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  WIST News - November 2016 
Focal Point 2016 another success
Shelly Thobe, director of culinary innovation at The Wendy's Company, discusses the company's innovation strategies at Focal Point 2016.
WIST's 6th annual Focal Point conference drew more than 80 attendees for a day of discussion on opportunities in paper-based food packaging and service ware.
Ten speakers covered sectors across the value chain, from paper manufacturers to end users to end-of-product-life solutions.

We're already looking at possible dates for a 2017 conference, aiming again for October, and will provide updates as conference planning advances. (If you missed this year's conference, you can still view speaker bios and presentation summaries on the WIST website to give you a flavor or the event.)

If you are interested in presenting at Focal Point 2017, or have a recommendation for a speaker or topic to addressed, contact Paul Fowler, WIST executive director, either by email at, or by phone at 715-346-3767. 

The 2016 conference information is on the WIST website
Read WIST's October 2016 annual report online now
Highlights from a year of providing laboratory services, professional education and research while partnering with Wisconsin industries.

Register now for these upcoming two-day courses
Coating and Lamination
in Packaging Applications
January 19-20

This course is designed for those working in paper converting, coating, printing and flexible packaging. Participants receive eight hours of classroom instruction, four hours of hands-on experience on state-of-the-art equipment, lunch and break refreshments both days. The instructor is Dr. Roland Gong, assistant professor of paper science and engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Get more details and register online now.
Casey and student on machine
Hands-on Papermaking
January 26-27

This two-day class features morning classroom sessions followed by afternoon sessions of guided exercises operating the Fourdrinier pilot paper machine. This combination has proven to be a highly effective and enjoyable way to gain fundamental knowledge of the commercial papermaking process. With class size always limited to 16 or fewer participants, there is ample opportunity for questions and discussion during classroom sessions and hands-on opportunity on the paper machine. Instructor Dr. Gerry Ring is professor emeritus of paper science and engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Get more details and register online now.
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