Smithers Pira, TAPPI announce 4th annual Specialty Papers conference in Rosemont, Illinois, Nov. 7-8; program to focus on markets, trends in packaging and printing advances, new developments in coatings, fibers, equipment

Sandy Yang

Sandy Yang

May 31, 2012 – Business Wire

FALMOUTH, Maine , May 31, 2012 (press release) – Smithers Pira, in partnership again with TAPPI, is pleased to announce the 4th annual Specialty Papers conference, scheduled for Wednesday, November 7- Thursday, November 8, 2012 at the Hyatt Rosemont in Rosemont, Illinois. This year's program will focus on markets and trends in specialties and pulp; packaging & printing advances; perspectives from paper makers and new developments in coatings, fibers and equipment.

Specialty Papers 2012 will be shaped by an esteemed advisory board of paper industry leaders including David Bell, VP Corporate Relations, TAPPI; Chuck Klass, President, Klass Associates Inc; Tom Rodencal, President, Rodencal Paper Consulting Inc; Steve Rosenberg, Sr. Director, Business Development and Innovation, Neenah Paper Technical Products Business; Steve Ottone, Technical Service Manager, Mallard Creek Polymers; Dr. Frank Adamsky, Market Development Manager, Daikin; Frank Perkowski, President, Business Development Advisory and David B. Cutler, Senior Process Engineer, Domtar Inc.

"After a successful year in Europe, we are excited to have our Specialty Papers conference return to North America. This event has proven itself to be a must-attend for anyone in the paper industry and the 2012 program will cover a wealth of new topics," said Barbara Fowler, conference director at Smithers Pira. "For example, for the first time ever, we have paper mills presenting about the new technologies they are developing for specialty grades and how they have bounced back from difficult economic times and global trends.”

“We’re very pleased to announce that the conference program will include presentations from members of the Functional Paper Society from Japan. Professor Hiroshi Inagaki will provide an overview of the Society’s research over the past 50 years and his views for future research. Other members will discuss advanced synthetic fibers for paper making and nanocellulose fiber for barrier coatings,” said David Bell, VP Corporate Relations,TAPPI. “Other key speakers include David Fortin, Economist – Fiber, RISI, speaking on the “Outlook for the World Pulp Market” and “Barrier Coatings for Packaging and Printing” by Frank Adamsky, Daikin America.”

For more information about Specialty Papers 2012 or to attend, visit

About Smithers Pira

Smithers Pira is the worldwide authority on packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. Established in 1930, the company provides strategic and technical consulting, testing, intelligence and events to help clients gain market insights, identify opportunities, evaluate product performance and manage compliance. For more information, visit


TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, and converting industries and publisher of Paper360° and TAPPI JOURNAL. Through information exchange, 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. Visit

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