RISI Announces Shortlist of Winners for the Pulp & Paper International (PPI) Awards 2012

Sep 11, 2012, 13:47 ET from RISI

BEDFORD, Mass., Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today announced the shortlist of potential winners of the Pulp & Paper International (PPI) Awards 2012 program. The final winners will be announced and will receive their trophy at the PPI Awards 2012 dinner and awards ceremony on Monday, November 12 in Brussels, Belgium.

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Mark Rushton, Editor of PPI Magazine and Chairman of the jury for the PPI Awards 2012 commented: "Over the course of the last four years we at RISI have watched with growing pride as the PPI Awards have caught the imagination of the pulp and paper industry around the globe. We now have entries coming in from all continents and from many countries all over the world, with submissions across all the different grades and products, and with an increasingly extremely high quality. We would like to specially thank the dedicated people at the various pulp and paper mills and companies who took the time out to deliver these excellent and well presented entries."

"As the entries have expanded each year so have the awards categories," continued Rushton. "We have introduced three new categories this year, including ones covering Innovation in Speciality Papers, Sustainable Packaging and Breakthrough Technologies. We would like to specially thank our highly esteemed judges for their dedication and hard work this year, it has truly been a Herculean effort on their part!"

Judges include high profile industry figures Teresa Presas (CEPI), Martyn Eustace (Two Sides), Rod Young (RISI) and Bob Latham (Delphi Projects).      

The awards ceremony will take place in the evening on Monday, November 12, in Brussels, Belgium.  Prior to the ceremony, RISI is offering an afternoon seminar which includes the popular "Big Debate" on, this year on the subject of "The Future of Graphic Papers". The "Big Debate" is hosted in association with HP and ColorLok Technology. The seminar will also include presentations from Greenpeace and CEPI on the subject of sustainability in the pulp and paper industry. For tickets or more information on the event please go to www.ppiawards.com

The PPI Awards shortlist of winners, by category and in alphabetical order:

Advances in Innovation in Speciality Papers (Mill)

  • Carvajal Pulp & Paper, Cali, Columbia – Earth Pact ®
  • Middle East Paper Company, Saudi Arabia – Plasterboard grade paper
  • Sappi Alfeld GmbH, Germany – White liner for corrugated board production
  • Smurfit Kappa, Europe - Paper & Board Division – Recycled high performance fluting portfolio
  • Wausau Paper, Rhinelander, WI USA  - Eco Select RT PCW Release Line


Advances in Innovation in Sustainable Packaging (Mill)- Sponsored by EKA

  • Carvajal Pulp & Paper, Colombia – Earth Pact®
  • Mondi Industrial Sacks, Austria – Biodegradable Valve Bag
  • Papeles y Cartones de Europa SA (Europac), Spain – Icepac
  • Sappi Alfeld GmbH, Germany & Innovia Films – Laminar Structure for Compostable Packaging
  • Smurfit Kappa – Eco Tray
  • Smurfit Kappa – Salad Pack


Breakthrough Technology of the Year

  • ABB Ltd, Ireland – New Optical Caliper Sensor
  • EcoSynthetix Inc. Canada - Ecosphere® / Ecosphere®  Biolatex®
  • RYECO, Inc, USA – Defect Marker Technology
  • Sanata Technologies Inc. Canada – DAS Technology


Business Strategy of the Year- Sponsored by Voith

  • Appleton, USA and Domtar, North America collaboration
  • Cascades Sonoco, Birmingham Mill, USA
  • DS Smith, UK
  • Hengan International, China
  • Klabin, Brazil
  • Resolute Forest Products, Canada


Efficiency Improvements of the Year

  • BILT Graphic Paper Products Ltd. Ballarpur Unit, India
  • BILT Graphic Paper Products Ltd. Bhigwan Unit, India
  • Cascades Sonoco, Birmingham Mill, USA
  • Middle East Paper Company, Jeddah,  Saudi Arabia
  • Mondi SCP Ruzomberok, Slovakia


Environmental Award  (Mill)- sponsored by Cargill

  • BILT Graphic Paper Products Limited, Bhigwan Unit, India
  • Mondi Steti, Czech Republic
  • SAICA, Partington Mill, UK
  • Smurfit Kappa Comproir Du Pin, France
  • Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier, Netherlands
  • UPM, Shotton Paper Mill, UK


Environmental Strategy (Company)- sponsored by Metso

  • Grupo Portucel Soporcel, Portugal
  • Kruger Products, Canada
  • Mondi Group, Austria
  • Sappi Fine Paper, North America
  • Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock, China
  • Suzano Pulp and Paper, Brazil


Global CEO of the Year-sponsored by StepChange

  • Mark Gardner, President and CEO of Sappi Fine Paper North America
  • Richard Garneau, President and CEO of Resolute Forest Products, USA
  • Xu Lianjie, CEO, Hengan International, China
  • Miles Roberts, CEO, DS Smith, UK
  • Sami Ali Al Safran, CEO, Middle East Paper Company, Saudi Arabia
  • Fabio Schvartsman, CEO, Klabin, Brazil


Innovative Products- Graphic Papers- sponsored by HP

  • Cascades Fine Papers Group, Canada – Checksecur Platinum Enviro™
  • Gold East Paper Company, China – Art-tech C2S
  • Holmen Paper, Sweden – Holmen TRND
  • Mohawk, USA - Mohawk Panoramic Papers 
  • North Pacific Paper Company, North America - Norbrite®92
  • Sappi Fine Paper Europe – Jaz Silk, digital paper
  • Suzano Pulp and Paper, Brazil, -Art Premium PCR®


Managing Risk and Safety- sponsored FM Global

  • BILT Graphic Paper Products Limited , Bhigwan Unit, India
  • Coronel Suarez Mill SK, Argentina
  • Emin Leydier, France
  • Middle East Paper Company, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Mondi Group, Sweden
  • Mondi SCP, Slovkia


Mill Manager- sponsored by ABB

  • Emmanuel Boullay- Cascades Sonoco, Birmingham Mill, USA
  • I.N.Guha - Bilt Graphic Paper Products Limited, Bhigwan Unit, India
  • Farid Ibragimov- Mondi Syktyvkar, Russia
  • Subrahmanyam Sv- Tamilnadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd, India


Promotional Campaign

  • Arjowiggins Graphic , France– Cocoon Campaign
  • Double A , Thailand– Transforming Paper, Global Campaign
  • DS Smith Packaging – The Design Challenge
  • Finch Paper, USA – Digital Field Guide Campaign
  • Sappi Fine Paper Europe – Houston, the digital universe of paper and printing knowledge
  • Sappi Fine Paper North America, USA- eQ Journal 004: Taking the Guilt out of Paper?
  • Smurfit Kappa Recycling, UK – Be part of Birmingham's Paper Chain
  • Two Sides, UK – No Wonder You Love Paper


The Green Energy and Biofuels – sponsored by Andritz

  • Metsa Fibre Oy, Finland
  • Mondi Syktyvkar, Russia
  • Tamilnadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd, India
  • UPM, UK


Water Efficiency- sponsored by Kemira

  • Bignardi Papeis, Brazil
  • BILT Graphic Paper Products Limited, Bhigwan Unit, India
  • Cascades Candiac Mill, Canada
  • Klabin Monte Alegre, Brazil
  • Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co, Ltd, China
  • Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd, India

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