Next edition planned in 2024. Stay tuned!
A 2-day conference where filtration experts/professionals along the supply chain meet and find information on actual topics: health trends, transition to EV, response to sustainability challenges.
As the second-most-important aspect of the conference, the priceless network cultivated within coffee breaks and cocktail evening will stay with you long after the event!
The FILTREX™ Innovation Award competition is organised within the framework of the FILTREX™ conference and is part of EDANA's broader effort to support and celebrate innovation within the nonwoven and related industry.
This reward recognizes the efforts of all manufacturers of nonwoven based filtration products/elements and celebrate their continuous efforts for excellence.
Any company who designs or manufactures nonwoven related filtration products, or components of these, is eligible to enter the competition. During the conference, shortlisted companies will be given time to present their innovation to delegates. The winning company will be selected by the audience.
“A very good collaborative interaction between partners throughout the supply chain”
Bill Adams, Director Sustainability and Technology, Canfor Pulp
“Great networking, ample time to meet the ‘movers and shakers’ in filtration”
Duncan Gunn, Development Coordinator, Don & Low
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The nominees will each present their innovation in a short presentation. The audience will elect the winner to be announced during the cocktail.
Fransua Vytautas Razvadauskas is a Senior Cities and Mobility Consultant at Euromonitor International and focuses on the Passport Cities and Mobility pages. Based in Vilnius, he has more than 7 years of experience in the industry.
Fransua draws on his knowledge of economics and previous experience to provide engaging thought-leadership content on urban trends and mobility patterns. He produces a range of strategic reports, articles and other editorial content to make meaningful predictions on the future course of cities, urban consumers and mobility.
Fransua advises clients across a broad range of industries which includes FMCG, retail and luxury goods companies. His focus is to enable clients to gain a better understanding of the major forces guiding the future of cities, urban consumers and mobility.
Joe-Max will present "The change from sickcare to health care".
Joe-Max is experienced in digital health strategy, transformations and management. He considers himself at the intersection between healthcare and technology. He is particularly inspired by the possibilities of implementing practical solutions for strengthening health with the future in mind.
Joe-Max’s background includes health informatics and biomedical engineering, from imperial collage in London and the university of Wales, UK.
Prior to joining the Copenhagen institute for futures studies, Joe-Max worked at the American university of Beirut and led the electronic health records rollout working closely with healthcare leaders at multiple levels. He also enjoyed teaching healthcare informatics management and is a member of HIMSS and CHIME.
Kristel will present "Broadening the PLA portfolio by introducing a specific grade for meltblown, suitable for filtration applications".
Kristel Beckers obtained a Materials Engineering Degree at the KULeuven in Belgium, with a specialization in polymers and composites. At the start of her career, she worked for a Belgian research institute on various national and European projects, with a main focus on filament extrusion of biobased polymers and its conversion into composites. In 2016, Kristel joined Corbion as a PLA application engineer, targeting fiber, filament and nonwoven applications. Since the start of the joint venture between TotalEnergies and Corbion in March 2017, she is the company's technical advisor for PLA in fiber, filament and nonwoven applications.
Leonie will present "Profiled bicomponent fibres for coalescence filter media".
Leonie Beek, M. Eng., is a researcher at Institute für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA) since 2019. She finished her Bachelor of Science in Biomimetics in 2016 and her Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering in 2019 at Westphalian University of Applied Sciences. Her research focuses on textiles in filtration and biomimetcs. Furthermore, she is leading the “Filtration forum” at ITA. The topic of her dissertation are bioinspired textiles for oil-water separation.
Hugo Christiaen started his career 40 years ago and entered the nonwovens industry 35 years ago in 1987 with the company Libeltex in Belgium, at that time belonging to The Vita Group. Since 2012 Libeltex was acquired by the TWE Group with HQ in Emsdetten, Germany.
Hugo is a Master of industrial engineering and is currently director CSR for the TWE Group.
Hugo has performed several management roles within both the Vita and TWE organisations in Procurement, Sales, R&D and Operations. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences of the fibre and nonwovens industry and has published several articles in international magazines.
Hugo will present "Potential solutions for providing emission-reduced staple fiber-based nonwovens in different applications including filtration".
Andreas will present "Stability of electrostatic charge under real life conditions".
Dr. Dana Dutczak is the Lab and Application Manager at Porometer NV. She received her master degree in chemical engineering from the Cracow University of Technology in Poland. In 2007 she began work as a research scientist at Münster University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Her interest in material characterization brought her to Utrecht University (The Netherlands) where she conducted her Ph.D. studies. In 2013 she received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. In April 2019 she joined the POROMETER team where she works in the field of capillary flow porometry and managing a Porometer Application Laboratory. Her research interest focuses on the characterization of the micro and nanopores in filtration media.
