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The Tissue World Americas conference meeting sessions on March 20-23 will likely be the largest ever held in Miami. In the past 3 weeks close to 200 new participants have registered, bringing the total to more than 325 tissue professionals already. And many more are planning to join. 

The attraction is a great program of speakers covering a very timely combination of critical tissue topics:

  • Sustainability and Environmental Challenges of Today and Tomorrow
  • Dynamic Market Expansions, and Quality Upgrades, in both North and South America
  • Fiber Supply Trends, Flows and Scenarios
  • New Technology Giving Higher Quality and Efficiency on a Sustainable Footprint
  • Yankee Dryer Operations aimed at optimum Reliability, Efficiency, and Sustainability
  • . . . and Much More covering all aspects of the tissue business


There is something for everyone in Miami Beach at Tissue World Americas. You can simply attend one day, or several, or all four, depending on your areas of interest. To join the hundreds already registered, you can sign up now by clicking here.
Click here to see the list of conference participants ALREADY REGISTERED.


To learn more about the complete program of speakers, please read below.

Conference Theme:
Boosting Performance for Better Quality, Sustainability and Profitability

Main conference sessions – Wednesday to Friday

Wednesday March 21, 2012 (full day)

Session 1: Sustainability in the Tissue Business

Steps Toward the Sustainable Value Chain for Tomorrow
Suhas Apte, Global Vice President of Sustainability, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, USA
      The historical sustainability focus of manufacturing companies, optimizing operational footprints and minimizing environmental impacts, is evolving to one of ensuring sustainability across their entire supply chain (from raw materials to shelf). Going forward, our scope needs to be expanded to consider our business’s value chain in a way that we become part of the solutions addressing the greater global challenges affecting us and our stakeholders. This will need to be demonstrated under the heightened transparency expected by our consumers and customers. We should expect that these trends will only be exacerbated in the World of 2050, inhabited by 9 billion consumers, where sustainable production and consumption is no longer nice to have but rather a requirement. This paper will outline steps companies can undertake to proactively address existing and emerging sustainability related global value chain challenges and opportunities.

Greenpeace: No Reason to be Afraid, Necessarily
Rolf Skar, Sr. Forest Campaigner, Greenpeace, USA
      Indonesia's rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands are being destroyed to make disposable consumer products, including paper for glossy magazines, toilet paper and packaging. Greenpeace -- along with a growing list of NGOs -- is campaigning to find solutions to deforestation in Indonesia. We invite the tissue industry to join this effort, if not for the environmental and social values, for the sake of the bottom line. As consumers increasingly demonstrate an interest in sustainability, companies ignoring rainforest destruction in their supply chain do so at their own risk.

Making Sense of Environmental Certifications Programs
Suzanne Blanchet, President and CEO, Cascades Tissue, Canada
Abstract – To be announced

Where Environmental Groups and Big Brands Combine Forces
Corey Brinkema, President, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), USA
    The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the certification system that uniquely brings together companies and environmental scientists and activists, is in the midst of a remarkable marketplace expansion in North America. Having already attained a 5% share of the forest products market, both FSC demand and supply have exploded in the past 18 months. The tissue sector suddenly became more attuned to certification opportunities with the market leadership of Kimberly-Clark, and Clearwater Paper recently made FSC a reality for the retail grocery private label tissue. Where does it go from here? How much does the US consumer care? Where are the future sources of FSC certified fiber in the Americas? This paper will address these questions and share insights of recent US consumer research on responsible sourcing and purchasing of forest products.

Environmental Leadership in the Tissue Paper Sector – Beyond Forest Certification
Susan Rutherford, Sustainability Analyst, Ecologo, Canada
    While public debate about the environmental impacts of paper production are focusing on the role of forestry certification, producing paper in a more sustainable manner requires attention to environmental and other impacts at all life cycle stages of the product; from land and resource management, to emissions associated with manufacture to end of life recyclability. This presentation will review the major life cycle impacts of the paper production sector, particularly in the manufacturing stage and identify some leadership practices resulting in environmentally preferable paper products. Practices covered will include design, sourcing recycled content, air, water and waste management practices and energy production and management both for on site production and purchased energy.

How Customers Can Leverage Your Sustainability
Don Lewis, President, SCA North America, USA
     Building a strong sustainable profile has become a requirement for companies in today’s world. However, when customers leverage your reputation to build their own, you’ve become a value-added business partner and much more than a supplier. Don Lewis, president of SCA’s Americas operations, will discuss how SCA is adding value to customers through the company’s sustainability actions and programs. SCA is a global hygiene products and paper company with sustainability recognition that has placed it as one of the world’s most ethical companies by Ethisphere, on the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, FTSE4Good Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index. With sales in 100 countries, SCA operates across North and Latin America with hygiene products such as tissue, incontinence and feminine care products and baby diapers. Sales for SCA in 2011 were $16 billion

