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Your Symposium goes online in 2021!

Don't miss the only global conference in 2021 addressing the whole range of nonwoven applications, with a focus on industrial, durable ones. 

Attracting top level speakers and highly qualified professionals from across the nonwovens and related industries, the International Nonwovens Symposium is the leading European event to learn about the industry developments and network with your colleagues

Join us for this 2-day and its 25 papers, panel discussions and roundtables which will give you insights, information and ideas on a whole range of topic, including sustainable innovation; industry trends; product, process & material innovation; nonwovens for transition in e-mobility and filtration.

You will get the chance to maximize your business relationships with the organisation of an exhibition. Companies will be present on a virtual show, showcasing their products and meeting you online!

"I thought the level of speakers and content, especially during the circular session, really gave the whole industry something to think about. The quality of participants was fantastic, with a really good mix of technical experts and senior executives”

Johan Berlin, Owner, InvestKonsult

"The best forum worldwide for knowledge enhancement with excellent technical content. The great collaborative work between the EDANA team and attendees ensured each minute of the two days added value"
Dayal Mehta, Senior Manager-Marketing, Innovation & New Product Development, Welspun 

Thanks to our sponsors:



Day 1
09 June 2021
09.20 - 09.25
Opening & welcome address by Mr Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA
09.30 - 09.50
Morning networking
09.55 - 10.20
2020 : A record Year for Nonwovens in Greater Europe
  • Economic Background
  • Market Segments Trends
  • Evolution by Production Process
  • H H H ?
Jacques Prigneaux Market Analysis & Economic Affairs Director EDANA
10.25 - 10.50
The PanEuroMed Convention on Rules of Origin from a textiles/nonwovens perspective
  • The aim of the PanEuroMed Convention
  • Why are Rules of Origin important?
  • Textile and Clothing Rules of Origin in EU Trade agreements
Mikael Garellick Trade Affairs Officer European Commission, DG GROW
10.55 - 11.15
Sustainability challenges and opportunities in recycling textile wastes into durable nonwovens
  • ANDRITZ Laroche is proposing tailor made recycling and nonwoven solutions for sustainable management of textile waste
  • Innovative solutions to remove the non-textiles from old clothes while processing the materials on a very smooth way to maximize fibre quality
  • Recycled fibres to be used in the production of garments and/or nonwovens depending on their quality
  • Development of durable applications for industries like automotive, bedding, and building insulation using our latest Airlay technology development
Francis Elias Junker Area Sales Manager ANDRITZ Laroche
11.20 - 11.40
Certified circular polypropylene for the nonwovens industry based on high-purity recycled plastics
  • Circular solutions span from feedstock recycling of used plastics; renewables products from bio based feedstock and closed loop initiatives to recycle used plastic materials back into high quality nonwovens
  • Combining collaboration, sustainability and innovation to support the fast-changing needs of our customers as well as the global community in nonwovens
  • Customer collaboration examples: the world’s first nonwoven made with certified circular polypropylene based on high-purity recycled plastics and closed loop model
Jelena Bozovic-Vukic Global Marketing Manager and Market Development Technical Service Leader For Personal Hygiene Business SABIC
11.45 - 12.05
Circular Economy for acoustic solutions based on polyester nonwovens
  • In offices and at home people are looking to make their lives more comfortable by reducing noise
  • Nonwovens offer highly efficient, lightweight and sustainable solutions
  • Using the example of acoustic panels made from polyester fibers show how circular economy can be realised
Gerhard Klier Sales Director Durables Sandler
12.10 - 12.30
Development of sustainable and aesthetic acoustic nonwovens
  • Noise has negative effects on the human psychological health and it is a must to attenuate the noise levels in order to have a healthy ecosystem
  • Needle-punched nonwovens are very suitable for being used as sound absorbers since during the needle punching process, needles create an enormous amount of holes on the surface, enabling the incident sound to pass through effectively
  • Needle-punched nonwovens produced with recycled fibers which are suitable for the circular economy also can provide an aesthetic view in order to use in public areas such as meeting rooms, open offices, conference halls, etc.
Umut Burak Dalbudak R&D Manager Hassan
12.30 - 14.00
12.30 - 13.00
Product Presentation & live Q&A: Spoolex

Discuss with the team about their latest development in off-line and in-line wide slitting and winding solutions

13.00 - 13.30
Product Presentation & live Q&A: The sustainable product portfolio of TWE Group

