Berry Wiersum - Sappi

"The BBI JU binds together the industry players to make sure that we get brand new technology to create new materials and create jobs in rural areas. BBI absolutely has to go on."

Berry Wiersum - CEO sappi

Berry Wiersum is Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe since January 2007. Mr Wiersum studied Medieval and Modern History and started his career at ICI Fibres, held the position of President of Amoco Fabrics (Europe) followed by President of Amoco Chemicals (Europe). Following the takeover by BP, he joined BP to assist with the integration of the two groups in Europe. He then joined Pechiney SA in France and ran the CEBAL packaging division until he was recruited as Managing Director of the Packaging Division of Kappa Packaging BV (The Netherlands) and member of the Management Board responsible for paper manufacture and packaging in the Kappa group. Mr Wiersum was Chairman of CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries) from 2009 - 2011. In 2017 he was named RISI's European CEO of the year and International CEO of the year at the PPI Awards (Pulp and Paper International Awards).

Sappi is a partner in BBI JU Research & Innovation projects 'PROVIDES' (PROcesses for Value added fibres by Innovative Deep Eutectic Solvents) Provides is a research and innovation project (RIA) within the Biobased Industries Initiative. Provides, officially started on 1 July 2015, aims to develop Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs) to be used in a radically new, sustainable and techno-economically feasible pulping technology for wood and agro-based lignocellulose raw materials. DESs are a new class of natural solvents which have the unique ability to dissolve and thus mildly fractionate lignin, hemicellulose and cellulose at low temperature and atmospheric pressure for further processing into high added value materials and chemicals.

This helps the European Pulp and Paper industry to achieve the low-carbon bio-economy.

Provides in short

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Type of project: Research and Innovation Action (RIA)
  • Total project budget: app. € 2,2 Million
  • Funding: € 1,1 Million
  • Funder: Biobased Industries Initiative
  • Participants: 27 organisations

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