Learning for success

Apr 21, 2020

Anu Salonsaari-Posti

“The success of a pulp, paper, board, tissue or energy producer depends not only on the quality of the technology they use but also the level of competence of their employees. Their competence may, in fact, be the differentiating factor that helps companies to stand out in competition,” says Emmeli Olén, Director of Valmet Learning Services.

Jay Hennessey, Education Manager at Pratt Industries, shares this view: he says that education and training of people are among the top success factors for a paper line start-up. The start-up of Pratt Industries’ PM 17 described in this magazine is a great example of how comprehensive training can secure a huge investment like a new papermaking line.

But naturally, learning needs to expand to the entire lifecycle of the equipment, which for instance for papermaking lines is typically several decades. This is why training is an essential part of Valmet’s long-term customer relationships and helps to ensure that our customers get the most out of their equipment, systems and processes. And the best results are achieved when the training is planned based on every customer’s unique targets and needs.

But ensuring future success is also about securing knowledge transfer and the adaptation of new technologies. The decades-long knowledge of the industries we serve is a precious asset, while digitalization is changing how we work – at an ever-increasing speed.

In this Forward issue, you can read about some of our customers’ training experiences, and how they are maintaining their personnel’s skills and knowledge. And the Expert’s voice article with Professor Frederic Dalsace from the International Management Institute (IMD) provides useful insights into what is required from today’s leaders to deal with constant change.
I wish you inspiring reading!

Anu Salonsaari-Posti
Senior Vice President
Marketing and Communications