Professor Emeritus Richard Kerekes and Adjunct Professor Joe Zhao of UBC’s Chemical and Biological Engineering presented three papers in all at the China International Paper Technology and Exhibition Conference held in Shanghai China on August 28–30, 2018. Dr. Kerekes gave two technical papers co-authored with Joe Zhao and Dave McDonald of JDMcD Consulting Inc. — one paper on energy savings in wet pressing and the other on uniformity in pulp refining. In a related session, the 2018 China International Paper Innovation and Development Forum, Dr. Zhao gave an overview of the state of the paper industries in North America and China, focussing on trends and opportunities.
The International Paper Technical Conference is a professional platform for papermakers to exchange and understand the achievements and development trends of paper industry. Three companies — the China Technical Association of Paper Industry, the China National Pulp and Paper Research Institute Co. Ltd., and the Forest Products Engineers of Finland — jointly organized the 2018 Conference. Invited experts from China, Finland and Canada, delivered presentations on R&D hot spots in pulping, papermaking and relevant industries.