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TAPPI's PaperCon 2010 drives record participation in Atlanta

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TAPPI's PaperCon 2010 drives record participation in Atlanta

June 21, 2010 - 05:01
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NORCROSS, GA, June 21, 2010 (Press Release) -TAPPI 's annual PaperCon Conference and Trade Fair reflected signs of renewed industry optimism among pulp, paper, and converting professionals. It took place May 2-5 in Atlanta, Georgia USA. 1200 registered attendees and over 70 exhibiting companies were present. These levels are the highest ever for the three-year old event, and reflect a sixty percent increase over 2009. More information appears below on participant demographics and a richer, more detailed version of this release appears online.

"This was clearly the best PaperCon ever," said Larry N. Montague, TAPPI President and CEO, "It is clear the industry has turned around and the informal discussions and presentations I heard reflected that assessment. The industry's success can also be attributed to committed volunteer organizers from our PIMA, Coating, Engineering, Paper & Board, Process Control and Process and Product Quality Divisions who put together an outstanding program."

By the numbers, US participants came from 40 states (Alaska to Virginia) and the District of Columbia. 25 foreign countries were represented with Canada having the largest contingent. North America was followed by Western Europe (Finland, Sweden Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom in that order). Growth economies were represented by Brazil, China, and India. The event featured five programming tracks totaling 58 sessions, many of which had multiple sub-sessions.

Event Highlights

Prominent Keynote Speakers:Nina B. Link from the Magazine Publishers of America and Jim Hanna, Director of Environmental Affairs from Starbucks Coffee Company.

CEOs Deliver Corporate Transformation Case Studies:Suzanne Blanchet, president and CEO of Cascades Tissue Group; Randy Nebel, president of Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging; David Scheible, president and CEO of Graphic Packaging; Don Rubright, president and CEO of CP Kelco.

"The Science behind Sustainability" Forum Launched:Speakers from Colgate-Palmolive, MeadWestvaco (MWV) and GreenBlue highlighted the program.

Innovation and Carbon Management Analyzed:Nobel Laureate and global energy policy expert Dr. Marilyn Brown highlighted a series of presentations on carbon footprinting, carbon life cycle analyses, changing energy issues and policies, among others. Innovation was highlighted from the perspective of a paper company (Appleton), suppliers (Metso, ABB, EKA Honeywell, ACA Systems) and several innovation experts.

Papermaking and Coating Innovations Shared:The most popular sessions addressed current and future paper and tissue machine innovations, technologies for strength improvement, headbox and forming innovations for packaging grades and a papermaking additives roundtable. Two tissue sessions, a first for PaperCon, were very well attended.

The overall Coating Best Paper was awarded to Chris Nutbeem, Janet Preston, Anthony Hiorns, and John Husband of Imerys for their paper "The Influence of Kaolin Aspect Ratio on Offset Printability". Another popular session was "New Developments in the Future of Papers" where speakers from Imerys, ECOSYNTHTIX and Hewlett-Packard participated.

PIRM Addresses Reliability and Maintenance:The 23rd Process Industry Reliability and Maintenance Conference (PIRM), jointly organized by TAPPI and IDCON, brought together leading experts to hands-on experience and process methodologies for cost-effective reliability and maintenance management, root cause problem elimination, financial improvement strategies and lean maintenance.

Access to the PaperCon 2010Proceedings: It is now available for sale on TAPPI's website by going online. Special member pricing is available on over 100 presentations.

PaperCon 2011 is scheduled for May 1-4 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, KY USA, right across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit for program updates and to be added to the mailing list.