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2020 Programme

Smithers regret to inform you that Specialty Papers Europe 2020 will be officially postponed until later this year.

We are currently working to confirm new dates in 2020 and will provide you with updated information as soon as it becomes available!

Pre-conference workshop - Mon 20 April

Nanocellulose workshop

Focusing on the rapidly growing and significant area of technical and commercial development.

  1. Workshop introduction

    Dr. George Kellie | Director of Kellie Solutions Ltd., UK

  2. The nanocellulose market landscape

    Dr. George Kellie | Director of Kellie Solutions Ltd., UK

  3. Nanocellulose demystified

    Jack Miller | Founder and Principal Consultant of Biobased Markets, USA

    Explaining the difference between MFC, CNF, NFC, CNC, NCC
    Produced at mill site vs produced at biorefinery and shipped to mill
    Market size by segment
    Implications for specialty papers: producers, converters, end users

  4. Functionalities of micro and nano fibrillated cellulose in paper and paperboard

    Jon Phipps | Principal Scientist of FiberLean® Technologies Ltd., UK

    Filler increase in graphic papers
    Top layer dematerialisation in white top liner and folding boxboard
    Barrier coatings
    Wet end coating
    Global satellite MFC capacity – 4 plants, 10,000 tonnes/year


  5. Networking break

  6. Practical aspects of continuous film forming from nanocellulose materials

    Volker Uhl | Business Development of Berndorf Band Group, Austria

  7. Roundtable: “What’s next for nanocellulose”

  8. Workshop ends

Day one - Tues 21 April

Tuesday 21 April

  1. Registration and welcome refreshments

  2. Chair’s opening remarks

  3. TAPPI Update

    Lisa Stephens | Division Manager, Pulp & Paper and Nanotechnology of TAPPI, US

Session 1 - Global market trends and legislation in specialty paper

  1. Recent capacity trends and developments in specialty papers

    Pirita Huotari | Senior Consultant, Business Intelligence of Fisher International, Inc, Finland

  2. The drive for plastic-free alternatives – update

    Jori Ringman | Director General of Confederation of European Paper Industry (CEPI), The Netherlands

  3. Environmental regulation and compliance for specialty papers in Asia

    Kirk Hwang | CTO of YFY Inc., Taiwan

  4. Legislation is developing – recyclability, food contact, plastics directive

    Speaker to be confirmed

  5. Networking refreshment break

Session 2 - Sustainable solutions, recyclability and circularity

  1. Disruption in packaging: capturing the opportunity for paper-based solutions

    René Koehler | Head of Business Development of Sappi Europe, Germany

    • Category (new): Opportunities for fibre-based packaging
    • What does recyclability & circularity mean for current packaging?
    • Functional paper packaging – Advantages, recycling - Some insights from our product launches
    • Are recycling paths & partners ready to capture the opportunity?
  2. Sustainability - threat or opportunity for paper makers? Linerless labelling, a successful opportunity

    Jérôme Salvert | Technology Expert of Elkem Silicones, France

    • Sustainable initiatives (Reuse, Reduce, Recyle) in pressure sensitive label industry
    • Difficulties to implement sustainable solutions – Successes
    • Practical case study: linerless labelling
  3. Beyond their use – the after-life of paper products

    Andreas Faul | Managing Director of INGEDE, Germany

  4. Networking lunch

  5. Sustainability assessment of mineral pigments used in specialty paper and board application

    Emmanuelle Henry Lanier | Sustainable Portfolio Management of Imerys SA, France

    Minerals for paper & board coating application: from technical functionalities to environmental and sustainability benefits for downstream value chain

    • Key Functionalities of minerals in application
    • How to assess sustainability of minerals products: SPM (Sustainable Portfolio Management) methodology applied to provide a sustainability ID card of mineral solutions
    • How intrinsic environmental footprint of minerals can be balanced by sustainability benefits in downstream value chain?
  6. Fibre based food contact materials: challenges and research for food safety and sustainability

    Dr. Antje Harling | Division manager of Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS), Germany

    • Food safety Issues for paper based packaging:
    • How to ensure protection of food
    • design of barrier properties and the influence of converting: lamination, printing, gluing – substances to be considered in food contact compliance work
    • Recyclability of paper based packaging:
    • Design demands for paper and board recycling
    • Challenges in implementation of legal requirements (e.g. German packaging law)
  7. Q&A session

  8. Networking refreshment break

Track A - New innovations

  1. Chair’s opening remarks

  2. Stand-alone units offline: a paper machine with innovative technology for the generation of tailor made stretch properties in all papers and paper based composites with aluminium foil

    Marion Sterner | R&D Director of Gruppo X di X Gruppo srl, Italy

    • Stretchable paper from stand-alone units off-line a paper machine
    • Tailor-made stretch for all paper types
    • Stretch for paper based composites with alu-foil
  3. Unlocking the stretch potential of paper

    Rafik Allem | Lead Scientist of FPInnovations, Canada

    • Mechanical treatment to induce morphological changes
    • Impact of fibre species and heat-treatment
    • Synergistic interactions between the treated fibres and thermoplastic polymer
    • Potential applications
  4. New raw materials from circular economy in the paper production: textile and leather fibres for special papers

    Antonio Sinico | Quality and Industrialization Manager of Favini Srl, Rossano Veneto Paper Mill, Italy

    Favini RV Paper Mill presentation
    Short presentation of Favini Ecological Papers (Shiro, Crush, Remake, Refit).
    Remake and Refit: birth, production, technical description.
    Why Remake and Refit are important for circular economy?
    Future development and conclusions

