Specialty Papers Europe (SPEU) Postponed but Some Presenter Highlights Available
Specialty Papers Europe Conference organizers, Smithers and TAPPI, have just announced Specialty Papers Europe will be postponed until later this year.
They explained, “Our team had been working diligently to maintain the integrity of this event in the midst of the disruption caused by COVID-19. Over the past two weeks, corporate travel bans had affected a large number of both speakers and attendees due to concerns related to the virus. The safety and comfort of our customers, partners and staff remains our number one priority.”
The Conference was originally scheduled for April 20-22, 2020 in Vienna, Austria. For updates about Specialty Papers Europe 2020, please visit www.specialtypaperconference.com/europe.
Special Interview with SPEU Presenter
The increased demand for sustainable products has resulted in new challenges and opportunities for the specialty papers industry. To learn more about the market and trends currently facing the industry, Specialty Papers Europe sat down with conference presenter, Pirita Huotari, Senior Consultant, Business Intelligence at Fisher International, for an exclusive interview.
Q. Your presentation will discuss “Recent capacity trends and developments in specialty papers”, can you give us a sneak peak of what delegates will hear?
The overall capacity of specialty papers has been in steady growth over the past 10 years. Structural changes like conversions, consolidation and downstream integration to converting will greatly reshape the industry in the future, along with global megatrends like antiplastics and digitalization. These changes in the operating environment offer smart operators a chance for exponential value growth.
Q. What are the trends and developments that will redefine the Specialty industry the next 5 years?
The specialty industry is among the grades with potential for unpreceded growth as the giant among the global megatrends – the sustainability movement – is reshaping the economy.
The anti-plastics movement and increasing plastic bans around the world present a historical opportunity on a range of existing and completely new applications for fiber-based products. At the same time, in consumer packaging, the shift toward smaller package sizes, customized solutions and convenience is still ongoing. All this, combined with the requirement for circular economy, presents an unpreceded opportunity for creating smart sustainable and recyclable fiber based products.