Tissue 2018 Comes to Appleton

TAPPI and RISI will provide delegates with a wide scope of relevant topics affecting the tissue sector.

After its debut event in Miami in 2017 exceeded expectations, TAPPI and RISI are collaborating again to organize Tissue 2018. It will be held in Appleton, WI, October 2-5, at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center, at the historic heart of the US papermaking industry. An added bonus this year are tours to supplier facilities.

The 262 registered delegates for the inaugural Tissue 2017 event in Miami heard a wide range of presentations: technical, economic, mill projects, consumer trends, regulatory.

Among the highlights on the business/consumer side: RISI’s renowned tissue principal Esko Uutela discussed global markets; Jonathan Sher of Universal Paper & Plastic in South Africa described the company’s greenfield project; Maximo Gagliardi, Papelera San Andrés de Giles (Argentina) spoke of the new converting line installed; Carman Allison, Consumer Insights, Nielsen, looked at consumer insights: and, Sahil Tak, ST Tissue, discussed his company’s rapid expansion (Tissue360°, Fall/Winter 2016).

Technically, delegates had their choice of sessions dealing with data management, yankee drying and creping, converting efficiency, flushability, fiber, and forming. There was also a tissue technology forum featuring a number of mini-presentations as well as a poster session.

From the economic side, Uutela noted that China has now surpassed Western Europe in tissue market size, with North America still the largest consumer. He added that since 2015, China has been the largest tissue producer.

Worldwide, the tissue market is growing by about a million tons annually and is a dynamic, truly global industry now.

There is a danger of overcapacity, as many new projects have been announced. Some restructuring may be necessary, Uutela told delegates.

Sher is the fourth generation of his family to lead Universal Paper, which was founded in 1950, although the tissue division was founded in 2008. Gold Eagle was a greenfield project that saw the installation of a PMP (Poland) tissue machine.

The machine, which can produce 22,000-24,000 metric tpy, has a crescent former and can run 1,500-1,600 m/min. Prior to Gold Eagle, Universal Paper ran four older, slower machines. Sher said the objectives were to widen the company’s offering, increase quality (ultra premium tissue using a 100 percent virgin furnish), and bring its technology to a higher level.

Per capita tissue use in South Africa is about 4.5 kg, mostly bathroom tissue.

One of the most highly rated presentations came from Allison. He noted that the majority of consumers are still trying to reduce household expenses and spending is moving away from traditional methods.

In the US, grocery and drug stores are losing their paper products sales share to warehouse clubs and online shopping. Larger sizes (family packs) are a value play without the need to aggressively discount. “If you need to take a price increase, 69 percent of consumers prefer larger sizes to reduce their cost per use,” Allison said.

Paper products have been slow to move to online sales, but consumer interest is there. “Price is still king, except for a select group, usually millennials,” he added. “So, certification does count.” 

2018 Highlights

Delegates will again benefit from a comprehensive business program from RISI and technical program from TAPPI.  Topics will include: state of the industry, flushability, data sophistication for tissue manufacturing, and nanocellulose applications for tissue.

Tissue Testing Workshop;

Tours of Fabio Perini and CR Meyer;

Yankee Dryer Safety and Reliability Committee Meeting.

For more information about the program, contact: Scott Springmier at 404-375-0464; [email protected]

For sales/sponsorship, contact Shane Holt at 352-333-3345; [email protected]   

To exhibit, contact Grayson Lutz at 678-471-5838; [email protected]

Meeting planning is being handled by Shannon VanDuren, 770-209-7260; [email protected]

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