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1903 – 2003: A sense of history empowers the future


December 1, 2002
By Pulp & Paper Canada

With the 100th anniversary of Pulp & Paper Canada and the 45th anniversary of EXFOR, both the magazine and PAPTAC (formerly CPPA) have a long and distinguished history built on the strong foundations …

With the 100th anniversary of Pulp & Paper Canada and the 45th anniversary of EXFOR, both the magazine and PAPTAC (formerly CPPA) have a long and distinguished history built on the strong foundations of this nation’s pulp and paper industry. This history is a valuable source of knowledge and experience, while serving as a stable base for future potential.

With such a record of service, Pulp & Paper Canada is committed to bringing its readers the highest calibre of information about the industry, much of which is a result of being the official journal of record for technical papers from PAPTAC membership.

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In its continuing tradition of improving the technical and professional capabilities of its members, PAPTAC has, as a primary example, PaperWeek International, bringing together EXFOR, the largest annual pulp and paper show in the world, along with the annual PAPTAC meeting.

Dennis McNinch, chairman of PAPTAC, says, “Over its long and impressive history, this event has proven to be an excellent training ground for those employed in mills as engineers, scientists, operators, managers, technologists and supervisory personnel.” He adds, “It also provides tremendous learning opportunities to students and researchers.”

As in previous years, PaperWeek 2003 promises to be full of exciting events, from innovative technical sessions to educational seminars and forums. It is also the only major international pulp and paper gathering in 2003, giving it an even more strategic importance in the industry.

“We know that we have a good product and people tell us that there’s no other more comprehensive program,” said Rob Wood, executive director of PAPTAC. “The calibre of speakers is very high.”

In addition, this year both FPAC (Forest Products Association of Canada) and PPPC (Pulp and Paper Products Council) will be holding their annual meetings in Montreal, together with PAPTAC. The Packaging Mills Association and Paper Recycling Association will also be sponsoring their annual open forums. This, as Kevin McElhatton, president and CEO of PPPC, says, will make PaperWeek the largest and most important global gathering of senior executives in the paper industry.

“This landmark four-day event will gather industry leaders, suppliers, customers and stakeholders to Montreal,” says Avrim Lazar, president and CEO of FPAC, encouraging all those with an interest in the issues to attend this important event.

A sampling of this year’s quality technical program from the standing committees of PAPTAC shows sessions of bleaching, energy, mechanical engineering, process control, 02 delignification, predictive vs. preventative maintenance, printing and graphic arts, automated testing of pulp and paper, papermaking fundamentals, research, electrical engineering, press operations, wet end moisture measurement, non-wood fibres, finishing, winding M/C efficiency, recycling and the environment.

New technology covers inspection of steel storage tanks, intelligent identification systems, rapid wet-end chemistry testing, plant triage, tailor-made calcium carbonate pigments, vacuum washers.

A much-looked forward event is the Canadian Mill Managers’ Forum which will be presenting What’s in the Toolbox for Today’s Mill Manager. Open by invitation only, attendees will hear panelists speak about the workforce, continuous improvement, culture, customer-service, effective benchmarking, and finding solutions.

This year, the Student Seminars and Poster Presentations will also take place on site. Canadian graduate students in pulp and paper will present a diversity of topics and the three best presentations will be presented with the Henry Bolker Awards.

The fact that almost all the events are scheduled within Montreal’s Palais des Congrs will make it easier for participants to attend an even wider variety of meetings and forums.

With so many synchronized sessions, conferences and products to choose from, delegates can get the details from the pages of The Reporter in which articles written by PPC staff cover most events. The Reporter is delivered bright and early to more than 20 Montreal-area hotels during PaperWeek, and will also be available at any of the numerous stands in the Palais.

Last year, with the expanded convention centre, over 13,000 participants were in Town for PaperWeek. This year, a fresh look and continued expansion will showcase both the range of exhibits and the positive attitude of the industry while the multi-coloured windows reflect Montreal’s “joie de vivre and reputation for festivals and fun” according to chief architect Mario Saa.

Come visit us at our EXFOR booth (200 and 101), where you can pick up Pulp & Paper Canada magazines and the 2003 Canadian Pulp, Paper and Board Mill Map. The 2003 Pulp & Paper Annual Directory will also be available for purchase at our booth.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


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