Latampaper Achievement Award is an honor we offer to people who have left an indelible mark in our industry and helped make it more sustainable and productive.
We made a decision of recognizing the hard and smart work of people rather than products or companies accomplishments. And the reason is that behind any product development, behind any company success there are PEOPLE.
We believe these people, who work in difficult environments, who face enormous pressure to help our industry improve and stay sustainable, need sincere and emotive recognition.
We will every year select a few papermakers and a few suppliers whose careers can be shown as examples of dedication, perseverance and achievement.
Awards are handed out during the Ceremony Dinner.
He was born in Venezuela, from an Italian Family with a papermakers DNA, being part of the fourth generation.
In 1979 he began his career in the paper industry when he got his first job at Papeles Venezolanos, one of the largest tissue paper companies in Latin America at that time. This was the beginning of his professional life.
He started as Shift Supervisor Assistant in the Paper Mill Production area. After a few months he was offered the opportunity to start the company's Technical Training Department. He took up his new position with a lot of passion and responsibility. "Learning and Teaching" was the objective.
After a few years, he returned to the Operations area as Production Superintendent. From there he was climbing positions within the Operational and Administrative area. First at the local level, then crossing borders taking Regional Corporate responsibilities until reaching the current position as CEO of the Grand Bay Paper & Group Care Products, of which Papeles Venezolanos is part.
Manuel Alcalá is the CEO of Smurfit Kappa Brazil. Previously he was Vice President of Panamerican Sales (PAS) based in Miami, where he led the Innovation, Insights and Value Selling work streams for The Americas. He was also VP of the Corrugated Division in Argentina and General Manager of San Felipe Paper Mill in Venezuela. He joined the Company in 1990 starting as a Process Engineer.
Manuel has a Master of Science in Industrial Administration, Master of Science in Pulp & Paper and a bachelor´s degree in Civil Engineer, he is also Specialist in Operations Management.
Marcel Lensvelt is the founder of Feltest Equipment BV. He has over 20 years of experience in the international paper machine clothing industry. He started his career in 1995 as a sales & service engineer for a machine clothing manufacturer. For a number of years he was also a press felt application engineer, designing felts for faster paper machines in Holland and Belgium.
In the year 2008 Marcel started his own company, Feltest, to develop new and innovative measuring instruments and tools for both users and suppliers of paper machine clothing. It is Marcel’s personal mission to provide papermakers all the tools and knowledge they need to get the best of their fabrics and felts.
Marcel is 48 years old and holds degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration. He regularly meets papermakers and PMC suppliers from all over the whole world but he has his home in the Netherlands, Europe.
Felipe Quintino began his career in the Tissue Paper industry more than 20 years ago. He had work for large companies in the Brazilian market.
Almost 10 years ago he founded the Web page Tissue Online.
As CEO of Tissue Online Web page he is dedicated to helping create an increasingly strong Tissue Paper market.