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AIMCAL Web Coating Conference 2011

AIMCAL USA Web Handling Conference 2012

October 24-26 | Marriott Grande Dunes | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

Online registration and the full agenda will be posted as plans are finalized.
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Bring Your Questions — Leave With Answers!

The AIMCAL Web Handling Conference brings together top professionals in the industry for technical presentations and business networking opportunities. The meeting combines strong technical programming with a relaxed, informal atmosphere for renewing old relationships and making new ones. It is open to both AIMCAL members and non-members.

Practical Presentations

The agenda for the conference contains presentations detailing technologies and applied research, current or future, that will directly improve productivity and/or reduce waste generation in web handling processes. Exceptional and innovative web handling techniques, equipment, design, materials and process improvements are the core subject matter for the conference. Best practices for web slitting and finishing are also covered. The target audience is technical professionals within engineering, quality and production control functions involving web handling and converting.

Industry Experts

Unique to this conference is the merging of noted independent web handling consultants with prominent industry leaders from production organizations. The conference program is organized through AIMCAL's Web Handling Committee, chaired by Ken Guhse, Honeywell Healthcare and Packaging. The committee is assisted by noted web handling consultants including Dr. David Roisum of Finishing Technologies, Inc., Timothy J. Walker of TJWalker+Associates, Dr. Dilwyn P. Jones of Emral Ltd. and Jerry Brown of Essex Systems.

Outstanding Technical Programs and Networking Opportunities

In addition to the outstanding conference program, there are TableTop receptions on Wednesday and Thursday evenings to allow attendees the opportunity to meet with industry suppliers in an informal and relaxed environment. An added bonus for the 2012 event is an afternoon of market overviews, led by AWA Research, covering markets of interest to companies with roll to roll processing assets. The conference ends at 12:00, Friday, October 26 with the very popular "Sage on Stage" featuring our top consultants in a Q&A session covering the primary issues of the day in web handling and converting.

Co-located with the AIMCAL USA Web Coating Conference 2012

The AIMCAL USA Web Handling Conference 2012 will be held in conjunction with the AIMCAL USA Web Coating Conference 2012 – allowing attendees the opportunity to attend both conferences without additional travel expenses. The AIMCAL Web Handling Conferences are scheduled to run every other year. REGISTER FOR BOTH CONFERENCES and SAVE! — View Prices »

Conference Highlights

  • Comprehensive Agenda - Two session tracks that cover the full spectrum of web coating and vacuum web coating.
  • Optional Short Courses - Two outstanding half-day Short Courses (optional).
  • TableTop Receptions - Two informal receptions featuring tabletop exhibits from top suppliers, converters and consultants in the industry.
  • Expert Participants - Opportunities to speak with some of the top technical professionals in the Industry on your particular areas of interest.
  • Networking Opportunities - Outstanding industry social and networking opportunities. Designated meals and receptions included in conference registration fee.
  • Optional Activities - Planned activities apart from the conference for fun and relaxation.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 24

9:00am - 12:30pm - Short Courses
2:00pm - 6:00pm - Overview of roll-to-roll markets led by AWA Research
6:00pm - 8:00pm - Web Handling Conference Opening Reception and TableTops

Thursday, October 25

9:00am - 6:00pm - Technical Sessions
6:00pm - 8:00pm - TableTop Reception

Friday, October 26

9:00am - 12:00pm - Technical Session ending in "Sage on Stage"

Full Agenda will be available soon. Please check back or watch for announcements from AIMCAL.

Corporate Sponsorships

A Corporate Sponsor Package is available to AIMCAL members only and includes:

  • 1 FREE Conference Registration
  • 1 FREE TableTop at the two receptions
  • Sponsor Logo on the tote bag for all attendees
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement in all print and on-line promotional materials

Other sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Erin Davis for more information

TableTop Receptions

Meet potential customers with your company's tabletop exhibit! Two informal TableTop Receptions held during the conference allow attendees to meet with various suppliers from our industry.

TableTop Guidelines

The following guidelines are applicable to all TableTop exhibitors participating in the AIMCAL Web Coating Conference:

  • TableTops are available to AIMCAL member companies only.
  • TableTop staff MUST be registered for the conference.
  • Advance set-up time will be available on Sunday, October 21.
  • Table assignments will be provided on site.
  • A 6-foot skirted table, ID sign, and two chairs are provided.

NOTE: All materials must be contained on the 6-foot table. The only exception to this is the pull-up banner displays that can be placed behind the table.

