NORCROSS, GA – TAPPI 's annual PaperCon Conference and Trade Fair reflected signs of renewed industry optimism among pulp, paper and converting professionals. The conference took place May 2-5, 2010, in Atlanta. Organizers report that 1200 registered attendees and over 70 exhibiting companies participated in the event, reflecting a sixty percent increase over 2009.

"This was clearly the best PaperCon ever," said Larry N. Montague, TAPPI President and CEO. "It is clear the industry has turned around, and the informal discussions and presentations I heard reflected that assessment. The industry's success can also be attributed to committed volunteer organizers from our PIMA, Coating, Engineering, Paper & Board, Process Control, and Process and Product Quality divisions, who put together an outstanding program."

U.S. participants came from 40 states and the District of Columbia. Twenty-five foreign countries were represented with Canada having the largest contingent.

Nobel Laureate and global energy policy expert Marilyn Brown highlighted a series of presentations on carbon footprinting, carbon life cycle analyses, and changing energy issues and policies. The most popular sessions addressed current and future paper and tissue-machine innovations, technologies for strength improvement, headbox and forming innovations for packaging grades, and a papermaking additives roundtable.

The overall Coating Best Paper was awarded to Chris Nutbeem, Janet Preston, Anthony Hiorns and John Husband of Imerys for their paper, “The Influence of Kaolin Aspect Ratio on Offset Printability.”

PaperCon 2011 is scheduled for May 1-4, 2011, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, KY. Visit for program updates.