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feature 2016 Edition of TAPPI Tissue360 o Forum Best Yet Eleven sessions examine alternative fibers, process optimization, yankee operation Keynote session: Rod Fisher of Fisher International. TIssUE360o STAFF REPORT The 2016 TAPPI Tissue Forum at PaperCon, May 16-18, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, features one of the most expansive and in-depth technical programs since the Forum series began in Atlanta in 2013. This year's program includes 11 sessions that span three days of PaperCon, exploring a full spectrum of topics from alternative fiber breakthroughs, new tissue technology developments, tissue market updates, and mill and converting plant process optimization to advances in yankee dryer design and operation and energy saving opportunities. The Forum begins with a close-up look at the latest tissue industry data showing some interesting new tissue and towel patterns and trends. In his TF1 Session keynote presentation on Monday afternoon, Rod Fisher, president of Fisher International, uses data and analytics to shine a light on capacity, fiber, regional differences, capital investment, consolidation, U.S. versus European versus Asian models, new facilities versus aging fleet and much more in the tissue and towel sector. In the second half of the TF1 keynote session, Cristine Schulz, North American Sustainability Business Partner, KimberlyClark, focuses on "Creating a Better Future with Alternative Fibers." In her two-part presentation, she describes how K-C is producing paper towels and tissues that are environmentally responsible and meet performance expectations associated with the Kleenex and Scott brands. As demand for forest resources increases and available recovered paper is on the decline, K-C is identifying new sources of fiber such as wheat straw, which can provide the quality people expect while aligning with corporate sustainable fiber commitments. In 2014, K-C introduced products with wheat straw that provide the quality people expect while aligning with corporate sustainable fiber commitments.  Schulz continues her presentation in Session TF2, which examines Alternative Fibers for Tissue. She will talk in more detail about the products and claims (20 percent wheat straw, no loss of performance, etc.). Session TF2 includes three additional presentations on alternative Keynote session: Cristine Schulz of Kimberly-Clark. fibers, including an extensive review by Xuejun Zou of FPInnovations on non-wood fibers and their applications in tissue. As Zou notes, non-wood fibers are becoming a hot topic as non-wood pulp mills are being built in North America and tissue companies are rolling out new lines of tissues and paper towels that incorporate wheat straw and bamboo pulps. One reason for this trend, Zou contends, is that there is a growing consumer perception that "tree-free" tissues are more environmentally friendly. The second reason is that some non-wood fibers (e.g. bamboo) seem to have some unique properties for enhancing bulk and softness of tissue. "Although these points are debatable, Tissue360º spring/ summEr 2016 33

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Tissue Industry News
Focus on Global Tissue Key Move for Buckman
Bamboo Tissue Mill Nears Startup in China
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Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2016