PulPaper is one of the leading international events in the forest industry’s calendar. It will be held in Helsinki on 29 to 31 May 2018. The event is a global meeting place where forest industry professionals from around the world will find out about innovations, learn new things and network. PulPaper includes an exhibition, a conference programme, an evening programme and the opportunity to visit a Finnish mill.
PulPaper brings together different fields in the forest industry, as two other events will also be held at the same time: PacTec, a packaging industry event, and the new Wood & Bioenergy event for the energy and chemical industries. The combined events provide a great opportunity to meet many operators from different industries.
The event was last held in 2014, when it attracted visitors from 70 countries. Now, PulPaper will bring the world’s best experts together to explore digitalisation, biorefinery development and breakthrough innovations. The theme of the event is ‘Visit tomorrow today’. This refers to new innovations and technologies that the forest industry can harness to evolve in the digitalising world, while respecting the environment.
Approximately 400 companies will participate in the exhibition and around 10,000 visitors are expected.
The event will feature a varied seminar programme on three days. The Business Forum and 3D Printing of Biomaterials seminars will be held on 29 May. Business Forum is a new seminar for company management, focusing on themes ranging from consumer habits to sustainable development and from innovations to changes in management.
The two day PulPaper Conference will be held from 30 to 31 May. More than 40 experts, researchers and company representatives from the Nordic countries, Japan, North America, and other parts of the world will speak at the seminar. The conference will consist of keynote speeches for all participants and a selection of themed conference programmes.
The PulPaper Conference keynote speaker will be Maria Strömme, professor of Nanotechnology at Uppsala University, Sweden, who will envision innovative products of the future. The second keynote speech will be given by Ilkka Hämälä, president and CEO of Metsä Group, Finland. He will describe how the new bio-product mill in Äänekoski integrates the traditional pulp industry with the manufacture of new bio-products.
At the end of PulPaper, visitors can acquaint themselves with pioneering companies in the business. Visits to Metsä Group’s new Äänekoski bio-product mill and Kotkamills’ board mill will be organised on 31 May and 1 June.