Session 2: Market Developments and Fiber Supply

Market Developments and Trends in North and South America
Esko Uutela, Principal - Tissue, RISI, Germany
    The North American tissue market is experiencing a new investment boom. The main driver seems to be the need for ultra and premium grade tissue, partly reflecting major retailers' target to upgrade their private label offerings closer to the main brands in quality, with a clear trend toward higher quality in the AfH sector as well. Market growth has flattened, particularly in terms of weight as the product light-weighting trend continues. Competition does not show any signs of lessening, and it is amazing to see how a growing number of small, independent converters have been able to forge ahead based on niche products, flexible service and sub-contracting orders from big players. Environmental certification and sustainability issues are also becoming increasingly important topics in the North American tissue business. In South America, tissue markets are in a very interesting expansion phase throughout the whole continent. The main focus is currently on Brazil, with the largest population and now also the highest tissue consumption in the region. In Brazil, the recent strong growth is benefitting from the increasing purchasing power in the inland and northeast regions. On the supply side, CMPC Tissue's recent aggressive expansion strategy has tightened competition further in Latin America, including the two largest markets Brazil and Mexico.

Fiber Supply – Where will Fiber for Tissue Making Come From?
Soile Kilpe, Director Global Consulting, Pöyry, USA

    The tissue industry is the second largest consumer of market pulp, after printing and writing paper. Market bleached hardwood and softwood kraft pulp usage is clearly increasing in the at-home (consumer) tissue segment, driven by the new investments in Asia and Latin America. About 40% of all market pulp is bought by the top 5 tissue producers today, but with the steady investment activity in the low per capita regions, and increasing number of new entrants, this share will change as fragmentation rises. Integration with pulp production at tissue mills varies by region and certain at-home tissue suppliers have transitioned to using market pulp by closing down or selling their pulp assets. Moreover, captive pulp for tissue making has declined in North America, but with the fiber poor regions like Asia growing, there will be a comeback of this kind of a concept for securing fiber supply. Reduced availability and higher price of recycled fiber is expected to benefit market pulp suppliers in the future. However, the cyclical nature of the market pulp business will continue to be a challenge for tissue producers, as they have high sensitivity to raw material input cost swings. This presentation will explore key questions related to tissue product quality development, the impact of technology/recycled fiber, sustainability drivers and the potential
need for new pulp products for the ultra-quality category.

Session 3: Papermaking Developments

The Chattermark Project to Reduce Operational costs at ICT Iberica, ICT and BTG
World's First Tissue Machine with a Compact Wet End with Active Degassing, Aikawa Fiber Technology and LC Paper
Development Trends in Pressing for Tissue, Metso
Seamless Tissue Plant Concept Plus: Entry level Technology for Private Labels, Comer
New Pressing Technology for Higher Bulk and Dryness on Conventional Machines, Voith
Yankee Dryer System: Critical Asset Protection, Monitoring and Control, Nalco
New TAD Simulator provides Tissue Makers a Competitive Edge, Ashland
Towel Wet End Optimization: Utilizing Strength Additives and Functional Promoters, Kemira


Thursday March 22, 2012 (full day)

Session 4: Energy Reduction and Savings

Forecasting and Validation of Fossil Fuel and Steam Savings from Tissue Machine Heat Recovery, Thermal Energy and Kruger Products
Steam Energy Reduction in Tissue Drying Process, Andritz
Significant Energy Savings with Variable Speed Blowers in Tissue Paper Production, Runtech Systems
Making 100% High Pressure Steam with a new Post Combustor on Hood exhaust, Novimpianti
Biogas for the Yankee Hood, AMEC

Session 5: Converting, Packaging, Wrapping and Logistics

Colored Laminating Glues for Design Embossing, Kapp-Chemie
TCO: Total Cost of Ownership Analysis Spells Informed Investment, Futura
6 Different Products are just One Click Away, Gambini
Integrate to Innovate, The Next Steps in Packaging Efficiency, TMC
Compact Packaging of Tissue Paper, Optima
Overall Equipment Effectiveness: How Next Generation Automation Gives Real Improvements, Schneider Equipment
Conveying Lines: Optimizing Energy, Maintenance, Product Quality and Safety, Pulsar
New Concepts in Robotic Palletizing: Product Handling Methods, Multiple SKU Management and Flexibility, E80
New Robotic Bundler Combines Packaging and Palletizing Technology, W+D Langhammer
Reducing Costs and Improving Operations with Automatic Guided Vehicles, JBT Corp.


Friday March 23, 2012 (half day)

Session 6: Stock Prep

New Insights into the Application of High-yield Pulp in Tissue and Towel, Tembec/FP/Kruger
First Mill Experience with a new High Efficiency Compact Refiner, Metso
Compression Refining, Flexible Fibres and low Fines Content, Wageningen UR

Session 7: Auxiliary Topics in Tissue Making

Carbon Fiber Composite Materials for Tissue Rewinding Reel Spools, Double E
Improve Operator Safety and Reduce Downtime with Automatic Web Marking on a Tissue Line, Ryeco
Studies Reveal Unnecessary Fiber, Energy and Water Losses, Tecumseth Filtration
Guarding Operations - Engineering Safety for Tissue Converting Lines, SEACON
Recognized Standard Locations for Dust Concentration Testing, Brunnschweiler
Maintaining Optimum Performance of Tissue Machine Clothing, Dubois Chemicals

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