Coating and Graphic Arts

May 4 - 5, 2021 | VIRTUAL and October 3-6, 2021 | LIVE! in Atlanta, GA USA

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Coating and Graphic Arts (CGA)



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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

The program is currently under development and subject to change. Visit our website often for program updates.


CGA1: Sustainability in Single-use Packaging - Practical Approaches and Opportunities
    Session Chair: Sandeep Kulkarni, KoolEarth Solutions  
      CGA1.1 Plastics Perspective to Sustainable Packaging Jennifer Ronk, Dow Chemical
      CGA1.2 TBA  
      CGA1.3 TBA  
CGA2: Advances in Coating Operations
    Session Chair: Martti Tuomisto, Advanced Dynamics  
      CGA2.1 Curtain Coating - Minimizing Development Costs Harald Döll, TSE Troller
      CGA2.2 Less Emissions and Improved Efficiency in Coat Drying - SAPPI GratKom OMC9 Stephane Defrance, Ircon Drying Systems Corp.
      CGA2.3 Coating Defects & Coater Runnability: A Roundtable of Coating Operations Experts

Moderator: Gordon Bugg, Kemira


Kevin Kleisner - Republic Paperboard     
Peter Jasak - Clearwater Paper  
Brad Fadden - Graphic Packaging Int'l            

CGA3: Printing Trends
    Session Chair: Jim Niemiec, Consultant  
      CGA3.1 Fads, Trends & Disruptive Innovations Daniel Dejan, Dejan Associates
      CGA3.2 Unlocking the Growth Potential of Digitally Printed Folding Cartons Through Functional Coatings Emily Curry, Michelman
      CGA3.3 Primers for High Speed Inkjet Help Lower Total Production Costs Molly Hladik, Michelman
    Session Chair: Brian Einsla, Dow Chemical  
      CGA4A.1 Approaches/Opportunities in Recycling Single-use Packaging Palace Stepps, Sonoco
      CGA4A.2 Sustainability and Compostability: Setting Standards Emily Williams, Michelman
      CGA4A.3 A Versatile Sealing Barrier Solution for the Packing Industry Fabien Monnard, Omya
CGA4B: Advanced Understanding of Coating
    Session Chair: Tony Lyons, Paper Lyons  
      CGA4B.1 Rheology Management for Proper Control of Coating Processes and Coater Runnability

Vesa Kukkamo

      CGA4B.2 Numerical Analysis of Slot Die Coating of Nanocellulosic Materials

Martti Toivakka, Abo Akademi University

      CGA4B.3 Discrete Element Method to Model Tension and Bending for Single Layer 3-Dimension Systems with Bimodal and Pseudo-Full Particle Size Distributions of Spherical Particles Daniel Varney, Omya
CGA5: Functional Coatings with Micro/Nanocellulose Materials
    Session Chair: Don Hiscock, CP Kelco  
      CGA5.1 What You Need to Know About Nano/Microfibrillated Cellulose and Coatings, Packaging, and Graphic Arts Lokendra Pal, North Carolina State University & Douglas Bousfield, University of Maine
      CGA5.2 Compatibilization of Cellulose Nanofibers and Natural Rubber for Coatings Kendra Fein, University of Maine
      CGA5.3 Lignin-containing Nanocellulose Films and Coatings for Value-added and Sustainable Packaging Applications Preeti Tyagi, North Carolina State University
CGA6: Advances in Barrier Coatings
    Session Chair: Femi Kotoye, Trinseo LLC  
      CGA6.1 Cupstock Coated with Multilayer WBBC's Process & Product Performance Tom Larsson, UMV Coating Systems
      CGA6.2 Multi-Functional Barrier Coating Systems Created by Multi-Layer Curtain Coating Don Ventresca, Trinseo LLC
      CGA6.3 Optimization of Styrene-Acrylic Emulsion Polymers for Use in Aqueous Barrier Coating for Oil and Grease Resistant Paper Xiangyi Zhang, The Dow Chemical Company
      CGA6.4 Pigment Property Effects on Coating Barriers, Fold Resistance and Blocking  Mohammed Algharrawi, University of Maine
CGA7: Innovations in Coating Materials
    Session Chair: Manoj Dixit, Domtar  
      CGA7.1 Influence of Novel GCC Particles on Printing Properties of High Glossing Coated Wood-free Papers Johannes Kritzinger, Omya
      CGA7.2 Colloidal Interactions to Generate Novel Coatings Pradnya Rao, University of Maine
       CGA7.3  TBA  


 Featured Presentations


Preeti Tyagi


Preeti Tyagi

North Carolina State University


Lignin-containing Nanocellulose Films and Coatings for Value-added and Sustainable Packaging Applications (CGA5.3)

Market forces have dictated a growing number of substantial advances in packaging technology leading to greater innovation at numerous levels to satisfy end-customer needs. In light of the emerging trends in nanocellulose-based packaging efforts, a study was conducted to develop lignin-containing cellulose nanofibrils (L-CNF) films and coatings to provide a sustainable barrier packaging. Fundamental characterizations were made of various L-CNF with respect to their morphologies, crystallinities, compositional analyses, and charges. Barrier properties of various L-CNF-coated linerboard and films were also compared.

This presentation discusses the study's approach and findings which  highlight lignin-containing CNF as a viable means to improve desired packaging properties.


Tom Larsson


Tom Larsson

UMV Coating Systems


Cupstock Coated with Multilayer WBBC's Process & Product Performance (CGA6.1)

The pursuit of an alternative to extruded poly barriers on paperboard cup stock has become a high-interest topic within the packaging industry in recent years. To investigate the impact of multilayer barrier dispersion coating technology on cup stock, we studied the performance of commercially available dispersion coatings applied on existing cup stock base which today is utilized for extrusion of PE to produce hot and cold cups. Multilayer coatings provide an efficient solution in achieving improved barrier properties while maintaining a low coat weight which is advantageous from a sustainability perspective as both materials and energy usage can be reduced.

This presentation discusses the approach used for the study as well as highlights the results which determined that coating dispersions can be processed to perform at a desired level for the intended application using the multilayer coating concept.