PulPaper brings the best of forest industry experts to Helsinki

Over 100-year-old Canadian forest industry poster. Photo: Flickr, credit: Don Mills, Ont. : Southam Business Publications

This year's PulPaper brings together the best of forest industry experts from all over the world to Helsinki.

The arrangement for forestry, packaging, energy and chemical industry PulPaper, Wood, PacTec Helsinki, and Bioenergy will be held at the Helsinki Expo and Convention Center between 29 May - 31 2018.

With the help of new innovations and technologies, the forest industry develops in a digitizing world with respect for the environment. One of the main questions which are debated; What is the future of the tree as raw material?

There is a strong environmental perspective in the PulPaper Conference seminar 30-31 May. The PulPaper conference consists of common key figures and several alternative parallel programs, from which you can compose the most interesting thematic whole for yourself. The conference program includes circular economics, biomass use, and climate change as well as the development of biorefinery.

Environmental friendliness as a competitive advantage

Environmental requirements are often seen as a burden on the industrial sector. In PulPaper's seminar section, the subject deals with possibilities. Environmental friendliness and new innovations can be a competitive advantage for companies.

In the program for recycling economics, Mari Pantsar, SITRA's Head, represents Finland's future in the circular economy. Examples of cases from companies present database sensors used to treat wastewater from cellulite and the use of industrial waste as agricultural fertilizer products.

Thematic program for new technology examines innovations and their utilization to renew the entire industry.

Heiner Grussenmeyer, R & D Director of Stora Enso, presents a research project seeking breakthrough technology for the production of chemical pulp. Aalto University Professor Tapani Vuorinen for his part will tell you about the new catalytic bleaching method.

In the thematic program that deals with the concept of the development of bio-refineries, Professor Lew Christopher Lakehead University will analyze what opportunities are offered to businesses by the transition to new bio-refineries.

Olli Dahl, professor of environmental engineering in the process industry at Aalto University, will assess the business opportunities for the new bio-refinery planned for Kemijärvi, and Gisle Løhre Johansen, R & D Director of Norwegian Borregaard presents the operations in a corresponding Norwegian mill.

Will wood replace fossil materials?

The forest industry is experiencing a transitional period, as the environmental impact of the sector is better known than before. PulPaper treats the use of biomass in relation to climate change, related environmental rules and the use of wood as a substitute for fossil-based materials.

The current thematic program focusing on the use of forest biomass and climate change management will address issues in the EU, the Nordic countries, and Finland. Bernhard Wolfslehner, Head of the European Forestry Institute, will talk about regulations at EU level in this area. Swedish forest researcher Johan Sonesson will consider the availability of biomass and related policies from the Nordic perspective and Professor Antti Asikainen from the Nature Resource Center address opportunities for increasing access to biomass in Finland.

CEO Åsa Ek from the Swedish launch company Cellutech will tell you how innovations are made of ideas and what new materials the company today develops from wood.