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Back by popular demand, the eagerly anticipated MENA Nonwovens Conference is designed for nonwovens professionals and business leaders operating within the Middle East and North Africa.

This 2-day conference features expert speakers from leading governmental and non-governmental organisations, top regional and global companies, presenting important developments on:

  • Consumer and market trends
  • Raw materials and circularity
  • Absorbent Hygiene Products
  • Construction and durables
  • Hygiene & Wipes
  • Nonwovens in health

A tabletop will be organised together with the conference to maximize networking and business connections. 

Sponsorship opportunities: ensure your company is at the forefront of attendees’ minds by sponsoring the fifth edition of this landmark event for nonwovens professionals working or doing business in the MENA region.


Day 1
24 January 2024
09.30 - 18.30
Registration desk open
09.30 - 10.30
☕ Welcome coffee & networking
10.30 - 10.35
Opening and Welcome Address
10.35 - 12.10
Session 1: Market overview in the MENA Region

Keynote speakers will unveil pivotal trends, providing an economic overview, analysing demographic shifts, and exploring investment opportunities in emerging sectors.

12.10 - 13.30
🍴 Networking Lunch
13.30 - 17.05
Session 2: Nonwovens & Health

Experts will showcase how nonwoven-based products contribute to maintaining high standards in the MENA region, offering facts, figures, and requirements for products in the medical and filtration markets.

17.05 - 18.30
Free time to visit the Tabletop Exhibition
19.00 - 21.00
Networking Evening Cocktail
Day 2
25 January 2024
09.00 - 16.00
Registration desk open
09.00 - 09.30
☕ Welcome coffee & networking
09.30 - 10.30
Keynote speakers: Social & Consumer Perspective

Keynote speakers will provide profound insights into consumer perceptions, women's empowerment, and the latest e-commerce trends, setting the stage for a comprehensive exploration of the evolving social and consumer landscape.

10.30 - 11.00
☕ Coffee break & networking
11.00 - 12.15
Session 3 - Raw Materials & Circularity

Expert speakers will delve into the regulatory landscape and circulatory requirements related to raw materials, exploring sustainable practices and innovation for an environmentally conscious future.

12.15 - 13.40
🍴 Networking Lunch
13.40 - 15.25
Session 4 - Nonwovens in Personal Care

This final session will be dedicated to Absorbent Hygiene Products and wipes, providing a comprehensive overview of the hygiene market and delving into intricate technical aspects.

15.25 - 16.30
Closing words
15.30 - 16.30
🥂 Goodbye drink
Cagri Gok
Sales Manager, Solution Performance Polymers
ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Dr. Marcel Gruendken
Global Senior Manager, Market Development, Elastic Components
Kuraray Group

Dr. Marcel Gruendken is a global manager in the specialty chemical industry at Kuraray. He is leading technical and market developments and is responsible for elastic components in absorbent hygiene products. Previously, he worked in the consumer industry for packaging and disposable hygiene products - in Europe and the United States. His background is in materials & technology. He has studied in Darmstadt (Germany) and Enschede (Netherlands). He joined some global management programs, including one in St. Gallen (Switzerland) - and obtained a driving license in Frankfurt (Germany). On flights he prefers the windows seat, enjoys soft drinks with ice and plays basketball whenever he has have time.

Dr. Gruendken will present "Precious moments start with elastics":

  • Elastic components in diapers, trends and requirements
  • Odor exposure of different materials
  • Designing films and stretch laminates
  • Sustainable materials
Dr. Karsten Voss
Scientist Research Manager
H.B. Fuller Deutschland

Dr. Karsten Voss joined H.B. Fuller in 2015 after his post-doctoral research in the field of polymer science at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand and the University of Rostock, Germany. Before completing his research, he received a doctorate and master’s degree in chemistry grade from the University of Rostock.

Dr. Voss works in the research and development group for the EIMEA region. He is responsible for all hygiene-related hot melt adhesive solution developments, and with his expertise, he drives innovations for the hygiene market.

Dr Voss will present "Key parameters to optimize core integrity in thinner core diapers":

