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  • By now, all members of thePaper and Board Divisionhave surely heard ofTAPPIs huge reorganizationalundertaking, called our 2010vision. A group of our mostsenior volunteers have beenmeeting for nearly two yearswith a select group of TAPPIstaff, gathering input from

    every member and organizationalvisionary in order to form a clear picture of what TAPPIwill look like ten years from now. As Wayne Gretzskythe great hockey star once said about how he came to besuch a success on the ice, I simply skate to where thepuck is going to be. And thats what TAPPIs going todo head straight for the future.

    As a large division of TAPPI, that is also our chal-lenge: to see, hear and understand what is needed tofulfill our vision of how we are going to deliver on ourpromises. We will continue to focus on meeting theneed for technical information regarding the paper-making processes that occur between the high-densitystock chest and the winder. What were changing,however, is how we are now able to interface with oth-ers that are also working in the same area but have dif-ferent viewpoints. How much stronger would a tech-nical program be for our next Papermakers Conferenceif we could draw on the strengths and resources of theEngineering or Coating and Graphic Arts Divisions?It boggles the mind to think of the possibilities.

    These are very exciting times! The opportunity formolding our own future has never been greater...ormore open. Thanks to the leadership of Wayne Grossand the flexibility of the TAPPI volunteers and staff,we are clearly set free from the overbearing bureau-cracy of the structure that weve had in the past.We can choose whatever best suits us in terms ofhow we recreate the Paper & Board Division, but wemust plan carefully and execute swiftly...and thatswhere all of you come in.

    The Steering Committee of the Division consists of all the Division officers, plus the past Chairman, anEducation Liaison and all the Committee Officers.

    (Because of the action that we took at this years conference in April...combining the PapermakersCommittee and the Stock Prep Committee...we havefewer representatives now than weve had in the past.)Its going to be the primary focus of our agenda inOctober to set the course for the Division in the yearsto come to formulate a vision for what we wish tobecome and then plan each step of the way on howwere going to get to where were going. This is acrucial time for us as a group, and we need your inputin order to meet your needs for technical informationin the future.

    Please avail yourselves of the TAPPI web site,which has been re-designed and is now more member- friendly than ever.

    Its a perfect place to ask about the goals of 2010 andpost your opinions about what should be done with theDivision. If you dont have access to the web...thats OKbecause we still receive phone calls and letters. In anycase, please dont pass up this opportunity to be heardon this important issue. The address, phone numbersand email addresses for the Division officers are listed inthis newsletter. Make sure you communicate whatdirection you'd like to see the Division take.

    Speaking of the Conference...we had an absolutelygrand setting in Vancouver this past April. A full technical agenda was complimented by a number ofexciting alternatives to the lecture format. We hadroundtables and panel discussions, of course, but therewere also some new things. The Additives committeeput on a wet and dry strength tutorial targeted atdelivering basic technology to newcomers and thosewho wanted a refresher course on the fundamentals ofthat chemistry. We had, for the first time ever, ourown New Product Showcase where the suppliers werefreed from the usual restrictions of commercialism andwere allowed to promote their newest technologies.We had such a tremendous response to the call forpapers for this format that we had to hold two sessionsin order to accommodate everyone, and even at thatwe had to turn some away. The ratio of papermakersto suppliers was higher, too, indicating that the techni-


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  • cal program drew the approval of those people inthe mills that decide to come (or send people) tothe conference, even in tight budget years. Theon-site surveys indicated that this was a very, very successful conference.

    So, we find ourselves at a crossroads. Wedon't have the luxury of doing things the wayweve always done them...its pretty clear thatsuch a strategy wont work...yet we have a won-derful (and recent) history of being the kind oftechnical forum that the papermakers of the newmillennium want and will support.

    Help us help you. Communicate with usabout your personal vision of a TAPPI withoutboundaries. Help us create a Paper & BoardDivision that is fast, fluid and flexible in how itdelivers value to its members. Im very excited tobe your new Chairman; a position that I expectwill change radically in the coming months andyears. In anticipation of the creation of a newstructure that will preserve our heritage yet ensureour future, I ask you openly to join us. Let ushear from you today.

