunch

  6. Building sustainable supply chains : McDonald’s scale for good

    Phil Davidson | Global Sustainability Director of HAVI

    • Setting and manging sustainability objectives
    • Certified fibre implementation
    • Promoting awareness and driving change
  7. Paper, plastics and the circular economy

    Tim Barker | Director of Truffula Ltd

    Concerns about the sustainability of plastics are providing opportunities for paper-based alternatives. How do the materials compare and what are the key messages to promote paper’s benefits? How do these developments fit into a wider perspective on the circular economy and what challenges and opportunities may this continuing disruption bring?

  8. Q&A session

  9. Chair’s closing remarks

    Ian Murdoch | Forestry, Paper & Packaging Industry Group Leader of PwC Europe

  10. Close of conference