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Papermaking Towards the Future

Innventia has recently released the results of its second global reportóPapermaking Towards the Future.Innventia-Image

The survey consisted of a Delphii survey as well as personal interviews/discussions with 130 respondents from 21 countries including: 84% who work within the pulp and paper industry, 77% who work in R&D, and 37% who refer to themselves as "futurists." Respondents were asked 15 questions relating to the future of the pulp and paper industry over the next ten years. The top responses to the questions include:

What feature of paper will be most desirable?

  • Environmental/health safety -- 34%

  • Interactive/Intelligent -- 32%

  • Recyclability -- 30%

Which paper-based products will be most important?

  • Board and packaging -- 64%

  • Tissue and Household Products -- 51%

  • Nanocellulose-based products -- 21%

Which aspects of paper and board will undergo the greatest change?

  • Logistics, management operations, business strategy -- 36%

  • Type of raw material used -- 34%

  • Forming techniques -- 23%

What measures have the greatest potential to reduce resource demands?

  • Reduced energy consumption -- 50%/li>
  • More efficient use of fiber raw material -- 42%

  • Production of by-products -- 36%

Most likely focus of sustainability efforts?

  • Product innovation -- 38%

  • Value chain innovation -- 33%

  • Process innovation -- 28%

Most important environmental concerns?

  • CO2 and Greenhouse Gas Emissions -- 28%

  • Value chain innovation -- 33%

  • Process innovation -- 28%

Most important environmental concerns?

  • CO2 and Greenhouse Gas Emissions -- 28%

  • Raw Material supply -- 27%

  • Water effluent pollution -- 20%

What resources will be in shortest supply?

  • Skilled labor -- 82%

  • Recycled fiber -- 80%

  • Water -- 68%

Most profitable applications for cellulose over next 20 years?

  • Biobased plastics

  • Biobased chemicals

  • Novel paper and board products

Role of paper and board industry in developing bio-economy?

  • Will serve as foundation - 34%

  • Will play a key role -- 34%

  • Will play a small role -- 30%

Which areas of industry research will experience greatest growth/ROI?

  • Biorefining -- 42%

  • Niche/interactive products -- 34%

  • Nanotechnology -- 33%

Which research areas will receive greatest attention?

  • Nanotechnology -- 52%

  • Biorefining -- 43%

  • Niche/Interactive products -- 29%

Which regulatory areas pose the greatest risk for the pulp and paper industry?

  • Energy -- 40%

  • Water -- 32%

  • Trade -- 25%

What are the greatest regulatory opportunities for the pulp and paper industry?

  • Energy -- 40%

  • Waste -- 36%

  • Biotechnology -- 24%

The survey concluded with questions relating to the likelihood of various industry developments, and how many years it will take to meet a number of milestones.

The report has now been published and is available free of charge at: http://www.innventia.com/en/Projects/Ongoing-projects/Papermaking-towards-the-future/Order-Papermaking-towards-the-future/. For more information contact the survey author Mr. Paul Krochak at: paul.krochak@innventia.com. Mr. Krochak is also secretary of the TAPPI Fluid Mechanics Committee and in line to be Vice Chair.

 

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