NPTA Alliance Meetings

The National Paper Trade Association (NPTA) and Two Sides are in Chicago this week to provide member program information and updates on U.S. paper advocacy efforts. Visit them at Booth 460.


NPTA Paper School

September 10

11:00 am – 5:30 pm

When employees and customers understand the fundamentals of paper, they better understand the value print firms can provide. The new half-day program, co-located at PRINT 13, will focus on the most important topics in paper and provide a strong foundation of knowledge on which to build. The five classroom sections will be taught by industry leading experts from top paper mills. Attendees will access the tradeshow floor and take a guided tour of the most advanced printing equipment in the world. At the end of the day, all attendees are invited to network with the best and brightest in the paper industry at the NPTA networking reception (see box).

The NPTA Paper School is available at no cost to NPTA member companies. Each company can send up to five individuals, and you can choose whether those slots are filled by new employees and/or your customers. Because many printers and paper buyers are here in attendance at PRINT 13, this is a great opportunity for your sales reps and customers to experience the educational program together.

Register online or call NPTA at 800-355-NPTA (6782).


Curriculum Overview

The Manufacture of Printing Paper: An overview of the principal raw materials and primary methods of preparation—including pulping and bleaching, followed by papermaking and finishing operations.

Paper and the Environment: Discussion of environmental attributes of paper, including a review of recycled fiber, fiber certification, and the overall sustainability of paper.

Uncoated Papers: Text & Cover/Business/Offset: Types and Uses

Coated Papers: Commercial, Magazine, Catalog, Retail Insert: Types and Uses

Digital Printing Primer: An overview of the various digital printing technologies with an emphasis on how the paper affects the final results. Review of the implications and performance requirements for paper.

Exhibit Booth Tour & NPTA Networking Reception: A guided tour of two different OEM print booths with a 30-minute demonstration of their machinery and a discussion about the importance of paper in the process. At the end of the tours the group will reconvene at the NPTA Networking Reception on the show floor for complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.