New Innovations Unveiled at PaperCon 2018

New Innovations Unveiled at PaperCon 2018

Mills and industry professionals from around the world attended PaperCon 2018 for insight into what key factors and innovations will drive industry growth in the future.

TAPPI’s PaperCon 2018 was held in Charlotte, NC on April 15th – 18th. During this four day event, over 2,000 paper and packaging professionals gathered to discuss the latest issues affecting the industry as well as how to ensure its continued success for the future. New technologies and processes were highlighted with an emphasis on key innovations that will be influential in shaping the industry in the future. The conference theme was “Shaping the Future Through Innovation.”

Enjoying its eleventh year, PaperCon featured a comprehensive technical program, keynote presentation, New Technology Showcase, Safety Pavilion, special events and over 160 exhibitors. The peer-reviewed technical program consisted of over 168 expert-led presentations, panels and roundtables delivered within 70 topic specific sessions allowing attendees to engage in discussions with experts and peers about key topics affecting them. The program included nine different tracks: PIMA management, coating & graphic arts, papermaking additives, papermaking innovations, fluid fundamentals, control systems, NETInc, RPTA and TAPPI/IDCON Reliability & Maintenance.

Hannah Ubl, Research Director at BridgeWorks, was the PaperCon keynote speaker. Her presentation, “When Generations Connect,” addressed how multiple generations working within the same workplace bring different values, attitudes and work styles. Ms. Ubl offered solutions for engagement, team synergy and motivation for all generations as well as approaches for communicating across generational divides. Attendees were also able to attend multiple special events throughout the four days including a reception at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, awards breakfast, Technical Textile Center tour, dinners, happy hours, 5k fun run/walk, Young Professionals mixers and an alumni soiree.  

PaperCon is considered the world’s largest technical conference for the paper and packaging industry and draws CEOs, presidents, mill managers, superintendents, scientists, process engineers, and suppliers from over 25 different countries. Next year, PaperCon will be held in Indianapolis, IN on May 5-8, 2019.

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