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trendspotting | INNOVATION PulP and PaPer InnovatIons Our capital intensive industry has seen some remarkable innovations and achievements over the past 30 years BEN THORP, HARRY SEAMANS, HARRY CULLINAN, MASOOD AKHTAR, PAT MCCARTHY, KEITH VAN SCOTTER and RUSSELL WANKE Suffice to say that generating a long list of candidates was not all that difficult, but paring it down to just a few of the top ones was a daunting task. Here are our choices of outstanding innovations. 1 aSeptIc pacKaGING Innovation, by definition, is "the process of translating an idea or invention into a product or service that creates value." In other words, an invention only becomes an innovation when, according to Business, it is "reduced to practice, is replicable at an economical cost, and satisfies a specific need"-and that can sometimes take decades. Fortunately, this isn't the case in the pulp and paper industry, which has seen more than its share of innovations and outstanding accomplishments. To highlight some of the most important innovations of the last thirty years-those that had a major impact on the industry in the form of value-added grades or cost reductions-we gathered together a small group of knowledgeable industry professionals, and what follows is a list of our top eight. 12 Paper360º JULY/AUGUST 2014 This list is obviously arbitrary and is not intended to slight innovations not mentioned or those that have occurred in a shorter time frame, such as grade development or developments in renewable packaging for food and medicine. It is also critical to note that none of the eight selected innovations have impacted the entire industry. the pulp and paper industry is resilient and continues to find ways to meet marketplace, energy and environmental challenges as well as respond to emerging issues and opportunities. ASEPTIC PACKAGING: Brik Pak containers Aseptic packaging was developed decades ago by Swedish entrepreneurs Ruben Rausing and Erik Wallenberg and branded as "Tetra Pak." The first 1950s-era tetrahedron-shaped package was for crème. The "Brik" package, invented in the 1960s, is today the package of choice for children throughout the world for their fruit and milk drinks. Due to costeffective production and applications, its utilization increased rapidly in the 1970s. Aseptic packaging made it possible to ship products over long distances to developing countries. The sterilized package can maintain the freshness of milk, fruit or vegetable juices for up to six months or more, depending on food type. This packaging innovation and other packaging developments continue to lower food loss (farm to market) and food spoilage (market to consumption) all over the world. There remains considerable room for development and innovation, as in 2009 the Food and Agriculture Organization reported that one third of all food produced gets spoiled or wasted.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - July/August 2014

Over the Wire
Pulp and Paper Innovations
Strategic Importance of Water
Making Workers Heroes
Industry Emissions Improve
TAPPI Journal Summaries
Measuring Color Online
Consolidation Watch
Knowledge Builder
Association News
What’s New on
Advertisers Index

Paper360 - July/August 2014