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ASPI NEWS IN TOUCH Domtar Values Results over Activities “We will build on a n env ironment that values results over activities, where safety is non-negotiable, and customer focus, effective and informed Edwards leadership, continuous improvement and frugality are simply how we do business.” That was the message from Mike Edwards, Senior Vice President, Pulp and Paper Manufacturing for Domtar, as he addressed approximately 100 suppliers and guests as part of the Association of Suppliers to the Paper Industry’s (ASPI) Customer Alignment Meeting with Domtar in Charlotte, NC, in September. After describing the Domtar organization, including its challenges and opportunities, Edwards was followed by an impressive group of Domtar speakers including Pascal Bossé, VP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations; Alan Bohn, Maintenance and Engineering Manager, Plymouth mill; Jim Thomas, VP Purchasing and materials management; Bill MacPherson, Director of Central Engineering; Dennis Askew, VP/ Mill Manager, Plymouth mill; Bill Edwards, VP/Mill Manager, Marlboro mill; Michael Fagan, Senior VP, Global Personal Care; David Struhs, VP Sustainability; Kathy Wholley, Director of Advertising and Communications; Bruno Marcoccia, Director, R&D; Jack Bray, VP Manufacturing, Region 2; and Martin Lorrion, VP Manufacturing, Region 1. During his presentation, Jim Thomas revealed that each year Domtar spends about $3.5 billion, and then explained the company’s “center led” field driven purchasing approach managed by a corporate staff of only 12 people. Later Dennis Askew described the conversion to fluff pulp at the Plymouth mill, and Bill Edwards discussed the switch to lightweight grades at the Marlboro mill as part of Domtar’s agreement with Appleton. R&D manager Bruno Marcoccia, discussed some of Domtar’s more innovative moves including the company’s integrated bio-refineries and three major collaborations including Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis in Dryden, Ont., NCC production at CelluForce in Windsor, PQ, and LignoBoost Technology in Plymouth, NC. Other presentations highlighted the company’s efforts in sustainability, maintenance and reliability, marketing and communication, and the Attends personal care products. Kevin Mason from Equity Research Associates, and Soile Kilpi, Director of Pöyry Management Consulting, closed the meeting with overviews of the market and projections for the future. Some suppliers in the audience called the meeting one of the best they had ever attended. According to Carl Howe, VP Sales with Kadant Paperline who hosted the meeting, ASPI members comprise a diverse range of products and services sold to a common market and customer base, and represent about $24.4 billion in revenue and 95,000 employees. Plan to attend ASPI’s Spring meeting in St. Pete Beach, Florida, Feb 27-Mar 1, 2013, that will feature presentations by Alexander Toeldte, President and CEO, Boise Inc.; Robert Snyder, President, Orchids Paper; and Mark Watkins, Senior Vice President, Technology, MeadWestvaco Corp. To learn more about ASPI, go to: Edwards Receives 2012 Excellence in Leadership Award Closing Dinner at NASCAR Hall of Fame Mike Edwards, Senior Vice President, Pulp and Paper Manufacturing for Domtar, received the 2012 ASPI Excellence in Leadership Award during the Domtar Customer Alignment Meeting in Charlotte, NC, in September. The award recognizes leaders in the pulp and paper industry who have demonstrated exceptional and inspiring leadership. Edwards was nominated by ASPI members, due to his strategic partnerships with suppliers to improve operational efficiencies at Domtar mills. (l-r) Carl Howe, Kadant Paperline; Mike Edwards; Peter Collins, Andritz; Bob Gallo, Voith Paper North America. Closing dinner at the ASPI Customer Alignment Meeting, was held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, a short walk from the hotel in downtown Charlotte, NC. Attendees enjoyed a guided tour through the impressive history of stock car racing. The Association of Suppliers to the Paper Industry (ASPI) 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. 32 Paper360º NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - November/December 2012

Over the Wire
Achieving Zero Landfill of Fiber
Creating a Monument to Safety
Keeping the Paper Flowing
Transforming an Industry
Supporting the Community
David Paterson Takes the Reins at Verso
New Tissue Fabric, Felt, and Roll Cover Technology
Protecting Your Mill Against Cyber Threats
Association News
TAPPISafe Takes a Page from Other Industries
Paper360° Online Exclusives

Paper360 - November/December 2012