  5. Chair’s closing remarks

Track B - Pulp and Paper

  1. Chair’s opening remarks

  2. Pulp suppliers perspective

    15-minute snapshot presentations, followed by Q&A session

  3. Closecell: eucalyptus pulp for barrier papers

    Roberto Pablo Mirande Duhalde | Product Development Director of ENCE Energía y Celulosa, Spain

  4. Benchmarking of premium NBSK fibres - an essential understanding for specialty paper producers

    Frank P. Meltzer | Director of Technical Sales & Marketing of Mercer Pulp Sales GmbH, Germany

  5. Q&A session

  6. A specialty paper outlook outside from EU

    15-minute snapshot presentations, followed by a Q&A session featuring: Christian Siegert, Bio-Applications Manager, Compañia de Empaques and Ved Krishna, Strategy Head, Yash Pakka Ltd

    Fique applications and possibilities for the specialty paper industry.
    -Fique as an alternative for specialty paper manufacturing
    -The reliable supply chain in Colombia
    -Fique composition and studies
    Christian Siegert, Bio-Applications Manager, Compañia de Empaques

    ​Development of compostable packaging for non-aromatic products
    Ved Krishna, Strategy Head, Yash Pakka Ltd.

    Q&A session

  7. Chair’s closing remarks

  8. Networking drinks reception

Day Two - Wed 22 April

Wednesday 22 April

  1. Registration and welcome refreshments

  2. Chair’s opening remarks

Panel - Plastics vs. paper and alternative solutions

  1. Panel featuring: P&G, Nestlé, Blue Lake Packaging, Inc., Huhtamaki and Amcor

    • What are the practical applications of plastics replacing paper?
    • Biodegradable barriers
    • End-of-life for the new barrier materials/products – recycling and, compostability, biodegradability (water/sea).
    • Evaluation the biodegradability - What are the existing test methods and short-comings?
    • How to recycle specialty paper?
    • Is the food industry ready for  paper packaging?

    Panellists including:

    • Bing MacKay, Co-Founder, Blue Lake Packaging, Inc. , USA
    • Alexey Vishtal, Packaging Specialist Paper and Board, Nestlé, Switzerland
    • Jürgen Dornheim, Section Head Corporate Packaging, P&G, Germany
    • Richard Ali, Sustainability Director - Foodservice Europe Asia Oceania, Huhtamaki, Finland 
    • Rémy Teuscher, Sustainability Manager, Amcor, Switzerland

Session 3: Barrier developments and barrier coating innovation

  1. Current methods and regulation about how biodegradability of packaging is evaluated, and how the different old and new materials behave

    Tim Börner | Specialist Enzyme Technology & Biodegradation of Nestlé, Switzerland

  2. Networking refreshment break

  3. Pioneering waterborne materials of bio-based origin that provide functionality to surfaces

    Jochen Schlegel, Dipl.-Ing | Managing Director of JOCHEN SCHLEGEL A & C, Germany on behalf of EURIKAS BVBA, Belgium

  4. Non-blocking water based barrier coatings (WBBC) for heat sealing

    Mia Ahokas | R&D Engineer of CH-Polymers, Finland

    • Bio-based water based barrier coating
    • Sustainable solutions for packaging materials
    • Mechanism of heat sealing
  5. Q&A session

  6. Advances in acrylic latex coatings for oil and grease resistant barrier applications

    Brian Einsla | Senior Research Scientist of The Dow Chemical Company, USA

    • Better block performance is a critical need for low Tg materials that are required for folded barrier resistance
    • Review formulary solutions (pigment, additives) and benefits/needs
    • Improved block performance while maintaining oil and grease resistance
  7. Sustainability of the CMC value chain – from raw materials to barrier applications

    Dr. Jürgen Luchtenberg | Technical Support & Development Manager of CP Kelco, Finland

    • Due to import role of sustainability in paper & board value chain, metrics such as recyclability and bio-degradability are used alongside technical performance as selection criteria for ingredients.
    • When sustainability is an integral part of the ingredient’s value chain, it is demonstrated in different ways both in supplier’s internal processes and as ability to provide several ways to reduce the customer’s environmental impacts.
    • The practical example will show how CP Kelco’s cellulose based Carboxymethyl Cellulose’s (CMC) barrier value chain provides sustainable functionality for the paper and board industry.
  8. Q&A session

  9. Novel sustainable barriers

    Anna Marie Dijk – van Delden | Technical Service Manager of Avebe U.A., The Netherlands

    • Renewable, biodegradable, compositable and repulpable starch based barrier layer
    • Reduction or elimination of fluorochemicals without sacrificing performance of the grease resistance
    • Reduction of wet staining
    • Gas barrier against mineral oils with no blocking and no coating cracking of the coated board while higher dry solid applications are feasible
  10. SHERPACK project: for a renewable, biodegradable and recyclable flexible paper-based packaging material

    Laura Crowther-Alwyn | Project Leader of Centre Technique du Papier, France

  11. Networking lunch

  12. Metallisation of paper- physical vapor deposition - gas barrier - hygroexpansion - substrate roughness - adhesion

    Dr. Klaus Noller | Chief Scientist of Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV, Germany

  13. Application and metering of barrier and how it affects the barrier properties

    Tom Larsson | Sales Director of UMV Coating Systems, Sweden

Session 4 - Novel technologies

  1. Production of nanocellulose containing films by slot die casting on steel belt

    Volker Uhl | Business Development of Berndorf Band Group, Austria

  2. Chair’s closing remarks

  3. End of conference