One European speaker at the PacWest conference had words of caution regarding Canada’s global position within the pulp and paper industry. Mats Nordgren, a specialist with Valmet, described how the industry in Europe is rebuilding and upgrading technology in the mills. He hopes Canadian companies will invest and keep up.
A few years ago there was probably only five to 10 optimization or expansion projects under discussion each year, said Nordgren. Now, in 2016, more than 30 projects are in the final stages of discussion.