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  WIST News - July 2015 
First speakers announced for Focal Point 2015:
Paper-Based Food Packaging and Serviceware

Keynote speaker announced
for October 20 conference

Brent Denniston, senior vice president for business development/international operations at LBP Packaging, will kick off Focal Point 2015 as its keynote speaker. Denniston previously worked at Starbucks, where he was vice president global sourcing & supplier relations, manufacturing and product innovation. With his perspective from both the retailer and the supplier side, Denniston will discuss momentum that paper-based packaging is achieving in the market and look at what may be on the horizon. Other speakers already confirmed for Focal Point 2015 include Nicholas Jermstad of Intertek, Jeffrey Leitinger of Dow Chemical, and Michael Richmond and Scott Ginnett of HAVI Global Solutions. Registration for Focal Point 2015 is now open online Early registration is just $200, a savings of $75 off the regular registration. 

Attend this one-day conference to:
  • Gain insights from leading converting companies about future needs and trends in paper and paperboard packaging
  • Learn about a number of innovations targeting superior performance
  • Hear about end-of-life management practices that improve environmental footprints
  • Achieve regulatory insights for those wishing to supply to European markets.
Link to Conference Website
WIST Education offering three courses in August
Register online; click the links for more info
Our new workshop on coating and laminating is being offered for the first time. See below for a special promotional rate for this two-day event. This workshop combines classroom discussion with guided work on a state-of-the-art pilot line each afternoon.
Also on tap is another session of Hands-on Papermaking, the popular introductory course that provides fundamental knowledge of the commercial papermaking process. This WIST course is designed for anyone who needs the basics, transferred from another industry, is new to operations, does maintenance, or supervises employees. Early registration rate extended for one week! Register for Hands on Papermaking by July 29.
And we're excited about a unique, five-day course designed by WIST researchers and team-taught by WIST and Paper Science and Engineering faculty, along with invited experts from industry and other universities. "Introduction to concepts and technologies of biomass bioeconomy" will familiarize participants with the integrated, interdisciplinary approach required in modern biotechnology. It includes classroom and laboratory sessions.

Link to Upcoming Courses
Two for one registration on coating and lamination workshop!
Register one, get one free registration for Coating and Lamination Workshop
Register by July 31 and we'll send you a promo code good for one additional registration. The additional registration must be completed by August 6. (Workshop limited to 16 participants; rain-checks may apply if limit reached)
WIST researchers publish paper on bioethanol bioconversion
It's in Bioresource Technology, September 2015. Read the abstract at Science Direct.
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