Coating and Graphic Arts

April 30 - May 4, 2022 | Charlotte, NC USA

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Coating and Graphic Arts

 TAPPICon 2022

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The Coating and Graphic Arts program is designed to attract professionals from all areas of the paper and board coating, converting and graphic arts industries.  Being a part of TAPPICon provides extensive networking opportunities within all areas of the papermaking process. It is designed to address both on-going and emerging topics of interest to our industries and will attract professionals from manufacturing, product development, business development, sales and marketing within our various industry segments.

The Coating and Graphic Arts Technical Program Committee has selected “Emerging Coating and Printing Solutions to address the Industries Needs” as an area of focus for the 2022 Coating and Graphic Arts Program. Submissions directed at the following specific topic areas are of particular interest but we welcome submissions in other related areas as well.


Categories and suggested topics include:


Packaging, Label, and Digital Coating Applications

•    Barrier and functional coatings
•    Coatings for ink jet and electrophotographic printing
•    Coated label and liner
•    Flexible packaging – barrier coated paper vis-à-vis plastic films
•    Retail Ready Packaging
•    Replacing single use plastic – concepts and opportunities
•    Market trends in lightweighting of packaging
•    Advancements in recyclability, compostability, and/or biodegradability of fiber based products

Novel Coating and Process Technologies

•    Multi-layer/curtain coatings technologies
•    Novel coating materials
•    Print applied barrier & specialty coatings
•    Functional/specialty coating applications
•    Drying Strategies for coatings

Advances in Printing and Graphic Arts

•    UV curable printing technology advancements or challenges
•    Printed electronics
•    Insights into ink/paper interactions, test methods and effects on print quality
•    Digital image analysis
•    Advances in knowledge about coated sheet requirements for improved printing response

Other - Coating and Finishing topics

•    Mill case studies or success stories showing innovation, improved profitability, or improved runnability in coating and finishing (15-20-minute case studies; PowerPoints only)
•    New ideas for production cost and energy savings
•    Raw material developments and advancements
•    Practical utilization of bio-based and renewable type materials
•    Coating structure measurement relationship to end product attributes
•    Advances in coating rheology understanding
•    Practical applications of nanotechnology in coated papers
•    Developments in calendaring and winding


PLEASE NOTE: Full manuscripts are not required to be a part of the technical program.  However, if you would like to be a contender for the coveted Best Paper Award with potential for publication in the TAPPI Journal, a full technical manuscript is required.

The recipient of the Best Student Paper receives a Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 along with the recognition for the work.