On Tuesday 25 April, The King attended Forest Industry Week at Münchenbryggeriet in Stockholm.
During the morning, The King presented four awards:
The Gold Branches, which were awarded this year to the Scouts, "who reflect an important role in forming the future's responsible stewards of nature, both as professionals and as a wise general public", and to Professor Claes Löfroth, "who has been a strong driving force for decades for increasing the forestry sector's contributions towards a society that has made climate adaptations". Gold Branches are awarded to individuals who have made valuable contributions to forestry at national level.
The Count Carl Bernadotte Forestry Prize was awarded to Emma Berglund, Secretary General of the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF). "In Emma, Forest Sweden has gained a force and personality in Brussels to explain what sustainable forestry is in practice." The prize is awarded in recognition of outstanding services to Swedish forestry.
The Gunnar Sundblad Research Foundation's Skills Development Prize was awarded to Thomas Öhlund, a doctor of technology in applied physics, who carries out research within the field of electronics, specialising in paper-based surfaces. The aim of the prize is to promote the development of the Swedish pulp and paper industry's conversion to new and improved products and services.
The prize-giving was followed by seminars on the theme of bioeconomic innovations.
Annie Sandgren, project manager at Wood Supply and Forestry, IKEA, spoke about responsible forestry, sustainable innovation and wood fibre-based materials as the way ahead for IKEA.
Ole Terland, VP Business Development at SCA, gave a talk on the subject of "Technology and politics – why does it take so long to obtain vehicle fuel from forest raw materials?"
Henric Brage, Process and Product Development Manager at Södra Skogsägarna, gave a talk titled "Textile pulp – clothing to suit the weather".
Magnus Wikström, Chief Technology Officer at BillerudKorsnäs, concluded by talking about how stretchable paper offers the packaging industry new opportunities.
Forest Industry Week is a forum at which the forest industry and stakeholders from within society can come together to discuss current issues relating to forestry. Forest Industry Week 2017 was arranged in partnership with the Swedish Forestry Association and Dagens Industri.
The forest industry has come together during Forest Industry Week for 150 years to discuss relevant and interesting issues, and to ensure the development of a vital forest industry.
The focus for 2017 was on wood construction and innovation.