  • Parameters that influence core integrity: Core Forming Process, Fluff Core Density and Shape
  • Different Core Designs driving consumer satisfaction
  • Adhesive enabling thinner cores designs
Fibertex Personal Care
Consists of two business units; Fibertex Personal Care, producing spunmelt nonwovens - and Innowo Print, printing on many types of nonwoven. Both are global suppliers of key components for baby diapers, sanitary napkins and adult inco care products.
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Worldwide leader in industrial market solutions for disposable hygiene & health care industries. Driven by knowledge and passion for innovation, we are the reliable technological & consulting partner that supports you throughout the whole value chain.
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As a specialist in ultrasonic welding of nonwovens, Herrmann has been developing safe and efficient welding systems for over 60 years. Herrmann ensures a sustainable and economical welding process in the long term as a trusted advisor.
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IMS Technologies
We able to develop and manufacture high-performance machines for a wide range of materials, such as film, paper and board, tobacco, liquid aseptic packaging, flexible packaging, alufoil and nonwoven.
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Investkonsult Sweden
We want to be the best provider of consultancy services and used machinery in the nonwoven and hygiene industries.
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Kansan Machinery
engineering, technology, and machinery group that creates essential manufacturing solutions for all aspects of wet wipe production from converting and packaging to lid application, and even further integration to case packers and palletizers.
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Kuraray Europe
Innovation-driven company with Japanese roots, Kuraray is a global specialty chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of industrial polymers and synthetic microfibers for many sectors of industry.
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Manufacturer of films and laminates, used as a backsheet of AHP's and single wrap of sanitary napkins. Product range includes film breathable and non, plain or laminated with a broad variety of nonwovens, for ultra-soft laminates.
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Saudi German Co. For Nonwoven Products
SGN is a 100% Saudi owned company utilizing the latest German technology to manufacture outstanding Nonwovens for the Hygiene, Medical, Agriculture and Industrial sectors.
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MET Magazine
An information portal for professionals in the tissue and nonwovens industry with emphasis on the Middle East region
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Practical info


Fees include the entrance to the conference and tabletop exhibition, lunches, coffee breaks, and the conference presentations in digital format. Fees exclude applicable VAT.

Register before 1 December 2023 and benefit from early bird fees.

 Member        Non-member
 Early bird: 1.150€ Early bird: 1.450€
 Regular: 1.350€ Regular: 1.650€

Discount: benefit from a 15% discount by registering a minimum of 4 delegates. Registrations must be done simultaneously to benefit from the discount. The discount does not apply to tabletops. 

Tabletop exhibition

Book your tabletop and showcase your expertise to the delegates. Register early to secure your spot and benefit not only from reduced registration fees but also to guarantee a room at the hotel at a discounted conference rate. Spaces are limited.

Book before 1 December 2023 and benefit from early bird fees.

 Member        Non-member
 Early bird: 2.100€ Early bird: 2.700€
 Regular: 2.350€ Regular: 2.9000€


The fee includes:

  • 1 table, 2 chairs and an electrical connection 
  • A delegate pass for one member of the exhibiting company. Upon reception of payment, you will receive a specific code via email to register the delegate included in your package.
  • Company recognition in pre-event marketing, in the mobile app, on the event website, and other messaging where appropriate 

Note: to register an additional delegate from your company, please use this link.

Fees exclude the 21% Belgian VAT. 

Sponsorship opportunities

Give your company the visibility it deserves: our high-visibility sponsorship opportunities are powerful, cost-effective solutions for increasing your presence and standing out from the crowd.

To become a sponsor, please contact anaelle.schutz@edana.org.

Conference hotel

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

EDANA has secured preferential rates at the event venue. Please use the below link to secure your room before 23 November 2023 to benefit from the discounted prices:

Deluxe room single use: 1600 AED
Deluxe room double use: 1700 AED

The rates include all applicable taxes, breakfast and Wi-Fi access.

If you wish to make a reservation outside the event dates, please contact the reservation department at riza.gala@jumeirah.com.

During the reservation process, you credit card will be required. For cancellations and no-shows, the full stay will be charged.

Book your room now.

Previous edition

Expert insight and industry innovation showcased at Middle East & North Africa Symposium

Over 200 delegates from more than 100 companies were welcomed to Dubai for the fourth edition of the region’s premier conference for the nonwovens industry.

The symposium and exhibition featured expert analysis on market outlook, product innovation, demographic trends and sustainability initiatives over the two-day event, with dedicated sessions on geotextiles, raw material trends and nonwovens in the health sector. Read more

“This symposium has recognized the importance of the MENA region for the nonwovens industry and allowed my team and me to meet many of our customers in a friendly, informative and efficient way. The diverse range of presentations and delegates has helped further cement the region as a growth generator for the industry."
Haitham Alhudhaif, President, Saudi German Co. for Nonwoven Products.  

"EDANA's MENA Symposium reaffirms their commitment to supporting multiple industries and areas. For the MENA region, one of the world's most promising, EDANA's resources are proving to be solid support pillars for the industry itself, the regulatory framework and end users.” 
Mahdy Katbe, CEO, Unicharm Gulf Hygienic Industries

“All EDANA nonwoven symposia I have joined over the years have always surpassed my expectations and Dubai is no exception. Listening to ideas and challenges in unrelated application fields remains and inspiring source for fresh ideas.”
Ludwig Busam, ex-Director Global Material Development & Supply Baby Care, Procter & Gamble.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Mada Nonwovens sponsor MENA NW Symposium 2018                     TIGIL sponsor MENA NW Symposium 2018

2018 Programme
2018 Tabletop catalogue
2018 Company list
Buy 2018 presentations

MENA Nonwovens Symposium 2018 conference

MENA Nonwovens Symposium 2018 tabletops

MENA Nonwovens Symposium 2018 networking

MENA Nonwovens Symposium 2018 presentations

To receive pictures from the event, contact Giovanna Merola