Coating and Graphic Arts

April 26 - 29, 2020 | Atlanta, GA, USA


Coating and Graphic Arts (CGA)


The Coating and Graphic Arts Technical Program Committee has selected “Novel Coating and Printing Concepts to Address Emerging and Opportunistic Needs of the Industry” as an area of focus for the 2020 Coating and Graphic Arts program.

The program attracts professionals from all areas of the paper coating, converting and graphic arts industries.  It is designed to address both on-going and emerging topics of interest to our industries and attracts professionals from manufacturing, product development, business development, sales, and marketing within our various industry segments.


Featured Presentations


Ethan Gor


Ethan Glor

Dow Chemical

The Use of Hollow Sphere Pigments as Strength Additives in Paper and Paperboard Coatings Part 1: The Predictive Nature of Packing Models on Coating Properties(CGA4B.2)

Hollow Sphere Pigments (HSPs) are widely used at low levels in coated paper to increase coating bulk and to provide gloss to the final sheet. However, HSPs also provide an ideal system through which one can examine the effect of pigment size and particle packing within a coating due to their unimodal and tunable particle sizes.

This presentation discusses the use of blends of traditional inorganic pigments and HSPs in coating formulations across a variety of applications for improved coating strength.


Preeti Tyagi


Preeti Tyagi

North Carolina State University

Lignin-containing Nanocellulose Films and Coatings for Value-added and Sustainable Packaging Applications (CGA5.2)

Market forces have dictated a growing number of substantial advances in packaging technology leading to greater innovation at numerous levels to satisfy end-customer needs. In light of the emerging trends in nanocellulose-based packaging efforts, a study was conducted to develop lignin-containing cellulose nanofibrils (L-CNF) films and coatings to provide a sustainable barrier packaging. Fundamental characterizations were made of various L-CNF with respect to their morphologies, crystallinities, compositional analyses, and charges. Barrier properties of various L-CNF-coated linerboard and films were also compared.

This presentation discusses the study's approach and findings which  highlight lignin-containing CNF as a viable means to improve desired packaging properties.


Tom Larsson


Tom Larsson

UMV Coating Systems

Cupstock Coated with Multilayer WBBC's Process & Product Performance (CGA6.1)

The pursuit of an alternative to extruded poly barriers on paperboard cup stock has become a high-interest topic within the packaging industry in recent years. To investigate the impact of multilayer barrier dispersion coating technology on cup stock, we studied the performance of commercially available dispersion coatings applied on existing cup stock base which today is utilized for extrusion of PE to produce hot and cold cups. Multilayer coatings provide an efficient solution in achieving improved barrier properties while maintaining a low coat weight which is advantageous from a sustainability perspective as both materials and energy usage can be reduced.

This presentation discusses the approach used for the study as well as highlights the results which determined that coating dispersions can be processed to perform at a desired level for the intended application using the multilayer coating concept.



Coating and Graphic Arts Track Program

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Monday, April 27

1:30PM – 3:00PM
CGA1: Sustainability in Single-use Packaging - Practical Approaches and Opportunities
    Session Chair: Sandeep Kulkarni, KoolEarth Solutions  
      CGA1.1 Nestle's Approach to Sustainable Packaging Dr. Stephen Klump, Nestle
      CGA1.2 Single-use Packaging and Zero-waste Initiatives at the Mercedes Benz Stadium Scott Jenkins, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
      CGA1.3 Plastics Perspective to Sustainable Packaging Jennifer Ronk, Dow Chemical
3:30PM – 5:00PM
CGA2: Advances in Coating Operations
    Session Chair: Martti Tuomisto, Advanced Dynamics  
      CGA2.1 Curtain Coating - Minimizing Development Costs Harald Döll, TSE Troller
      CGA2.2 High Shear Rheology Management for Proper Control of Coating Processes and Coater Runnability Vesa Kukkamo, ACA Systems
      CGA2.3 Coating Defects & Coater Runnability: A Roundtable of Coating Operations Experts

