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

Tissue World has welcomed America and the country’s key tissue industry professionals to its exhibition and the US’s largest tissue industry conference!

Some 155 leading and influential personnel are exhibiting at TW’s biggest event in North America, this year located in New Orleans.

Seven of the exhibitors are showcasing machinery on the floor.

SCA, G-P, Jaeger, Toscotec and Andritz kick-start America’s largest tissue industry conference

America’s largest tissue industry conference has started with a key line-up of speakers.

The largest gathering of tissue professionals and some of the most senior business contacts from across the industry have gathered together at Tissue World New Orleans 2016.

Over the course of four days, the “Beyond Sustainability: Leading a Culture of Innovation and Responsible Production” theme will enable key speakers to offer their insight into the region’s tissue sustainability trends.

Day one: “Improving Yankee Efficiency and Runnability” included talks from: John Holton, Jaeger; Ron Clarke, Toscotec; Larry Bonday, Nalco; Erwin Walcher, Andritz, and Giordano Fragiacomo, Valmet.

Day two: opening remarks by conference chairman Bruce Janda, co-founder and principal, InnovaSpec, and included talks: “New Directions at Which Companies are Looking at Sustainability Across their Operations” by Don Lewis, president, SCA AfH Professional Hygiene, Europe & North America, USA; “Public Policy Trends Affecting the Tissue Industry” by Donna Harman, president and chief executive, American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), USA; “Leading from Within – Keeping the Know-How of a Retiring Generation” by Bill Sleeper, former president, Georgia-Pacific Professional NA, USA; and “New North American Dynamics” by Esko Uutela, Principal – Tissue, RISI, Germany.

A sustainability panel asked: “What will sustainability look like in next 5-10 years?” and was moderated by Suhas Apte, partner, Blue Earth Network, USA.

Panelists were: Jim Bath, director, Global Environmental Team, Kimberly-Clark, USA; Hugh O’Brian, director, TissueStory, Sweden; Rolf Skar, forest campaign director, Greenpeace, USA.

Euromonitor International’s Svetlana Uduslivaia discussed “Eco-Friendly Products: Challenges and Opportunities in Global Consumer Tissue Market”, while Carolina Gomes, director, Category Solutions, Daymon Worldwide, USA, discussed “The Role of Sustainability with Today’s Consumer”.

Day three: the line-up for “Technological Innovation and Energy Efficiency in Tissue Production” will include talks from: Alfredo Sarli, Voith Paper Air Systems; Luca Linari, Milltech Division, Toscotec; Joan Vila, L.C. Paper, Spain; Paul Bicho, Canfor Pulp Innovation, Canada; Bill Moore, Moore & Associates, USA; Stefano Pecchia, Novimpianti Drying Technology; Pete Augustine, Fabio Perini North America, USA; and Jill Thiede, Paper Converting Machine Company, USA.

Day four: the “Technological Innovation and Energy Efficiency in Tissue Production” theme is continued and includes talks from: Clive Butler, A. Celli Paper; Clayton Campbell, Kemira, USA; Frank Cunnane, Cristini GC, USA, and Hannes Vomhoff, Innventia, Sweden.

The previous edition in Miami Beach Convention Center saw a record-breaking number of participants; over 1,900 taking part from 69 countries across the tissue value chain attended the four-day event.