AstenJohnson Asia has established a Pulp & Papermaking Scholarship for senior students at the Shanxi University of Science and Technology in China. The Pulp & Papermaking Department founded in 1958, was the first of its kind in China. Today, it is the most advanced university in pulp & papermaking training in China. There are about 120 to 180 graduates every year. More than half of them end up working in paper mills. Forty percent of the graduates have jobs in the top tier paper groups such as APP, Nine Dragon, UPM, and Stora Enso, which many are our customers today.
Matt Krauss, our Group Operations Leader-Suzhou signed the agreement with the university on behalf of AstenJohnson Asia. After the signing ceremony, Matt and Johnson Liu, China Business Leader, held a presentation for over 100 students. The presentation entitled, "A Passion for Paper", provided an overview of AstenJohnson, AJ University and our Second Edition of the Paper Machine Clothing book. The students were very interested and impressed with the papermaking knowledge in the book. At the end of the presentation, we presented three PMC books to the university library. These books will be available to students at this important institution to further their knowledge of our industry and the name of AstenJohnson!