Tissue World Digital Days Speakers Are Leaders in the International Business, Consulting and Tissue Industries

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Although the venue is virtual, panelists and speakers bring real-world experience and expertise to the three-day online gathering, Nov. 11-13, 2020

LONDON (Nov. 5, 2020) — When Tissue World Digital Days convenes online Nov. 11-13, 2020, it will bring together the leading thinkers, makers and doers in the world of tissue manufacturing and distribution for three days of high-level discussions of the industry’s current state and future prospects. The event was organized when the Tissue World live events, originally scheduled for 2020, were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tissue World Digital Days will offer every attendee an entirely new experience of content, education and matchmaking. Over three days, five focused live panel discussions and webinars will take place with a deep and broad program. Attendees can connect with all job levels of professionals in the tissue industry seeking new solutions, innovative technology, market outlooks and insight in consumer trends. Over three days, five focused live panel discussions and several pre-recorded webinars will take place.

Here are the main live virtual sessions and brief biographical notes on the keynote speakers, presenters and panelists.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

ASIA IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Managing in Crisis, Planning for the Future

Welcome and Introduction to Tissue World Digital Days

Keynote Presentation: Ray Somnath, Principal, AFRY Management Consulting, Indonesia

AFRY Management Consulting is a leading advisor of choice to the world’s forest, pulp, paper and paperboard, tissue industry and energy sector. Ray has over 12 years of experience in strategic development projects, focusing on strategy formulation, industry and market analysis, due diligence, development and transformation and brand management.


Moderator: Andy Chua, Event Sales Manager, Tissue World, Informa Markets, Singapore

Experienced in sales in the industrial space ranging from hardware and software to solution sales, Andy is currently on a mission with Tissue World to help businesses in the tissue industry connect and grow.


Danny Kristono Santoso, Commercial Director, PT. Sun Paper Source, Indonesia

SPS Group of companies in Indonesia is prominent in the tissue paper and packaging paper industry. Danny has 20 years’ experience in the paper industry and is currently active as Commercial Director in PT. Sopanusa Tissue and PT. Sun Paper Source and President Director of two packaging paper companies, PT. Star Paper Supply and PT. Mekabox International.

Tim Woods, Managing Director, Industry Edge, Australia

IndustryEdge is Australia’s leading data, analysis and intelligence firm in the fiber, wood products, paper and fiber packaging sectors, including recovered fiber. The company’s subscription services are widely known in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and globally. Tim has been a professional researcher, market and business analyst and consultant for more than 25 years.

Ronaldo Parucker, Senior Vice President, Strategic Technology Manager Tissue, Voith Paper, Germany

Ronaldo joined Voith Paper in 1988 and has held several management positions with the company, based in Heidenheim, Germany. His focus is on project business development in the Southeast Asia region, identifying and prospecting, as well as bringing to customers opportunities to increase profitability through Voith Paper’s portfolio of technologies and developments.



John Holton: Overview of Yankee Diagnostics

Technical Support, Toscotec NA, USA

Holton has 35 years’ experience in the tissue industry. His positions include technical, production, maintenance and engineering management, TAD start-up manager and Yankee services.

Franz Harrer: Steel Yankee Dryer Lifetime Management

Product Manager, Andritz AG, Austria

Franz is the director of the ANDRITZ Steel Yankee and Technology Tissue team. He joined ANDRITZ about 13 years ago as a design engineer for tissue and paper machines. He played a major role in various machine rebuilds and experienced how tissue and paper machines with the first ANDRITZ steel Yankees were put into operation successfully. Today, Franz heads the ANDRITZ tissue technology team and is in charge of product management. He works closely with the ANDRITZ tissue pilot plant (PrimeLineTIAC - Tissue Innovation and Application Center) team and research institutions.

Ian Padley: Crepe Blade Wear Modelling

Global Solutions Team Manager, Tissue BTG, Switzerland

Ian has held positions as a process development engineer in a board mill, at an engineering company, in chemical sales and service and as global tissue marketing manager at Hercules. He is now BTG’S Global Solutions Team manager for tissue, based in Scotland. He is a frequent conference speaker — nine times at Tissue World — and has a number of publications in PPI, Paper Technology and TWM.

Mike Soucy: Troubleshooting Thermocompressors

President, Kadant, USA

Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the pulp and paper industry specializing in steam and condensate systems. He is president of Kadant Johnson Systems based in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has held prior positions as president of Kadant Canada, president of Dry-Con Inc. and steam and condensate system product manager at Valmet Enerdry.

Manfred Jaeger: Tissue Machine Vibrations

Managing Director, Jaeger GmbH, Germany

Manfred founded JAEGER GmbH in 1995 after 12 years with ESCHER WYSS (later Voith). With more than 30 years’ experience he is specialized in on-site service for Yankee/MG cylinders: grinding, metallization and mechanical service. He co-founded JAEGER Inc. in Vancouver, Washington, USA, to serve the North and South American markets.

Thursday, Nov. 12


Moderator: Jonathan Roberts, Industry Consultant, Pryor Roberts Communications, UK

Jonathan is a communications consultant to the paper and fiber industry, and regular moderator at Tissue World events. He set up Pryor Roberts Communications in 1999 having worked as a journalist for PPI in Brussels for several years. His client base is focused in Sweden and Italy.


Ahmet Seğmen, Chief Sales Officer, Eczacıbaşı Tüketim Ürünleri, Turkey

Starting his career at Procter & Gamble in 2005, Segmen worked in a number of roles

at P&G. He held various positions as Household Consumer Products Category Director of the Turkey Market Strategies & Planning Department, Director of Fabric and Home Care Category at Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa Market Strategy and Planning Department, as well as Senior Sales Director at Chain Stores in Turkey. Since 2018, he has been Chief Sales Officer of Eczacıbası Consumer Products.


