Coating and Graphic Arts

April 28 - May 1, 2024 | Cleveland, OH

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Coating and Graphic Arts (CGA)


The Coating and Graphic Arts Technical Program attracts professionals from all areas of the paper coating, converting and graphic arts industries.  It is designed to address both on-going and emerging topics of interest to our industries and attracts professionals from manufacturing, product development, business development, sales, and marketing within our various industry segments.



Coating and Graphic Arts Technical Program  

Monday, April 24, 2023
1:30pm - 3:00pm ET
Session 1: Challenge Accepted!  Breaking down the Barriers
   Session Chair: Thacker Burden, Republic Paperboard Company, LLC  
  CGA1.1 Multi-Functional Barrier Coating Systems Created by Multi-layer Curtain Coatings Don Ventresca, Trinseo, LLC    
  CGA1.2 Impact of Different Calendering Strategies on Barrier Coating Pick Up Peter Rättö, RISE AB    
  CGA1.3 Flexographic Multilayering of Conventional Latex-based Dispersion Coatings Containing Small Dose of Silica Nanoparticles: Runnability on a Pilot Scale and Barrier Performance Behudin Mesic, Karlstad University Sweden (Presented by Peter Rättö, RISE AB)    
3:30pm - 5:00pm ET
Session 2: Barrier Coating Quality and Control  
  Session Co-Chairs: Preeti Tyagi, Mars Wrigley; Tony Lyons, Paper Lyons LLC
   CGA2.1 Measurement and Control of Extensional Viscosity in Barrier Coating Dispersions Watti Lehtimäki, Åbo Akademi University    
  CGA2.2 The Influence of Latex Level and Pigment Type on the Penetration of Hot Melt Adhesive into Coated Paperboard Mubarak Khlewee, University of Maine    
  CGA2.3 Parameters of the Dye-penetration Test and Influence on Defect Detection in Waterborne Barrier Coated Papers  Joe Accardo, The Dow Chemical Company    
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
8:00am - 10:00am ET
Session 3: Synthesis, Use & Testing of Nanocellulose
   Session Chair: Al Osgood, Sappi  
   CGA3.1 The Effects of Precoating Layers on Barrier Layer Performance Kritee Pokharel, University of Maine    
  CGA3.2 Modified Nanocellulose Coatings for Reinforcing Barrier and Mechanical Properties of Paper and Packaging Products Kazi Md Yasin Arafat, North Carolina State University    
  CGA3.3 Extraction and Characterization of Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) and Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNCs) From Cassava Stem Biomass and Their Application in Printing Ink and Methylene Blue Biosorption. Chizoba Obele, Donostia International Physics Center    
  CGA3.4 Synthesis of Cellulose Nanocrystals from Hemp Agro- residues Prepared by Recyclable Acid Hydrolysis for Packaging Applications Munmun Basak, North Carolina State University    
2:00pm - 3:30pm ET
Session 4: New Developments in Formulation Design for Water Based Barrier Coatings
(Joint Session w/Papermaking Additives)
   Session Chair: Greg Welsch, Trinseo, LLC  
  CGA4.1-PA5 Use of Kaolin Clay in Aqueous Barrier Coating Applications Siva Devisetti, Thiele Kaolin Company    
  CGA4.2-PA5 A Recyclable Barrier Paper for Flow Wrap Packaging Thomas Gillgren, Billerud    
  CGA4.3-PA5 Improving The Barrier Properties of Paper Using Hydrophobically Modified PVOH Yuta Taoka, Kuraray America, Inc.    
4:00pm - 5:30pm ET
Session 5: Impact of Functional Coatings, Inks and Treatments on Paper Circularity
   Session Chair: Tim Bradley, OMYA  
  CGA5 Introduction  Paul Schutes, RPTA    
  CGA5.1-RPTA Impact of Coatings and Printer Inks on Circularity Kate McGlynn, Recycled Paperboard Technical Association (RPTA)    
   CGA5.2 - RPTA

Panel Discussion 

  • Terry Webster, AF&PA
  • George R. Fuchs, NAPIM
  • Al Linn, Westrock
  • Sandeep Kulkarni, Kool Earth Solutions
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
8:00am - 9:00am ET
Session 6: Biobased Polymers Rheological and Barrier Characteristics
   Session Chair: Daniel Rusnarczyk, GAW Paper Coating Systems Inc.  
   CGA6.1 Multiphase and Biobased Polymer Dispersions with Improved Barrier Properties for Food Packaging Markus Dimmers, ALBERDINGK BOLEY GmbH    
  CGA6.2 An Alternative Method of Assessing Accelerated Stability on Aqueous Biobased Dispersions for Oil and Grease Resistance (OGR) Coatings Özlem Akdoğan, Technick Products    
9:15AM – 10:15AM ET
Session 7: Impact of Pigment and Binder Properties on Offset Printing of Coated Paper and Board
   Session Chair: Dean Wellington, SAPPI  
   CGA7.1 The Influence of Binders on Coating Layer Structure and Offset Printing Properties Marcelo Mrtvi, OMYA AG    
  CGA7.2 Impact of Surface Free Energy on Paper Properties and Off set Printability Janet Preston, Imerys Minerals Ltd.    
10:30AM – 11:30AM ET
Session 8: Printing and Converting Technology Trends
  Session Chair: Nancy Plowman, Nancy Plowman Associates, Inc.  
  CGA8.1 Linerless Label Technology – A Step towards Sustainable and Circular Solution for Industrial Label Applications Prashant Kotkar, Western Michigan University     
  CGA8.2 The Modern Offset Press in a digital world. Understanding digitization with performance data and potential crossover points between Offset and Digital Jeff Powalisz, Heidelberg, USA, Inc.