Global technology group to host pulp and paper conference in Auburn

By Jeremy Henderson

Published: Jun 4, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Auburn University chemical engineering students conduct research with the Auburn Pulp and Paper Foundation. Auburn University chemical engineering students conduct research with the Auburn Pulp and Paper Foundation.

Austrian technology group Andritz, a global leader in the pulp and paper industry, will set up shop at The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center June 24-25 for its 2019 Papermakers Conference.

The event is designed for pulp and paper mill professionals, and will include training on mill maintenance and operations from a technical perspective.

That an industry heavyweight like Andritz, which has a presence in more than 40 countries, would select Auburn to host the Papermakers Conference comes as no surprise to Zhihua Jiang, assistant professor of chemical engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, and the director of the Auburn Pulp and Paper Foundation.

“Auburn is in an ideal position to host pulp and paper conferences and workshops because of its well-established pulp and paper program, which has a large alumni base, and its strong partnerships with organizations like the Auburn Pulp and Paper Foundation," Jiang said.

The number of undergraduate students in Auburn's pulp and paper program, as well as the number of chemical engineering graduate students enrolled in the department's “Pulp and Paper Technology” course, has more than doubled in the past three years.

In April, the APPF announced an additional $1 million in scholarship endowments from the Packaging Corporation of America, one of the nation's largest producers of containerboard and uncoated freesheet.

 

Media Contact: Jeremy Henderson, jeremyhenderson@auburn.edu, 334-844-3591

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