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in and represent the core values throughout
the world. Clearly, the whole organization has
to follow this endeavour without hesitation.
My personal experience is that the greatest
triumphs are the result of teamwork and developing talent. We should be proud of the "stars"
in our midst, but always careful to ensure that
their wisdom, experience, and brilliance are
used to nurture those who work with them.
When you have instilled curiosity and ambition in your team along with an understanding
of your culture and, if it is the case, technical
or product leadership, you have created the
best advocates for your brand. Ultimately, of
course, your customers and their success are
the best testament to what you do.
Ambition is important, but this must be
supported by clear strategy and goals. In other
words, stay hungry, but stay focused. Do you
want to be the best at what you do or the biggest?
They are not always necessarily compatible.
BE CULTURALLY PREPARED
Product and service are the foundations of
a business, but we also need to be culturally
prepared for new challenges, particularly
those connected with "the Internet of things,"
namely Industry 4.0. I believe strongly in the
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role that intelligent factories will play in shaping this industry's future.
In the tissue industry, we have taken important steps toward creating a truly intelligent
factory, one in which up- and down-stream
technology is part of a seamless, integrated
solution. It is now a question of joining the
dots with the best practices that exist among
complementary suppliers, and never forgetting
that cost-competitiveness underpins all success.
The mill of the future is an integrated tissue
production and converting operation. The new
model offers significantly reduced operating
costs and enhanced production efficiency,
thanks to optimal technology and configuration, full integration, and plant optimization.
With optimized space in which to work, the
distances operators need to move to perform
their duties are reduced, which means fewer
operators are needed per ton of tissue produced, and these operators are working in a
safer environment due to the intergration and
automation of the process. But these are not
the only benefits; this solution also means a
reduction in environmental impact.
There are many technological choices out
there, and they will have different outcomes.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and as
tissue products diversify, the importance of
flexible, tailored technology will only increase.
But the principle of this optimized factory is
valid across the board. I would also emphasise that this is not mere theory. There are
already factories in the world implementing
these "mill of the future" concepts and reaping
For us as suppliers, it's not simply about
improving a technical feature or reducing maintenance costs/times, it's about rethinking processes and seeking new ways to
anticipate customer needs-in other words,
industrial research, which takes us away from
the beaten path and looks ahead.
Is tissue perfect? Maybe not, but there is
a way to make it better, and an opportunity
for everyone with the vision and resources to
To paraphrase an old aphorism: "Whatever
enterprise you undertake, you must have
knowledge and power.... but above all the
passion to succeed!"
Fabio Boschi is CEO of Futura, Lucca, Italy,
a global technology company that creates
new-to-the-world tissue converting solutions that allow producers to capture market
share and gain competitive advantages.