WMU Paper and Paperboard Coating Course

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Tuesday, July 25, 2023 to Thursday, July 27, 2023

Partnered with Western Michigan University

July 25-27, 2023

Course Objectives:

This course is designed to provide a holistic understanding of coating materials, processes, and applications while discussing recent advances and trends in functional packaging, barrier materials, and curtain coating from the leading professionals in the field.


Topics Covered:
  • Pigments
  • Binders
  • Additives
  • Formulations Development and Characterization
  • Coating Equipment and Process Overview
  • Rheology
  • Coated Products Overview and Applications
  • Packaging Development
  • Barrier Materials and Curtain Coating

Who will benefit?

This course will be beneficial to Process and Production Engineers, Product Development and Research Scientists, Technical Managers, Machine Supervisors, Suppliers or other technical people who are new to the field of coatings. This course will also be helpful for marketing, business planning personnel, and others who are involved in developing alternative grades.

Participants will gain a very good understanding of coating raw materials, how those are processed and prepared for the coating applications, rheology, application methods, and finishing with an overview of end-use applications for coated paper and paperboard. They will also get an excellent background on the new developments in packaging, barrier materials, and curtain coating from the leading professionals.
Course Prerequisites: There are no education prerequisites, but general familiarity with coating materials and processes is recommended.

Learning objectives

Individuals taking this course should leave with the following understanding:

  • Coated paper and paperboard grades overview
  • Coated paper applications—Why paper and paperboard are coated
  • Barrier coating of paper and paperboard
  • Principles of coating formulations to meet desired end-use requirements
  • Raw materials used in the preparation of paper coatings including pigments, binders, and additives
  • Coating rheology
  • Nanoparticles and use in coatings
  • Coating equipment and processes
  • Drying of coated paper and paperboard
  • Calendering and finishing of coated paper and paperboard
  • Coating preparation methods and equipment including curtain coater technology
  • Printing and imaging processes and demands on coated paper and paper board
  • The future of digital print and demands on the substrate
  • Coated paper and packaging outlook/trends
CEU Credits:

Earn 14 Professional Development Hours or 1.4 CEUs after completion of this course.

For questions please contact us at training@tappi.org

Bergin.jpgJohn Bergin – Sr. VP Global Specialty Paper, (Retired) Stora Enso

  • 30+ years of coated paper experience in sales, manufacturing, operations, and business development
  • Also served on steering committees for energy, profit enhancement, labor negotiations, purchasing, and IT
  • Served as Director of Research and Development for Consolidated Papers
  • Co-author of several film coater patents
  • Tappi member since 1968 – served in many capacities including President of Research Management Committee
  • Member Pima Leadership Council
  • Member of Packaging Boards Strategy and Leadership Team

Gordon_Bugg.jpgGordon Bugg – Senior Paper Making Expert (Coatings) for Kemira

  • 30 plus years of coated paper and board experience
  • Worldwide responsibility providing technical support for paper and paperboard coatings to current and potential Kemira customers
  • Responsibilities include site support, process development and troubleshooting, training and new business development - Areas covered include papermaking, coating and printing/converting
  • Tappi Fellow
  • Retired military - 30 years Reserves

Meggan Hostetler-Schrock -Director, Applications and Technical Service, Industrial Ingredients, PrimientMHS head_final.jpg

  • Over 25 years of experience in the paper/packaging and industrial starch industry
  • Spent her first years as a process engineer, Team Development Manager, and Lab & Quality Manager for a Liquid Packaging Operation working on projects focused on improvements in safety, quality, reliability, and cost
  • In 2006 began her work with Tate & Lyle (now Primient), a leading starch supplier to the paper industry, supporting the entire Industrial Starch business unit in the areas of paper (wet end, size press, coatings) and specialty (building materials, adhesives, other) applications
  • Current team is responsible for technical support and development in areas such as lab studies and analyses (starch, wet end, coatings, adhesives, rheology modification, etc.), trial support, troubleshooting and problem resolution, as well as new product and applications development project pipeline for the Industrial business unit

Dr. Li head.jpgDr. Kecheng Li  - Chair of the Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering at Western Michigan University

