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Smithers Pira and TAPPI collaborate for the 8th Annual Specialty Papers Conference

Thursday, Nov 05, 2015

Smithers Pira, in partnership with TAPPI, is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 8th annual Specialty Papers 2016 conference 4-6 April 2016 at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate in Manchester, UK. The conference will host more than 150 paper makers, mill managers, R&D professionals, coating specialists plus many other members of the specialty paper supply chain.

Specialty Papers 2016 will be shaped by the esteemed advisory board of returning members, Kelly Helein, Business Development Executive, Surface Modification Technology, Daikin America, Inc.; Chuck Klass, President, Klass Associates; Dr. Graham Moore, Strategic Consultant, Smithers Pira and Amanda Thomas, Division Manager, TAPPI. New members include Janet Preston, Senior Scientist, IMERYs Mineral, Prof. Martti Toivakka, Head of the Laboratory of Paper Coatings and Converting, Abo Akademi University and Chris Brown, Commercial Director, James Cropper Mill.

“We are excited to be partnering with TAPPI, again for this year’s Specialty Papers EU. Together with the advisory board, we are forming a program that is going to be a must-attend event for all organizations of the specialty paper supply chain,” said Kimberlee Rohrer, Conference Producer, Smithers Pira. “2015 was a great year for the American event and we are expecting an even better turn out for 2016 in Europe. The presentations this year will discuss some of the industry’s biggest questions, problems and innovations. In addition to the sessions, attendees can expect ample networking opportunities with key decision makers through various networking meals, breaks and special events such as the James Cropper Paper Mill Tour.”

Contact Steve Frier at +4401372802006 about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities. For more information about Specialty Papers 2016 or to register, visit:

About Smithers Pira

Smithers Pira is the worldwide authority on packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. Established in 1930, the company provides strategic and technical consulting, testing, intelligence and events to help clients gain market insights, identify opportunities, evaluate product performance and manage compliance. For more information, visit


TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, and converting industries and publisher of Paper360° and TAPPI JOURNAL. Through information exchange, trusted content, and networking opportunities, TAPPI helps members elevate their performance by providing solutions that lead to better, faster, and more cost-effective ways of doing business. Visit


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