Through Corporate Social Responsibility, TWE wants to achieve a balance of economic, environmental and social imperatives, while at the same time addressing the expectations of shareholders and stakeholders. In view of this, TWE developed a new sustainable product portfolio in order to make our contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

13.30 - 14.00
Live Product Presentation & Q&A: MONDON - Winding & Converting Machines: Integration of an automatic turret unwinder on a production line

Learn how to optimize your productivity and space integrating a turret unwinder TW Series in your facility, considering safety, performance, waste reduction, ergonomics…

Georges Forand Head of sales Mondon
14.00 - 14.20
VliesRTM - Reuse of carbon fiber waste in composite structures
  • Recycling of waste out of carbon fiber Optimization and identification of interactions between nonwoven production and consolidation
  • Mechanical characterization of composites produced in the resin transfer molding (rtm) and the wet compression molding (wcm) processes
  • 100% rcf nonwovens and also the direct combination of nonwovens with multi-axial structures were investigated
Dipl.-Ing. (BA) Marcel Hofmann Head of Department Textile Lightweight Engineering Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI)
14.25 - 14.45
Healthcare packaging – From linear value chain towards a circular economy
  • Understanding the challenges in transforming healthcare packaging for circular economy in evolving regulatory environment
  • Opportunities in recycling technologies for post-industrial and post-consumer waste
  • Importance of collaborating along the value chain
Juha-Pekka Pöyry Technical Marketing Specialist DuPont™ Safety – Healthcare
14.50 - 15.10
Development of an eco-calculator
  • Goals of the eco-calculator
  • Data collection methodology
  • Environmental assessment methodology
  • Features offered by the tool
Isabelle Kugler Marketing & Communication Manager Freudenberg Performance Materials
15.15 - 15.35
Balancing environmental sustainability improvements and economic constraints : a case study in nonwoven geotextiles
  • Sustainability core businesses are better positioned to anticipate and react to economic, social, environmental, and regulatory changes
  • Profitability case: PET new fibers nonwoven geotextiles /PET recycled fibers nonwoven geotextiles
Dr Corina Ross Managing Consultant Ross Consulting & Solutions
15.40 - 16.10
15.40 - 18.00
15.40 - 16.00
Product Presentation & live Q&A: EDANA’s Nonwovens You Say? campaign
16.00 - 16.30
Product Presentation & live Q&A: Tentoma - RoRo StretchPack® - 100% waterproof and film saving packaging

An introduction to RoRo StretchPack® packaging, and why it is a very suitable solution for automated packaging of nonwoven rolls.

Henrik Raunkjær CEO Tentoma
16.30 - 17.00
Product Presentation & live Q&A: TSI - Mask Testing with 8130A and other TSI Filter Testers

Learn how respirators and other masks are tested. We are going to introduce different variants of filter testers and how they relate to requirements and standards.

Jürgen Spielvogel Senior Sales Specialist TSI
17.00 - 17.30
Product Presentation & live Q&A: INDEX™20

Ask all your questions about INDEX™20, organised in October 2021

Day 2
10 June 2021
08.15 - 08.20
Opening & welcome address
08.25 - 08.45
08.50 - 09.10
Opportunities for meltblown fabrics

The global demand for meltblown fabrics, a key functional component of PPE, significantly increased in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has resulted in an unprecedented increase in global meltblowing capacity. The demand for these products could potentially reduce in time with the rollout of vaccines and the rise of population immunity. This paper discusses current applications for meltblown nonwovens and identifies opportunities for diversification of meltblown products and emerging applications.

