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Don't miss the only global conference on 8 - 9 June 2022 addressing the whole range of nonwoven applications

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 conference 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 building/construction.

You will get the chance to maximize your business relationships with the organisation of a tabletops exhibition.

 

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Day 1
08 June 2022
09.00
Registrations desk open at the Lyon Marriott Hotel
09.00 - 09.30
☕ Welcome coffee & opening of the tabletop area
09.30 - 09.40
Opening & Welcome
Pierre Wiertz General Manager EDANA
09.40 - 10.20
The role of bioplastics in the circular bioeconomy. Challenges and opportunities of innovative materials
  • Market of bioplastics today and future outlook
  • Type of of bioplastics and their applications
  • Certifications and sustainability profile
  • How bioplastics contribute to circular bio economy
Mariagiovanna Vetere Vice-Chairperson European Bioplastics
SESSION 1 - SUSTAINABILITY / Moderator: Monique Buch, VP Global Nonwovens Business, Lenzing (Austria)
10.20 - 10.45
EcoCare – sustainable design for absorbent hygiene products
    • How to enhance the environmental profile of AHP with intelligent design
    • EcoCare and the EU Commission's LIFE program
    • Results of Technical, Consumer and Environmental assessments
    • EcoCare in sustainability communication
Dr. Stefanie Glathe Scientific Communications Europe Procter & Gamble
10.45 - 11.15
☕ Coffee break & networking in the tabletop area
11.15 - 11.40
Sustainable innovation: performance enhanced hemp and linen fibres for the global nonwoven industry
  • Performance enhanced; 100% natural fibres designed to meet the exacting standards of the nonwoven industry
  • Beyond sustainability; moisture management, haptic qualities, and strength
  • Bast Fibre supply chain and fibre validation through pilot trials and commercial production runs
  • Bast Fibres suitability for a range of nonwoven applications – from industrial to personal care.
Jason Finnis Executive VP & Chief Innovation Officer Bast Fiber Tech
11.40 - 12.05
Recycling of PP, PET or PLA stand-by-filaments obtained from spunbond processing
  • Continuous removal of PP, PET or PLA filaments from stand-by-process. Preparation of filaments (e.g., by crushing, agglomeration or regranulation)
  • Refeeding of recycled filaments (crushed and repalletized) into the spunbond process
  • Up to 15% crushed or repalletized filaments can be added to extrusion in mono or bi-component processing
Ralf Taubner Scientific Officer STFI
12.05 - 12.30
Enzymatic degradation of PET (polyester) for infinite recycling
  • The presentation covers Carbios C-ZYME™ technology to make circular PET packaging and polyester textile and nonwoven
  • Using a biological process to degrade PET into its two constituting monomers, and infinitely make from PET waste a polymer resin with virgin-like properties
  • The presentation updates Carbios project development, with market leaders and the construction of a first reference unit, with a processing capacity estimated at ca. 50,000 tons of wastes per year by 2025.
Bruno Langlois Business Development & Partnerships Director Carbios
12.30 - 12.55
Accelerating sustainable innovation in fiber & nonwoven with a bio-based & compostable biopolymer
  • Introduction to BioPBS: bio-based and compostable biopolymer
  • BioPBS in fiber and nonwoven application
  • BioPBS development in several processing techniques
  • BioPBS in circular economy
Thanwa Papaiwong Marketing Division Manager PTT MCC Biochem Company
12.55 - 14.00
🍴 Standing lunch & networking in the tabletop area
SESSION 2- RAW MATERIAL / Moderator: Johan Berlin, Managing Director, Investkonsult (Sweden)
14.00 - 14.25
Antimicrobial/antiviral polymers to prevent disease transmission through fomites: a Covid-19 consequence
  • Why antimicrobial materials can help in reducing disease transmission through fomites
  • Overview of main antimicrobial materials, mode of action and antimicrobial tests
  • Current work performed within SABIC to develop antimicrobial materials that can be applied for PP fiber spinning
  • SABIC developed a strong expertise in antimicrobial materials and works towards developing solutions suited for different industries
Jérôme Vachon Staff Scientist SABIC
14.25 - 14.50
New sustainable fast drying latex binder for nonwovens
  • Introduction of a low emission, fast drying latex binder system with revolutionary novel cross linking system
  • Cross linking without formaldehyde emissions
  • Reduced curing temperatures, reduced scope 1 and scope 2 emissions
  • Easy to use 1 k product solution - withdraw of external cross linker resins from customer formulations
Sӧren Butz Head of Technical Service Textiles Synthomer
14.50 - 15.15
Design of an innovative fibre with sustainable imprint
  • The developed product is an innovative trilobal-core/uniform-sheath PP/PE bicomponent staple fibre, designed with an unique trilobal cross-section shape, that combines the key benefits of the standard mono-trilobal and bico-round fibres
  • The combination of the unique fibre shape and its production formulation and settings, allows the production of nonwovens with significant improvements on bulkiness, opacity and liquid management performances
  • The noticeable added value on the use of the developed fibre for nonwovens production production (ie. raw materials savings, basis weight reduction, very good recyclability due to the used polyolefin polymers, etc..) have been confirmed from real market cases
  • The overall Sustainability benefits derived from the use of the developed new staple fibres for the nonwovens production have been demonstrated via LCA analysis with the calculation of the CO2-eq reduction.
Jerico Biagiotti Product Development Manager Hygiene Beaulieu International Group
15.15 - 15.50
☕ Coffee break & networking in the tabletop area
15.50 - 16.15
Next generation of polyethylene fiber grades resins in health & hygiene nonwoven
  • In this presentation, we will review how Dow’s new generation ASPUNTM AT fiber grade further improve fiber spinnability and potentially reduce waste generation
  • Moreover, we will discuss how ASPUNTM R, a fiber resin produced using renewable raw materials, can help sparing our valuable resources while reducing the carbon footprint
Abby Turner Global Marketing Director, Health & Hygiene Dow
Natacha Bitinis EMEA Application Technology Leader, Health & Hygiene Dow
16.15 -16.40
Bast fibers: growing opportunities
  • Ecofriendly fibers, such as hemp and flax, have been used for centuries – hemp more recently for technical fibers and flax for fine linen products
  • Technical fibers are mostly found in nonwoven products like building insulation materials, geotextiles and automotive parts
  • Clothing brands are now pushing their suppliers to blend hemp with cotton to reduce the environmental impact of growing cotton
  • The hemp plant does not require water or pesticides in most growing areas and also yields valuable by products (seeds for oil, hurd for hempcrete, animal bedding…)
Thierry Masi Area Sales Manager ANDRITZ Laroche
16.40 - 17.05
Nonwovens from polyhydroxyalkanoates - meltspinning process & product development
  • Review of the current progress of PHAs in fibre-based applications
  • Introducing the benefits, limitations and barriers to entry to nonwoven markets
  • Emerging PHA polymer technologies and opportunities for nonwoven products made from PHA polymers will be detailed
Ross Ward Chief Commercial Officer NIRI
17.05 - 17.30
Biomass as an eco-friendly raw material for nonwovens
  • CETI acting in disruptive innovation for natural fibres, biobased and recycled material for the textile and nonwovens industry
  • French partnership building a new industry for MMCFs (man-made cellulosic fibres)
  • Role of CETI
  • New process developed with local resources with low emission and low impact on environment
  • Needs and use of these new created fibres for a near future
Pascal Denizart CEO Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants (CETI)
Mathilde Leroy R&D Engineer & Polymer Business Developer Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants (CETI)
18.30 - 22.00
🥂 Cocktail at Les Bateaux Lyonnais

