Karl-Henrik Sundström, the CEO of Stora Enso, was elected new chairman of the Swedish Forest Industries Board, during an election that took place next to Sweden's Forest Industry Week. The event is now under way in Stockholm.
Sundström has a wide international experience in the manufacturing industry and has been dealing with innovation issues during his long professional life. He is now succeeding Per Lindberg of BillerudKorsnäs in the role of Chairman of the Swedish Forest Industries Federation.
“I am delighted to have been chosen to be the Chairman of the Federation. It is an honor and at the same time responsible task. The forest industry is of great significance for the Swedish economy and welfare. Our industry has unique opportunities to drive development towards a more sustainable and bio-based world. It is important that we increase our understanding of the forest industry is part of the solution to today's climate problems and that we demonstrate the power of innovation and the future of the industry,” said Karl-Henrik Sundström.
The Swedish Forest Industries Federation is the organisation for Swedish pulp, paper and woodworking industries. The Swedish Wood department and the secretariat for BioInnovation are parts of the Federation. The Swedish Forest Industries Federation represents some fifty pulp and paper manufacturers owned by some twenty groups of companies and about 120 wood mechanical companies owned by some 60 companies, as well as about 40 companies that have close ties with the production of pulp and paper or sawn timber manufacture.
The Swedish forest based industry is the employer of close to 70 000 people and the value of the export was SEK 124 billion in 2014.