  • Dr. Li received his Ph.D. from Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and the Pulp and Paper Centre at the University of Toronto, Canada;
  • Prior to joining WMU, Dr. Li was a Professor and University Research Scholar in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick, where his was a recipient of Merit Award (2008) and was appointed University Research Scholar by the UNB Board of Governors in 2011 and then 2016;
  • Dr. Li has more than 20 years of R&D experience in the pulp and paper manufacturing technologies including paper recycling and paper for packaging materials.  His areas of research interests also include biorefining for biofuels, nanocellulose, biochemicals; enzyme technologies for wood and fiber processing and wastewater treatment; and state-of-the-art surface and nanoscale techniques;
  • Dr. Li has co-authored with his students more than 100 refereed papers and book chapters, developed several proprietary technologies, and holds six US patents awarded.
  • Dr. Li has been invited by universities and research institutes around the world to give seminars in e.g., Australia, Canada, China, Finland, Japan, Korean, and USA, and by conferences and symposiums to deliver keynote speeches;
  • Dr. Li is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), and has been appointed as an adjunct professor by the University of Waterloo and by University of New Brunswick.  He is also serving on the International Research Management Committee of Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI).


Dr. Tony Lyons - Principal at Paper Lyons LLCLyons,Tony150x200.jpg

  • Received his Doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University. He also holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University at Buffalo
  • Over 38 years of experience in the areas of fluid mechanics, paper coating, paper finishing, and mineral pigments for paper coating, paper filling and other specialty applications
  • He retired in 2017 from Imerys after 25 years with Imerys and established Paper Lyons LLC for the purpose of doing science and technology consulting for the paper and paperboard industry.
  • Tony is an adjunct professor at University of Maine and Western Michigan University. He is also a past chair of the Education and Research Committee of the WMU PTF Board of Trustees.
  • He has been an active member of TAPPI since 1985 and has volunteered for various leadership roles in TAPPI including election to the Board of Directors. He holds patents in coating pigments, coating applications, coated inkjet papers, agricultural applications and barrier coating.
  • Tony lives with his wife in Lakewood Ranch. FL. They have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. He enjoys running, golf, tennis, playing guitar, and has recently taken up painting with watercolor.

Charles P. Klass – President, Klass Associates Inc.Charles P. Klass.jpg

  • 55+ years of paper industry experience include technical and operating positions
  • In 1986 he became a consultant to the paper industry specialized in coating, surface sizing and development of value-added papers
  • Active in TAPPI and has served as Chairman of the Paper and Board Manufacturing Division, the Coating Process Committee, and on the TAPPI Board of Directors
  • TAPPI Fellow and has received the Paper and Board Manufacturing Division Award, the Coating & Graphic Arts Division Leadership & Service Award, the TAPPI Distinguished Service Award and the TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal
  • Has 7 patents on papermaking and paper coating - research interests include development of recyclable barrier coatings, digital printing papers, high graphic quality containerboard and lighter weight paper-based packaging
  • Inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame in 2016

Jim Niemiec - Consultant, Jim Niemiec Consulting, LLC Jim Niemiec.jpg

  • 50 years in R&D and product development, starting in printing and ink-making and subsequently in coated and uncoated paper for all print processes with Abitibi-Price and Fraser Papers in Canada, Consolidated Papers, Stora Enso, NewPage and Verso in Wisconsin Rapids.
  • Responsible for digital printing product development. Project leader for production inkjet initiative and launched the TrueJet® Digital Coated Papers product line which received a PIA InterTech Award in 2011 for its contribution to the advancement of the printing industry.
  • Also developed several coated paper grade lines for the production color laser (EP) market.
  • Holds several patents involving printing technology including inkjet papers.
  • TAPPI PaperCon 2016 Chair and past Chair of the Coating and Graphic Arts Division, Technical Program, and Printing committees.
  • 2012 election to the Gravure Association of the Americas’ Gravure Cylinder Society which “recognizes individuals who have rendered outstanding or extraordinary contributions to the gravure industry” and the association
  • Received the TAPPI Coating and Graphic Arts Division’s Leadership and Service Award and the DuPont Soy Polymers Prize in 2015
  • 2017 election as TAPPI Fellow

ice_screenshot_20220317-092339.pngAlexandra Pekarovicova, PhD. – Professor at Western Michigan University, Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering

  • Teaching courses in rotogravure, color management, printing inks, and printability analysis - research is focused on ink formulations, ink and substrate interactions, rotogravure and flexo printing and printability
  • Works in printed electronics and functional inks formulations, and is serving as PhD and MS chair for graduate students
  • Recently supervised MS and PhD thesis in coating formulations
  • Authored and co-authored over 150 papers, conference proceedings, and eight patents –
  • Has served as a vice president of research papers in TAGA, Technical Association of Graphic Arts
  • TAGA board member for eight years

