Exclusive Interviews

April 26 - 29, 2020 | Atlanta, GA, USA

Industry Leaders Discuss Critical Issues Affecting Mills Today

 

PaperCon 2020 Planning Committee members - volunteer leaders from the pulp and paper industry - were asked to identify key issues
affecting mills today and how PaperCon 2020 will address these issues.

TAPPI's Ahead of the Curve (AOTC) has featured these interviews in a 3-part series. Parts 1 and 2 include interviews with Papermaking Planning
Committee members and Part 3 (not yet published) will feature interviews with Coating and Graphic Arts Committee members.

 


 

Ahead of the Curve
February 5, 2020

Critical Issues, Part 1: Water Scarcity
 

For companies that want to stay “ahead of the curve” in the pulp, paper, and packaging industries, it’s not enough to identify critical issues; their leaders need resources to address these issues. That is why we asked members of the 2020 PaperCon Papermakers Planning Committee—all volunteer leaders with pulp and paper industry experience—to identify the hottest issues facing mills today. We also asked them to note specific programming that will address these issues at PaperCon 2020, TAPPI’s flagship annual conference. 


Our respondents honed in on some critical issues that are “top-of-mind” for today’s papermakers: water scarcity and related issues; new technology and managing data; and innovations in the coating and graphic arts arena. In Part 1 of this 3-part series for Ahead of the Curve, they address water issues.  

Water Conservation

Paula M. Hajakian, technical manager-paper for U. S. Gypsum Inc., identified water conservation, and water re-use, as a critical issue for mills. “What kind of equipment do we need to use to recycle and re-use our water?” and “How do we reduce the gallons per ton of paper produced?” are some of the question mills are asking, she says.

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Ahead of the Curve
March 4, 2020

Critical Issues, Part 2: Data and Technology
 

For companies that want to stay “ahead of the curve” in the pulp, paper, and packaging industries, it’s not enough to identify critical issues; their leaders need resources to address these issues. Where can these professionals turn when they’re looking for discussions of the most critical issues facing the industries they serve?

 

We asked members of the 2020 PaperCon Papermakers Planning Committee—all volunteer leaders with pulp and paper industry experience—to identify the hottest issues facing mills today. We also asked them to note specific programming that will address these issues at PaperCon 2020, TAPPI’s flagship annual conference.

 

Our respondents homed in on some critical issues that are “top-of-mind” for today’s papermakers. Part 1 of this 3-part series addressed water issues; This week, Part 2 will address New Technology and Big Data. (Part 3 will address innovations in the coating and graphic arts arena in a future Ahead of the Curve.)

New Technology

“Being a process control person, I would say that one of the most serious issues affecting papermakers is the new technology coming out—and the ability of the paper mills to adapt to this new technology and use it successfully,” comments Kerry Figiel, corporate QCS champion, International Paper. It’s not enough to identify these new technologies, he says; it’s important to present them to the process control community and the papermakers in a very understandable way.

 

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