Metso Announces Tissue Technology Award Winners at Tissue World Conference

The first winners of Metso's Tissue Technology Award were Alina Hagelqvist (left) and Jinsong Tao (right), who received their awards from Jan Erikson (second from left), Vice President, Sales, Metso. Hugh O'Brian, chairman of the conference, hosted the ceremony.

March 21, 2013 - During the Tissue World Conference, held in Barcelona, Spain, on March 19, Metso announced the winners of its first Tissue Technology Award. The first winners of the award were selected by a panel of jurors.

Alina Hagelqvist, PhD student at Karlstad University, Sweden, and Jinsong Tao, PhD and associate professor at State Key Laboratory of pulp and paper engineering at South China University of Technology will share the total prize money of USD 25,000.

Hagelqvist was selected for her work focused on sludge wastewater treatment in the pulp and paper industry, which demonstrates the potential of improved utilization of sludge for biogas production by optimized solid retention time in the biological process.

Tao was selected for his extensive work in the development of models and methods for improved energy utilization for the Chinese paper industry. Tao has applied his extensive experience and shown a genuine interest for sustainable development.

“Very thorough work was conducted to go through all the applications and we ended up with two innovations of equally high quality," said Anders Bjorn, Vice President, Tissue Machines technology unit, Metso. "Therefore we have decided that the first award will be split between two winners."

Metso established the Tissue Technology Award for the purpose of promoting university students' or scientists' work to develop environmentally sound products applicable to the tissue making processes.

Marco Marcheggiani, Vice President, Tissue Mills business unit, Metso, commented, "Sustainable development is a crucial issue for the tissue industry globally and it takes a wide perspective and open minds to explore new areas for innovation. Both of these innovations are well in line with Metso’s strategy for sustainable development."

"With this award we hope to attract people outside our own organization to participate in the important work of creating sustainable solutions for the future of tissuemaking,” he added.

Metso's Tissue Technology Award will be given every second year starting with 2013.

Detailed information about the Metso Tissue Technology Award, including application regulations, can be found at:

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