Advance Shipments of Exhibit Material

All packages must be delivered to the hotel at least 3 days prior to the conference at the following address:

Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes
8400 Costa Verde Drive
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Hold for: [Your Name] / AIMCAL
Phone: [Your Cell Phone Number]
(Shipping, handling, delivery and storage are available through the hotel for a fee.)

Registration Fees

EarlyBird prices (in parentheses and highlighted) end September 20, 2012. Don't delay, register today!

  Web Coating Web Handling Both Conferences
AIMCAL Member ($795) $895 ($595) $695 ($1249) $1449
Non-member ($ 995) $1095 ($795) $895 ($1449) $1649
Academia /Student ($295) $395 ($295) $395 ($495) $595
Speaker (Only one per presentation)
$395 $395 $595
Speaker (1 day only) $0 $0 $0
Corporate Sponsor - AIMCAL Member ($1495) $1595 ($1295) $1395 ($1995) $2095

Further discounts are available for three or more people from the same company attending both conferences. Please contact the AIMCAL office for more information.

Additional Items

Short Course $395 per course
Spouse/Guest Registration $50 for one or both conferences

PAYMENT POLICY: All fees must be paid in full prior to the conference to reserve your seat.

CANCELLATION POLICY: To receive a full refund of registration fees, we must receive your cancellation no later than September 23, 2012. Cancellations received after that date will incur a cancellation charge of 50% of the registration fee. Cancellations received after October 7, 2012 are subject to 0% refund. Alternatively, you may transfer your registration to another person until October 12, 2012 without incurring a cancellation charge.

General Conference Information


All attire is business casual. Ties are not required or expected.


The conference is open to AIMCAL members and non-members. Corporate Sponsorships are available to AIMCAL members only (conference registration required). The registration desk will be open at 10:00 am one day prior to each event and at 7:00am on event days. Your conference registration includes access to all conference functions including all sessions, receptions, and designated meals. Spouse fees cover all designated meals, and receptions, but does not include attendance at any conference sessions. Registration is required to participate in any aspect of the conference.

Spouse/Guest and Children


A spouse/guest registration is required for participation in any AIMCAL conference event.  A guest is defined as a “significant other” and does not include other employees of the registering company. AIMCAL meetings and events are for the benefit of industry professionals who have paid necessary meeting registration fees. Spouses or guests of registered attendees, over the age of 18, are welcome to attend and participate in AIMCAL events, provided they are registered and required fees are paid. Occasionally, AIMCAL offers optional fee based excursion activities, outside of the meeting registration fees. These activities are the only AIMCAL events a non-registered spouse or guest may participate in, if accompanied by a registered attendee.


AIMCAL recognizes that for many reasons attendees bring families, including children, to the location of an AIMCAL meeting. Due to the nature of the meetings, children are not welcomed to attend AIMCAL meetings and meal functions. AIMCAL will make every effort to provide contact information for those responsible for children's activities at the site of the AIMCAL function. Children's programs, if available, will be the responsibility of the attendee.

Hotel Reservations

Hotel reservations are to be made directly with the hotel. See the Hotel/Transport tab for details and links to hotel websites.


Extended abstracts will be published prior to the conference on the Agenda page for this conference. Papers and presentations will be distributed at registration.

Optional Networking Activities

Networking events will be announced as plans are finalized. Please check back or watch for announcements from AIMCAL.

Hotel & Transportation Information


The Marriott Grande Dunes provides the perfect balance of resort accommodations and business-friendly amenities. It is renowned for its excellent conference and event facilities.

Make reservations on the Marriott website

Individual reservations can be called in to 800-228-92910 (reference "AIMCAL 2012 Conference").

Room Rates

Run of House: $147
Ocean Front: $199

Room Rate Cutoff Date

September 19, 2012

Check in/Check out

Check in: 4:00pm
Check out: 11:00am

Hotel Information

Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes
8400 Costa Verde Drive
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Tel.: 843-449-8880
Fax: 843-692-3700



Complimentary self-parking is available. Valet parking is currently $18 per day.


Myrtle Beach International Airport (12 miles from hotel)
Code: MYR
Estimated taxi fare from airport - $30 one way.
Rental Car and Taxi Information from the Myrtle Beach International Airport:

Wilmington International Airport (70 miles from hotel)
Code: ILM
Estimate taxi fare from airport - $120 one way.
Rental Car and Taxi Information from the Wilmington, NC Airport:

Conference Supporters

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