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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Science Links Japan | Solutions for a Bright Future in Papermaking

Science Links Japan | Solutions for a Bright Future in Papermaking: "Abstract;In many old line industries investments have slowed down due to slow payoffs. This trend is turning much of traditional manufacturing into a technological backwater.

PROACTIVE PRODUCTIVITY DEVELOPMENT NEEDED

In a world where productivity and related investments are key, sluggish productivity improvements result in a vicious cycle with little prospects for big returns. Only proactive productivity development, product quality improvements or new business approaches will lead to long-term success in the paper industry.

THE THREAT AND CHALLENGE OF ELECTRONIC MEDIA

In addition to the productivity challenge there is the anticipated threat of electronic media. But the worldwide per capita consumption of paper is still increasing. It is predicted that worldwide paper consumption will continue to grow at 2-4% annually.

THIRST OF KNOWLEDGE

The growing consumption of paper is driven by a thirst for knowledge, and so long as the cost of paper is competitive relative to competing media, its versatility in terms of accessibility will secure it a strong market position long into the future."
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