Because today’s innovations are the foundations for our industry’s future. Launched in 2000, Sappi’s Technical Innovation Awards foster and celebrate innovative talent from within the company, supporting the development of commercially and environmentally sustainable solutions for the company. A team from Maastricht Mill who invented a new way of producing board grades is the proud winner of the 2015 awards.
Innovation helps us to challenge the status quo, to re-think the way we do things, and to find ways of being effective in an efficient way. Nominations for the TIAs need to demonstrate technical innovation. They are also judged on economic impact, market leadership value, product / process impact and customer satisfaction.
Ultimately, innovation must serve a purpose; in terms of what customers want, the manufacturing process, or a product’s characteristics. The TIA’s drive sustainable innovation within Sappi. They help us pave the way for the next generation of people, products and processes.
We make Sappi eco-effective. How about you?
Mat Quaedvlieg, Director Manufacturing, Sappi Europe.