NIRI will introduce and discuss key opportunities within the following markets:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks
  • Filtration
  • Absorbents
  • Emerging applications
Dr Ross Ward New Business Development Manager Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute
09.15 - 09.35
Characteristics and performance of meltblown nonwovens in various conditions, and their measured impact on filtration efficiency of face masks
  • Introduction
  • Characteristics of disposable facemasks
  • Performance of surgical facemasks
  • Study on surgical facemasks
  • Conclusions and prospects
Dr Philippe Vroman Associate Professor ENSAIT-GEMTEX Laboratory
09.40 - 10.10
Johan Berlin Managing Director Investkonsult Sweden
Daniel Krumme Managing Director Innovatec Microfibre Technology
Dr Philippe Vroman Associate Professor ENSAIT-GEMTEX Laboratory
Dr Ross Ward New Business Development Manager Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute
Loïc Messé Manager Research, Development & Optimisation Process MELTBLO France
10.15 - 10.35
New solution for silent floor board with air through bonded nonwoven technology
  • Increasing sound absorption coefficient
  • Reducing sound transmission coefficient
  • Improving the insulation performance of the parquet to the nonwoven mattress on its under surface
  • Bringing the surfaces obtained with ATB nonwoven to the insulation sector
  • Developing material for reduced the noise inside the flats
Selahattin Onur R&D Manager Merkas Tekstil
10.40 - 11.00
Sustainable contribution to 100% recyclable nonwovens
  • UltraBond staple fibre allows an innovative way of thermal bonding that eliminates the need for latex or other chemical binders in nonwovens, making nonwovens fully recyclable
  • Applicable for all nonwoven applications to optimize mechanical performances while remaining 100% recyclable
  • Investment in dedicated pilot line in order to accelerate the development of innovative and sustainable solutions for a rapidly changing global market
Bart Desmyter Research & Engineering Manager Beaulieu Fibres International
11.05 - 11.25
Patterning coatings and adhesives onto nonwovens
  • What Powerdrop is
  • What problems it solves
  • Patterning coatings and adhesives onto nonwovens at speed
  • How Archipelago delivers Powerdrop machines to our customers
Dr. Guy Newcombe CEO Archipelago Technology
11.30 - 11.50
New polyurethane dispersions for the manufacturing of medical nonwovens

Covestro developed a new range of polyurethane dispersions which achieve specific advantages in the manufacturing of nonwovens such as

  • Extra low linting
  • High breathability
  • Excellent moisture management
  • High elasticity
  • Good compatibility to disinfectants
Dr. Marc-Stephan Weiser Global Head of Business Development Medical Covestro Deutschland
11.55 - 12.15
Improve your sustainability utilizing film saving packaging of nonwoven rolls
  • How to improve both the sustainability and packaging quality and most preferred at a lower cost?
  • Pains in packaging of nonwoven rolls today
  • Alternative to conventional packaging solutions
  • Ensure the quality of roll packaging
  • Reductions in film consumption Support the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Henrik Raunkjær CEO Tentoma
12.20 - 12.40
Respiratory filter testing directly in the production line
  • Standards such as 42 CFR 84, EN 143/149, and GB 2626 specify quality requirements and define key parameters for testing
  • The highest efficiency respirators are made on automated production lines – how to assure that each filter meets the high efficiency needed?
  • Design of an in-line tester with good comparison to a lab tester used for certification
  • Critical parameters evaluated are testing speed and comparison of data
Jürgen Spielvogel Senior Sales Specialist TSI
12.40 - 13.40
12.40 - 13.10
Product Presentation & live Q&A : SABIC

Discuss with the team

Jelena Bozovic-Vukic Global Marketing Manager and Market Development Technical Service Leader For Personal Hygiene Business SABIC
13.10 - 13.40
Product Presentation & live Q&A - Inspection of Nonwovens with Dr. Schenk EasyInspect - Your Quality Requirements Take Priority

The presentation will explain why nonwoven material should be inspected, how the optical configuration (transmission / ABI / Virtual X-Ray) is crucial as to which defects can be detected and how a cutting-edge optical inspection solution like EasyInspect can combine multiple configurations and defect views to optimize inspection and subsequent defect classification. Even more, with EasyIspect not only localized defects can be inspected but large area properties of the nonwoven, such as grammage, can be monitored over the entire surface of the material.

Timo Dörr Sales Manager Dr. Schenk
13.40 - 14.00
Nonwoven requirements for construction membranes
  • What are construction membranes
  • What are the requirements for nonwovens (mostly PP and PET spunbond)
  • What are the new construction membrane challenges for the future (sustainable)
Pierrick Girard Business Line Manager – Construction Membranes Walki
14.05 - 14.25
Durable nonwovens for building interiors
  • Where durable nonwovens are used in building interiors
  • Primary functions of durable nonwovens in such products
  • Product development that enables use of sustainable material
Souvik Nandi Director of Technology, Engineered Products Johns Manville (USA)
14.30 - 14.50
Threats and opportunities for automotive nonwovens

This presentation will chart the developments that have led to the growth of nonwovens in vehicles and the threats and opportunities going forward

