News | 15 May.2013

CEPI Two Team Project: The project you should not miss!

When launching the CEPI Two Team Project in November last year, some sceptics were wondering whether the process would really deliver at the end. To them, we dare say today: "Be prepared to be surprised!"

The CEPI Two Team Project uses crowdsourcing and open innovation while putting two teams in competition with each other in order to identify within a year breakthrough technology concepts. Those technologies need to enable the European pulp and paper industry to significantly reduce its carbon emissions, while creating more value. Through the implementation of these technologies the industry would be in a position to implement the CEPI Roadmap 2050 that suggested that the sector would decarbonise by 80% and create 50% more value by 2050. Frits Beurskens (former CEO of SKG), the sponsor and mentor of the blue team, sees the project as “a great stimulus for the European pulp and paper sector to develop breakthrough technologies leading to a strong reduction of CO2 emissions and more added value.”

Inspiring milestones on the way

Since the launch of the project, the teams already had four opportunities to meet and to elaborate generic concepts of breakthrough innovations. In December, the kick-off meeting held in the famous Atomium of Brussels allowed the participants to break the ice, get to know each other and be informed on the "rules of the game", the available tools and materials, as well as the time schedule. The first substantive meeting took place in Lenzing (Austria). The teams had the opportunity to learn about hi-tech textile fibre produced in the mill before having a full day of brainstorming in split rooms.
Heiner Grussenmeyer (Stora Enso), the captain of the blue team, thinks that “the interaction with other industry sectors and visits to their sites are very inspiring for all team members and moves discussions on breakthrough concepts to new dimensions.” In February, Tata Steel opened its IJmuiden plant (Netherlands) to the teams, telling them about the ULCOS project (Ultra Low Carbon Steel) before the teams could separately refine the concept areas they had identified in Austria. A first selection of promising concept areas was made at that occasion. After a visit of the Repsol Innovation Technology Centre in Madrid, the teams came to a more realistic selection of generic concepts that are likely to be in the teams’ final report to be delivered in September.

Comparison, inspiration and metaphors

While not disclosing any content of what the teams have in mind, readers might be interested to know that both teams are exploring and assessing whether technologies and innovations used in other industries might be helpful. In that context, the teams have looked at the textile industry and its methods to create surfaces out of fibre. They are also considering the food industry and its techniques of drying food. Nature can also be a source of inspiration and bio-mimetics might contribute to the final results submitted by the teams. Useful metaphors are often making very abstract and technical ideas easier to understand. Candles, conditioning shampoos, tumble dryers, and others are some of the pictures the teams are using to make processes that might be relevant for their end results more accessible. ”Our team members are bursting with ideas and are highly motivated. This project will be a real achievement!” summarizes Veit Sorger (former CEO of Mondi and Sponsor and mentor of the Red Team).

What's next?

Two more meetings are planned in May and June this year. Then the team will start preparing their final reports. A pre-jury will meet early October to score the teams' submissions before the jury selects the winning concept in time for the winner to be announced on 27 November 2013 at the European Paper Week. The generic concepts proposed by the teams will help CEPI convince the European Commission to grant some money from the framework programme for research Horizon 2020 to the pulp and paper industry. The research money will help to further develop the ideas, hence contributing to the decarbonisation of the industry.

Call for engagement

While good progress has been made within the teams, there is still room for feeding the process with any disruptive idea or concept. Nearly 20 submissions have been registered on the website. More than 100 LinkedIn members have joined the CEPI Two Team Group. The Two Team project is also on Twitter and on Facebook. Jerome Grassin (CTP), captain of the Red Team thinks that “it should be seen as essential to contribute or support the Two Team Project by anyone working in the pulp and paper industry.” The next opportunity to meet the teams and get in touch will be the “Unfolding the future” conference in Ludwigshafen (Germany) on 9 June. The program can be found at Please submit your ideas at and follow the process.


News | 27 Mar.2013

Bio-strategy Seminar, 24 April in Vienna

Exciting new details have been released for RISI's first annual Bio Strategy Seminar taking place April 24, 2013 in Vienna, Austria!
The new seminar will show where the bio-based economy includes the pulp and paper industry and what benefits companies can reap from making it part of their strategy. Attendees will hear from leading executives discussing the challenges and opportunities of entering into the bio economy. The seminar also provides networking opportunities to engage with clients, prospects and industry colleagues.