James M. Rennes – President, Global Technologies LLC,jim rennes.jpg Consulting Services for the International Pulp & Paper, Converting and Nonwovens Industries

  • Recognized as an expert in drying systems and the application of innovative technology to the paper, converting and nonwovens industries –
  • Three plus decades of industry experience include technical, operating and sales/marketing management positions with Trane Company, American Can, MEGTEC, Advance Systems and Spooner prior to organizing Global Technologies LLC
  • Has numerous publications on drying technology in the coated paper and paperboard technologies
  • Instructor for various TAPPI short courses, "Introduction to Pigmented Coating Processes", "Metering Size Press Processes” and “Coated Paperboard”

dave lewis.jpgDave Lewis  - Technical Specialist Paper Coatings at BASF

  • Over 30 years of experience in paper coating applications and product development, encompassing the full range of coating components and processes 
  • 8 years serving as field paper kaolin pigment specialist with Engelhard Corporation.
  • 15 years paper industry experience (Technical Director, Superintendent, Production Engineer)
  • Tappi Member since 1987

Brian Ensla.pngBrian Einsla -Senior Research Scientist in Paper Coatings at Dow

  • Earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Virginia Tech and Ph.D in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech developing high temperature polymers for proton exchange membrane fuel cells.
  • Prior to working at Dow, Brian worked at Henkel on novel adhesives and sealants as well as Los Alamos National Laboratory studying the degradation of cations under highly alkaline conditions for electrochemical applications.
  • Developed many commercially successful latex products for markets ranging from thermal paper, coated paper and paperboard, and barrier coatings for packaging.
  • Recipient of multiple external awards due to his project leadership and technical impact on the teams that won an EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, three R&D 100 Awards, a Business Intelligence Sustainability Award, and two Edison Awards for ROPAQUE™ NT-2900 Opaque polymer used in Koehler’s Blue4est® thermal paper technology and RHOBARR™ barrier coating technologies.
  • Brian enjoys spending time with his two well behaved kids and one poorly behaved dog. He’s an avid tennis player and novice cyclist and guitarist.

Bio Pic - Mike P (BTG).jpgMichael Paczkowski - Technical Director - Duroblade®, BTG Americas Inc.

  • Received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. After a brief two years in the chemical industry, he found his way into the paper industry.
  • In the 43 years since that time, Michael has had a wealth of technical and management experience in papermaking, coating of paper and board, tissue production and printing methods of various substrates.
  • Active member of TAPPI and FTA and has written and presented many papers related to, paper and board coating, printing, and the manufacture of creped tissue.
  • BTG and WMU have been important partners through the years with mutual support of our customers trial work. BTG has supplied countless coating blades and rods for these coating trials. 
  • In Michaels spare time, he enjoys DIY projects such as home remodeling, auto and motorcycle maintenance.

JFogg Solenis Pic Cropped.jpgJim Fogg -NA Business Development Manager, Barriers and Coatings, Solenis

  • BS in Paper Science and Engineering, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • 38 years of Industry experience in manufacturing, Coating R&D, Specialty Product Development, and Business Development.
  • Specific experiences included multiple coater startups, Global coating support for International Paper, and Coating Barrier Development for the last 10 years.

Mark Miller headshot.jpgMark Miller - Founder at Coating Tech Slot Dies

  • Mark’s first introduction to the world of slot die coating was in 1996, when he was learning the technology at 3M.
  • Today, Mark and Tim Marion own and operate Coating Tech Slot Dies, which supplies precision coating equipment.
  • CTSD provides education and consultation for improved coating efficiencies and increased coating capability.
  • Mark is a contributing editor to several industry trade journals and a frequent technical presenter at both domestic and international industry events.
  • More information can be found at www.slotdies.com.

Ottone TJ150x.jpgSteve Ottone – Technical Service Manager at Omya, Inc.

