Message from the Conference Chair

May 20 - 22, 2019 | Crowne Plaza in Porto, Portugal | Learning from the Past – Inspiring the Future

Bernard Fehr
European PLACE 2019 Conference Chair


Please prepare to join our bi-annual TAPPI European PLACE conference from May 20th to 22nd, 2019 with focus to transition learnings into future prosperity. We are preparing the venue in the wonderful town for exploration in Porto, Portugal.

TAPPI European PLACE’s tradition is known to blend actual and future looking themes with industrial proven technology education.

The unique bi-annual venue will provide you with essential building blocks of fundamentals to prosper your future operation. Company owners, your technical responsible people, but also your quality- and manufacturing engineers will learn insights from experts across the entire and specific value chain of laminate producers and users. Our speakers will range from university professors to association members, we talk transformation and conversion up to presentation and second life. Please take-up this extraordinary occasion to have everybody serving this business in one place.

In addition to the scheduled program, your break- and evening discussions will make the difference you will remember and look for to enjoy again, I can assure you.

It’s my pleasure and privilege to host this exclusive bi-annual conference in Porto, the city in Portugal with so much history and legacy. The city with six or more bridges, a place we connect experience with future! Dive with us into the experience and allow the long conference hours to be rounded-up with the local ambience of exploration.

You definitely deserve to come and we will do all to fulfill your high expectations, you have my word: memorable for life time, but only with your participation you can build this experience!

Please join the organizing TAPPI European PLACE team around Otto Plassmann, Guenter Schubert and TAPPI’s Kristi Ledbetter and Anna Utzig. All participants and me are looking forward to welcome you on 20 - 22 May 2019 in Porto.

Bom dia

Bernard Fehr
2019 TAPPI European PLACE – Conference chairman