The themes addressed last year will remain
important in the future as well: This is one of the most important insights emerged from the interviews conducted by the IFTPA Journal with the CEOs and chairpersons of forest products manufacturing companies during the 2016 London Pulp Week.
Some points, such as the use of biofuels in the transport sector, are likely to pick up speed even more significantly. Fibria president and CEO Marcello Castelli explained that his company is already committed to partially powering the trucks that transport wood to the pulp mills on biodiesel produced from wood residues. He can also imagine that the heavy fuel oil with which ships transport pulp to Europe, Asia or North America will also be replaced by more sustainable fuels in the future. Not today and not tomorrow – but in the foreseeable future.
Also, in this issue: Graeme Rodden provides a preview of the Port of Savannah, host for PPI Transport Symposium 22; coverage of the presentations from the Hawkins Wright Symposium 2016; and an inside look at the operations of FMS and SCA Timber.
The international association for forest products logistics professionals
International transport of forest products demands integrated efforts of many disciplines. Foresters, mill managers, chemical and clay producers, traffic and logistics managers, must all talk to and work with rail and trucking representatives, marine transporters, stevedores, port and terminal operators, and manufacturers of handling equipment.
IFPTA seeks to establish a permanent framework to ensure continued vitality, within which experience and information can be shared in a professional and timely manner. We can only foresee that our respective disciplines will each grow more specialized, demanding ever more efficient coordination to keep us all working together effectively.