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Interview with Topi Helle from Andritz

Topi Helle will be speaking on the evolution of paper machine approach flow in the last decade in the New Technologies session on day two of Specialty Papers Europe. We caught up with him to find out why he thinks the conference is the one place to be this April!

Q. What are the main challenges the specialty papers industry is facing and how do you think this conference can address them?

Increasing energy, waste and material costs as well as recycling expectations. With the new process equipment as well as materials it is possible to reduce energy and waste costs and improve recyclability.

Q. What are you most looking forward to hearing at the Specialty Papers EU conference in Cologne?

What is new in the business as well as what is the future forecast for the industry. Also new biomaterials and their applications are interesting.

Q. Why should delegates attend Specialty Papers EU conference and what are the top three over riding takeaways they will receive?

Conference is a good place to meet colleagues and to hear what is going on in the industry. In addition it is good to know what kind of new materials and process equipments are available now or in the near future.

Q. Can you provide a brief summary of what your presentation will cover and why it’s important for delegates interested in specialty papers  to attend?

In the last decade the paper machine approach flow (PMA) has developed into cleaner, more stable, smaller in process volume and almost air free system. With a modern state of the art PMA, special paper maker can expect higher production, flexibility and improved quality as well as energy savings. This also results in a smaller environmental carbon foot print, due to less waste and energy.

Q. What are some of the current trends that will be featured at the conference?

I believe that we will hear where the market and technology is expected to go. Processes are becoming more energy efficient, intelligent and flexible.

Q. What are some of the big innovations going on in Europe, right now, that you are excited about?

IoT and how it will be applied to improve the processes and reduce maintenance. With more measurements and analysis it should be possible to increase the productivity. In addition I see internet shopping as a good driver for packaging and as a result also to specialty paper makers.