You can register on the RISI site and take advantage of our early bird discount pricing and register by April 12, 2013 to save on registration fees. Register Now.

The programme includes:

UPM Biofuels has recently been awarded the Sustainability Award for 2013 for Breakthrough Innovation in Technology. Dr. Sari Mannonen, Director, Business Relations & Marketing, UPM Biofuels, will discuss UPM's foray into Bio Fuels.
The world's largest biomass gasification plant by Vaskiluodon Voima Oy opened, a plant that was supplied by Metso. In our program, Dr. Marita Niemela, Vice President Bio-Technologies, Metso Pulp, Paper and Power, will discuss the value from biomass with a focus on Metso's processes and technologies.
Following speakers have also confirmed:
• Robert Wilson, Director of European Consulting, Renewables and Bioprocess, AMEC
• Bernard de Galembert, Forest and Innovation Director, CEPI
• James Atkins, Chairman, Vertis
• Tuomas Mustonen, Vice President - Business Solutions, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
• Clas Engstrom, CEO, Processum Biorefinery Initiative AB
• Kari Liukko, Biofuels Business Leader, Honeywell

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See you all in Vienna soon!

News | 27 Mar.2013

Paper industry with strong representation in BRIDGE – the new BioBased Public Private Partnership

BRIDGE - Biobased and Renewables Industries for Development and Growth in Europe – PPP is about investing in Europe and its people. It is about creating jobs, tackling societal challenges with innovative biobased technologies, and using renewable resources and wastes to make high quality biobased products and materials. It is about revitalizing Europe’s industrial infrastructure, and developing rural areas through the creation of biorefineries, which are at the heart of the biobased economy. CEPI and 12 European pulp and paper producers are partner in this Public Private Partnership (PPP).

In short the BRIDGE PPP stands for:
- Enabling rural development and re-industrialisation
- Connecting farmers and foresters with consumers through locally sourced and produced goods and products
- Accelerating the transition towards smart and efficient use of resources
- Securing European competitiveness in the global biobased economy race

• Public Sector: European Commission
• Private sector: AbengoaBioenergia – ARD – Billerud - BioBase Europe - BioBased Innovations – Bioprocess Pilot Facility – BPF – Borregaard – Cargill - Chemtex Italia (Gruppo M&G) - Clariant Group – CLEA Technologies- CLIB2021 – Direvo - DONG Energy – DSM - Dutch Biorefinery Cluster – Essent – Fertiberia – Fibic – GFP – Holmen – IAR – IUCT – Kemira - Metsä Group – Mondi – Nordzucker - Norske Skog – Novamont – Novozymes – Repsol – Roquette – SAPPI – SCA - Smurfit Kappa – Södra – Solvay - Stora Enso – Südzucker – Unilever – UPM
• Associations: Cefic – Cepi – Copa Cogeca – EuropaBio – European bioplastics – ERRMA – ESA – FoodDrinkEurope – Forest-based sector – SusChem

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News | 27 Feb.2013

Paper Industry adds value to the Raw Materials EIP

The European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials has taken full speed with the first round of meetings having taken place in Brussels over the last weeks. The EIP’s objective is to contribute to the 2020 targets of the EU Industrial Policy, to increase the share of industry on GDP to 20% and improve resource efficiency by securing the sustainable supply of raw materials in Europe. The High Level Steering Group met on 12 February with the presence of three Commissioners, Ministers of several Member States and CEO’s of European industry. Representing the European Paper Industry is Mr. Ramon Alejandro Balet, President of SAICA. He is supported by Guillermo Vallès Albar from SAICA.

The European paper industry has engaged in the European Raw Materials Initiative from the beginning in 2008, pointing at the challenges of our raw materials supply:
• Increasing competition for wood as a renewable yet finite resource, partly induced by European renewable energy policy.
• Paper for recycling, which constitutes half of the Industry’s raw materials supply is increasingly exported to Asia.
• There is still potential in increasing the mobilisation of wood and paper for recycling, but which is not yet exploited.
The calls from the European paper Industry have been heard and renewable materials such as wood, paper and natural rubber have been included in the Commission Communication on Raw Materials in 2010.

