Papermaking with Nonwood Fibers

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020 to Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Nonwoods come with certain challenges, but also certain advantages. Most will be review in this webinar. Hosted by the PTOC

Papermaking with nonwoods is nothing new, as a matter of fact it is quite old. It hasn't been done in years in North America until recently. The hemp craze has end users looking for hemp pulp. The sustainability movement has end users looking for something more perceptively sustainable than wood pulp. The plastics free legislation has a wide range of groups looking at food service ware, packing, even straws and six pack rings to be made with nonwood pulp. Nonwoods come with certain challenges, but also certain advantages. Most will be review in this webinar.

This webinar is Hosted by the PTOC.

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Nonwoods come with certain challenges, but also certain advantages. Most will be review in this webinar.

Mark Lewis is the current CEO of Sustainable Fiber Mark Lewis_250x.jpgTechnologies and Phoenix Pulp and Polymer. Sustainable Fiber Technologies has developed the Phoenix Process an environmentally benign method for pulping non wood biomass materials. A number of facilities of licensed the Phoenix Process including Fortune 100 companies.

Mark began his education on pulping non woods by pulping corn stover working with Dr. Herb Schroeder at Colorado State University 40 years ago. His corporate career started with Weyerhaeuser research in Longview WA. Almost immediately he joined TAPPI and within a year was involved in the various testing division committees.

He spent 17 years at the University of Washington teaching papermaking, fiber physics and pulping and bleaching. While at the UW he found Dr. Bill McKean working on wheat straw and corn stover, but doing the same thing everyone else was doing, trying to make the raw material fit existing processes. Mark went back to what he did years before, knowing as a papermaker that if he could have good fibers he could make good paper. He took the technology that he and Herb Schroeder used and made good fiber. Mark left the University to develop the Phoenix Process. Currently there are ten former students of his working for Sustainable Fiber Technologies. The Phoenix Process or TLC process as a knowledgeable customer calls it is being used on a number of various biomass materials in North America and the first mill starting in Europe in 2021.

From the beginning of his career Mark stayed active in TAPPI including being Faculty Advisor at the University of Washington. Moved through the officer ranks with the Pacific Section including as Emcee of the 75th Anniversary of the oldest TAPPI section. Currently he serves as Chairman of the Non Wood Committee.

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Nonwoods come with certain challenges, but also certain advantages. Most will be review in this webinar.

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