  • Holds a master’s degrees in Wood Technology from Penn State University
  • Job experience is highlighted by 10 years with various paper companies (Container Corporation of America, St. Regis Paper, Champion International), 27 years in the synthetic latex business (Reichhold Latex, DRSL, Mallard Creek Polymers) and, most recently 5 great years with Omya, Inc., the world’s largest supplier of ground calcium carbonate.
  • His areas of expertise include: Paper coating raw materials, formulation, application testing and finishing, Synthetic latex development, manufacturing, and applications technology, calcium carbonate pigments for use in paper coating and filling, and aqueous barrier coating compounding, application, and role in creating a sustainable future for paper/paperboard packaging.
  • 2020 recipient of TAPPI’s Coating and Graphic Arts Division Education and Mentoring Award for his years of mentoring our industry’s newcomers. Part of that mentoring has been participation in Western Michigan education programs, countless trials on the University’s pilot coater, and review of many technical works coming out of the University.
  • A very active participant in TAPPI; an endeavor that’s given rise to excellent technical interactions, creative problem-solving, years of conference programming and most of all a lifetime of close industry friends. For a young person just coming into the industry, this kind of participation can offer a much more satisfying career experience.

Prakash head.jpgPrakash B. Malla, Ph.D. - Director of Research & Development, Thiele Kaolin Company

  • Holds a Ph.D. in Clay Mineralogy and Clay Chemistry from Rutgers University
  • 30 years of experience in mineral pigment development and processing as well as paper coating science and technology.
  • He is currently the director of the R&D at Thiele Kaolin Company where he and his team are involved in improving and developing kaolin products and processes for improved paper coating and filler applications.
  • Additionally, he holds a Certificate in Mid-Management Program from Georgia Tech and an Executive Certificate in Management & Leadership from MIT.
  • Malla is active in the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including the chairman of Coating & Graphic Arts division. Dr. Malla received the 2014 Coating Division Leadership and Service Award and the Du Pont Soy Polymer Prize. He was also selected TAPPI Fellow in 2018 and Fellow of American Society of Nepalese Engineers in 2010.
  • Malla was also elected President of The Clay Minerals Society (2015-2016). He currently serves on the editorial board of Journal of Porous Materials and Clays and Clay Minerals journal.
  • Malla has authored and co-authored of over 40 technical papers including book chapters and holds 16 U.S. patents.

Lokendra_Pal.jpgDr. Lokendra Pal  - Department of Forest Biomaterials at NC State University

  • Received a PhD in Paper and Imaging Science and Engineering from Western Michigan University
  • J. Woody Rice Associate Professor of Sustainable Materials and Engineering at NC State
  • Over 19 years of global experience in the research and technological advancement of bio-based materials and professional experience in managing and collaborating with industrial partners worldwide.
  • Spent 9 years working with Hewlett-Packard Company. He has been granted 24 patents.
  • Director of NC State's Paper Pilot Plant-Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center, supported by the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII).
  • Co-founder of Tissue Pack Innovation Lab (TPIL).
  • Pal is highly engaged in professional services to several organizations, including ACS, TAPPI, AIChE, AIMCAL, and has been active as a speaker, instructor, officer, committee chair, and member. He was named TAPPI Fellow in 2021 for the recognition of his meritorious service to the industry

2023 Course Schedule

All participants will receive a course presentation notebook.
Earn 14 professional development hours or 1.4 CEUs after completion of this course.
Complimentary morning and afternoon snacks, along with lunch will be provided. 
Weather at this time of the year averages a high of 85 degrees and a low of 63. Dress is business casual, and jeans are okay. Meeting room temperature can be chilly.

Sheri Russell, Administrative Assistant
WMU Paper Pilot Plants
Office: 269-276-3964
Cell: 269-330-8553


2023 Registration Rates


  • $1,975 for TAPPI Member

  • $2105 for TAPPI Young Professional Membership Join and Renew

  • $2,165 for TAPPI Professional Membership Join and Renew 

  • $2,225 for TAPPI nonmember to attend


Registration Cancellation Policy 
If you have to cancel your training course registration, you must notify TAPPI in writing via email memberconnection@tappi.org prior to the class start date. Refunds will be provided according to the following scale:

  • 100% refund if notice is received at least 28 days prior to class start date;  June 27
  • 50% refund if notice is received between 27 and 11 days prior to class start date;  June 28th- July 141h
  • No refund will be issued for notice received 10 business days or less prior to class start date.  July 11th
  • There is no refund of fees due to failure to attend without notice. Substitutions will be accepted at any time without penalty.

Course Cancellation Policy 
It is WMU’s intent to avoid cancelling or rescheduling any training course. However, we reserve the right to cancel or change a training course at any time, for reasons including but not limited to, insufficient registration, instructor emergencies, or other issues beyond our control. 

If WMU cancels a training course, registered students will be notified no less than 10 business days before the scheduled start day of the course. In the case of a cancellation by WMU, 100 percent of registration fees will be refunded to students, or the students may elect to substitute the fees for another WMU training course.  

