Board Converting News, May 10, 2021

AF&PA, ICFPA Present Young Scientists With Innovation Award The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) joined the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) in presenting three young scientists with the 2021 Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award at the ICFPA-hosted Global CEO Roundtable, a biennial gather- ing of forest product industry associations and leaders. Launched in 2016, the international contest recogniz- es, celebrates and promotes noteworthy innovations be- ing developed in the global forest sector by students, re- searchers and engineers age 30 years and younger. Among the three international finalists for the 2021 competition is Udita Ringania, a Ph.D. candidate and Baha- mla Lab Fellow from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Ringania was recognized for her research project, Dewa- tering of Cellulose Nanomaterials Using Ultrasound. “Udita Ringania’s research is an impressive example of innovation in the forest products industry with great potential to help paper and packaging manufacturers ad- vance sustainability,” said Heidi Brock, AF&PA President and CEO. “On behalf of AF&PA and our members, we con- gratulate Udita and look forward to seeing this exciting re- search progress.” The theme for the 2020-2021 award program was “Boosting the Forest Bioeconomy: Nature-Based Solu- tions Toward a Lower Carbon Economy.” In addition to Ringania, two other international finalists were recognized: • Jesús Rodríguez of Chile for research, Flexbio, A Bio- degradable and Compostable Bioplastic. Radiata Pine Sawdust Derivative. • Francine Ceccon Claro of Brazil for research, Low Cost Wood-Derived Nanocellulose Wound Dressing. AF&PA and TAPPI manage the U.S. Blue Sky Award application and selection process, nominating up to three candidates for the international competition. The U.S. judging panel was organized by David Turpin of the Alli- ance for Pulp & Paper Technology Innovation. The international Blue Sky Awards program is spon- sored by the ICFPA, a worldwide network of forest and paper associations that promotes cooperation in areas of common interest to its members and serves as the indus- try’s advocate at the international level. The 2021 Blue Sky Award competition included 21 con- testants from nine countries around the world. The top three finalists presented their work at the ICFPA’s virtual Global CEO Roundtable discussion and were awarded cash prizes for their achievement. Michael Doss, President and CEO, Graphic Packaging, presented Udita the award. “The Blue Sky Awards are proof of a vibrant, bright fu- ture for an essential and sustainable forest products indus- try,” said Doss. “The talent and innovation demonstrated by this year’s finalists is impressive.” Visit for more information.


OHIO BLOW PIPE/ADVANCED AIRSYSTEMS For 85 years the Ohio Blow Pipe company and its whol- ly owned subsidiary, Advanced Airsystems, have provided the corrugated and folding carton industries with systems and products to process scrap. We engineer, fabricate, in- stall, service, provide system audits, and offer a wide range of scrap systems, dust collection systems and products to include cyclones, under roof AIR-SCREEN™ systems, pit belt systems, CLEANAIR dust collectors, Mist-Clone dust control systems for vacuum feeds, material handling fans, ductwork, switch valves, airveyors, balers, shredders and dust briquetters. OMP OMP helps companies facing complex planning challenges to excel, grow and thrive by offering the best digitized sup- ply chain planning solution on the market. Its Unison Plan- ning concept has a unique approach. It handles all supply chain planning challenges in a unified way, synchronizing all planning stages, horizons, functions and roles. Hundreds of customers run OMP’s cloud-based solution to generate more value by making informed decisions. OMP invests one out of every three dollars earned into innovation.


We custom design, install and service air conveyed scrap and dust collection systems. Our unique APS® is smaller, lighter, and more reliable than current cyclones. Contact us to learn how the APS® System can enhance your operation.


Profero Systems the leader in double facer heating and traction section conversions along with other performance enhancing products. Featuring products from Contact Bars and Compensating Rolls to New Glue Machines and Double Facers.


GF PUHL designs, manufactures and installs air conveyed scrap & dust collection systems for the packaging and cor- rugated industries. With 37 years of experience, USA and International. We offer below or above roof systems featur- ing cyclones OR screen separators with real time pressure balancing for optimal dust control. High efficiency cyclones for sheet transfer exhaust systems eliminate water con- sumption and deliver dust directly to compactor or briquet- ter for low maintenance, long term sustainability and reli- ability. System audits, dust explosivity tests and dust hazard analysis (DHA’s) available.


May 10, 2021

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