Adrian Wilson Editor Sustainable Nonwovens magazine
14.55 - 15.10
Electret fiber nonwovens: experimental and numerical investigation of submicron aerosol deposition
  • Development of a simulation method for calculating particle deposition in electret fiber nonwovens
  • Evaluation of electret fiber charge properties Investigation of initial and loading-dependent particle deposition in electret fiber nonwovens
  • Experimental and simulation challenges in the case of electret submicrofibers
Maximilian Friedrich Kerner Scientific Assistant Researcher Institute of Particle Process Engineering, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
15.15 - 15.30
Modelling of nonwoven air filter using box-behnken design
  • Manufacturing of nonwoven air filter using box-behnken design
  • Analysis of design applying response surface method (rsm)
  • Optimization of model for thickness property of nonwoven air filter
Atul Jagannath Dhavale Assistant Professor & Ph.D Research Student DKTE Textile & Engineering Institute
15.35 - 15.50
Superhydrophobic self-similar nonwoven-titanate nanostructured materials with asymmetric wettability
  • Discovery of a new library of self-similar, doubly-re-entrant, porous network of superhydrophobic materials with graded wettability
  • Endowing ‘Lotus effect’ on self-similar nonwoven-titanate nanostructured materials using the facile, scalable, and inexpensive spray-coating technique
  • Underwater behavior of single-side coated superhydrophobic nonwoven material with asymmetric wettability
  • Impalement dynamics of water in three dimensions by state-of-the-art laser scanning confocal microscopy
Sumit Sharma PhD Student Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
15.55 - 16.10
Live Q&A
Maximilian Friedrich Kerner Scientific Assistant Researcher Institute of Particle Process Engineering, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Atul Jagannath Dhavale Assistant Professor & Ph.D Research Student DKTE Textile & Engineering Institute
Sumit Sharma PhD Student Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
16.15 -17.15
16.15 -16.45
Product Presentation & live Q&A : Investkonsult Sweden - Is there a future for second-hand nonwoven equipment and what does a consultant do?

A discussion about:

  • Pro’s and con’s with selling/acquiring equipment
  • What is required if my company would like to sell/dispose of line/machine?
  • Are there environmental/circularity/sustainability aspects?
  • Timing/guarantees/legal aspects
  • Is it hazzle-free?
  • What does a consultant in the nonwoven business do? What type of consulting does Investkonsult Sweden offer?
Johan Berlin Managing Director Investkonsult Sweden
16.45 -17.15
Product Presentation & live Q&A : Nonwovens Industry

A description of Nonwovens Industry’s Media activities Surrounding INDEX™2020, which will be organised on 19-22 October 2021 in Geneva + Hybrid format

17.15 - 17.30
Johan Berlin
Managing Director
Investkonsult Sweden

Johan will be part of the Panel Discussion: the future for meltblown taking place on 10th June at 9.40 am CET.

Jelena Bozovic-Vukic
Global Marketing Manager and Market Development Technical Service Leader For Personal Hygiene Business

Jelena Bozovic-Vukic is the Global Marketing Manager of Personal Hygiene Business at SABIC and she is responsible for the Market Development Technical Services around the world.

Jelena has over 15 years of cross-functional experience in the engineering thermoplastic and polyolefin industry, served in multiple positions throughout her career.

In 2006, she joined the Product Development at the Research and Development Center of GE Plastics in Europe. After SABIC’s acquisition of that business in 2007, Jelena held several positions in Technology, supporting new product development of engineering materials for automotive and healthcare applications at SABIC. She later served as The Technical Marketing and Market Development leader for BOPP-film and fiber applications for SABIC’s Polymers Business in Europe.

She is leading the global marketing and market development technical services team for Personal Hygiene segment since 2018.

Jelena holds a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering and polymer chemistry from the University of Belgrade, Serbia and a PhD in polymer chemistry, synthesis and characterization from the Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Umut Burak Dalbudak
R&D Manager

I graduated from Gazi University in Chemical Engineering Department Also I have a master's degree in Science of Engineering from Istanbul University. I have been working in HASSAN since 2012 as an R&D Manager

In our R&D department, we are generally inspired by the past and creating a future with the use of new technologies. We are mainly focusing on innovative projects that occur from sustainable materials. Because of that, we always try to use biobased or biodegradable, recycled, or renewable materials in our projects to contribute to a circular economy and environmentally sensitive.

We got an award with a project of “Self Sufficient Relief Tents” from INDEX Awards 17 in the Sustainable Product Category and also we were a finalist in INDEX Awards 20.

Bart Desmyter
Research & Engineering Manager
Beaulieu Fibres International

Bart Desmyter is Research & Engineering Manager at Beaulieu Fibres International since the beginning of 2021. He is responsible to manage long term development projects as well as short term customer inquiries. He is dedicated to continuously improve the existing application knowledge, combining his experience with input from the R&D team, product management and customer feedback.

