Almost 250 companies to participate at the PulPaper 2022 event

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PulPaper 2022, the international trade event for the forest industry, presents new innovative solutions and brings together forest industry professionals for discussions. All large Finnish forest industry companies will participate in the event. PulPaper will be arranged from Tuesday to Thursday 7 – 9 June 2022 at Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre. 

 Almost 250 companies will participate in the PulPaper event. Participants are among others Stora Enso, Metsä Group, UPM, Sappi as well as ABB, Andritz, Banmark, Bellmer Finland, Chemigate, Ircon Solaronics, Masspap, MoveRoll, Nalco Finland, Nouryon, Runtech System, Sulzer, Sweco, Valmet and Weten Technologies.

”PulPaper highlights the potential of the forest industry. It is especially interesting to hear about wood-based textiles and packaging solutions. The innovations are also strongly present at the New Wood project stand and in the Start-up competition, which will be held on Wednesday,” says Business Manager Marcus Bergström from Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre. “I also look forward to Wednesday’s forest industry stakeholder discussion on forest industry and bioindustry innovations and the new Green Economy Business Summit”.

 Interesting openings about the possibilities of wood-based textiles

 Wood-based textiles will be the theme of the opening session by Professor Ilkka Kilpeläinen from the University of Helsinki. Kilpeläinen and Professor Herbert Sixtan won the Marcus Wallenberg Award in April 2022. They will receive the award in the autumn in Stockholm for the development and application of new types of ionic solvents in the processing of wood biomass into high-quality textile fibres. Wood-based textiles will also be on display at the PulPaper Conference on opening day. Professor Michael Hummel/Aalto University, Niklas von Weymarn/Metsä Spring, Kristina Elg Christoffersson/Renewcell and Pia Qvintus/Spinnova will discuss the theme.

Wood-based packaging solutions are needed

The new wood-based packaging solutions will be on display at the opening day’s PulPaper Conference and will present, among other things, the Package-Heroes research project funded by the Strategic Research Council that operates in connection with the Academy of Finland. Research professor Ilkka Leinonen from LUKE (Natural Resources Institute Finland) will speak about this theme. Two weeks ago, a pilot plant developing wood-based packaging for Metsä Spring and Valmet was launched in Äänekoski. This development of 3D fibre products will also be presented at the event.

Lots of innovation in the forest industry

On Tuesday 7 June at 12.20 PM, Atte Virtanen, Vice President, Biomaterial processing and products at VTT, will speak about the new transparent and biodegradable pulp film, that replaces traditional plastic in food packaging.

The PulPaper Award 2022 competition for Start-ups will be held on Wednesday 8 June. Seven Start-up companies are pitching for a prize of EUR 5,000 funded by the Finnish Fair Foundation. The competition brings out new and significant solutions in the field of forest bioeconomy. The competition is organised by Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre in co-operation with FIBAN (Finnish Business Angels Network).

Dry and Durable has developed a water and dirt repellent plastic-free barrier material for packaging use. Fincet’s product Tool4pro is an easy-to-use project management application for industrial work and management. Montinutra uses sawdust as raw material in the production of Kuusikumi™ extract for use in the cosmetics, techno chemical and even the food industries. Natural Antivirals’ innovation is an antiviral ingredient from Finnish forests used in cosmetics and cleansers. The user interface developed by Silva Trade shows the logging method, carbon footprint, certificates and other sustainability information that the forest owner wants to share. Tapio Measurement Technologies has developed a device independent PapEye CloudQCS cloud service platform for analysing image and measurement files. Woodio’s eco-design products are made from a fully water-resistant wood composite designed as an ecological alternative to ceramics and stone materials.

Forest industry influencers on site

Forest industry influencers will discuss innovations in the forest industry and bio-industry on Wednesday 8 June.

From residue to revenue – innovations and solutions from forest and biobased industry. Participants in the discussion are Director Marko Janhunen/Public Affairs UPM, Head of Innovation, Åsa Ek/Biomaterials Stora Enso, Director Sarah Price/Sustainability, Sappi Europe and CEO Ismo Nousiainen/Metsä Fibre.

 At the Green Economy Business Summit, arranged for the first time, the industry will respond to the needs of the green transition. High-level decision makers will speak about green economic growth, the circular economy and the carbon neutrality roadmap in the chemical and wood-based forest industries.

The international forest industry trade event PulPaper 2022 will be arranged at Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre Tuesday to Thursday 7 – 9 June. PulPaper is open Tue-Wed from 9 AM to 5 PM and Thu from 9 AM to 4 PM. The Pulpaper Conference will be organized in connection with the event on 7 June and the Green Economy Business Summit on 8 June. The Future Square on the event area will have programme throughout the event. Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre organizes PulPaper 2022 in co-operation with the Finnish Forest Products Engineers’ Association. The event will be held at the same time as ChemBio Finland 2022 (8-9 June) and Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2022 (8-9 June).