Bernadette will present "Using virus surrogate bacteriophage phi6 and human coronavirus 229E for determination of viral reduction efficacy in air and on surfaces".
Current Position since 2017: Senior Scientist, Österreichisches Forschungsinstitut für Chemie und Technik (OFI), Vienna; Technical competence centre, microbiology & cell culture
Since Oct. 2017: Doctoral study at Technical University, Vienna, Austria; Technical Chemistry
Oct. 2014 -Oct. 2017: Master’s degree at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Master of Biotechnology)
Patrick will present "Synthetic air filter media: the key to sustainable highly efficient solutions".
Prior to Berry, Patrick Hartz was working at DITF Denkendorf as Scientific Researcher in nonwovens and fiber spinning department. Since 2019, Patrick Hartz has been working at Berry Global and in current position he is responsible for product development in filtration segment EMEIA.
Thomas will present "Clear air everywhere – Filtration technology for enhanced cabin air quality".
After studying Process Engineering worked in the filtration (solid-liquid separation) and automotive (climatization) business. Since 2010 part of MANN+HUMMEL in the Cabin Air Development in different roles. Currently Director Engineering Cabin Air Filter since 2 years
Per Holst Rasmussen comes with a commercial degree from Aalborg Business School supplemented with a MBA in International Business from Aalborg Business Institute. With close to 25 years of working experience within the nonwovens industry, Per Holst Rasmussen has worked with various nonwovens technologies focusing on building up new markets and product positions within different business segments such as civil engineering and building industries including an acoustic product portfolio, process industries as well as the flooring, furniture and bedding industries.
For the last six years Per Holst Rasmussen has implemented a new filtration strategy including investment in a new state-of-the-art nano technology and now scaling up Medico & Filtration to become a significant and important part of Fibertex Nonwovens.
Marines Lagemaat is the Scientific and Technical Affairs Director for EDANA, the international Association representing the nonwoven and related industries, a position he has held since September 2014.
Based in Brussels, Marines is responsible for managing the internal and external activities related to scientific and technical affairs in order to support the nonwoven industry, in all its applications: personal and household hygiene, medical protection, filtration, automotive, and construction. In this role he’s involved in the development and implementation of standards and their related test methods that serve as a reference for the industry and for fair trade. In addition, Marines manages various training and education programmes designed to provide technical and application-oriented support. Marines is of Dutch nationality.
Joshua will present "Defeating defects: new innovations in free-surface electrospinning".
Jörg will present "Improved bonding structure for cleanable filter medium".
Dr. Guenter Mueller has been working in the field of engineered materials since more than 15 years with proven track record in product development and -management, technical sales, and project management.
In 2019, Guenter joined Sandler AG, which ranks among the 15 largest nonwoven producers worldwide. In his current role as “Head of Sales Filtration Products” Guenter is responsible for carded- and meltblown nonwovens as well as multi-layer composites. The media are used for HVAC-, air- and fuel filtration, vacuum cleaner bags, facemasks, and special applications.
Before he joined Sandler, Guenter held a managerial role at Glatfelter, an US based leading global supplier of engineered materials and nonwovens solutions.
Guenter earned his master’s degree from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2005 and received his doctoral degree from the University of Goettingen in 2008.
Since 2013 he holds an MBA from TUM School of Management.
Guenter is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.
Engineer Degree in Process engineering and Chemistry from CPE Lyon (France)
Professional experience – all at Ahlstrom-Munksjö:
Claire will present "Enhancing Filtration performances of wet-laid synthetic nonwovens through improved gradient structure".
In 2015, Carolin Rieckmann joined Schlegel und Partner after completing her studies at the University in Heidelberg, Germany and at University of Kentucky in Lexington, US.
She joined the Chemicals and Technical Consumables department at Schlegel und Partner and is now the Director of the department Technical Textiles. Her professional focus lies in explorative market analysis for all different kinds of nonwoven technologies and its end-markets.
Ingrid will present "Where is the truth in HEPA cabin air?".
Dr. Ingrid Rückert is the Product Marketing Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Hollingsworth & Vose. She recently entered this role following more than 10 years specializing in the research and development of nonwovens at H&V. Her primary focus is the cabin air segment and managing various synthetic technologies offered to the EMEA market to meet the high-end demands of the automobile industry. She obtained a PhD in polymer science as well as an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Martin will present "Efficiency testing, influences of measuring technology and test parameters".
