About the Conference

In 2016, the Forest Products and Timber Construction Department - Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and the Forest Products Society will host the 4th edition of the Processing Technologies for the Forest and Biobased Products Industries Conference (PTF BPI), Oct. 25-26, 2016 in St. Simons Island, GA USA.

The conference is dedicated to the exchange of information and ideas about research on process technologies, quality control, and process improvement. Contemporary topics on real-time predictive modeling of processes, continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, lean six-sigma, and advanced data mining will be presented at the conference.

PTF BPI 2012

Who Should Attend?

The Conference provides a forum for discussions among researchers, producers, and consumers of forest and bio-based products and acts as a catalyst for new research and development, and applications for manufacturing industries. The conference will be of direct benefit to researchers, operations managers, technical managers, and business managers. The conference offers a forum for learning between scientists and industry.

Scientific and Organizing Committee




Call for Papers

The Forest Products Society is issuing a call for papers for the 4th International Conference on Processing Technologies for the Forest and Biobased Industries: Oct. 25-26, 2016 in St. Simons Island, GA USA. This biennial international conference alternates between Austria and the USA and is the perfect venue to enhance your professional connections with top researchers and industry leaders and reconnect with colleagues and friends from around the world.

Submit your abstract

Key dates:
Abstract Submission Due: May 20, 2016
Author Notification: June 20, 2016

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.  Please include up to five key words with your submission.  For more information, please contact tmyoung1@utk.edu.

Abstracts are now being accepted. Suggested topics:

Processing and Product Innovation
• Continuous improvement, Six-Sigma, SPC, SSL, lean and other improvement methods
• Product-to-Process innovation
• Innovation in new sensors and processing the technologies

Advances in Material Technology
• Utilization of low-value species
• Nanotechnology
• Adhesion
• Processing and material advancements
• Composites
• Chemistry
• New Products/Innovations

Marketing and Education
• Forest & green building certification
• Green building movement/markets
• Environmental product declarations
• Public perception
• Timber supply issues
• Export/import product and policy

Wood and the Environment
• Environmental impacts
• Recycling and reuse
• Treated wood/preservatives
• Biofuels-bioenergy and feedstock supply impacts
• Designing for the environment

Wood in Construction
• Mass timber
• Wood moisture relations
• Wood quality and strength properties
• Paint coatings and finishing
• Solid wood and panel product development

Furniture Design
• Advanced furniture design
• Advanced furniture materials
• Product-process furniture innovations

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