Mondi is investing €20 million to further improve the sustainability of its pulp production at the Frantschach mill in Austria. The mill, which is celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2021, has already been self-sufficient in terms of energy for many years and supplies surrounding communities and industrial companies with surplus heat from the pulp production process.“Today, the focus on sustainability and circularity puts fibre-based products, and pulp, right into the spotlight. Not only is wood a renewable resource, but we know that paper is the most widely recycled material in the world with, for example 74% of paper and 83% of paper-based packaging in Europe being recycled. Our new plant equipment will make our pulp production even more efficient and sustainable. The modernisation and expansion of the evaporation plant increases the amount of heat extracted and reduces the need for steam. It also reduces the chemical oxygen demand of the biological waste water treatment by 140 tonnes per year”, says Gottfried Joham, Managing Director of Mondi Frantschach. The decision to invest was driven by the need to make best use of wood as a primary input.
The NPTA Alliance has selected Thomas O’Connor Jr., CEO and Chairman of Mohawk to receive the 2018 Stanley O. Styles Industry Excellence Award at the NPTA Annual Convention in New York City on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
Tom has been a proponent of change during his career at Mohawk; early to embrace digital print technology, unafraid to model businesses that are cutting edge and willing to collaborate and partner with companies that others would see as competitors. Although viewed as disruptive at times, his appetite to innovate has allowed Mohawk to thrive through the last couple of decades under his leadership. Tom is the third Mohawk executive to earn this prestigious award. The Stanley O. Styles Industry Excellence Award was given to the late Thomas O’Connor, Sr., in 2003 and Walter Duignan in 2009.
The award is named after Stanley O. Styles, who worked for more than 35 years with the Martin Cantine Co., followed by more than 35 years with the NPTA Alliance. It is presented each year as the NPTA Alliance’s highest honor to an individual who has had a distinguished career in the paper, packaging and supplies industry. It is awarded to someone who has exhibited longtime leadership and service to the industry, as well as having made a positive impact through innovation and dedication.