General Disclaimer 
WMU shall not be liable for damages of any kind resulting from errors or omissions in the training materials, nor shall WMU be liable for any damages resulting from the use of the training materials or other information conveyed at a WMU training course.

Course Dates: July 25-27, 2023

This training event is a partnership training event presented by TAPPI and Western Michigan University.

Training Venue:

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Hotels Near the Campus:

  1. Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center
    1. Hotel for Coating Course
    2. No room rate
    3. Shuttles will run from this hotel

  2. Hilton Garden Inn Kalamazoo Downtown
    1. Block or Two from Course
    2. Walk to Shuttle 

  3. Home2 Suites by Hilton Kalamazoo Downtown
    1. Block or Two from Course
    2. Walk to Shuttle

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Registrants should arrive at Western Michigan University by 7:30 for the 8 a.m. course start time.

Floyd Hall
4601 Campus Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

For those driving to the Parkview Campus, no permit is needed during the course. Please see driving directions below as well as attached map.  We are asking that attendees utilize either parking ramp West Parking Deck (P4) or East Parking Deck (P3) highlighted in pink on map.  For closer parking, pull all the way forward on main level deck. Please note, it is approximately 200 yards from the classroom. Signs will be posted on doors and in the hallway to guide you to Floyd Hall D-115. If you have limited mobility or need parking assistance, please reach out to sheri.russell@wmich.edu.

Via US 131
-Take Exit 36 onto Southbound Stadium Drive -Turn South (right) on Drake Road -Stay Southbound on Drake and crossover Parkview Ave.
-Drake becomes Campus Drive

West Parking Deck
-Once on Campus Drive
-Turn Right on Engineering Way West (Fourth Driveway) -West Parking Deck is the Third Entrance on Left

East Parking Deck
-Once on Campus Drive
-Turn Right on Engineering Way East (sixth Driveway) -Second Entrance on the right

If you are taking the shuttle to the WMU Parkview Campus; the departure time is 7:15 a.m. at the Radisson Plaza Hotel.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Departure: Radisson Plaza Hotel, 7:15 a.m.
Drop-off: WMU College of Engineering, 7:35 a.m.
Departure: WMU College of Engineering, 5 p.m.
Drop-off: Radisson Plaza Hotel, 5:20 p.m.
Departure: Radisson Plaza Hotel to Bell's Brewery, 6 p.m.
Drop-off: Bell's Brewery to Radisson Plaza Hotel, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Departure: Radisson Plaza Hotel, 7:20 a.m.
Drop-off: WMU College of Engineering, 7:40 a.m.
Departure: WMU College of Engineering, 5:00 p.m.
Drop-off: Radisson Plaza Hotel, 5:20 p.m.
Thursday, July 27, 2023
Departure: Radisson Plaza Hotel, 7:20 a.m.
Drop-off: WMU College of Engineering, 7:40 a.m.
Departure: WMU College of Engineering, 3:15 p.m.
Drop-off: Radisson Plaza Hotel, 3:45 p.m.

Discounted TAPPI PRESS publications for attendees!

These special publications from TAPPI PRESS are available to attendess of the TAPPI Advanced Coating Course.

Purchase with your registration and receive free shipping within the United States.

Make Paper Products Stand Out; Strategic Use of Wet End Chemical Additives

Print: 0101R361
Member Price: $95
Non-Member Price: $124

Advances in Papermaking Wet End Chemistry Application Technologies 
Print: 0101R349
Member Price: $129
Non-Member Price: $167

Paper Coating Additives
Print: 102B060
Member Price: $66
Non-Member Price: $98

Paper Coating Viscoelasticity and its Significance in Blade Coating
Print: 101R259
Member Price: $33
Non-Member Price: $52

Handbook for Pulp & Paper Technologists (SMOOK) 4th Edition
Print: 0202SMOOK4
Member Price: $103
Non-Member Price: $133

Properties of Paper
Print: 0102B052
Member Price: $ 44
Non-Member Price: $67

Pigment for Paper
Print: 0102B062
Member Price: $111
Non-Member Price: $167

Starch and Starch Products for Wet End Application
Print: 0101R319
Member Price: $135
Non-Member Price: $200

Starch and Starch Products in Surface Sizing and Paper Coating
Print: 0101R336
Member Price: $172
Non-Member Price: $215

The Pulp and Paper Technology Advanced Workforce Training and Education Volume 2: Paper Manufacturing
Print: 0101R320
Member Price: $54
Non-Member Price: $65


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