Alp Öğücü, General Manager, LILA GROUP, Turkey

Alp has served as general manager of Lila Group for more than 11 years. Prior to that, he was a project engineer at the company. He is a founding member of 118-Y Ornek chapter of Lions Clubs International, and sits on the board of directors of nonprofit TEGV - Türkiye Eğitim Gönüllüleri Vakfı and consults at SEV — Health and Education Foundation.

Lütfi Aydın, Global Tissue Production Director, Hayat Kimya, Turkey

Following military service Lütfi started his career at Toprak Kagıt Tissue mill — the biggest tissue manufacturer in Turkey — as maintenance engineer in 1984. He has held management positions at Measurex-Turkey, Toprak Kagıt and Modern Karton Plant, the biggest corrugated paper producer in Turkey. In 2004 Lütfi went to Hayat Kimya Tissue Project and started the first tissue paper plant in Yeniköy, Turkey, in 2006. Since then he has finished seven additional paper plant startups in Turkey, İran, Russia Federation, Egypt and will complete his ninth startup in Russia Federation by the end of 2021.


Moderator: Lairton Leonardi, Managing Director, Solvocon Business Consulting, Brazil

Lairton has 40 years of work experience in groups such as Dow, Rhône-Poulenc, Votorantim and Specialty Minerals. Currently, he is managing director at Solvocon Business Consulting, developing projects in management, operational excellence, innovation, lean manufacturing and commercial support for companies such as Micron-Ita, Suzano, Grupo Scodro and Óxidos-Carmeuse. Lairton served as president of Associação Brasileira Técnica de Celulose e Papel. He is currently its chairman of the board and member of Instituto Brasileiro do PVC.


Daniel Signori, Technical Director, Mili SA, Brazil

Daniel has been involved in major expansion in different areas of Mili SA, research and development, projects, paper machines, conversion, treatment of water and treatment of solid waste and people management. He is a regular participant in national and international seminars including as a speaker on technical and innovation issues.

Nestor de Castro Neto, Executive Advisor, ABTCP, Brazil

Nestor’s management career includes experience as an executive at a multinational German company in the segment of pulp and paper equipment supplier, as well as sales, project management, engineering, manufacturing, R&D, negotiation, marketing and customized projects in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has been Director of ABTCP (Brazilian Pulp and Paper Technical Association) for the past five years, and served as President of Voith Foundation for five years.

Marcello Moraes, Commercial Director, Softys, Brasil

Marcello is a commercial director with experience in working tissue, diapers, food, household cleaning, oral care and personal care products. He is skilled in sales, trade marketing, marketing management, market planning, business planning, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and account management.

Manoel Neves, Economic Studies Manager, Poyry Tecnologia, Brazil

Manoel has over 23 years of experience in business consulting and engineering projects in the areas of pulp and paper, fertilizers, mining, steel, renewable energy and wood products. His expertise extends to business strategies, market opportunities, site location studies and conceptual engineering studies in Brazil and some South American countries.

David Mackinson, Research Manager, Euromonitor, Chile

David manages an international team of analysts that covers FMCG in Latin America and he is responsible for Euromonitor’s relationship with the most important companies in the region. He has a deep understanding of corporate activity in the region and the current state of each industry, including tissue and hygiene.

Friday, Nov. 13

Welcome and introduction to Tissue World Digital Days 3

Jonathan Roberts, Conference Chair, Tissue World, UK


Keynote Presentation

Kim Underhill, Group President Kimberly-Clark USA

As Group President of Kimberly-Clark North America, Kim is responsible for the company's nearly $8 billion North American Personal Care and Consumer Tissue businesses, and some of the world's most recognized and trusted consumer brands. She previously served as president of Kimberly-Clark Professional, a $3.5 billion B2B unit of Kimberly-Clark, where she spearheaded the development of brand-led innovation through a focus segment approach, in addition to driving scalable customer-centric business strategies through an operational and commercial lens. Since joining Kimberly-Clark in 1988, she has held a variety of roles with increasing responsibility in research and engineering, supply chain and marketing. She began her career at General Electric as a process engineer.

Live Interview + Questions and Answers

Moderator: Jonathan Roberts, Conference Chair

Why Attend Tissue World Digital Days

The tissue industry is positioning itself to thrive in turbulent times. Embracing the inevitable change and disruption ahead. Participants in this landmark industry gathering can expect regional perspectives on international themes. Over three days, experts with industry and external perspectives will talk through the challenges and opportunities throughout the tissue supply chain: https://www.tissueworld.com/miami/en/digital-days-home/why-attend.html

Who Attends Tissue World Digital Days

Connect with all job levels of professionals in the tissue industry, looking for new solutions, innovative technology, market outlooks and insight in consumer trends. Take part in the 1-to-1 meetings and virtual chats with potential leads and showcase your solutions in front of the industry. Find empowered buyers and/or decision makers from across the full tissue value chain including Integrated Product Makers,  Jumbo Roll Makers, Tissue Converters, Retailers, Distributors and Suppliers: https://www.tissueworld.com/miami/en/digital-days-home/who_attends.html

Register to Attend Tissue World Digital Days

Register here to access a FREE ticket to Tissue World Digital Days that will enable booking one-on-one meetings with a range of solution providers and join webinars delivered by industry leaders. Note that registration only provides access to meet exhibitors and watch the webinars. To arrange meetings with potential buyers or to explore exhibiting or sponsorship, download the sponsorship brochure here or contact the organizers directly by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Source: Tissue World