    Jon KerrChairman, Paper & Board Division124 Fallenoak CourtLoveland, OH 45140-7750(513)

    Division Chair & Technical Program ChairThomas E. RodencalSr. Paper Staff EngineerGeorgia Pacific Corporation133 Peachtree St NEP.O. Box 1050605Atlanta, GA 30303-1808(404) 652-4514fax: (404)

    Division Secretary and Newsletter Editor:Mark J. SmithSenior ScientistOMYA UK Ltd.Technical CentreP.O. Box 1Melton Bottom, Melton, E. YorkshireNorth Ferriby HU14 3HWUnited Kingdom44-1482-636867fax:



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    Terry J. Bambrick received theTAPPI Paper and Board DivisionTechnical Award and Harris O. WarePrize for 2000.

    Through his research, analysis,and field application of new fabricand wire designs, Bamrick has signifi-cantly influenced the design and

    development of forming media andcontributed toward improved drainageand sheet formation on the wet end.

    He has made significant contributions in analysis ofdrainage and formation characteristics and practicalapplications of forming media. He has also conductedimportant research on the effects of closed systems onfabric operation.

    Bambrick graduated from the Ontatio Institute ofTechnology in 1964. He is currently retired from AlbanyInternational in Appleton, WI. He has served in allchairs of the Paper and Board Divisions PapermakersCommittee, including chairman in 1988, and has mostrecently served as continuing education coordinator.

    John M. Rogers received the TAPPIPaper and Board Division Leadershipand Service Award for 2000.

    Rogers served as technical programchairman for the 1998 JointEngineering & PapermakersConference. He is being honored forhis role in developing carrying out aprogram that appealed to both groupsand for successfully leading the divi-sions in completing the conference.

    A TAPPI member since 1977,Rogers has also served on the executive

    committee and on the board of directors for the LakeStates Local Section.

    Rogers received a BA in biology from the Collegeof Wooster in 1971 and a MS in engineering fromPurdue University in 1977. He is business develop-ment manager at Raasch & Associates in Green Bay,WI. His area of expertise is engineering and environ-mental waste water systems.









  • The 2000 Papermakers Conference was held in Vancouver, BC,Canada, April 16-19, 2000. Total attendance was 567, with459 paid. Approximately 18% of preregistrants were from pulpand paper companies.The opening session included a thought-provoking keynote address byRichard Phillips, Senior Vice President of Technology for InternationalPaper. Phillips indicated that research and development in the pulp andpaper industry are at their lowest point in 30 years, perhaps ever. Heindicated that things will likely get worse before they get better, andthat they will need to be different in order to recover. Key points fromhis talk included:

    1. Management believes that R&D has been a failure2. R&D failed to anticipate the future3. Suppliers do better than producers in effective R&D4. Emphasis must shift from process to products.

    The opening session also featured TAPPI president Dick Barker present-ing the TAPPI exhibit at Epcot Center and TAPPIs vision for 2010. TerryBambrick, recently retired from Albany International, received the divi-sion technical award for his analysis and field applications of formingfabric designs. John Rogers from Raasch Associates received the divisionleadership and service award for his work as technical program chairmanfor the 1998 joint Engineering and Papermakers Conference. The divi-sion also presented 6 scholarships to pulp and paper undergraduates.

    The technical program included a poster session and a total of 30technical sessions, with 16 paper sessions with 51 papers, 6 roundtables,4 panel discussions, 2 new technology sessions, and 2 workshops.

    The Poster Session on Sunday afternoon included 7 presentations.Chemical presentations included hydrogen sulfide odor control technol-ogy (Ashland), a new pulp and paper additive (Eaglebrook), and ASAemulsifiers for internal sizing (National Starch). Three presentationsfrom the University of British Columbia showed the effects of tempera-ture on PEO retention, fluid


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