The International Pulp Bleaching Conference (IPBC) is held every three years, rotating between venues in the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden. This year's event is hosted by TAPPI. It will be co-located with another pulp and paper industry conference, PEERS, formerly the TAPPI EPE Conference. With PEERS focus on pulping, sustainability, environmental issues, and biorefineries in the pulp and paper industry, there will be a strong association between the two pulp and paper conference audiences. Other supporting organizations include the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC), the Finnish Paper Engineers Association (PI), and the Swedish Association of Pulp and Paper Engineers (SPCI). Dr. Jean Bouchard, Principal Scientist at FP Innovations, served as Technical Program Committee Chairman for the 2008 Conference in Quebec City and will be the 2011 Conference Chairman. "Most of the comments from both industry and research people who attended the last IPBC emphasized the quality and usefulness of the information they brought back to their organizations," Bouchard said.
The unique feature of a TAPPI produced conference is the peer reviewed nature of the conference program. Limited commercialism allows for more technically-focused presentations. Furthermore, the quality of the international scientific committee of IPBC is also a guarantee for bringing the best to Portland. A call for papers was just recently announced.
In addition to the conference program, there will be a mill tour scheduled for the Weyerhaeuser Longview's bleach plant, featuring a Lurgi generator and an adjacent Solvay peroxide plant. The number of spaces available for this tour may be limited so please register early.
TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging and converting industries and publisher of Paper360° 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 95 years.