WPI Named Amongst the Top 10 Most Popular Market Pulp Brands in China - 2013

Commitment to its market and leading research and development saw New Zealand’s WPI International beat out a large field of global contenders to be named as one of the Top 10 Most Popular Market Pulp Brands in China in 2013.

WPI’s success with new grades of quality folding box board, developed through its own R&D programme, was recognised at a gala event at Shanghai’s Marriot Hotel at China Pulp Week 2014 in front of an audience of more than 600 industry representatives. The company was selected for the top honours from a field of over 60 international suppliers.

Industry commentator and member of the China Pulp Week 2014 organising committee, Brian McClay, said the award reflected WPI’s innovation and commitment to building strong ties with the Chinese market.

“WPI’s influence is recognised within the industry and it continues to make great strides by focussing on its customer’s needs in China and valuing the business opportunities there. It is an industry leader in providing the highest quality pulp products. China is buying up its Advanced Board and Advanced Board Plus grade carton board in large qualities”.

WPI International Managing Director, Dave Anderson said "we are delighted with this recognition at a key forum for the global industry. It reflects a great team effort and highlights the opportunities for New Zealand companies to build solid and loyal links in China by finding new ways to meet the needs of the market".

Innovate 2010

2010 INNOVATE NZ – Silver Award

Aurecon, providers of engineering, management and specialist technical services, and WPI received a Silver award for the refiner heat recovery project that was installed at the Karioi Pulpmill in 2009.

This project was previously recognised in 2009 with an EECA Energywise top honour award (refer above). The aim of the project was successfully achieved in the use of the production steam waste to preheat air for the drying of pulp.

Congratulations to Aurecon who provided all the detailed engineering design work and managed the installation of the heat recovery system.

2009 EECA Energywise Award

The WPI/EFI partnership took a top honour at the 2009 EECA Energywise awards for the WPI Pulpmill heat recovery project. The awards focus on New Zealand businesses and individuals who have achieved innovative and outstanding results in energy efficiency or renewable energy projects.

The WPI project involved the design and installation of plant to recover and recycle waste heat from the Pulpmill's pulping refiners as a substitute for process heat that was generated with LPG. The heat recovery plant was commissioned in October 2008 by EFI, a business of Meridian Energy Limited.

The key points of achievement noted at the Award was the displacement of nearly 4 million litres of LPG annually through the use of the re-cycled energy and in so doing, the reduction of CO2 emissions by nearly 6,000 tonnes annually.
This is a saving in excess of 120,000 GJ of energy each year which is enough heat to supply the average space heating needs of approximately 8,500 NZ homes.

In addition to winning the large business category of the 2009 Energywise Awards the project was also highly commended in the innovation category.

SafeGuard 2009

WPI was recently recognised at the Safeguard NZ Workplace Health & Safety Awards as one of three top nominations in the Best Significant Health & Safety Initiative by a Large Organisation category.

The WPI Emergency Response Team (ERT) was initially developed in response to a Pulpmill serious harm accident in 2006, where Emergency Services arrival at the site was significantly delayed due other workload demands. The accident investigation team made a number of recommendations the most significant of which was for the establishment of advanced trained first aid team and for the purchase of advanced first aid resources to provide critical first aid support for an injured person for at least an hour.

With WPI Management support, the ERT for the Pulpmill and Tangiwai Sawmill was established. The key drivers for the ERT establishment were:

The closest townships with emergency services (St John Ambulance and Volunteer Fire Services) to the WPI Pulpmill and Tangiwai Sawmill are Waiouru which is 9 kms away and Ohakune at 17 kms.
During winter both site’s are potentially isolated by snowfall or icy roads that can be impassable for emergency road vehicles.
The emergency helicopter service, best case scenario, is 50 minutes away or longer depending on weather conditions.
In the event of emergency services being unavailable due to other district emergency call outs, best case scenario could have emergency support at least an hour away.

For these reasons the ERT was established in 2007 to ensure highly trained members are available 24/7 across all shifts patterns to focus on the delivery of critical emergency first aid care.

Since then, 21 voluntary employee members, many of whom are involved in community based emergency services such as fire, search & rescue and ambulance, have received intensive training in emergency care, working at heights, rope rescue, working in confined spaces and gas testing. The ERT is supported by additional emergency resources and equipment.

Since its inception in 2007 the ERT team has been involved in 14 emergency work and community related situations including injuries, medical conditions, a resuscitation and motor vehicle crash.