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Martin Fairbank

Using Consultants in the “Gig Economy”

Using Consultants in the “Gig Economy”

One of my first summer jobs as a teenager was playing the organ for weddings at various churches. It was my first experience as a freelance employee, or what musicians call playing "gigs". After university, I worked full-time in the paper industry for thirty years. I'm now a freelance consultant, in what some have called the "gig economy". This term refers to new models of business done primarily on a freelance or temporary basis, made easier thanks to mobile phones and the internet. Well-known examples of contractors in the gig economy are Uber drivers and Airbnb hosts. The result of such business models is often cheaper, more efficient service.

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CEPI

Expert View: Bio-based, not just a ‘buzz word’ for the European pulp and paper industry, it goes to the roots of who we are.

Expert View: Bio-based, not just a ‘buzz word’ for the European pulp and paper industry, it goes to the roots of who we are.

"As we navigate towards the future, we as an industry will stand by the motto that theoretically everything that is based on fossil material today will be able to be base...

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Smithers Pira

Emerging markets boost the industrial nonwovens market

Emerging markets boost the industrial nonwovens market

Smithers Pira examines the growing industrial nonwovens market and analyses the trends and developments that are affecting rising demand.

Exclusive data from the new Smith...

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Sören Back

Investments in Swedish pulp and paper industry are booming

Investments in Swedish pulp and paper industry are booming

Swedish pulp and paper industry is really showing confidence which has materialised in all time high investments. The most eye-striking are four major ones, two pulp mill...

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Hakan Ekstrom

Record high prices for softwood lumber in North America in the 3Q/17

Record high prices for softwood lumber in North America in the 3Q/17

Record high prices for softwood lumber in North America in the 3Q/17 and rising lumber export prices in Sweden, Finland and Russia as lumber demand picks up in key market...

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Martin Fairbank

The Business of Handmade Paper

The Business of Handmade Paper

According to the Greeting Card Association, Americans still send 6.5 billion greeting cards every year, about 1.6 billion of which are for the Christmas season. In a surve...

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John Mullinder

Packaging stewards should be rewarded for using recycled content

Packaging stewards should be rewarded for using recycled content

Recycled content is central to the "Circular Economy" approach that Ontario and some other provinces say they want to adopt. It keeps raw materials flowing through the ec...

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Hakan Ekstrom

The Global Forest Industry in the 3Q/2017

The Global Forest Industry in the 3Q/2017

Global Timber Markets

  • Sawlog prices were up in most regions of the world in the 3Q/17. The price increases from the 2Q/17 were generally smaller in the local currencies th...
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Paul Lansbergen

Increasing Expectations in Disclosing Climate-Related Risks

Increasing Expectations in Disclosing Climate-Related Risks

Do you know how your company is reporting climate-related risks in financial disclosures? Like everything else climate change, there is no simple answer. Here are some de...

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