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intouch | ASPI NEWS Bringing Customers and Suppliers Face-to-Face The way suppliers interact with their customers has changed. A lot of R&D has moved from manufacturers to the suppliers, mergers and acquisitions have reduced the supplier customer base, and declining markets for traditional paper grades have resulted in machine conversions and the introduction of new grades. These factors, combined with the growing use of electronic media, have reduced traditional face-to-face interactions between suppliers and customers, and thus the opportunity to discuss how they can work together more effectively. To help resolve this, ASPI brings together customers and suppliers in two meetings each year. At the Spring Meeting, paper company executives and mill managers speak about their strategic issues and how suppliers can best meet their needs. With the networking time at the meetings, attendees have the opportunity to meet these executives and learn more about mill-specific and larger company needs. In 2007, ASPI launched its unique Customer Alignment Meetings at which major pulp and paper manufacturers host a large group of suppliers in order to present their strategic goals and supplier expectations. In 2014, International Paper was the seventh company to host a Customer Alignment Meeting, and in 2015 the meeting will be at Georgia-Pacific in Atlanta. Previous hosts included: Boise (2013), Domtar (2012), Temple-Inland (2011), Verso (2010), NewPage (2009) and MWV (2008). Registration Open for ASPI 2015 Fall Customer Alignment Meeting with Georgia-Pacific Jim Hannan ASPI is hosting its 8th Customer Alignment with GP October 12-14, 2015. Registration is open for ASPI members only at Speakers include: * James Hannan, CEO and President * Kathleen Walters, Executive Vice President - Consumer Products Group * Christian Fischer, Executive Vice President - Packaging Segment * Paul Frederickson, Senior Vice President - Consumer Products Group * Michael Tuchalski, Senior Vice President - Containerboard and Cellulose Operations * Michael Adams, Senior Vice President - Sourcing * Kevin Heath, Vice President - Strategic Sourcing * Tyler Woolson, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer ASPI Welcomes New Members Greenberry Industrial and Fabio Perini Greenberry is an industrial contractor and fabricator that supplies and installs tanks, pressure vessels, piping, equipment setting, maintenance, capital projects and turnarounds. Greg Toy, VP business development, will be the primary contact for Greenberry, and Chris Thudium, field services manager, will be the alternate contact. Fabio Perini is a leading global supplier of tissue and converting machinery and services and packaging machines. Mark Hines, VP sale and marketing, will be the primary contact for Fabio Perini and Dave Knutson, sales manager, and Pete Augustine, president, will be alternate contacts. The Association of Suppliers to the Paper Industry (APSI) is the only association solely focused on providing membership benefits to companies supplying the global pulp and paper industry. All ASPI activities follow strict antitrust guidelines. 44 Paper360º SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - September/October 2015

Over the Wire
Stora Enso Ostroleka PM5 Proves Less Is More
Valmet’s Strategy Combines Process Technology, Automation and Services
Doubletree Paper Upgrades Its Water Treatment System
WEIG-Karton Achieves Results With Web Inspection at Former and Press Section
Wants vs Cans
Rotary Press Compacts Sludge to Cake
TAPPI Journal Summaries
Foreign Exchange and the Pulp and Paper Industry
Consolidation Watch
Knowledge Builder
Association News
Online Exclusives
Index of Advertisers

Paper360 - September/October 2015