It's been a busy year!

By Alan Bog, IFPTA President

As I write this we are approaching the end of what has been a very busy year for IFPTA. As usual we held two IFPTA on the Road events, the first in Vancouver, during International Pulp Week, and the second recently in London during London Pulp Week.

These events are a popular feature on the calendar of these major pulp meetings. Over seventy IFPTA members and friends attended the recent edition in London, where Adermo Costa, the Cenibra Global Commercial and Logistics Manager, gave a presentation on the fibre sources in Brazil, relaying the important message that the pulp producers do not source wood from the Amazon region. Thanks to Aderrno for an excellent presentation. These events also give members an excellent opportunity to network and enjoy a drink or two with friends and colleagues from the industry.

In June, IFPTA organized a transportation session during the RISI conference in Shanghai. This event was well attended and addressed some of the particular logistics concerns of pulp users and sellers in China. We are working with RISI on developing this type of session in other conferences.

Our main event of the year was of course the Transport Symposium in Tarragona. We tried some innovations this year such as the one to one interviews and the use of the Slido App. We see a lot of value in the Slido App, as it generated a lot of questions. We will adapt the timing of sessions in future symposiums to enable much better use of this tool.

We have announced the venue of the next Symposium which will be held in September 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. We will start working on the programme for this in the course of next year.