Again this year, FPInnovations took part in the TAPPI PaperCon, which brings together all players in the North American paper industry—CEOs, mill managers, superintendants, scientists, process engineers and suppliers—to participate in the largest pulp and paper technical program in the world. This year’s edition of this conference, held in Cincinnati, Ohio, May 15-18, attracted close to 1500 people from various countries and areas of interest.
FPInnovations was well represented with 10 staff members attending the conference. Ayse Alemdar-Thomson, Senior Scientist at FPInnovations, was the chair of the technical program for the Tissue Forum which is part of PaperCon technical program. In addition to contributing to the organization of the event, FPInnovations had four researchers among the technical presenters. The participants who attended the session on Papermakers – Papermaking Additives could benefit from a presentation by Xujun Hua, who talked about Cellulose Filaments: Discovery by FPInnovations of a Novel Strengthening Agent. Three FPInnovations representatives were also active during the Tissue360° Forum: Zhirun Yuan talked about HYP Use in Tissue, while Xuejun Zou, Research Manager at FPInnovations, and Hongbin Liu, from Tianjin University of Science & Technology, presented A Review of Non-Wood Fibres and Their Applications in Tissue. Finally, also during this forum, Jessica Carette gave a presentation entitled Understanding and Measuring Tissue Softness. All these technical presentations were well received by the audience. Please feel free to contact any of these persons for more information.
FPInnovations was also an exhibitor at this Cincinnati event and its booth attracted a great number of visitors. As part of FPInnovations’ business development effort in the U.S.A., some FPInnovations representatives held meetings with some largest paper, packaging, and tissue companies to promote the organization’s technologies and services in addition to improving their knowledge of trends and needs of the various markets. These meetings allowed for a better understanding of the current industry issues and needs and attracted significant interests in FPInnovations’ technologies and services.
On a more playful and charitable perspective, TAPPI organized the Runnability Fun Run, an event that raised $1500 for scholarships to help bright students achieve a future career in the pulp and paper industry. Once again, FPInnovations excelled with Jessica Carette finishing in second place in the 5k run. Congratulations!
For more information FPInnovations’ Pulp and Paper program or to learn more about one of the presentations, please contact Xuejun Zou, Research Manager in FPInnovations’ Paper, Packaging and Consumer Products program.