Held every three years to acknowledge “Excellence in the nonwovens and related industries”, the ceremony was originally programmed to take place during the INDEX™20 exhibition in April this year, now scheduled for the 7th – 10th September 2021. EDANA therefore decided to honour the seven Award winners in a ‘live’ online ceremony held on 6th October 2020.
With over 70 project submissions across 7 categories covering the entire nonwovens supply chain, the Awards judging panel, composed of senior industry representatives, members of the nonwovens press, and EDANA officers, had the difficult task of refining these down to a maximum only three nominees per category based on demanding criteria.
The Awards winners were announced live on-line, by members of the jury, and the winners of the EDANA INDEX™20 Innovation Awards are as follows:
Nonwoven Roll Goods: Jacob Holm - Sontara® Dual
Finished products made from, or incorporating nonwovens: Dupont De Nemours - Tychem® 2000 SFR:
Raw materials or components (e.g. fibre, binder, polymer, tape), of special relevance to the nonwovens industry and related converted products: Beaulieu Fibres International - UltraBond:
Innovation in machinery of special relevance to the nonwovens industry: GDM - Expandable Welding Wheel:
Achievement for the most original marketing campaign for a product made from, or incorporating nonwovens: Berry Global - J-Cloth® Plus Biodegradable Communication Campaign
Sustainable Product: Ahlstrom-Munksjö - Fiber+, Green Capsule Top Lid, Compostable K-cup filter:
Sustainable process or management practice: FaterSMART – FaterSMART used absorbent hygiene products (AHP) recycling technology
The ‘People’s Prize’
In addition to the Award categories, a separate ‘People’s Prize’ was introduced to ensure visibility for all the Awards nominees’ projects and demonstrating the breadth of creativity in the nonwovens industry and its suppliers. The company whose video gathered the greatest number of ‘likes’ on the INDEX Nonwovens LinkedIn page was deemed the prize winner.
After 19 days for each nominee video shown on the INDEX™LinkedIn page, the winner of the ‘People’s Prize’ for the most ‘likes’ was: Omya International - Omyafiber® 800.
The Awards Winners and nominees will be on display in the INDEX™ Innovation Lab, as part of INDEX™20 exhibition, taking place in Geneva from 7 – 10 September 2021.