Next Steps:
A Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) of the EIP will be elaborated in the first half of 2013. CEPI will work in close cooperation with the FTP, the woodworking industry and the European Commission to contribute to the SIP with its priorities. In the second half of 2013 the Commission will publish a Communication on the Strategic Implementation Plan and start preparing for the implementation phase of the EIP by publishing calls for commitment.

Press Release | 08 Feb.2013

Two Teams break through - CEPI applies new method to innovation

CEPI – the Confederation of European Paper Industries – is giving innovation a head start by launching the Two Team Project. It consists of two competing teams that include experts, scientists, manufacturers, suppliers and representatives of the pulp and paper industry and other sectors. Applying a unique method of open innovation, both teams are set to identify breakthrough concepts of technologies and processes that make the current pulp and paper manufacturing process more efficient and create more value.
Breakthrough technologies are at the heart of CEPI’s ‘2050 Roadmap to a low-carbon bio-economy’ report. A successful delivery on the two objectives of the roadmap – namely 80% decarbonisation of the industry and 50% value creation in 2050 – is only possible when breakthrough technologies are available by 2030.

The teams are urged to think out of the box, outside their comfort zone. The final concepts will need to be creative, innovative and imaginative. Breakthrough technologies are new concepts; new ways of thinking that go beyond current borders.

Submit your ideas

Both teams are looking for maximum support from passionate stakeholders within the pulp and paper industry, but also from beyond the sector. Everyone with a creative idea and an enthusiastic mind-set is called upon to submit ideas and to contribute to designing the future pulp and paper mill.

Today’s innovation model is fragmented. Innovative research takes place at companies and universities on a daily basis. However, only a small percentage is used in products or deployed in industrial processes. The Two Team Project uses open innovation - sharing ideas across companies, research institutes, academic institutions and public authorities - to generate new concepts and solutions efficiently.

In November this year, at least four breakthrough technology concepts will be delivered. The jury – composed of CEOs and high-level European officials – will select the winning concept. CEPI’s Annual Meeting at European Paper Week 2013 will unveil the winner.

Gather your ideas for the most efficient pulp and paper mill and submit them today at


For more information, please contact Daniela Haiduc at, mobile: +32 473 562 936

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Publication | 08 Feb.2013

The CEPI Two Team Project

CEPI (the Confederation of European Paper Industries) is giving innovation a head start by launching the Two Team Project. It consists of two competing teams - Red and Blue - that include experts, scientists, manufacturers, suppliers and representatives of the pulp and paper industry and other sectors. Applying a unique method of open innovation, both teams are set to identify breakthrough concepts of technologies and processes that make the current pulp and paper manufacturing process more efficient and create more value.


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News | 01 Feb.2013

Two Team Project Meeting in Austria

Around one hundred research and innovation experts from the European pulp and paper industry, the construction industry and its suppliers, from scientific institutes and international consulting companies gathered together for the the conference "Fiber plus - Unfolding the sustainable value of wood, pulp and paper" last week. This conference also marked the first R&D event of the "Two Team Project". The main objective of this project is to evaluate the key technologies of the future in the pulp and paper sector to achieve the objectives of the 2050 Roadmap. After the fruitful FibrePlus Conference on Monday in Lenzing the two teams met separately on Tuesday in Salzburg to start their discussion about concepts and ideas for breakthrough technologies in the pulp and paper industry. After eight hours of discussion both teams were satisfied with their first team meeting. Two experts from the Lenzing AG joined each Team for the first half of the day.

You will find the presentations of the different speakers here.

For more information about the Two Team Project, please visit

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Press Release | 15 Nov.2012

European Paper Industry - Enabling the bio-economy

The European pulp and paper industry today concluded its 14th European Paper Week, focusing on the implementation of the CEPI 2050 Roadmap for a low-carbon bio-economy. Within that context CEPI presented the Two Teams’ Project, aiming at pushing innovation in the industry to achieve the goals set out in the Roadmap.

Addressing the recently published Communication for an Industrial Policy for Europe, CEPI launched its publication “The Future has begun” outlining the pulp, paper and board industry’s contribution to reinvigorate European industry.

This year also marked the 20th anniversary of the association.

The three-day event brought together over 330 people from the sector, related organisations as well as representatives from the European institutions, providing a high-level platform for discussion.

