Milwaukee to host R2R USA Conference 2023; Association for Roll-to-Roll Converters issues call for papers

Greenville, South Carolina, USA – The Association for Roll-to-Roll Converters (formerly AIMCAL) will hold its annual flagship event, the R2R USA Conference, Oct. 2–5, 2023, at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, WI, the heart of the Midwest converting corridor. The location was chosen to make it easy for many R2R converters and web-processors to participate.

Special registration pricing for converters will offer an additional incentive to attend. “Our goal is to organize an event with training, innovations, and an expo focused for converters,” explains Chris Kerscher, executive director of the Association for Roll-to-Roll Converters.

“This will be the first R2R USA Conference held under our new name,” notes Andy Jack, president of the Association for Roll-to-Roll Converters. “The Milwaukee location is a nod to both our roots in metallizing, coating, and laminating and our broader present and future with ever-evolving opportunities for roll-to-roll converting.”

A Call for Papers has been issued. Proposals are due by June 1, 2023, and may be submitted at The multi-track agenda includes sessions on Coating & Laminating, Vacuum Web Coating, Vacuum Metallizing, Web Handling, Adhesives & Coatings, R2R Battery Manufacturing, Printed Electronics, Sustainability, Market Forecasts, Gravure Coating, and Printing. The association’s popular Fundamentals Workshops on Web Handling, Coating and Drying, and Gravure also will be offered.

“Most people attend the R2R conferences to solve a technical problem or make new connections,” says Kerscher, adding, “This conference is designed to offer ample opportunities to achieve both goals. We plan to draw a large local audience and are offering special discounts to converters (anyone processing or handling a continuous web of paper, films, foils, or textiles).”

Technical sessions occupy only part of the schedule. Other meeting highlights include VIP keynotes, panel discussions, networking activities, and a large exhibit floor with 10x10-foot exhibits. For more information about exhibiting or other sponsorship opportunities, contact Tim Janes, member outreach director, Association for Roll-to-Roll Converters, at +1-803-948-9469 or [email protected].

About the Association for Roll-to-Roll Converters

The Association for Roll-to-Roll Converters is the new name of the Association for International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL). Like its predecessor, the Association for Roll-to-Roll Converters promotes the converting industry and its members and delivers an array of services focused on delivering cutting-edge science and technology through top-tier technical training and education and the most comprehensive library of technical resources in the converting industry. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, USA, membership of the global group stands at more than 300 companies. Membership information is available online at