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25 Jun.2013

CEPI Two Team project visits Ludwigshafen

  • European and German Paper Associations hold meeting at BASF
  • Top-class CEPI/VDP conference
  • Paper Chemicals operating division showcases innovation marketplace for paper chemistry

BASF, the world’s leading company for innovative chemistry for the paper industry, welcomed “The CEPI Two Team project” to its Ludwigshafen symposium. This is the most important innovation project of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI). The project aims at identifying breakthrough innovations that will enable the association’s members to reach the ambitious climate protection targets of the CEPI Roadmap 2050. For this, two teams of experts, scientists, paper manufacturers, suppliers and representatives of the pulp and paper industry compete against each other. A delegate of BASF’s Paper Chemicals operating division participates in one of the teams. The results will be presented to the EU Commissioner for Climate Action in November 2013.
Hosting the meeting in Ludwigshafen, BASF arranged for a separate conference paired with an innovation marketplace to complement the CEPI Two Team project sessions. In the context of the lecture program, members of CEPI and the German Pulp and Paper Association (VDP) presented the guiding idea of a lower carbon circular flow economy based on renewable raw materials. BASF contributes presentations which address sustainability in the chemical industry and innovations in paper chemicals. In the subsequent innovation marketplace of BASF Paper Chemicals, numerous examples were given to demonstrate the innovations the operating division is going to implement to address sustainability already today, tomorrow and in the future.
BASF already offers many sustainable solutions in terms of XELOREX™ – the multifunctional 4-in-1 solution for papermaking – besides cost-efficient binders or the novel production of testliner with anionic sizing agents, quite apart from the biopolymer ecovio® FS Paper. Solutions for tomorrow are focused on the advancement of cost-efficient binders and the introduction of the next generation of cationic polymers contributing toward a further reduction in production costs of paper. Some of the topics aimed at the future will introduce the conference attendants to BASF conceptions relating to new cellulose-based materials and functional barriers.
“Sustainability, in harmony of economic, ecological and social responsibility, is a fundamental principle of all our activities and an important driver in our research & development. In previous years we have invested a lot into this field of work and created new opportunities for paper manufacturers. This is what our innovation marketplace clearly illustrates and, through examples, also lets the visitors experience,“ says Dr. Frank Hoefer, Vice President, Marketing Paper Chemicals Europe, who represents BASF in the Two Team Project. “The Two Team Project will enable the paper industry to take the necessary steps toward a low-CO2 economy. We as BASF take particular pleasure in hosting the last session of the project teams. Before a final decision is taken on a concept this will also be great information for all conference participants what we can contribute today as well as in the future to accomplish the goals of CEPI.“

About BASF’s Paper Chemicals division
BASF’s Paper Chemicals division offers process chemicals to optimize costs and increase machine efficiency, functional chemicals to lend specific properties to paper, and finishing chemicals to improve the appearance and performance characteristics of printed paper and board. With this comprehensive portfolio, BASF is the leading supplier of paper chemicals worldwide. BASF established Paper Chemicals as a separate division when it acquired Ciba in April 2009. The ISO 9001-certified Paper Chemicals division operates sites in Europe, Asia and the Americas. For more information, go to www.paper-chemicals.basf.com


About BASF
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of €72.1 billion in 2012 and more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com

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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 www.unfoldthefuture.eu 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 www.vdp-online.de/pdf/invitation.pdf. Please submit your ideas at www.unfoldthefuture.eu and follow the process.


 

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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

View the program.

See you all in Vienna soon!
 

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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

OVERVIEW OF FOUNDING PARTNERS
• 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

One page overview

Read more at www.bridge2020.eu
 

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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.


Background:
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.

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