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Chicago Local Section

Charter Date: 1946

Geographic Boundaries: US states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Minnesota

Special Interests: Corrugating, folding cartons, sheet plants

Mission: The mission of Chicago TAPPI is to build business relationships and promote the corrugated industry by educating our members through the exchange of new ideas and technical expertise.

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What’s New Program  

Tuesday, February 6th, 2024 
Location: Oak Brook Marriott, Oak Brook, IL

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The Chicago TAPPI Local Section is hosting its What’s New in Corrugated Event, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on February 6, 2024 at the Oak Brook Marriott in Oak Brook, IL. What’s New offers participants an exclusive venue to learn about new technologies, products and services in an intimate, relaxed environment. The informative events are open to all converters and suppliers, and topics focus on emerging operational offerings in the corrugated industry in North America, as well as around the world.

Additionally, What’s New offers suppliers a unique way to share their ongoing appreciation for customer loyalty. Any supplier that purchases a ticket to attend the evening’s presentation (@$125 per ticket) is also eligible to buy deeply discounted four-packs of additional tickets at a cost of only $50 each ($200 for each bundle). Called VIP Passes, these additional tickets can be given to the supplier’s customers so they can attend at no charge.  Other pricing includes:

  • Converters can buy single tickets to attend at $75 each
  • Cost to participate in the tabletop-only is $250
  • Cost to participate in the tabletop with dinner is $375

The evening program begins with a social hour featuring an open bar and hors d'oeuvres, followed by dinner and a series of eight-minute knowledge-packed presentations (maximum length).

Attendees will hear the latest on:

  • Auto Dryer Control (ADC) – A new feature of the Color Dry XL30 IR Dryers that eliminates over-consumption of energy due to over-powering IR drying systems. Helps to eliminate guesswork in selecting proper power settings for optimum drying efficiency. Presenter: Spencer Bird, JB Machinery
  • Smart Shingle - Allows operators to reduce or eliminate feed interrupt time at stack change on rotary dies cutters running up to 15,000 sheets/hr. Presenter: Jason Smith, Geo M. Martin
  • Clearvision Printcheck - Inspect the integrity and accuracy of printing and registration on rotary die-cutters and flexo folder-gluers. Presenter: Dave Swedes, Valco Melton
  • BX Motion- An all-in-one, heavy-duty short-run box maker for box plants looking to expand capabilities throughput. Benefits include: processing a variety of boards (E-flute to AAC-flute), set up time < 60 seconds, produce more than 50 FEFCO box styles, automatic loading and stacking, inline glue strip application and multi-out production. Presenter: Ryan Clark, Kolbus America
  • Barberan S.A./FujiFilm HS6000 - A single-pass digital printer developed for retail packaging, display, and signage markets that previously relied on multi-pass devices for high-end graphic reproduction. Presenter: Chuck Slingerland, Barberan S.A.

Hotel(s) offering special group rate:  


  • 5:00 PM -Tabletops/open bar
  • 6:00 PM -Dinner Buffet
  • 7:00 PM -Presentation




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