At a moment when the European Institutions are working on finalising the Horizon 2020 proposal, defining its new research allocations and rules, CEPI organised a densely packed Annual Meeting on the “European Paper Industry – Enabling the Bioeconomy”.

”As well as reinforcing Europe's science base, Horizon 2020 will support industrial leadership, with actions to make Europe a more attractive place for businesses to invest in research and innovation. It will also help tackle important societal challenges like resource efficiency and the bio-economy“, commented Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, in her video message. In a panel, CEOs of the paper industry, the chemical sector and the financial world, exchanged views about the transformation path of the paper sector through the implementation of the CEPI 2050 Roadmap. ”In 2050 the forest fibre industry, will be at the heart of the bio-economy. We have a road, we have a roadmap - now let’s drive”, stated Jussi Pesonen, CEPI Chairman and CEO of UPM-Kymmene.

The plenary event also saw contributions from Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director General at DG Enterprise, European Commission, who introduced the audience to the “new industrial revolution in Europe”; and Judith Merkies, Member of the European Parliament, who explained the position of the European Parliament on Horizon 2020.

“The Commission must put on sectoral lenses and look at the most coherent measures to realign Europe’s industry with the needs for wealth and jobs creation. With 25% of the global market, and exporting 20% of its production, our industry has its raw material base in Europe, its suppliers are large European companies, and it is actively organising innovation for new products and business models. All these are elements that put us in a central position to participate in the European economy recovery. But, we need facilitating policies and political attention”, said Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General in her presentation addressing the fact that Europe’s industry needs investor confidence.

A young researchers’ panel concluded the annual event of the European paper industry, bringing forward their work in finding solutions towards the CEPI 2050 Roadmap.
The key conclusion of the gathering is that the European Paper Industry walks the talk and ticks all the boxes included in the EU proposal for a new industrial revolution, in the “Communication on an Industrial Policy for Europe.”


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News | 25 Oct.2012

Unfold the Future: the forest fibre industry nominated Report of the Year


CEPI's 2050 Roadmap has been nominated in the category Report of the Year at the European Public Affairs Awards. Now in their fifth year, the awards highlight success and encourage best practice throughout the European public affairs community; bringing recognition to individuals, organisations, issues and campaigns. Nominations launch in June and organisations throughout the profession are eligible to nominate both internally and externally until Friday 21 September 2012. Voting opens when the shortlist is announced in October and is open to all individuals working for an organisation listed on the Transparency Register and/or listed in the EPAD Directory.

The results of this year's awards will be announced during the awards dinner on Wednesday 14 November held at the stunning Albert Hall.

CEPI's report is competing with the Environmental Sustainability Report from FoodDrinkEurope and Women on Boards in Europe: from a snail’s pace to a giant leap from The European Women’s Lobby.

The awards provide the following explanation for nominating the Roadmap:
It's not often that a publication by a Brussels trade association causes a stir. The CEPI 2050 Roadmap has. It is frequently used as an example by policy makers, both at the European Commission and in the Parliament. The process of engaging stakeholders and industry representatives was also innovative and much appreciated by the target audiences. The report has united the paper industry internally and given them incentives to think about the future in positive terms.

The final document was supported by a dedicated website and a special Facebook page. The CEPI 2050 roadmap inspired many of CEPI's national members to start their own national roadmap for 2050. It has influenced board meetings in all member countries and many companies in the paper industry sector. Many other industry associations in Brussels are now working on similar reports.


Publication | 22 Feb.2012

CEPI Sustainability Report 2011 Summary

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Press Release | 16 Nov.2011

Unfold the Future – 2050 Roadmap to a low-carbon bioeconomy

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Publication | 10 Nov.2011

CEPI Sustainability Report 2011

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Publication | 10 Nov.2011

Unfold the Future - 2050 Roadmap to a low-carbon bio-economy

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Publication | 01 Nov.2011

Millenial Survey on Paper Use and Consumption - Summary of Study Findings

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Publication | 09 Aug.2010

Innovation trends

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Related industry event FTP Joint partnering event 2014 for Horizon 2020 and Cost Actions for the Forest-Based sector in the bioeconomy 13 Nov. 2014 | 10:00 - 13 Nov. 2014 | 17:00 | MUNICON Conference Center, Munich Airport

The objective of the event is to offer the latest information on Horizon 2020 Calls published as drafts on December 11, 2013, with deadlines for submission in late 2014 and 2015. Focus of the event will be on selected topics FTP believes to be of most relevance to the forest-based sector:
(This document will be updated shortly before registration opens and then regularly until the event).

