Fastmarkets RISI, the data provider for the forest products industry, just announced the names of the PPI Awards 2020 finalists.

The PPI Awards are the only global awards dedicated to recognizing the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the sector. The winners will be announced at the PPI Awards Dinner on March 10th at the Sheraton Lisboa Resort in Lisbon, Portugal, the second evening of the traditional European Conference.

The 2020 category finalists include:

International CEO of the Year Award (Sponsored by StepChange Consulting)

•            Brad Southern – Louisiana-Pacific

•            Jussi Pesonen – UPM

•            Ksenia Sosnina – Ilim Group

•            Michele Bianchi – RDM Group

•            Susumu Yajima –Oji Holdings

Bringing Paper to Life – Marketing Campaign of the Year Award

•            BIO PAPPEL – Therapy Book

•            Mondi Group (Business Unit Uncoated Fine Paper) – Black Weeks

•            Sappi North America – Setting a New Par for the Course (Paperboard Packaging Campaign)

•            Sappi North America – Verticals: Fashion Marketing

•            Södra Cell – Södra Does It Again: Innovative Campaign Smashes Targets and Spreads the Word

Environmental Leadership – From Sustainable Forestry to Waste Management

•            Columbia Pulp LLC – Columbia Pulp – Lyons Ferry Mill

•            Essity – Tork PaperCircle

•            Smurfit Kappa Group – AgroPaper®

•            Södra Cell – Groundbreaking Solution o Textile Waste

•            Södra Cell – Groundbreaking Technology to Recycle Textiles

Mill Manager Award

•            Ben Jennings – DS Smith plc

•            Ernst Spitzbart – UPM

•            Klaus Peller – Mondi Syktyvkar

•            Pavan Kumar Suri – JK Paper Rayagarda

•            Roman Senecky – Mondi Steti

 Packaging Innovation Award

•            Clearwater Paper – Clearwater Paper’s NuVo® Cup Stock: Achieving Improved Sustainability Through Balanced Design

•            Klabin S.A. – The World’s First Kraftliner Board Made 100% From Eucalyptus Fibers (Hardwood)

•            Mondi Paper Sales GmbH – Advantage Smooth White Strong – Innovative Fully Recyclable Pasta Bag Creates a Sustainable Window into the Food Market

•            Mondi Paper Sales GmbH – How Retailer REWE Replaced 80% Of Plastic and Significantly Reduced the Products CO2 Footprint in Packing with Performing

•            Paptic – PAPTIC® – The Next Generation Packaging Material

PPI Industry Woman of the Year Award (Sponsored by StepChange Consulting)

•            Anna Oñate – Sappi Europe

•            Jennifer Miller –Sappi North America

•            Linda Ottosson – Södra Cell

•            Sofia Reis Jorge – Altri

•            Susanne Oste – Sappi Europe

Risk and Safety Award (Sponsored by FM Global)

•            Middle East Paper Company (MEPCO) – Safety

•            Mondi Swiecie – Work Safe, Home Safe, Everybody, Every Day.

•            RDM Group – Occupational Health & Safety

•            Smurfit Kappa Group – Safety Management System

The Internet of Things & Digitalization Award (Sponsored by Valmet)

•            Essity – Translating Digitalization into Future Tissue Manufacturing

•            Mayr-Melnhof Karton Gesellschaft m.b.H. – MMK Digital: Buy Cartonboard Online 24/7

•            Mondi Group – Driving digitalisation in Packaging & Paper Through the Industrial Internet of Things

•            Sappi Europe – Octoboost

•            Stora Enso Oyj – AI in Operational Use: Artificial Intelligence for Your Advantage

Tissue Product Award

•            Essity – Quick & Easy

•            Essity – Washing Machine Resistant Tissues

•            Hakle GmbH – Grass Paper Towels

•            Sofidel SPA – Papernet: Full Tech Coreless Rolls Paper Pack

Water Efficiency Award (Sponsored by Nalco Water – An Ecolab Company)

•            Century Paper and Board Mills – Water for Nation

•            Domtar – Proof Every Drop Counts

•            JK Paper Limited – Water Efficiency

•            Smurfit Kappa Group – Investing in Water Treatment: Driving Water Efficiency

The names of the winners will be disclosed during the Awards Dinner, an event that usually provides good food and excellent networking opportunities. Space is limited and seats are available on a first come first serve basis to the attendees of the conference. Those interested can register online.