Thorsten will present "With safety and sustainability aboard - The first HL3 certified bag filters for railway applications".
After his studies, Mr. Thorsten Stoffel worked as product manager for different consumer electronics divisions of Siemens and TDK between 2003 and 2008. Since 2008 Mr. Thorsten Stoffel has been senior global product manager of air filtration products of DELBAG GmbH. He is responsible for the global air filtration product line of DELBAG GmbH. In this position, he has continuously been in charge of product alignment, product development and marketing of air filter elements marketed by DELBAG. His main task includes acting as the central interface between sales, production and R&D units. Mr. Thorsten Stoffel was a member of the DELBG negotiation team during the transition to Hengst SE in 2018 and he also represents DELBAG’s entrepreneurial interests before international technical committees and industry associations, such as Eurovent.
Daniel will present "Electret nonwovens for cabin air filtration/face masks: Investigation of submicron aerosol deposition using experiments and simulations".
Daniel Stoll studied energy and process engineering at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK), where he received his master`s degree in 2022. Since May 2022, he is working as a scientific researcher at the Institute of Particle Process Engineering. His research area is aerosol filtration with a focus on the investigation of droplet deposition and leak tightness of particle-filtering half masks made of electret nonwovens under real conditions of use.
Cédric Vallet is Head of Product Management & Business Development for Filtration Division at Ahlstrom. He holds an engineering master’s degree from ENSCR and a Ph.D. in chemistry from University of Rennes. Cédric has done most of his 20-years’ career within Ahlstrom, starting by developing high performance air and liquid filtration media, then moving to different Product Management and Business Development positions for transportation and industrial applications. He has recently driven the launch of Ahlstrom FiltEV®, a new platform of high-performance filtration materials for Electric Vehicles.
Helen will present "New GBT 18001 Standard for Air Purifiers".
In January 2021, I joined the Consumer Filter Division of Freudenberg Filtration Technologies as Business Manager for the Europe region, with key focus on developing strategy and structure to deliver sustainable growth in key market segments.
I commenced by career within the Industrial Filtration Division in Freudenberg UK in 1996, holding various managerial positions in contracts, services and sales and culminating in becoming UK Sales & Marketing Manager in 2009. In 2018, I took a dual role managing a Global key account, actively engaging in pre-development of new product innovation projects strengthening engagement with the HQ.
I was nominated to the Freudenberg Leader Development Program (FLDP) in 2018 and continue to be a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM).
Tobias will present "New ISO 10121-3 - first classification system for molecular filters for general ventilation".
Tobias Zimmer is an experienced air filter specialist with more than 18 years of experience in the international ventilation industry. Tobias has joined Camfil since 2009. He is also an active committee member of various standardization bodies and industry associations such as ISO, CEN, Eurovent, EVIA, REHVA, EHEDG, VDMA and DIN.
As the second-most-important aspect of the conference, the priceless network cultivated within coffee breaks and cocktail evening will stay with you long after the event.
And, we've made it extra engaging for you this year, introducing the Networking Corners!
This will be the third edtion of the FILTREX™ INNOVATION AWARD, recognizing the efforts of all manufacturers of nonwoven based filtration products/elements and celebrates their continuous efforts for excellence and innovation. The nominees will present their innovative product on stage and the audience will ellect the winner during the conference.
In 2019, the Innovation Award was attributed by delegate’s vote to Math2Market for their GeoDict software.
FILTREX™ Asia will take place online on 1-2 December 2022.
By registering to attend FILTREX™ Europe, you can register for FILTREX™ Asia with a 100€ discount. Get access to the FILTREX™ Asia 2022 recorded presentations, papers and list of participants.
Around 100 filtration media professionals gathered in Berlin, Germany last week for a two-day conference on topics relating to filtration. The programme addressed issues from sustainability to testing and standardisation, as well as providing inspiring insights on future trends in the health and the automotive industries. Read more
The 2022 FILTREX™ Innovation Award, the only award recognizing innovation in the filtration industry, was attributed by delegate’s vote to Oerlikon Nonwoven for their HycuTEC (inline charging technology).
Dr Ingo Mählmann, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, along with his colleague Ralph Berkemann, Senior Manager Application – both from Oerlikon Nonwoven – were on site to accept the prize. “This is really a great honour,” said Dr Mählmann on receiving the award. “We invested a lot of work in the development of this equipment to more efficiently produce filter media. So we are really proud as it was only released at the beginning of this year and it’s already being recognized by the industry.”
The pictures of the event are available here.