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A Communication from the PLACE Div. of TAPPI

For information about the PLACE div. of TAPPI visit tappi.org

Decorative and Industrial Laminates Symposium
A symposium sponsored by the Decorative and Industrial Laminates Committee of the PLACE Division will be August 23 to 25, 2004, at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

The meeting will attract professionals from all functional areas of high and low pressure laminates, decorative paper and printing, vinyl, foil, and overlay industries. Lee Miller, Vice Chairman of the Decorative and Industrial Laminates Committee is Program Coordinator for the meeting.

Typical information presented at the meeting will include new products and trends, raw materials, processes and equipment, specialty laminates and specialty applications, economics, global marketing, designs for new markets, marketing to compete with other technologies, and coping in a competitive environment. Miller notes that the meeting will provide enhanced opportunities for learning, sharing, and networking.

Monday morning of the symposium will feature an expanded set of concurrent tutorial sessions. Set in a classroom environment to optimize the learning experience and promote discussion, the tutorials will allow attendees to customize their schedules for optimum effectiveness. To avoid large class sizes, enrollment will be controlled.

Two plant tours will highlight the meeting on Monday afternoon. A tour of the Toppan plant will show the complete process of designing and printing decorative papers for the laminate industry.

The second tour is to the facilities of PICO, a global marketing company specializing in design and fabrication of major exhibitions, museum exhibits, and the like. Both plant tours can only accommodate a limited number of people so early registration is necessary.

Tuesday morning begins the technical program featuring presentations by industry experts. The day will close with the popular table-top displays and a cocktail reception at the hotel. The Decorative and Industrial Laminates Symposium has designated the final day of the meeting as Super Wednesday.

The presentations will focus on recent market developments and an outlook to the future. The format will include not only traditional presentations but also a special guest luncheon speaker. A special highlight will be the naming of the first inductees into the Decorative and Industrial Laminates Hall of Fame.

The afternoon program on Wednesday will include a panel of industry executives who will present “Over the Horizon,” an open discussion of their vision for the future of the laminate industry. Discussion from this session is certain to spill over to the following special reception and bring the 2004 Decorative and Industrial Laminating Symposium to a memorable conclusion.

For general information related to this symposium, contact Lee Miller by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The most up-to-date information on the meeting is always available at www.tappi.org. On the home page, click Conferences & Symposia in the menu. On the ensuing page, click Conferences & Symposia again. Then scroll down to the listing for 2004 Decorative & Industrial Laminates Symposium.

For information about the PLACE Division of TAPPI, access the TAPPI web page at www.TAPPI.org. To obtain the complete papers whose expanded summaries appear in this section, go to the TAPPI web site at www.TAPPI.org. Then click on “the PLACE” in the section designated Journals.

Telephone inquiries are welcome at the TAPPI Service Line by calling 1-800-332-8686 in the United States, 1-800-446-9431 in Canada, or +1-770-446-1400 in other countries. Send FAX to 1-770-446-6947. Address mail to TAPPI, Box 105113, Atlanta, GA, 30348-5113. Contact “the PLACE” editor by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Call for Papers at European PLACE Conference
The European PLACE Committee of the PLACE Division has issued an invitation to industry professionals to participate in their tenth European PLACE Conference being held on May 23 to 25, 2005, at the Vienna Marriott Hotel in Vienna, Austria. The conference program will have special emphasis on the latest trends, applications, and technologies in film extrusion and extrusion coating. It will highlight end use applications and focus on new information regarding the following:

  • New developments in polymers, other raw materials, processing, and converting
  • Advances in machinery, extrusion, and process controls
  • Latest information on finished products, environmental aspects, and packaging.

Any authors interested in presenting a paper on these or related topics can complete an abstract form online by going to http://www.tappi.org/tappi/abstracts/abstract_form_step1.asp. On the Abstract Form under “Select Event,” scroll down and highlight “2005 TAPPI European PLACE Conference.” Then follow the instructions listed.

Please direct any questions regarding the 2005 European PLACE Conference to Otto M. Plassmann, Technical Program Chair, c/o BP Koeln GmbH, Beckers-Kamp 16, Sundern, D-59846, Germany, by telephone at +49-2133-557163, by fax at +49-2133-556366, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information is also available from Ed Robie, TAPPI Event Project Manager, 15 Technology Parkway, Norcross, GA 30348, by telephone at +1 770-209.7243, by fax at +1 770-446-6947, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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