Moderator: Gordon Bugg, Kemira

Panelists: Kevin Kleisner, Republic Paperboard
               Brad Fadden, Graphic Packaging International
               Peter Jasak, Clearwater Paper


Tuesday, April 28

8:00AM – 10:00AM
CGA3: Printing Trends
    Session Chair: Jim Niemiec, Consultant  
      CGA3.1 Fads, Trends & Disruptive Innovations Daniel Dejan, SAPPI
      CGA3.2 Unlocking the Growth Potential of Digitally Printed Folding Cartons Through Functional Coatings Emily Curry, Michelman
      CGA3.3 Primers for High Speed Inkjet Help Lower Total Production Costs Molly Hladik, Michelman
11:00AM – 12:00PM Coating & Graphic Arts Fundamentals Committee   
  Coating & Graphic Arts Materials Committee   
  Coating & Graphic Arts Operations Committee   
  Coating & Graphic Arts Printing & Converting Committee  
  U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO TC 6  
12:00PM – 1:15PM Coating & Graphic Arts Division Steering Committee **  
1:30PM – 2:00PM Standards Advisory Review Group (SARG) **  
1:30PM – 3:00PM
    Session Chair: Brian Einsla, Dow Chemical  
      CGA4A.1 Approaches/opportunities in Recycling Single-use Packaging TBA
      CGA4A.2 Sustainability and Compostability: Setting Standards Emily Williams, Michelman
      CGA4A.3 A Versatile Sealing Barrier Solution for the Packing Industry Fabien Monnard, Omya
1:30PM – 3:00PM
CGA4B: Advanced Understanding of Coating
    Session Chair: Tony Lyons, Paper Lyons  
      CGA4B.1 Discrete Element Method to Model Tension and Bending for Single Layer 3-Dimension Systems with Bimodal and Pseudo-Full Particle Size Distributions of Spherical Particles

Martti Toivakka, Abo Akademi University

      CGA4B.2 Numerical Analysis of Slot Die Coating of Nanocellulosic Materials Daniel Varney, Omya
      CGA4B.3 The Use of Hollow Sphere Pigments as Strength Additives in Paper and Paperboard Coatings Part 1: The Predictive Nature of Packing Models on Coating Properties Ethan Glor, Dow Chemical
3:30PM – 5:00PM
CGA5: Functional Coatings with Micro/Nanocellulose Materials
    Session Chair: Don Hiscock, CP Kelco  
      CGA5.1 TBA Lokendra Pal, North Carolina State University & Douglas Bousfield, University of Maine
      CGA5.2 Compatibilization of Cellulose Nanofibers and Natural Rubber for Coatings Kendra Fein, University of Maine
      CGA5.3 Lignin-containing Nanocellulose Films and Coatings for Value-added and Sustainable Packaging Applications Preeti Tyagi, North Carolina State University

Wednesday, April 29

8:00AM – 10:00AM
CGA6: Advances in Barrier Coatings
    Session Chair: Femi Kotoye, Trinseo LLC  
      CGA6.1 Cupstock Coated with Multilayer WBBC's Process & Product Performance Tom Larsson, UMV Coating Systems
      CGA6.2 Multi-Functional Barrier Coating Systems Created by Multi-Layer Curtain Coating Don Ventresca, Trinseo LLC
      CGA6.3 Pigment Property Effects on Coating Barriers, Fold Resistance and Blocking Mohammed Algharrawi, University of Maine
      CGA6.4 Pigmented Aqueous Barrier Coatings Tony Lyons, Paper Lyons
10:30AM – 12:00PM
CGA7: Innovations in Coating Materials
    Session Chair: Manoj Dixit, Domtar  
      CGA7.1 The Use of Hollow Sphere Pigments as Strength Additives in Paperboard Part 2: Optimization in Paperboard Formulations for Opacity and Strength Brian Einsla, Dow Chemical
      CGA7.2 Influence of Novel GCC Particles on Printing Properties of High Glossing Coated Wood-free Papers Johannes Kritzinger, Omya
      CGA7.3 Colloidal Interactions to Generate Novel Coatings Pradnya Rao, University of Maine