The Port of Tarragona and Euroregions Ibérica will be the host of almost 600 representatives from all over the world in the paper and paper pulp industry – September 9, 2019
The meeting, organized International Forest Products Transport Association (IFPTA) with the support of Fastmarkets RISI, will be held on September 16, 17 & 18
The Port of Tarragona, in collaboration with its strategic partner Euroports, will be the host of the 23rd biannual meeting of the paper and paper pulp transportation sector on September 16, 17 and 18. This event, best known for its name in English “PPI Transport Symposium” or “Pulp & Paper Industry Transport Symposium”, is the first time that will be held in Spain, specifically in the city of Tarragona and in the Convention Center of PortAventura. The event will bring together 600 representatives and 50 exhibitors from 25 different countries and will mark the strategic decisions of companies in the sector in the coming years.
This symposium on the transport of the paper pulp industry has been held for more than 30 years and the last one was held in Savannah (United States) in 2017. The event is held every two years, alternating each edition’s venue, Once in a European city and the other in one of the United States of America. The aim of the conference is to analyze trends in global transport, materials manipulation and distribution of forest products, and go to managers and managers of pulp and paper production companies, manufacturers of wooden products , port installations, logistics providers, carriers, technology suppliers of the value chain, storage companies and transportation consultants, among others.
The 23rd Symposium will be the space that will mark the sector’s decisions in the next years in the pasta and paper supply chain, generating business and cooperation opportunities among all the agents involved in this industry, through the contact of producers, suppliers and consumers from Europe (61%), North America (25%), South America (7%), Asia (4%), Middle East (2%) and Oceania (1%).
Port of Tarragona, hub of the paper pulp
The Port of Tarragona is the most important port for paper pulp in Spain and the third most important in the Mediterranean in terms of paper and paper pulp traffic. The Port, in its strategy of diversification of traffic, currently moves 600,000 tonnes (2018) of pulp and paper, operated by Euroports Iberian.
The Port, thanks to the strategic alliance with Euroports, has a prominent role in the sector and is considered at this time as a “hub hub of paper pulp” with an opportunity for very solvent future growth, thanks to the Its port facilities, maritime connections in the Mediterranean, intermodality and communications with the rest of Spain and the north of Europe by train and highway.
Euroports is one of the largest maritime logistics operators in the world, currently employing more than 14 million tonnes of forest products. It is an international port infrastructure company that develops, operates and manages global solutions for the marine supply chain for international clients in key sectors of the industry. This multinational operates and manages a network of port terminals in strategic places of Europe and Asia. In Spain, it only operates in the Port of Tarragona and is a strategic partner in the pulp, mineral and agri-food traffic.
The role of hub or node in this sector is given to the positioning of the Port as a point of reception and redistribution of this range of products by sea or intermodal. The paper pulp that reaches the Port of Tarragona comes largely from the main world exporters: South America and Northern Europe (which produces almost 80% of this matter). After crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the big ships that carry paper pulp make the first stop in the Mediterranean in Tarragona, taking advantage of the large openings (16.5 m) of the Port of Tarragona and that almost no other port of the Mediterranean has. The paper pulp is stored in the Port to be distributed later to the customers of the territory by land, or by boat through other Mediterranean ports, mainly in countries of the Mediterranean basin.
The conference program will be held at the PortAventura Convention Center, on the 17th and 18th of September. The 2 conferences, 9 round tables and 4 workshops that will be organized for two days will analyze the great global economic trends, the future evolution of the means of transport (boat, train), the role of emerging markets (especially China and the East Medium) and digitization, among other topics. The Port of Tarragona will be the protagonist of one of the workshops to be held on the afternoon of the 17th, where they will explain the competitive advantages of operating through the port facilities and the communications with the center of the Peninsula and northern Europe, both by rail and road. (More information about the program: https://events.risiinfo.com/transport-symposium/program)
The organizer of the symposium is the International Forest Products Transport Association (IFPTA), the only professional networking association for global forest logistics professionals. Its mission is to promote networking among its partners, as is the case with this biennial symposium.
The hosts of this event are the Port of Tarragona and Euroports Ibérica.
PortSEurope Note: In June 2019, a consortium consisting of R-Logitech, a subsidiary of Monaco Resources Group as majority shareholder, and PMV and FPIM, two Belgian investment firms, each for an equal share and as minority shareholder, completed the acquisition of Euroports Holdings Sarl.
Euroports is one of the largest maritime infrastructure companies in Europe, operating 26 deep-sea port terminals, which are strategically located along key trade routes. Its over 3,000 employees develop, operate and manage global maritime supply chain solutions for international clients across several industry sectors. Euroports handles more than 60 million tons of bulk, breakbulk, containerized and liquid products per year for industry-leading companies with whom it has long-term relationships.
It operates terminal facilities in Belgium, Germany, China, Turkey, Italy, Bulgaria, Finland, Spain and France.
Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Tarragona