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NORCROSS, GA, USA--February 23, 2010-– Robert (Bob) Taylor, CEO of Neucel Specialty Cellulose, has been announced as the Keynote Speaker for the 23rd Annual Process Industry Reliability and Maintenance (PIRM) Conference, to be held May 2 – 5 in Atlanta, GA.

PIRM is co-sponsored by TAPPI, a technical education association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, and converting industries and IDCON, a reliability and maintenance management consulting firm headquartered in Raleigh, NC. This year marks the first time with TAPPI’s PaperCon2010.

Taylor’s address is “The Reliability Paradox – Understanding the Basic Causes and Means to Resolve”. It will focus on how to recognize and implement results-oriented reliability practices across a spectrum of industries. Taylor joined Neucel as CEO in November 2007 with more than 25 years of industry manufacturing experience.

Prior to Neucel, he spent one year as VP of Operations for the Building Products Division of Armstrong World Industries where the reliability focus established during that period at all of its US plants continues to bring outstanding business results to the bottom line. Taylor also spent three years as VP of Manufacturing for Sappi Fine Papers North America (SFPNA). In addition to having responsibility for operations at all facilities of SFPNA, he also directed Wood Procurement, Pulp Sales, Corporate Engineering and Capital Planning.

Prior to that, Taylor served in several manufacturing leadership positions encompassing several different pulp and paper businesses during a 23-year career with International Paper Company, finishing as VP of Manufacturing Systems for the Printing and Communications Division in 2003.

In addition to the keynote address, PIRM will feature a variety of informative workshops and panels. They will cover a broad spectrum of topics including, in part, lean manufacturing, safety, reliability improvements, materials management, future workforce issues, case studies. Early-bird registration is open and offers discounted conference fees, hotel rooms and other expenses. To learn more, visit


TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, and converting industries and publisher of Paper360° and TAPPI JOURNAL. Through information exchange, trusted content, and networking opportunities, TAPPI helps members elevate their performance by providing solutions that lead to better, faster, and more cost-effective ways of doing business. Visit


IDCON, INC is a highly specialized management consultant firm working within the industry to maximize productivity through improvement in maintenance and operations practices. All consultant services are based on the Results Oriented Reliability and Maintenanceâ„¢ (RORM) philosophy. This philosophy has been developed by IDCON, INC over the years through project experience in the industry.


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