What would life be without paper?
It started as a summer job at the Domsjö factory in the 1970s. Since then, Dan Buskhe has become a paper industry loyalist and without doubt part of the circle of ‘People committed to paper’.
Dan, who has worked mainly on development issues, explains how he came to be where he is:
“Pulp and paper is an open and exciting field to work in. Here the consequences of change are less predictable than in the petrochemicals industry, for example. It has always fascinated me, as has working on major projects and process solutions that demand a great deal of brain power.”
This is what prompted Dan, a graduate from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, to choose a degree in chemical engineering in the 1980s.
Today, he works on strategic product development at Hallsta and Braviken. His task and challenge is to give Holmen Paper an even better understanding of how changes to the manufacturing processes affect productivity and the quality of the paper.
Measure our way forward
The questions that need answers are numerous and often complex. Essentially, the key is to focus the development work on the initiatives that are most cost-effective and produce the best effect. What impact does changing the filler have, for example? How is the product quality affected by changing the composition of the pulp? Can we make better use of the paper machine’s features? To get it right, you have to be able to measure the effects of any changes made. Holmen Paper has come a long way on this front.
“We’ve developed a model that enables us to measure our way forward, so that we are confident about the steps we take in our development work,” says Dan, who is currently working on an exciting and strategically important project relating to gravure printing.