Compliments of the not-so-new season. Happy 2016. Welcome back.

Judging from the event listings we received, the year twenty-sixteen looks to be a busy one for the forestry, pulp and paper sector. We have included some of these events below. If you happen to find yourself at one of them, perhaps you can consider submitting a short write-up?

In January, I was invited to attend the launch of Mpact Felixton’s phase one upgrade. You will find the story on page 6. I happened to bump into former Mondi South Africa CEO Andrew Thompson. We worked together closely in my Anglo American days when Mondi was still part of its then very diversified stable. He noted that he was pleased to see that I was working with the TAPPSA Journal and uttered something that has stuck with me for the past few weeks: “You’re a lifer!”

As I have come to know the industry a lot better in the past five years, it is clear that once you’ve worked and contributed to the sector, you’re hooked. You may take a proverbial fork in the road in other directions but somehow you will always be “rooted” in the industry.

Late last year, the TAPPSA office received a heartwarming note from Peter Merensky. Now retired, Peter was a Sappi Employee for 35 years and also a member of TAPPSA for as many years. He wrote to thank the association for the regular distribution of the publication. “Although I have been on pension since 2003, I still enjoy the news contents about people, operations, management, products and achievements in the paper industry. So please keep it up – we oldies like to read about the industry, its development and future plans.” Thank you, Peter.

In fact, December 2015 marked TAPPSA’s 30th anniversary. We are planning a special commemorative issue and invite your contributions in the form of anecdotes, pearls of wisdom and photographs. If there is anyone who you feel should be profiled in the magazine, send us the detail.

This year is a special one with our conference and exhibition taking place in September.

Samantha

Featured in Volume 1 2016

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