He graduated at Ghent University in 2014 as Master of Science in Bioengineering: Chemistry and Bioprocess Technology and started his career as Process Engineer at Wienerberger Belgium. In 2016, he joined the corporate R&D team of Beaulieu International Group as R&D Project Engineer. In this role, he was managing various innovation projects in several divisions of the Group, with main focus towards the staple fibres division.

Atul Jagannath Dhavale
Assistant Professor & Ph.D Research Student
DKTE Textile & Engineering Institute

Completed graduation in man made textile technology in 1996 and masters in textile technology in 1999 from DKTES Textile and Engineering Institute. Recently pursuing Ph.D. in Nonwoven Filters. After graduation joined New Shork Mill’s Ltd ( Mafatlal Group) Nadiyad. Then worked as Assistant Spinning Master in spinning mill for five years. As assistant Spinning master I was responsible for production planning, quality control, Product development, Operational improvement studies and pilot projects.

Science 2005, I am working as Assistant Professor in Textile Department of DKTES Textile and Engineering Institute and teaching subjects related to Spinning, Fibre Manufacturing, Industrial Engineering and Production Planning & control. Also, I am guiding Technical projects of Final Year students. Up till now I have published twenty-two papers in various National and International Journals. Applied for 2 patents in air filter and texturizing. Written one book on Nonwoven air filter. Supported 09 products for technology commercialization by providing Government funding.

Timo Dörr
Sales Manager
Dr. Schenk

Timo Dörr is the Sales Manager for the Nonwovens Business Unit, responsible for Europe. Timo has been with Dr. Schenk for 7 years now and besides being an accomplished athlete has a passion for challenging optical inspection puzzles.

Georges Forand
Head of sales
Mikael Garellick
Trade Affairs Officer
European Commission, DG GROW

Mikael Garellick is trade affairs officer for textile, clothing, leather and footwear in the European Commission, Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. His responsibilities include trade negotiations and the competitiveness of the industry.

Mikael commenced his career in the European Commission in DG Agriculture. Throughout his career, he has held many different positions dealing with European policy, such as establishing an EU beef labelling scheme, chemicals legislation and the enlargement of the European Union.

In a previous life, Mikael worked in marketing in a confectionary company. He is a graduate of the Gothenburg Business School.

Pierrick Girard
Business Line Manager – Construction Membranes
  • Chemical Engineering degree + Papermaking Engineering degree + MBA few years later
  • Started in R&D and Process Engineer into paper companies, before switching to Sales and Marketing of well-known Nonwoven producer
  • Working for Walki since 2008 and appointed Business Line Manager Construction Membranes since 2015
  • New member of EDANA since end 2019.
Dipl.-Ing. (BA) Marcel Hofmann
Head of Department Textile Lightweight Engineering
Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI)

Marcel Hofmann worked since 2007 in the field of nonwovens as process engineer at the company Norafin Industries Germany GmbH. Since 2011 he is working for STFI as research associate in the department nonwoven/recycling with focus on carbon fibre recycling. In 2016 he became head of the department textile lightweight engineering.

Next to his job at STFI he works as editor for the Journal TEXTILplus and as lecturer in the study "master textile industry" at IHK Chemnitz.

Don't miss Marcel's presentation "VliesRTM - Reuse of carbon fiber waste in composite structures"

Francis Elias Junker
Area Sales Manager

Master’s in chemistry and biosciences in 1994 graduated at the “Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques de Gembloux”- Belgium.

My professional life is divided in two periods : the first one in Belgium strongly linked to the food industry from 1995 to 2007:

  • From 1995 to 1998, Production Manager at a Belgian Cheese factory (La Fromagerie de Herve)
  • From 1998 to 2000, Quality Consultant on a public association from Brussels (BRUFOTEC), to help small local Food industries
  • From 2000 to 2003, as an Applied R&D manager for an inuline (Fructo oligo saccharides, soluble fibers) Belgian Producing Company : COSUCRA
  • • Finally, from 2003 To 2007, As an Area Sales Manager for industrial fruit preparations For Materne Confilux part of Andros Group

The second period in France from 2007 as Area Sales Manager at LAROCHE (presently ANDRITZ Laroche). I am taking care of the Middle East market (mainly Turkey and Saudi Arabia), and various markets such as China, India, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Scandinavia, the Baltics, United Kingdom and South America.

