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NPTA Paper School: #paperfundamentals

September 10, 2013
McCormick Place – Chicago, IL

When your employees and customers understand the fundamentals of paper, they better understand the value your company provides. In September, NPTA member companies participated in the new NPTA Paper School, co-located at PRINT 13 in Chicago, IL. This half-day program taught the most important topics in paper and provided each attendee with a strong foundation of knowledge to build on. The five classroom sections were taught by paper industry leading experts from top paper mills. Attendees accessed the PRINT 13 tradeshow floor and took a guided tour of the most advanced printing equipment in the world. At the end of the day, all attendees were invited to network with the best and brightest in the paper industry at the NPTA Networking Reception at PRINT 13.

2013 NPTA Paper School Schedule & Instructors:

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.
Lunch Served

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Manufacture of Printing Paper
Rick Williams, Product Development Coordinator, Printing Grades, International Paper
12:30 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Paper and the Environment
Daniel Persica, Sustainability Communications Manager, Domtar
1:35 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Uncoated Papers
Michele Pistone, Neenah Paper
2:20 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Coated Papers
Rick Agar, Manager Technical Field Services, NewPage Corp.
3:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Digital Printing Primer
Chris Harrold, VP Business Development, Mohawk Fine Papers
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Exhibit Booth Tour & NPTA Networking Reception
HP & Xerox Booth Tour


NPTA Paper School Curriculum Overview:

The Manufacture of Printing Paper: An overview of the principal raw materials and primary methods of preparation – including pulping and bleaching, followed by papermaking and finishing operations.

Paper and the Environment: Discussion of environmental attributes of paper, including a review of recycled fiber, fiber certification, and the overall sustainability of paper.

Uncoated Papers: Text & Cover/Business/Offset: Types and Uses

Coated Papers: Commercial, Magazine, Catalog, Retail Insert: Types and Uses

Digital Printing Primer: An overview of the various digital printing technologies with an emphasis on how the paper affects the final results. Review of the implications and performance requirements for paper.

Exhibit Booth Tour & NPTA Networking Reception: A guided tour of he HP and Xerox booth with a 30 minute demonstration of their machinery and a discussion about the importance of paper in the process. At the end of the tours the group will reconvene at the NPTA Networking Reception on the show floor for complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

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