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31. JAN ÅSTRÖM
AHLSTROM-MUNKSJÖ
The merger of two companies, Ahlstrom and Munksjö, has created
a new force in specialty papers in Europe that will be led by Åström in
the role of president and CEO. The combination of the two companies
creates an entity with net sales of around Euro 2.2 billion (US$2.3 billion), approximately 6,200 employees, and 41 production and converting
facilities in 14 countries.
Åström says of the merger, "By being devoted to increasing efficiency
and lowering costs without compromising on our quality leadership, I am
convinced that we will be able to achieve the target of annual synergies
of Euro 35 million as well as add top line opportunities."
32. SCOTT PRUITT
US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
One of the new US administration's more
controversial appointments, Pruitt has flown
under the radar recently because of the other
more newsworthy issues plaguing President
Trump. Pruitt had advocated exiting the Paris
Climate Agreement; he has also strongly rejected the established
science of climate change, outraging scientists, environmentalists,
and even his immediate predecessor at the Environmental Protection
Agency. A headline in a column by David Horsey of the Los Angeles
Times read: "Undermining the EPA with anti-scientific ignorance."
The actions of the EPA have a direct effect on the industry. The
Trump administration's proposed federal budget would whack the
Environmental Protection Agency especially hard-a 30 percent
cut. Even some big corporations that are less-than-enthusiastic fans
of the EPA are worried the budget stinginess will be problematic for
their operations because there won't be enough staff at the agency
to process and approve the applications needed to move ahead with
environmentally sensitive projects.
33. EDUARDO POSADA
GRUPO GONDI
In 2016, the company completed the acquisition and change of control
of Aluprint Folding Cartons from Austria-based Constantia Flexibles,
one of the world's leading manufacturers of flexible packaging and labels,
after receiving COFECE's authorization. Aluprint Folding Cartons,
located in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, is a premier manufacturer of high
graphic folding cartons; the acquisition will further Grupo Gondi's market share in high graphic packaging ("Sexy Boxes") and extend its range
in the growing and dynamic consumer goods industry in Mexico and
the US. Following this acquisition, Grupo Gondi will operate 14 plants
and employ more than 7,200. Recently, the company hired Bellmer to
revamp two paper machines at its Empaques Modernos Guadalajara
(EMG) and Empaques Modernos San Pablo (EMSP) mills. With completion of the revamp in the first quarter 2018, Gondi expects to add 90,000
tpy of recycled containerboard capacity and improve product quality.
The company has just announced it will build a 350,000 metric tpy
lightweight recycled containerboard mill in Mexico, investing US$300
million in the project.
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34. JANE MOLONY
ICFPA AND PAMSA
An enthusiastic and ebullient South African, Molony has recently been
appointed as the new president of the International Council of Forest
and Paper Associations, where she will serve for the next two years.
Molony is also currently executive director of the Paper Manufacturers
Association of South Africa. Molony said of her appointment, which
was announced at the ICFPA annual meeting in Berlin this past spring,
"Without our products, many people would not be able to teach, read,
or learn; businesses would not be able to ship merchandise or protect
goods; nor would people be able to improve their lives through the basics
of personal hygiene." The ICFPA represents more than 30 national and
regional forest paper associations around the world.
35. SYLVAIN LHÔTE
CEPI
Lhôte joined CEPI as director general only 10
months ago and is admittedly "very impressed
with the pulp and paper industry's resilience and
sustainability qualities." Lhôte has joined from the
aluminum industry and is hoping to urge European
producers to get away from the mindset of "selling tons of paper" and
into the more lucrative one of selling functionality and surface quality,
where there are much higher margins. Lhôte is also actively engaged
in making sure the European industry is in no way hindered by unfair
competition from producers outside of the EU. (See page 38 of this issue
for Paper360°'s exclusive interview with Lhôte.)
36. PER LINDBERG
BILLERUDKORSNÄS
Despite something of a production nightmare at
the beginning of the year, BillerudKorsnäs continues
be a major and growing force in the fiber-based
packaging industry and is embarking on some major
expansion projects, including a new 550,000 tpy
board machine at its Gruvön mill and a relocation of its 100,000 tpy
machine-glazed PM from Finland to its Skärblacka mill in Sweden.
Lindberg recently stated: "We have stabilized our production, and the
most important event last year, the decision to build a new board machine
at Gruvön, gives us the foundation for long-term growth."
37. JIM PATTISON
JIM PATTISON GROUP 
This may fall under the listing of what may be. The largest shareholder
for West Fraser and Canfor are now one and the same: Pattison, one of
Canada's most prominent billionaires, owns a rather large stake in Canfor
(48 percent of the company's shares after his latest additions according to
Bloomberg and others). However, it was recently publicly released that he
also has a sizable investment in West Fraser, after West Fraser's latest batch
of share repurchases pushed Pattison's WFT ownership above 10 percent
(the threshold needed to be considered an insider and thus requiring a
disclosure). According to Paul Quinn, RBC Dominion Securities, this is
not the first time Pattison has held large positions in two of BC's largest
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - July/August 2017

Setpoint
Over the Wire
Euroports Extends Its Reach
Ensuring a Tight Load
Riding the Rails
Trailer Flooring Makes a Difference in Paper Roll Transport
Top 50 Power List
CEPI’s New Director General: ‘A Remarkable Industry'
Värö’s Expansion for the Future
Model Behavior: Understanding Virtual Process Integration
Mondi Štĕtí Chooses Direct Drive Technology
The Knowledge Trail
TAPPI Journal Summaries
How Does China’s Containerboard Market Compare to the US?
Industry Trends in Graphic Paper
Will China Ban Mixed Paper Imports?
TAPPI News
ASPI News
Index of Advertisers
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - intro
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - bellyband1
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - cover1
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Setpoint
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Over the Wire
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Euroports Extends Its Reach
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Ensuring a Tight Load
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 21
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Riding the Rails
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 23
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Trailer Flooring Makes a Difference in Paper Roll Transport
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Top 50 Power List
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 37
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - CEPI’s New Director General: ‘A Remarkable Industry'
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 39
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 40
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 41
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Värö’s Expansion for the Future
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 43
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Model Behavior: Understanding Virtual Process Integration
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 45
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 46
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 47
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Mondi Štĕtí Chooses Direct Drive Technology
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 49
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - The Knowledge Trail
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 51
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - TAPPI Journal Summaries
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 53
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 54
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 55
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - How Does China’s Containerboard Market Compare to the US?
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 57
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Industry Trends in Graphic Paper
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 59
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Will China Ban Mixed Paper Imports?
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 61
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 62
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 63
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 66
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - TAPPI News
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - ASPI News
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - 69
Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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