29 Mar. 2022. About 250 exhibitors will participate in the leading international event for the forest industry, PulPaper 2022. The program consists of the PulPaper Conference, the new Green Economy Business Summit, and a wide range of presentations at the Future Square Stage. The startup competition presents the most interesting innovations during the event. The three-day PulPaper will be held from 7 – 9 June 2022. ChemBio Finland and Helsinki Chemicals Forum will be arranged at the same time at Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre.
The theme of the forest industry’s international PulPaper 2022 event is Building Tomorrow’s Bioeconomy. The PulPaper event, free of charge for professionals in the field, introduces company presentations at Future Square. Forest industry companies such as Stora Enso, Metsä Group, UPM, and Sappi meet their customers and present their products in the exhibition area and host programs at the Future Square. The PulPaper Conference and the Green Economy Business Summit, which both require a separate entrance ticket, will also be organized in connection with the event. Excursions to VTT, Bioruukki, and UPM Kymi will be arranged on 6th June.
“The events are very important for professionals within the trade. After a long break, we want to organise a meeting place where the visitors have the possibility to study the development within the branch, new products, and information”, says Business Manager Marcus Bergström from Messukeskus. “The forest industry event PulPaper 2022 was postponed from March to June to make networking opportunities better. We are now looking forward to the upcoming event.”
PulPaper Conference brings forth six themes
The themes of the PulPaper Conference are IT and Automation, Environment and Sustainability, Safety and Risk Management, New Textile Products, Efficiency, and Packaging Solutions. The conference will open with three keynote speeches. The first keynote will be presented by Hannu Kasurinen, Executive Vice President Packaging Materials Division at Stora Enso. The topic of the second keynote is Sustainability leading company strategy and will be presented by Riikka Joukio, Director Corporate Responsibility and Public Relations at Kesko. Executive Vice President, Head of Management Consulting Roland Lorenz from AFRY is the third keynote speaker on the topic Changes in consumer behaviour following the COVID pandemic. After the opening speeches, the conference will continue in two parallel sessions with three topical expert presentations on each of the six themes. PulPaper Conference 2022 partners are Andritz and Sulzer.
New Green Economy Business Summit
The Green Economy Business Summit on 8th June is targeted towards corporate management and stakeholders. The program has been compiled in co-operation with the forest-based and chemical industries. The keynote Circular bioeconomy – a sustainable source of growth is presented by President of Sitra Jyrki Katainen. The other keynote is held by Commissioner for Industry and Internal Market Thierry Breton from the EU Commission. Breton’s keynote deals with sustainability and climate change and is a video presentation. Breton will be introduced by Kristin Schreiber, Director at the European Commission who leads the Directorate Ecosystems in DG GROW. She will also respond to any questions raised by keynote speech. The Summit also presents an interesting panel discussion on the topic How to reach sustainability and climate neutrality at company level with Director General Ilkka Hämälä from Metsä Group, Managing Director Salla Roni-Poranen from Borealis Polymers, Executive Vice President Jussi Manninen from VTT, and Home Care Chief R&D Officer Mike Parkington from Unilever as panelists.
Meet startup companies at PulPaper
The startup competition on 8 June 2022 looks for the most promising and potential growth companies in the forest bioeconomy field. The PulPaper Award will be presented to a Finnish company that has developed an innovation that produces a positive image for the forest bioeconomy industry and from which an internationally significant product or service can be developed. At its best, the solution also opens up new perspectives in the forest bioeconomy sector. The winner receives a 5000 € award funded by the Finnish Fair Foundation.
The New Wood project at the event
New Wood has its own stand at PulPaper. The goal of the New Wood project is to increase awareness of the wood-based bioeconomy; highlighting new and existing products and solutions, exploring their impact on society and offering expert perspectives on the outlook for this innovative industry. Comprising more than 20 Finnish organisations, New Wood is a community that promotes the wood-based bioeconomy and provides information to influencers and political decision-makers about the significance and value of wood-based products. The New Wood product 2022 will be announced at PulPaper Future Square on 7th June.
Visitors can register for the PulPaper event free of charge at www.pulpaper.fi.
Messukeskus organizes the PulPaper 2022 event in cooperation with The Finnish Forest Products Engineers’ Association. ChemBio Finland and Helsinki Chemicals Forum will be organized at the same time by Messukeskus. ChemBio Finland is arranged in cooperation with the Finnish Chemical Societies, Finnish Bioindustries FIB and the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland.