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Monday 4 September 2023

Registration and welcome refreshments
Session 1: Market trends & business process improvement
Global and regional fibre competition dynamics: lumber v pulp v biomass v biochemicals
Insights into how new applications and products will refine forest & wood usage value chains. The impact of regulatory and climate change dynamics will also be addressed.
Marko Summanen | Vice President – Business Development Europe Forest Vertical Europe, Fisher International
The challenge of sustainability - digitisation as a way out
Legal requirements, investor guidelines and market demands are putting pressure on the manufacturing industry. Information about resource consumption, production processes or suppliers must now be documented and made available to an increasing extent - the keyword being sustainability. Data will make a significant contribution to meeting these requirements. Collecting and evaluating the necessary data offers opportunities to modernise production and product ranges in line with the times, while at the same time minimising reputational damage and supply chain risks. Get first-hand insights on how this can be done, using specific examples from the field of production. We will outline the path to intelligently digitised processes for manufacturing companies, which is the ideal basis not only for fulfilling reporting obligations, but also for achieving concrete improvements.
Christian Jung, Sales Account Executive, T.CON GmbH & Co. KG and Bradley Robb, Business Development Manager, T.CON GmbH & Co. KG
Leveraging business simulations for enhanced profitability in the pulp and paper industry
A customer case of a niche product market leader in the pulp and paper industry
  • The ongoing restructuring of the operating logics in all industries is challenging the planning and decision making practices.
  • Business modelling tools provide an insight into the real fundamentals, the dynamic interrelations in the business logic.
  • The approach visualises the structure of future growth, tipping points, cycles, positive multiplier effects and cumulative problems.
  • Identifying smart intervention options to solve problems and overcome challenges.

Pekka Aarnisalo | CEO, STE Analytics Oy
Networking break
Session 2: The regulatory deluge
Making sense of the regulatory deluge: connecting the pieces of the jigsaw; identifying areas of overlap and contradiction; influencing the direction of travel
Focusing on:
  • Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation Directive
  • Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation
  • Renewable Energy Directive
  • Deforestation Directive
  • EU Taxonomy for sustainable activities
Jori Ringman, Director General, CEPI - Confederation of European Paper Industries
Tuomas Mustonen, CEO & Founder, Paptic
Martin Zahlbruckner, CEO, delfortgroup AG
Networking lunch
Session 3: Sustainable finance
Sustainable finance becomes mainstream: greenwashing in perspective; governance, data and reporting; new tools and products; transition finance
Chair: Ulf Tillman, Chief Innovation & Sustainability Officer, RDM Group

Speakers include:
  • Elodie Feller, Global Policy Lead, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative; Co-rapporteur, Data and Usability Working Group, EU Platform on Sustainable Finance
  • Erik Berggren, Senior Adviser, BusinessEurope
  • Matteo Bigoni, Head of Taxonomies, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Dan Bressler, Vice President - Climate and ESG Capital Markets Corporate, NatWest Markets NV
  • Rupert Taylor, Managing Director - Head of Industries and Transport, NatWest Commercial and Institutional
Networking break
Session 4: C-Level roundtables
Keynote panel: how are leadership teams responding to the confluence of exceptional geo-political, macro-economic and societal disruption?
  • What is your take on the economic and geopolitical confusion we are seeing globally? To what extent is it impacting business strategy?
  • Energy price volatility and regulatory impact - are European politicians focusing on the right thing?
  • The combination of market softness and new, restrictive regulation puts pressure on the industry, but we still see new capacity investment, particularly in packaging. How is your company dealing with these challenges and what do you think the industry should focus on most?
  • Is regulation a brake on innovation or an accelerator?
  • Are we in for a new round of consolidation?
  • What about the S and G components of ESG? Adapting to an ageing workforce in Europe – how to be an attractive employer to the younger generation?
  • There are lots of scare stories that AI will make many white-collar jobs irrelevant. Do you see agree and what are your company’s thoughts on AI?
  • If Frans Timmermans came to your office, what would you offer him to drink and what would you tell him? What do you think his message should be to the next Commission?
Chair: Berry Wiersum, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Sappi Europe S.A.
  • Peter Oswald, CEO, MM Group
  • Katrin Hanske, President of Engineered Papers, Mativ
  • Saverio Mayer, CEO Europe, Smurfit Kappa
  • Marco Eikelenboom, CEO, Sappi Europe S.A.
  • Martin Zahlbruckner, CEO, delfortgroup AG
Scaling-up: innovators in sustainable fibre-based materials share their journey, the opportunities and obstacles along the way, and the role of collaboration with the legacy pulp and paper industry
Tuomas Mustonen, CEO & Founder, Paptic and Toby Lawton, CFO, Renewcell
Chair's closing remarks
Networking dinner
Exclusive networking dinner at Das Loft

Join us after the conference for an exclusive networking dinner at Das Loft in Vienna. Offering stunning views of the cityscape, this is the perfect location to network with fellow PRIMA and Paper Week attendees. The dinner will start at 6:45pm, with 3 courses and drinks included. The reception will conclude at 21:30.

Entry to the dinner is included in the delegate ticket price, no extra purchase necessary.

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