2017 PEERS Conference

Norfolk, VA
Sunday, November 5, 2017

Join us in Norfolk, VA for this years event.

Participate in these Special Events


New Technology Showcase

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to reach an extended number of paper industry leaders, strategists, idea makers and researchers at the upcoming New Technology Showcase (NTS).

The NTS allows you access to the conference audience in an eight (8) minute presentation dedicated to your newest technology. Participation will include:

  • An 8-minute presentation of your new technology, product or service without commercialism guidelines/restrictions (anti-trust regulations will still be enforced)
  • A “read-only” version of your presentation included in the conference proceedings
  • Company and presenter's name listed in the conference's program book
  • An excellent compliment to your exhibit/sponsorship in the PEERS Trade Fair 


Join fellow conference attendees for a continental breakfast and stimulating discussion in a roundtable format. Both Hot Topic breakfasts will focus on current operating issues and are open to all registered attendees. Prior to the conference, a list of hot topics will be emailed to all pre-registrants, allowing you to sign-up ahead of time for topics of your choice. Sign-up boards will also be posted on-site for each topic. Each hot topic discussion will be facilitated by a leading expert in the area.

The following are examples of Hot Topics discussed in 2016:

  • “Agenda 2020”
  • “Biorefinery”
  • “Boiler Pressure Part Failures”
  • 'Brownstock Washing Optimization/Issues”
  • “Chain System Performance in Rotary Kilns”
  • “Commercialization of Nonwood Fibers”
  • “Effects of Feedstock Size and Shape on Combustion in Biomass Boilers”
  • “Energy Efficiency Using Advanced Controls”
  • “Increasing Kiln Capacity by Retrofitting with a Flash-Dryer System”
  • “Pulping Yields Issues/Optimization”
  • “Sustaining the Paper Industry Workforce: Women in Industry”  
  • “Wood Chip Quality/Wood Yard Issues”


Learn more about the PaperChase Fun Run/Walk

The 34th Annual PaperChase Fun Run benefits the TAPPI Engineering Scholarship Fund. The PaperChase will feature a 5k run/1.5 mile walk, with prizes being awarded to the top men and women finishers in the 5K run. Children are invited to participate at no charge; however, a donation is suggested if you would like a T-shirt. All proceeds to fund scholarships.

Participation Fee: $30 (Student = $15)






During the conference, spouses and guests can enjoy special programs, see sights in Jacksonville and surrounding area, renew acquaintances and make new friends (additional fee required).



Hilton Norfolk The Main

100 East Main Street
Norfolk, VA  23510
1 -757-763-6200
TAPPI's PEERS 2017 Conference and Exhibits are conveniently located in the same hotel where our attendees will be staying.


Hotel and Travel 

Conference Hotel


Hilton Norfolk The Main

100 East Main Street Norfolk, VA  23510

1 -757-763-6200


A block of discounted rooms for the PEERS and IBBC Conferences have been reserved at the for conference participants and guests.
Rates for PEERS/IBBC participants are $159* single/double occupancy. 
All guest rooms are subject to a 14% plus $2.00 per room night occupancy tax.


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  Hyatt Regecy

The Hilton Main is located on the corner of Main and Granby Streets, overlooking the Elizabeth River, our hotel in the center of downtown Norfolk immerses guests in the charm of the city's waterfront. Start the day with a crisp morning jog along the waterfront or watch the ships pass on the river while exploring the area's art galleries and upscale retailers. Only nine miles from Norfolk International Airport, our luxury, 23-story Hilton hotel is within walking distance to over 50 restaurants, premiere event venues, world-class museums and downtown's lively nightlife scene.


*Nightly rate listed does not include tax or incidentals.

Please note:   TAPPI has negotiated complimentary internet service in all guest rooms for all attendees booked under the conference rate over the event dates of November 2-10 2017. 

Cut-off date for discounted rates is October 13, 2017.

Rental Cars

Avis offers special rates to PEERS 2017 guests. Call 1.800.831.8000 and refer to code AWD: #U226600.


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