Tissue World Magazine
Alexandra Stuthridge, Technical Business Manager, BioProducts Institute (BPI)

It’s official – Tissue World Americas 2014 was the most successful Tissue World Americas show ever.

The stats are stacking up and they make impressive reading for the global tissue industry.

The Miami trade show attracted 1,931 participants, a 40% increase compared to the 2012 edition.

A total of 173 companies exhibited and no less than 51 businesses have been converted to the TW banner exhibiting for the first time.

The footfall breakdown was 711 visitors, 709 exhibitor staff and 457 conference delegates, making Miami the most successful show ever.

Participants came from 69 countries, including 1,069 from the USA, 78 from Brazil, 99 from Canada, 71 from China, 166 from Italy and 27 from Turkey.

The statistics reflect a significant pick-up in the American tissue market, which despite being in a mature phase continues along a dynamic expansion path.

A number of new US projects are in the pipeline between 2014-16: three confidential start-ups, Orchids Paper Pryor, Cascades Tissue St. Helen are expected to come on-stream in 2014 bringing an extra 206,000 tpy; in 2015-16, 307,000 tpy new capacity is expected with projects from Orchids Paper, Pryor, First Quality Tissue, Anderson, Procter & Gamble, Box Elder, First Quality Tissue USA.

The market has also seen a rapid growth in independent tissue converters which have gained substantial market share in the AfH sector in particular.

The ongoing battle between brands and private labels has also proved a catalyst for innovation and investment.

Kit Vale, global director of business development at Daymon Worldwide, told TW: “The bar has been raised at this year’s Tissue World Americas event.

“The proliferation of experts across so many fields that touch the tissue industry was evident.

“The content of the conference was all encompassing and well organized and the value of the conference and exhibition is evident in all the major manufacturers and many retailers in the industry.”

William A Nelson, president, Elettric 80, told TW: “The show was wellattended and we renewed contacts with many valuable customers and prospective customers.

“We appreciate the efforts to expand the focus into areas related to products and supply chain.”



The Tissue World Americas summit had a record-breaking crowd of over 457 registered attendees sit in the conference in Miami; the highest in TW’s 21 year history.

Talks covered the latest key trends in the global tissue industry, from evolving consumer and retail trends; private label versus brands; sustainability; Greenpeace and WWF viewpoints on the tissue industry; energy savings; how large retailers are meeting sustainability challenges, through to the latest developments in NTT, ATMOS, ADT and TAD technology.

Visitors included 40 retail and commercial tissue buyers, many of which were attending the event for the first time because of TRIF.
TRIF was designed to give tissue buyers a better understanding of the capabilities tissue makers have to meet their requirements, both environmental and quality wise, as well as provide a deeper appreciation for the immense technical development efforts that go into tissue making.

See TW magazine’s summary of talks in the Retail Special on page 42.



The next edition of Tissue World Americas will be held in New Orleans from March 14-17 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (Hall G).

New Orleans was chosen for numerous reasons, including a state-of-the-art venue, a charming downtown next to the location of the show and reasonably priced hotels.

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118,370 sq ft Floor space occupied

173 Exhibitors (34% increase compared to 2012)

69 Countries from which the participants attended

1,931 Total participants (40% increase compared to 2012)

54 Conference speakers

457 Conference delegates[/box]



Farina Rivera from Alas Doradas S.A. de C. V, El Salvador, has won the Tissue World Photography Awards 2014.

There were a total of 34 nominations submitted by exhibitors, visitors and delegates and the winner was announced at the show.

Tissue World Miami 2014 marked the official launch of The Tissue World Photography Awards.

They aim to raise awareness of the tissue industry and share the pride of being part of the world of tissue and inspire tissue professionals by showcasing outstanding photography.