Conference Line Up Is Set for PPI Transport Symposium 19

By Risi, PRNE
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

BRUSSELS, October 6, 2011 -

- All conference sessions and panelists are confirmed for the 3-day industry event

Forest products logistics professionals from around the world will gather at PPI Transport Symposium 19 to hear about the growth and sustainability challenges facing the industry.  Organized by RISI and the IFPTA (International Forest Products Transport Association), the biennial Symposium will take place at the RAI in Amsterdam from October 11-14.

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The theme of the conference is Growth & Sustainability: Meeting the Challenges in Forest Products Logistics and will featuring a high-level keynote presentation and a series of panel discussions led by industry insiders.  The confirmed program and speakers include:

  • Keynote Presentation by Sjuul Paradijs, Editor in Chief, De Telegraaf
  • RISI Outlook Presentation: Forecast for the Global Pulp and Paper Industry by Rod Young, Chief Economic Advisor, RISI
  • Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Forest Products Transportation Industry moderated by David Laurine, President, Highmount Logistics and the following panelists:
    • Stig Wigklund, Vice President, Stora Enso Logistics
    • Ann-Christin Eggum, Vice President, Chartering & Operations, Westfal-Larsen Shipping
    • Jaap Blok, Member, VCK Group Supervisory Board
    • Nicolette van der Jagt, Secretary General, European Shippers’ Council
    • Marc Leblanc, Corporate Director, Logistics, Tembec Industries, Inc.
  • Paper and Packaging Panel moderated by Mike Collins, Owner’s Representative, Grieg Star Shipping (recently retired) and the following panelists:
    • Gery Lesaffre, Supply Chain Director, Sappi Fine Paper Europe
    • Grethe Hoyvik, Vice President, Grieg Star Shipping
    • Jeff Ryalls, Manager of Transportation & Logistics, International Forest Products Corp.
    • Uwe Bartmann, Global Director of Forest Products, Kuehne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG
    • Dirk Mommaerts, Supply Chain Manager, SCA Packaging
  • Pulp Panel moderated by Ana Paulo Trilho, Corporate Logistics Manager, Grupo Orsa and the following panelists:
    • Hermano Sousa, Logistics Director, Altri
    • Rod Young, Chief Economic Advisor, RISI
    • Raimundo Montt, Director of Logistics & Transport, Celulosa CMPC
    • Ulf Hofverberg, Director, Sales & Marketing, Fibrek
    • Philippe Wauters, Vice President & General Manager, Westfal-Larsen Shipping
  • The Challenges and Opportunities for Shipping & Transportation in Asia featuring:
    • Alan Bog, Commercial Manager Asia, Westerlund Asia Terminals, Euroports Group
    • Ulf Eriksen, Vice President, Westfal-Larsen Shipping
  • Examining the Potential from Biomass & Biofuels moderated by Louis Kanters, Managing Director, Interrijn Holding and the following panelists:
    • Anne Rahikainen, Director, Bioenergy Services, RISI
    • Joachim Hrasky, Partner, Scanfiber A.S.
    • Mike McInerney, President, Celtic Logistics, Inc.
    • Mieke Vandewal, Marketing Manager Fuels, Control Union World Group

For the first time in the history of the Symposium, the conference program will also feature two special sessions hosted by CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries). These new sessions will explore the new EU policy regarding transportation emissions, sustainable transport for the pulp and paper industry, and emissions reductions.

  • EU Policy and Sustainable Transport for the Pulp and Paper Industry (Europe, Inland Transport, Paper & Board) moderated by Graeme Rodden, Executive Editor, IFPTA Journal and PPI Magazine, RISI and featuring the following panelists:
    • Introduction by Bernard Lombard, Trade & Competitiveness Director, CEPI
    • Freight transport and logistics: future challenges and EU policy developments by Roxana Lesovici, EU Commission DG Move, Unit Maritime Safety
    • Co-modality, road and rail freight transport by Henk Van Dieren, CEO, Samskip Van Dieren Multimodal
    • A paper company’s initiative by Frank Machiels, Group Logistics Sourcing Manager, Smurfit Kappa Group
  • Maritime Transport and the Challenge of Emissions Reduction (Global, Europe, and South America, Pulp Imports and Paper, & Board Exports) moderated by Graeme Rodden, Executive Editor, IFPTA Journal and PPI Magazine, RISI and featuring the following panelists:
    • Introduction by Bernard Lombard, Trade & Competitiveness Director, CEPI
    • GHG and sulphur emissions from shipping: EU maritime policy by Roxana Lesovici, EU Commission DG Move, Unit Maritime Safety
    • Perception of environment protection challenges in maritime transport by a pulp & paper company by Stefan Sundman, VP, Corporate Relations & Development, UPM
    • An NGO initiative by Ulf Duus, Clean Shipping Project

The Symposium sponsors include Bolzoni Auramo, Bristol Port Company, Cascade, Euroports, FMS, Grieg Star Shipping, Port of Amsterdam, Port of Antwerp, V. Alexander, VCK Logistics, Verbrugge, and Waterland Terminal.

The full conference program, speaker biographies, full schedule of events, and registration information can be found on the Symposium website at

About PPI Transport Symposium 19

PPI Transport Symposium is the leading biennial conference and exhibition for the global forest products logistics industry.  It is dedicated exclusively to the worldwide transport, materials handling, and distribution of pulp, paper, wood, timber, and forest products commodities.  

Organized by RISI and the International Forest Products Transport Association (IFPTA), PPI Transport Symposium 19, scheduled for October 11-14, 2011, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, will offer a comprehensive conference program, an associated exhibition, and a tour of the Port of Amsterdam and its facilities.  For more information, visit

About RISI

RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, wood products, timber, biomass, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing industries to help them make better decisions.

Headquartered in Boston, MA, RISI operates additional offices throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. More information can be found at


The International Forest Products Transport Association (IFPTA) was established in 1982 as an organization for professionals within the global forest products logistics industry.  The Association provides a networking framework to encourage communication and innovation among all roles and participants in the industry.  The IFPTA supports the IFPTA Journal, produces various regional seminars, and organizes the biennial PPI Transport Symposium in conjunction with RISI.  For more information, visit

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