Learn more about PaperCon 2017


Why should I attend PaperCon?

PaperCon is the world's largest technical conference for the paper and packaging industry.  It allows attendees to gain critical industry knowledge and establish new business relationships in a short amount of the time making it cost-effective as well.

Designed by industry professionals, PaperCon draws CEOs, mill managers, superintendents, scientists, process engineers, and suppliers from over 32 different countries for a comprehensive conference that includes a peer-reviewed technical program, multiple networking opportunities, special events and exhibits.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, PaperCon 2017's theme is "Renew, Rethink, Redefine the Future."

The 2017 conference, held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN, USA, will focus on the latest trends and technologies relating to papermaking, papermaking additives, process control, fluid fundamentals, and recycled paperboard technologies.  It will also focus on coating and graphic arts with an emphasis on paper packaging and board. 

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of the most important gathering of Paper and Packaging Professionals in the industry.  PaperCon offers:

  • Comprehensive Technical Program - Expert-led and peer-reviewed
  • Global Reach - Over 30 different countries represented
  • Networking Events - Face-to-face interaction with other industry professionals and experts
  • Career Advancement and Training Opportunities
  • Popular Programs - New Technology Showcase, Roundtable Discussions and Young Professionals Sessions


PaperCon 2017 Attendee Brochure


Where will PaperCon 2017 take Place?

PaperCon 2017 will take place in Minneapolis, MN, USA at the Minneapolis Convention Center located at: 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403


Why did you choose Minneapolis for PaperCon 2017?

There are many mills and paper or packaging companies located in the tri-state area. For many of them, this will be the first time they are able to send their employees to PaperCon due to its proximity. 


Who will attend PaperCon?

PaperCon attracts the world’s foremost experts including:

  • Academics
  • CEOs
  • Coating Superintendents
  • Consultants 
  • Consulting Engineers 
  • Corporate Production 
  • Corporate Engineering
  • Corporate Purchasing 
  • Corporate R&D 
  • Maintenance and Reliability Engineers
  • Mill Managers 
  • Paper Machine Superintendents
  • Process Engineers 
  • Production Managers
  • Product Developers 
  • Project Mangers 
  • Research Managers 
  • Scientists
  • Students
  • Suppliers of Equipment, Chemicals and Services
 PaperCon Audience  


Why did you change the exhibit hours?

Many people come to PaperCon to visit the exhibit floor along with attending the technical sessions.  To make sure everyone had an activity to attend on Wednesday, we extended the exhibit hours. Now you can visit booths and make new business connections all three days - Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 


Is there anything happening on Sunday this year?

Sunday is still a very important day.  Besides the coating course and two special events, including the Fellows luncheon, Sunday offers attendees the chance to set-up meetings with vendors and other industry people before the technical program  begins on Monday.
Make sure you take advantage!


How are speakers selected?

The PaperCon program is assembled by several program committees comprised of TAPPI members from around the world. They are industry professionals in each area and employ a rigorous selection and peer review process to ensure that the presentations are of the highest quality, non-commercial and of utmost relevance and value to the industry.

All presentations and proceedings are reviewed and must comply with TAPPI’s Antitrust Policy.


What sessions can I attend?

The PaperCon program is open; full registrants may attend any session at any time, regardless of the topic area.


Must I register for the conference to attend committee meetings?

No. Committee meetings are open -- anyone may attend unless indicated “by invitation only”. TAPPI Committee meetings are an excellent way to meet colleagues and network in your area of expertise.


How do I best reach my customers at PaperCon?

PaperCon includes many opportunities to network such as lunches, coffee breaks, committee meetings and receptions. In addition the PaperCon Trade Fair/Exhibits feature the industry’s leading global suppliers, new start-up companies, universities, associations and media organizations. Hospitality receptions and lunches are held in the trade fair area, as well as a New Technology Showcase where you can present a short (8-minute) commercial presentation to attendees. It is recommended that you promote your company’s presence at PaperCon in advance to maximize the number of contacts you make.


Do some parts of PaperCon require an extra charge?

Yes, some preconference workshops, courses and social activities require an additional fee and are noted as such.


How old is PaperCon?

The first PaperCon was in 2008 in Dallas, Texas, USA and it has been held every year since, making PaperCon 2017 the tenth annual event.


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