Tappi announces five leaders from bioenergy and bioproducts industry to lead two separate panels at 2016 IBBC in Jacksonville, FL from Sept 28-30

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Tappi announces five leaders from bioenergy and bioproducts industry to lead two separate panels at 2016 IBBC in Jacksonville, FL from Sept 28-30

September 09, 2016 - 08:08

ATLANTA, GA, Sept. 6, 2016 (Press Release) -TAPPI is pleased to announce that five top leaders from the Bioenergy and Bioproducts industry will be leading two separate panels at this year’s International Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference (IBBC), to be held Sept. 28-30 in Jacksonville, FL.

Jon Foan, Process Engineer at Noram Engineering, Mark DeAndrea, VP & Business Unit Leader, Biomaterials at Domtar and Robert Downie, General Manager of Technology at Licella will lead a panel discussion addressing key critical elements in moving a bioproduct project from proof of technical concept through to commercialization.  The panel session entitled, “From good to great –steps to supercharge your biobased business plan," will focus on helping companies decide when to build their business case – at the pilot or demo scale – to when and how to form partnerships and identifying successful partners.  Understanding the value chain and customer requirements will be another key area of discussion.  The panel session will be held from 3:00pm to 4:30pm on Wednesday, September 28th.

Craig Myers, Global Supply Chain Leader at DuPont and Mike Rushton, Chief Operating Officer at Fibria Innovations will lead IBBC’s other panel which will be held on Friday, September 30th from 10:00am-11:30am.  This panel session entitled, “Monetizing lignin, sugars, and fibers from wood - how do we do it?” will address the importance of biomass producers understanding the needs and requirements of their potential customers.  End-users of the paper industry’s raw materials will share expectations on collaborations, as well as quality and quantity of materials.

The 2016 IBBC program focuses on “Value Added Products from Biomass” and is a must-attend event for pulp and paper companies that are invested in exploring the unique benefits possessed by the pulp and paper industry to produce fuel, energy, and chemicals from biomass.  Technical program topics include: bio conversion and the pulp mill, feed stocks for bio-applications, bioproducts, and a rapid fire poster showcase. 

IBBC is co-located with the TAPPI Pulping Engineering, Environmental, Recycling and Sustainability (PEERS) Conference, Sept. 25-28 in Jacksonville, FL, creating a full week of valuable education on topics that apply directly to your job. As a special bonus, IBBC attendees can attend the PEERS Bridge Sessions on Wednesday, Sept.  28th before IBBC’s opening session.

About Our IBBC Panelists

Robert Downie is the General Manager of Technology for Licella and its parent company Ignite Energy Resources and has the role of Technical Manager for biofuel development within the Licella and Canfor Pulp Joint Venture. For the past decade he has run Ignite’s Advanced Engineering Facility, in Australia, which led the technology development and operations for their unique Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR).

Robert is also a director on the board of Pacific Pyrolysis and prior to this was the Managing Director of the pyrolysis and biochar company BEST Energies Australia. He has commercial and engineering experience working across various renewable energy and low carbon technologies such as biomass gasification and pyrolysis, biomass hydrolysis, and direct coal liquefaction.

Mike Rushton, is a chemical engineer and business executive with more than 40 years experience in the development and commercialization of process technology. Mike started his career in the oil industry and has subsequently been involved in the development and delivery of process technology to the pulp and paper, metal smelting and chemical process industries and in the alternative energy sector.

Mike has been Chief Operating Officer of Fibria Innovations of Burnaby, BC, Canada since early 2015, when the assets of his former company, Lignol, were acquired by Fibria Celulose SA, a major forestry company based in Brazil, and the world’s largest producer of eucalyptus pulp.

Craig Myers has been the Global Supply Chain Leader at DuPont since 2012. In this position, he is responsible for end to end supply chain Sweetener, Fiber, and Extracts businesses (five global manufacturing sites). Prior to working at DuPont, Craig was the Director-Global Operations and Sustainable Development for 2 years at Danisco where he had authority over operations of four sweetener manufacturing sites. He was also a plant manager for 18 years at Danisco/Cultor where he had authority over all operations at the Thomson Illinois xylose/xylitol/lactitol and rare sugar factory.

Craig has experience with: Biomass Conversion - organized scale up and commercialization of C5 sugar extraction from hardwood hydrolysates, including xylose, rhamnose, and mannose; and Project Management/ Capital Planning - design, specification, engineering, construction, and start-up of polyol xylose, xylitol, and rare sugar manufacturing plants.

About TAPPI:

TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and converting industries and publisher of Paper360°, Tissue360° and TAPPI Journal. Through information exchange, events, trusted content and networking opportunities, TAPPI helps members elevate their performance by providing solutions that lead to better, faster and more cost-effective ways of doing business. It has provided management training and networking to the industry’s leaders for more than 100 years.