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					                                                                                                                           from the editors

        Hills, valleys and a welcome cause
        for celebration
        Mark rushton is Editor, Pulp & Paper International (PPI)

        We have a very varied issue for you this month, along with                                                      A cause for celebration!
        the usual detailed and vital technical articles on how to get the
        most out of your operation, we also have reports from the front
        line on effects of the recession and how it is taking its toll, as
        well as the state of sustainability in the industry - always top of
        our editorial agenda. i am proud to say that this industry we
        are all working so hard in is becoming recognized as a showcase
        and a great example to other industries on how to produce
        valuable products at the same time as continually adjusting and
        reducing the environmental footprint across the board. even             But, forget the recession for a moment, here is something, at last,
        independent environmentalists are praising the industry efforts         to look forward to! Through all the doom and gloom has come a
        and potential.                                                          welcome shining light in the shape of the first ever Pulp & Paper
                                                                                International (PPi) awards. This timely event has been created
                                                       Recession biting         specifically to reward and celebrate the individual people, mills
                                                                                and companies from all over the world who are doing such a fine
        i can unfortunately report from the front line that at last the         job in the art of making pulp and paper, as well as those who pro-
        recession is visibly beginning to hit the paper supply industry         mote it. it also happens to be PPI magazine’s 50th birthday this
        in europe. it seems as if there was a slight delay, mainly due          year making it a double cause for celebration.
        to inventories, but there are signs that in general orders are               The awards will be presented at a gala dinner to be held in
        now officially down. in the uK, figures are reportedly 10% be-          Munich in late October and will consist of 12 separate categories in
        low on average when compared with the same period last                  the areas of innovation, operational excellence, the environment
        year - that’s according to uK paper merchants - with main-              and fields of research. We have carefully selected a panel of expert
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