A unique opportunity to meet suitable partners for your projects
Participants will be given the opportunity to present their project ideas or institutional research capacities, as well as to give feedback, support, and supplement each other’s ideas. Such events are often starting points for building consortia and core planning teams in order to submit research and innovation proposals at a later stage. Additionally, participants are invited to present and discuss ideas and proposals for COST Actions. This year's event will explicitly address invitations to industry and stakeholders from other sectors.

Who should participate?
All forest, forestry and forest-based sector related researchers from European Union Member States, Associated countries (Norway, Iceland, Israel etc.) and from third countries (Switzerland, Montenegro, Albania etc.) as they can fully participate in Horizon 2020 projects and the COST Programme.

Representatives from…:

companies (large, small or medium-sized)
federations and associations
private or public research institutes
public bodies,

…interested in participating in research projects and/or COST Actions are welcome to this partnering event. The activities, competences and interest can range from forest ecology, climate change and forest management to forest-based products and forest-based industry processes including the timber industry, building with wood, the pulp and paper industry and biorefinery.

Invitations will be sent at the beginning of September and registration will open on 9 September 2014.

Organised by:
Forest-based sector Technology Platform

Dr. Jean-Yves Escabasse

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Related industry event PTS Paper & Board Symposium 2016 06 Sep. 2016 | 09:00 - 07 Sep. 2016 | 17:00 | Munich, Germany

The PTS Paper & Board Symposium (September 6-7, 2016 at Leonardo Royal Hotel in Munich) will be one of the highlights among the events offered to paper producers and converters this autumn. The paper industry is in a period of transition. This makes it particularly important to keep abreast of the sector’s latest developments and innovations.

Our sector is faced with a multitude of different challenges and tasks: The Internet of Things is changing the whole face of our value chain and the future of paper both as consumer good and material needs to be redefined. We are all directly affected by these developments, and need to act to innovatively shape our sector’s future.

Focus will be on five sessions:

Session 1: Shaping the future with paperbased products
Session 2: Printing in the digitised future
Session 3: Food Packaging: Safety first!
Session 4: Industry 4.0: BEYOND automation TOWARDS digitization
Session 5: Innovative technologies and products in the manufacturing of paper and board

The PTS Paper & Board Symposium 2016 will be supported by partners from the trade associations of paper and board producers and converters VDP, HPV and WPV, as well as by the supplier companies represented by the Paper Technology Research Association (FPT).

With simultaneous translation service German/English

Specify the code CT1602ars2016 when registering and benefit from a 10% discount!

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Related industry event PTS Coating Symposium, September 5-6, 2017, Munich, Germany 05 Sep. 2017 | 10:00 - 06 Sep. 2017 | 18:00 | Munich

With some 350 participants, the PTS Coating Symposium is internationally the largest and most prominent meeting place for the surface finishing of paper and board. It aims to provide an impetus for innovation and initiate interdisciplinary and cross-sector co-operations between the partners of the added value chain.

Coating technology has undergone a sea change in the past few years to become a flexible coating process for innovative surface functions. Today, barriers and multifunctional surfaces can meet complex requirements for a wide range of applications in an endless variety of sectors. New technological solutions for upgrading smart products as another emerging trend can also be seen.

The main topics of the symposium will be:

  • Markets in flux: e.g. changed consumer demands | converting strategies | new business models | new fields of application and customer segments
  • Advances in coating and upgrading technology: e.g. successful new installations and rebuilds| recent developments in mechanical engineering and finishing | efficiency enhancement | quality assurance and process improvement | Industry 4.0 solutions
  • Concepts for coating colour formulation: e.g. new bonding agents, pigments and functional additives | trends in formulation design | new approaches for functional barriers | hybrid printing paper | special-purpose applications
  • Innovative products: e.g. new printing paper | white top liner | coated packaging board | smart packaging | formable surfaces | creative design applications | printed electronics



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