Addressing the current challenges of the pulp and paper industry is the rationale of the Fastmarkets RISI conferences. The 2019 edition of the European session is held this week in Vienna.
The risks of global economic downturn and their impacts for pulp and paper producers have been exposed in the macroeconomic introduction. If downturn does not mean necessarily recession, the lower growth expectations, especially in China, and the high costs of fiber, show the need for pacemakers to gain in productivity in order to preserve their margins. Listening to the various speakers, digitisation and data driven production process appear to have become critical to achieve this.