Maximilian Friedrich Kerner
Scientific Assistant Researcher
Institute of Particle Process Engineering, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

Maximilian Friedrich Kerner completed his master's degree in energy and process engineering in 2018 at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern with an award from the PfalzMetall Foundation for outstanding academic achievement. Since 2018, he has been working as a scientific assistant researcher and doctoral student at the Institut of Particle Process Engineering at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern. His research focuses on the filtration of submicron aerosol particles with electret nonwovens.

Gerhard Klier
Sales Director Durables
  • Current position : Sales Director Durables at Sandler AG
  • Head of sales and marketing for segments filtration, transportation and building home, world wide
  • With Sandler since 1987
  • Started as assistant to a sales manager
  • 1989 sales manager for upholstery furniture business
  • 2004/2005 senior sales manager technical products – filtration and automotive, focus on Asia /China, Eastern Europe
  • 2007-2008 sales director automotive, 2008-today sales director durables
Daniel Krumme
Managing Director
Innovatec Microfibre Technology

Daniel will be part of the Panel Discussion: the future for meltblown taking place on 10th June at 9.40 am CET.

Isabelle Kugler
Marketing & Communication Manager
Freudenberg Performance Materials

Isabelle Kugler joined Freudenberg in 2005 as Marketing Manager Evolon®. In 2016 she was appointed Marketing & Communication Manager in the Regional Business Unit Europe of Freudenberg Performance Materials, where she drives the marketing & communication strategy for a variety of product ranges.

Isabelle has 20 years of experience in the textile industry and worked in several sales, marketing and project management positions in various companies before joining Freudenberg. Isabelle holds a Master in Management from the French business school Telecom Ecole de Management.

Loïc Messé
Manager Research, Development & Optimisation Process
Souvik Nandi
Director of Technology, Engineered Products
Johns Manville (USA)

Souvik Nandi is the Director of Technology for Johns Manville’s Engineered Products business. He is responsible for leading global product and applications development and process technology. Souvik joined Johns Manville in 2005. He began his JM career on the Research & Development (R&D) team as a product developer. He then held a variety of roles in R&D and Innovation & Commercialization.

Prior to joining Johns Manville, Souvik was a research associate at University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he developed a technique to produce nano and micro porous substrates for various applications. Souvik earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a Six Sigma Blackbelt. He and his family live in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Dr. Guy Newcombe
Archipelago Technology

Dr Guy Newcombe is CEO at Archipelago Technology, www.archipelagotechnology.com , a Cambridge-based company focused on developing precision droplet creation and deposition systems. Guy studied physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, UK before embarking on a career in the world of inkjet and microfluidics. In the course of the past 30 years Guy has created technology in piezo, electrostatic and continuous inkjet. At Archipelago Technology, he is driving the development and applications of the Powerdrop print platform.

Selahattin Onur
R&D Manager
Merkas Tekstil

I am Selahattin Onur, My degree in Textile Science at Marmara University/Istanbul and I have also studied MBA (Master of Business Administration) at Cardiff Metropolitan University/UK. According to my bachelor’s degree I have gain to speak the languages of both engineering and mathematics and provided strong statistical foundations and specifically knowledge of the most effective machine learning techniques to address the challenges of data analysis across scales and applications. Also during my master degree I have achieved skills in marketing, product management, sales strategy, international business, finance, accounting.

My background is based on years of experience, mostly textile industry in both Turkey and the United Kingdom. In 2007, I entered textiles business with my first job after university, as a textile merchandiser. After that, in 2009, I worked at Vfurs in London as a Purchasing and Foreign Trade Specialist, on this position learned the flow of textile business between countries. 2015/2018 I have worked as Procurement and Supply Chain Senior Specialist in textile and medical sectors. For the last two and a half years, I have been working on nonwoven business that is one of the building blocks of textiles as R&D Manager at Merkas Tekstil.

I am responsible for managing all project, thinking of new product ideas and solving problems in a practical way, leading the R&D engineers by providing team management and coordinating their training required to increase their technical skills, ensuring the development of the products what we produce and creating new products by communicating with continuous quality department and production, in every quarter coordinating reporting to our executive people about all projects, making effective decisions and taking initiative in approved R&D centre by the government.

Juha-Pekka Pöyry
Technical Marketing Specialist
DuPont™ Safety – Healthcare

Juha-Pekka Pöyry is Technical Marketing Specialist for DuPont™ Safety – Healthcare since 2018. He is responsible for technical marketing of Tyvek® product portfolio for Healthcare packaging. Before joining DuPont™, he held various R&D positions in antimicrobial additive development field. He is a member of CEN technical committee for packaging and environment, and a member of Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council Europe. Juha-Pekka holds a master's degree in materials science from Tampere University of Technology in Finland.

