The global megatrends, climate change mitigation and the circular economy, are driving key forest industry players towards a major industrial transformation. The industry is moving from traditional business models and bravely embracing new technologies and strategies
In every paper and board machine project, it is important to remember you are investing in results, not just equipment. That is why expert project management is essential – it provides the structure that guides everyone toward these results, ensuring the project is delivered safely, successfully, and on schedule.
Increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions have been long-term targets for the forest industry. However, the rising energy prices and the ever more stringent need to stop climate change are boosting companies in finding even more efficient solutions. This is where technological innovations have a key role.
Starting a new job is always a big change and an exciting time, and effective onboarding makes things a lot easier for people joining a new working community. The COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to re-evaluate what kind of support new employees would need when onboarding shifted from being a face-to-face process to an online one. In this article, Lévi Dovillaire, who joined Valmet in spring 2020, shares his experiences of our new normal.
In the last few years, more and more companies have included moving toward autonomous operations in their strategic objectives. But what is an autonomous mill and how will higher levels of autonomy affect the role of operators in the future?
Novel cellulose-based textile fibers are changing the game for textiles.
The era of information has made us all information professionals, and our value as an employee is based on our capability to manage information. Soon, however, technology will be so advanced that we are no longer needed to manage information – machines will do it better. According to futurist Perttu Pölönen, it is high time that we start focusing on skills that no machine can learn – the human elements.
Expert insight into the variables that impact runnability
Cyberthreats are an increasing phenomenon in today’s digitalized and connected operating environment. The same technologies that have enabled business transformation also enable or create cybercrime. Cyberattacks or breaches can, in the worst case, be devastating to a company. That is why cybersecurity should have high priority on the agendas of top management and boards.
In the era of rapid digitalization and emerging new technologies, one may think that they would be at the center of learning efforts. But no. Focus should instead be put on the leaders’ capacity for reflective leadership and on fostering empathy, humility and audacity.
The development of the Industrial Internet in the direction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and autonomous mills will enable mill-wide optimization of processes. Good examples of this and good results can already be seen in the energy industry, which has been taking concrete steps toward this target with centralized remote control rooms and daily heat network optimization.
Quality is a holistic part of an organization’s total competitive advantage, and the role of the customer has thus become increasingly central in quality work. Quality is also connected with a company’s business strategy, management and leadership – and is seen as everyone’s responsibility.
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