Date: 4th December 2023

Appita Fibre Revolution Conference 2023 – Resounding Success

The Appita Fibre Revolution Conference 2023 has concluded, establishing a new standard for industry events in the pulp, paper, and packaging sector. This unique conference, spanning two days, stood out for its innovative approach to fostering dialogue and collaboration among attendees. Its interactive 'World Cafe' format was a key highlight, marking a departure from conventional conference styles and setting a new precedent for how industry challenges and opportunities can be collaboratively addressed and explored.

Spanning two powerful days, the conference united industry professionals to explore and shape the future of fibre-based manufacturing and packaging.

The first day, 23 November 2023, was dedicated to building industry strength through collective conversation. Facilitated by David Platt, CEO of Resilient Futures, the program encouraged meaningful dialogue among delegates. Topics discussed included the current and future operating environment, potential disruptive changes and their impact, opportunities and risks, future capability requirements, and the value of network strength within the industry.

Day one concluded with the Cocktail Awards Function, honouring outstanding achievements in the industry. Congratulations to Joshua Weavers, recipient of the Brice Charles Landman Memorial Award for Young Professional of the Year, and Russell Allan, who received the Oertel Nadebaum Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to Appita.

On 24 November 2023, the conference delved into digital transformation and its impact, innovations for efficiency and sustainability, the future of paper and new fibre-based products and adapting to the dynamic workforce. Day 2 also featured the New Speaker Competition, spotlighting emerging voices in the industry. A big congratulations to Ana Serna from Norske Skog, our 2023 New Speaker winner! In a tight competition with Shally Nacis, Plant Engineer at Oji Fibre Solutions Kinleith, both presenters delivered exceptional performances! A special thanks and acknowledgement to our sponsors Albany International Corp., ANDRITZ, AstenJohnson, Aurelia Group, Voith Group BTG Group, Kemira, Manildra Group, Scandinavian Electronics, Solenis, Solvay INTEROX, UJL Pty Ltd, Valmet, Wood Beca, Chemiplas Limited, and Scion – your support made this event possible.

Attendees gained valuable connections, deep insights into leveraging disruptive change, an objective understanding of key industry issues, and opportunities to support or initiate actions for industry strength.

Adele Elice-Invaso, Executive Director of Appita, reflects on the conference's impact: "The positive feedback and high engagement level at the Fibre Revolution Conference underscore the industry's commitment to embracing change and innovation. The insights and discussions from this event are invaluable, providing a roadmap for our continued progress and adaptation in a rapidly evolving market. We are grateful for the enthusiastic participation and support from all our members and partners."

Appita thanks everyone involved, particularly its conference partners, Opal and Visy, and principal sponsors Wood Beca and Solenis. Special appreciation goes to our speakers, panellists, session chairs, and facilitators for their expertise and insightful contributions. To our delegates, your active engagement and thoughtful participation were invaluable. Our exhibitors showcased innovative solutions and technologies, offering a compelling glimpse into the future of our industry.

The Appita Fibre Revolution Conference 2023 has effectively highlighted the power of network strength and the importance of working together to advance the pulp, paper, and packaging industry. This event has catalysed a crucial network of collaboration, underscoring how united efforts can propel the industry forward. To sustain and nurture this momentum, the key insights and collaborative strategies discussed at the conference will be shared with all Appita members and conference delegates in the December issue of the Appita Magazine, encouraging continued partnership and progress.

Looking ahead, we are excited to announce that the next Appita Annual Conference will be held on 4-5 December at the Distinction Hotel in Rotorua, New Zealand. This upcoming event promises to continue the dialogue and collaborative efforts to advance our industry.

Jenny Ponter
Appita Marketing & Events Co-ordinator | Magazine Editorial Team
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