Summit Notebook

Welcome to the 2009 Reuters China Investment Summit

August 30, 2009

 

China Investment Summit, August 31-September 2, 2009

 

China holds the undisputed position as workshop to the world, but it’s also fast becoming one of the world’s top consumers in its own right. As the global financial crisis approaches its second anniversary, China’s role in pulling the world out of recession is gaining growing attention as cash-rich Chinese consumers spend billions of dollars under their government’s $585 billion economic stimulus plan.

Exclusive look inside Sweden’s greenest paper mill

August 25, 2009

For most of us, printing e-mails or making copies is just part of the daily routine in the office. But, the paper we use does come from somewhere. Last week, we had the opportunity to visit Stora Enso’s Nymolla Mill in southern Sweden to get an exclusive look at how MultiCopy paper is made. Nymolla is an integrated mill (it produces pulp and paper on the same site) and most of the wood used is sourced locally. Also interesting, the mill is the only one I could find in the world that emits zero carbon dioxide from fossil fuels during the paper making process. Check out my look inside the Nymolla Mill.

Inside Sweden's greenest paper mill from Reuters TV on Vimeo.

Paper executive would rather not shake on it

August 24, 2009

When it comes to hygiene, Hannu Kottonen is one executive who practices what he preaches. As the man who heads Metsa Tissue, a company that produces products ranging from tissues to toilet paper, he knows a thing or two about how germs spread. So when he visited the Thomson Reuters office in Helsinki to take part in the annual Reuters Paper and Packaging Summit, perhaps we should not have been surprised when he declined to shake the hands ot the various journalists assembled there.

Whitelines looks to change the “function” of paper

August 24, 2009

A group of Swedish entrepreneurs says its Whitelines product is the biggest innovation in paper since the Medieval Ages. Whitelines designer Olof Hansson says that not only is it easier to read what’s written on the pages but it is also producing paper that is socially responsible. Check out the story:

Welcome to the 2009 Reuters Paper and Packaging Summit

August 23, 2009

The global paper industry has struggled for more than six years to claw its way out of a slump, as soft demand and overcapacity have kept prices down, leading to poor earnings, production curtailments and layoffs.

Gassing about electric cars

July 9, 2009

Would you buy a car that only goes 100 miles (160 km) on a tank of fuel?

That’s the range of Nissan’s 5-seater electric car planned for sale in the U.S. and Japan in 2010 – a similar size to Nissan’s Primera or VW’s Golf.

Blackrock sees opportunities in shrinking Japan

July 8, 2009

Japan’s population has peaked and all the projections have it sliding sharply in coming decades, raising questions about investment opportunities when emerging markets, in particular, offer much more obvious growth opportunities.

Nomura: Lehman taking shape

July 8, 2009

Nomura’s takeover of Lehman Brothers’ European and Asia businesses is yielding results, and concerns the Japanese bank will struggle to marry cultures is misplaced, according to the man who drove the deal.

The Esperanto currency

July 8, 2009

Hiroshi Watanabe, president of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, saw his share of dollar buying intervention during decades at the nation’s finance ministry.  But the market veteran says despite prevalent talk recently, a shift away from the greenback as the world’s reserve currency may be great in theory, but like the language of Esperanto short on daily practitioners.

Japan eyes UK takeover rules

July 7, 2009

Japan’s takeover rules are destined to be shaken up — but probably not for some time.