Jacques Prigneaux
Market Analysis & Economic Affairs Director

Jacques Prigneaux leads EDANA’s Market Analysis and Economic Affairs department and provides industry analyses to the nonwovens community.

Jacques is responsible for managing research, market analysis and statistical activities at EDANA. He is also the co-author of the Worldwide Outlook for the Nonwovens Industry Report.

Jacques Prigneaux’s projects have taken him into many different market research arenas, resulting in reliable forecasts used by players in various steps of the nonwovens supply chain.

Henrik Raunkjær

Bachelor of Science Electronic Engineering. Specialized Business Studies in Organisation. Diploma leadership

Business experience:

  • 2016 - CEO and Board Member Tentoma
  • 2013 – 2016 CEO, Niko-Servodan A/S and CTO, Niko, Belgium
  • 2011 – 2012 CEO and Board Member, LeanEco
  • 2010 – 2011 CEO and Board Member, Enecsys Ltd, UK
  • 2007 – 2010 Managing Director, Danfoss Solar Inverters
  • 2002 – 2007 Founder and Managing Director, PowerLynx
  • 1996 – 2002 Managing Director, Focon Electronic Systems
  • 1985 – 1996 Bang & Olufsen - Head of Research & Development, Misc. management positions, Development engineer
Dr Corina Ross
Managing Consultant
Ross Consulting & Solutions

I am a textile engineer specialized in fashion design, a PH.D. in nonwovens technologies used to recycle textiles and to produce nonwoven geotextiles, and a post-doc in nanotechnologies.

Meanwhile, I gained more than years of experience in finance management and more than 10 years in R&D of nonwovens. Since 2015 I am self-employed at Ross Consulting & Solutions, I enriched my background with project management and entrepreneurship knowledge and I progress with small business growth phases and work with EU projects Horizon 2020 (Worth, Eurostar, DeFine Network, European Social Innovation Competition).

Sumit Sharma
PhD Student
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Sumit Sharma is currently pursuing his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India, since Jan 2017. He is working on the Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Metastable hydrophobicity and superhydrophobicity in nonwoven materials.” He has completed his masters in Textile Engineering from the same institute in the year 2015. Besides undertaking teaching responsibilities as a teaching/laboratory assistant during his masters and Ph.D., he has worked as a department engineer in the Institute of Chemistry, University of Szeged, Hungary, from Oct 2018 - Mar 2019. He has worked primarily on X-ray micro-computed tomography at the University of Szeged and added functionalities to nonwoven materials using carbon nanotubes and titanate nanowires. As a teaching assistant, he teaches courses related to Fabric manufacturing and MATLAB, and Ms Excel as a part of the Design of experiments and statistical techniques, and Modelling and simulation courses of undergraduate and post-graduate students. He has currently published ten (two as first author) peer-reviewed research papers in reputed international journals and has presented his work at three international and two national research conferences.

Professionally, he has worked as a management trainee at Vrijesh Natural Fibres and Fabrics Pvt. Ltd., Vapi, India, from Oct 2015-Dec 2016. His job responsibilities encompassed production planning and quality control to framing and implementing various management policies for the weaving, fancy yarn spinning, and dyeing units of the company. He has briefly worked as a training and placement officer for the Integrated Skill Development Programme of Govt. of India while serving as an associate consultant at Technopak Advisors Pvt. Ltd. from Jun 2015-Oct 2015. Besides this, he has been very active in co-curricular activities and has held many positions of responsibilities, including deputy general secretary of the Textile Engineering Society of IIT Delhi for the year 2013-14.

Jürgen Spielvogel
Senior Sales Specialist

Jürgen Spielvogel is Senior Sales Specialist at TSI. He has more than 19 years of experience in particle measurements and has been involved continuously in standardization of particle measurements, and most recently as convener of ISO TC 24/SC 4/WG 12 driving standards such as ISO 27891 and ISO 15900. He has a Master of Science from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a Bachelor in Economic from the University of Augsburg.

Jürgen has spent 13 years working with filter testing standards around the globe such as NIOSH 42 CFR 84, EN143/EN149/EN13274-7, GB2626, ISO 16890, and ISO 29463. He is based in Germany and active member of DIN working group “Breathing apparatus for work and rescue”.

