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Conference 2018

Fiber Development, Sourcing, Trends and Innovation

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January 24th-25th, 2018

North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

Market effects, related to higher fiber prices and constraints in fiber supply, is a hot topic in the industry today. We are excited to present Tissue Day at NC State 2018. This symposium will focus on “Fiber Development, Sourcing, Trends, and Innovation.” More than 20 global experts will discuss trends in the tissue industry, changes in consumption patterns, development, and outlook and how that translates into fiber demand, supply and pricing. In this venue, we will also discuss fiber development and use of nanotechnology in tissue manufacturing.

Who Should Attend? – What will you learn?

  • Sourcing/buyers personnel will learn about trends in the tissue fiber market and forecasts.
  • Process engineers will learn about the different fiber types, morphology and effect of refining on tissue performance.
  • Controllers and financial managers will understand how market effects will affect fiber and production costs.
  • Production managers and R&D personnel will learn about fiber alternatives and technology available.
  • Vice-presidents and directors will learn how consumption patterns and fibers availability will shape the manufacturing landscape.

Topics of discussion

  • Fiber sourcing and market trends.
  • Developing alternative fibers to offset market effects.
  • Fiber development for new applications.
  • Discussion on the use of nano materials in tissue applications.
  • Discussion on drivers for value: linking fiber to product features.
  • Market outlook for 2018.

Tissue Day Agenda

(Final agenda will be posted early December)

For detailed information on topics and speakers click here

January 24th, 2018





8:30-9:50 am


9:50-9:55 am


Dr. Marko Hakovirta, NCSU


9:55-10:15 am

Opening, Logistics of the event and agenda

Dr. Ronalds Gonzalez, NCSU


10:15-10:45 am

Global Dynamics in Tissue
(Trends, Threats & Opportunities)

Dr. Richard Phillips, NCSU


10:45-11:15 am

Tissue Market in North America (AFH,CT) Development & Outlook

Siana Jannesari, Euromonitor


11:15-11:45 am

Fiber Sourcing from a Global Perspective

David Knight, Global Sourcing Director, Essity (SCA)


11:45-12:15 pm

World Tissue Fiber Furnish Trends

Jonathan Rager, RISI


12:15-1:45 pm


1:45-2:15 pm

Alternatives Fibers for Tissue Manufacturing

Tiago De Assis, NCSU


2:15-2:45 pm

Fiber Market Affecting Manufacturing Landscape

Soile Kilpi, Poyry


2:45-3:15 pm

Time for a New Paradigm in Pulp Manufacturing. The Making of Tissue Pulp

Dale Kavalew, DK & Associates


3:15-3:45 pm


3:45-4:15 pm

Dynamics of the Recycled Paper Business

Aimee Gregg, International Paper


4:15-4:45 pm

Mapping Drivers for Value in the Tissue Industry

Dr. Ronalds Gonzalez, NCSU


4:45-5:45 pm

Research Capabilities – Tissue Pack Innovation Lab (TPIL)

Dr. Lokendra Pal, NCSU


6:00-8:00 pm

Consortium Working Dinner (come to learn about the Tissue Pack Consortium)

January 25th, 2018





8:50-9:00 am

Second-day event opening

Dr. Ronalds Gonzalez, NCSU


9:00-9:30 am

How Recycling Operations Affect Fiber Quality

Dr. Richard Venditti, NCSU


9:30-10:00 am

In-Depth Sheet Structure Analysis Utilizing KemView SSA™ Clayton Campbell, Kemira 

10:00-10:30 am

Increasing your Company’s Bottom Line through Successful Supplier Partnerships

David Zamudio, Sourcing Director Americas, Essity (SCA)


10:30-11:00 am


11:00-11:30 am

Application of BCTMP in Tissue PapersDr. Eric Chao Xu, Andritz Pulp & Paper 

11:30-12:00 pm

Nanotechnology in Tissue Manufacturing

Dr. Ronalds Gonzalez, NCSU


12:00-1:30 pm


1:30-2:00 pm

Shifting Market Place in the Tissue Industry

Chip Dillon, Vertical Partners


2:00-2:30 pm

Wood Fiber Supply

Dr. Robert Abt, NCSU


2:30-3:00 pm

Furnish Optimization for Tissue Products

Bernard Hoeger, Grand Bay Paper Products 


3:00-3:20 pm

Supply Chain Analytics – A Look at Supplier Risks & Impact

Rekha Menon-Varma & Dr. Sudipta Dasmohapatra, Vertaeon LLC


3:20-3:30 pm

End of the event

For detailed information on topics and speakers click here

Event Details

Dates: The event will start on January 24th 9:30 am and will end on January 25th 3:30pm. On January 24th (the first day of the event, we are hosting a dinner where a proposal for a university/industry Tissue Research Consortium will be presented).

Location: The event will take place in Talley Student Union at North Carolina State University Campus.
Address: 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606


  • Early registration (before December 14th, 2017): $200 to attend in person, $300 to attend online.
  • Late registration (on or after December 15th, 2017): $275 to attend in person, $375 to attend online.
  • Student registration: $150 to attend in person or online

A webcast platform will be available for participants to join from any corner of the world. Revenues from the event will support graduate student assistantships at NC State University.

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We have negotiated special prices with Aloft Raleigh (located within 16 walking minutes). In order to access the special rates click the following link: Hotel reservation

For detailed directions from the hotel to the event please click here

Event organization

Event Director: Dr. Ronalds W. Gonzalez
Presentations, Sponsorship

Logistics: Carolina Londono Zuluaga
Hotels, Registration, Event Location

Broadcasting: Camilla Abbati

Communication and Marketing: Brittany Sweeney

This event is organized by:

Department of Forest Biomaterials

College of Natural Resources

Supporting Partner:

Check out our video to learn more about the event!