Don't Miss Jürgen's presentation "Respiratory filter testing directly in the production line"

Dr Philippe Vroman
Associate Professor
Dr Ross Ward
New Business Development Manager
Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute

Ross obtained a MSc and an EPSRC iCASE funded PhD from the University of Leeds and a BSc(Hons) in Sports Technology from Loughborough University. His PhD was focused on developing novel materials for military Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosive (CBRNe) protective clothing and was sponsored by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).

Ross has also gained experience as an Innovation Consultant, working with the UK Fire and Police Services. With over 8 years’ experience, managing grant, consultancy and collaboration projects, Ross is responsible for new business development.

Dr. Marc-Stephan Weiser
Global Head of Business Development Medical
Covestro Deutschland

Dr. Marc-Stephan Weiser studied Chemistry in Bayreuth and Edinburgh and obtained his PhD in 2006 from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Afterwards, he joined Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. one year to work as a post-doctoral researcher in Sodegaura, Japan.

In August 2007 he started as a synthesis lab manager in Bayer MaterialScience AG (since September 2015 Covestro Deutschland AG) where, after occupying positions in R&D and Application Development, since June 2013, he is heading the Global Business Development Medical. In this role, he is the main technical expert for all Covestro’s raw materials that are applied in medical applications except Implants.

Dr. Marc-Stephan Weiser will present "New polyurethane dispersions for the manufacturing of medical nonwovens"

Adrian Wilson
Sustainable Nonwovens magazine

Adrian Wilson is a writer and analyst specialising in the nonwovens, technical textiles and composites industries. He is currently the consulting editor for Sustainable Nonwovens magazine, while contributing extensively to other publications and websites.

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Beaulieu Fibres International
Global specialist in raw chemical materials (polymers), semi-finished engineered products and is a leader in a broad range of floor coverings for the residential and commercial markets as well as upholstery fabrics.
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Dr. Schenk
Dr. Schenk develops, produces and markets optical inspection and measurement solutions for automated quality assurance and production process monitoring. This includes high-quality, customizable handling solutions.
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Fama Jersey
Fa-Ma Jersey is a leading manufacturer of nonwoven fabric, to extend and constantly engaged in improving the supply to the markets. From rags for cleaning, hygiene of the body, the medical products.
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INDEX™20 / Palexpo
INDEX™ is the largest global meeting place for the nonwovens market. Taking place once every three years, it is a unique opportunity to explore the industry’s latest innovations and connect with like-minded professionals.
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Investkonsult Sweden AB
Consultants to the nonwoven and absorbent hygiene industries, with a large stock of second hand equipment and used machinery.
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Mondon Winding & Converting Machines
Mondon has been designing, manufacturing and marketing machines for winding, unwinding and processing flexible materials since 1983. Machines are designed mainly for plastic, paper, nonwovens, technical textiles and rubber industries.
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Global leader in chemicals headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. From making cars & planes more fuel-efficient, to helping conserve the world’s water supply and enabling colorful smartphone cases, we find solutions to the challenges of today.
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Specialized in web converting process, Spoolex is involved in complete projects management: from designing, to manufacturing and full production phase.
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Tentoma A/S
Tentoma offers a fully automatic packaging machine which can pack larger goods in a tightly sealed packaging protecting it from water and contamination.
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Thrace Group
Thrace Group provides highly engineered fabrics serving the needs of various industries, such as Construction (geosynthetics, roofing & wall membranes), medical, automotive, agriculture, filtration.
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TSI imagines, designs, and develops products that solve measurement problems. We collaborate with colleges and universities, research groups, and businesses around the world to set the standard for measurement expertise.
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TWE Group
One of the leading companies in the nonwoven sector worldwide, family-run with a long tradition and over 1,300 proud people at twelve international locations in Europe, America and Asia.
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Sustainable Nonwovens
Bi-monthly magazine and website which provides environmental news and technical innovation in the nonwovens sector
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Nonwovens Industry
Monthly trade magazine dedicated to the worldwide business of nonwovens
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An information provider, delivering intelligence and insight into the global textile manufacturing industry
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Fastmarkets RISI
Provides its clients with the understanding and actionable insight they need to operate in a changing global marketplace
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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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2019 Nonwovens Symposium outlines path to sustainable innovation and growth

EDANA closed its 2019 International Nonwovens Symposium (INS) today, having further demonstrated the technical and strategic building blocks that will ensure the industry’s sustainable growth. Launch of latest industry sustainability vision and report mirrors focus.

Over 160 participants gathered at the Vienna Marriot to hear sector experts assess trade trends, exciting new innovations and sustainability initiatives from across the nonwovens spectrum. Read more

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