The ideal opportunity for relaxed networking while enjoying a cruise to discover Lyon by boat - Business casual dress

  • 18.30: Meet at the lobby of the Lyon Marriott Hotel
  • 18.40: Boat departs
  • 22.00: Boat returns to the Lyon Marriott Hotel
Day 2
09 June 2022
08.30
Registrations desk open at the Lyon Marriott Hotel
08.30 - 09.00
☕ Welcome coffee & opening of the tabletop area
09.00 - 09.40
Keynote speech by Carsten Beck: Aiming for a better future - how consumers are shaping the future
  • The future of sustainability – how consumers behavioral changes will influence climate policies and sustainability
  • How to create and maintain trust in the future consumer landscape
  • How will health be a part of everyday life – new healthcare solutions and principles

Carsten Beck Director of Research & Futurist Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies
SESSION 3 - NONWOVENS FOR A BETTER WORLD / Moderator: Pierre Croutelle, Business Developer, Spoolex (France)
09.40 - 10.05
Nonwovens for battery and fuel cell applications - high performance materials (HPM) based meltblown process
  • Processing HPM-materials like PPS or PEEK via meltblown process
  • Use as support system for membranes and fluorine-free alternative
  • Reducing pore size by creating finest fiber webs (fiber diameter <1 µm @PPS, <2 µm @PEEK)
  • Comparable web homogeneity to filter paper (cv < 15% @ 0,78cm²)
Ingo Windschiegl Team Leader Nonwovens DITF Denkendorf
10.05 - 10.30
“Oil-sensitive” super-absorbent polymer for the nonwovens industry
  • World’s only “engineered” SAP for oils, fuels and solvents (organic liquids) and unaffected by water– Imbiber Beads®
  • Complete “capture & containment” of organic liquids eliminates liquid phase
  • Innovative entrainment of oil-sensitive SAP into nonwoven fabric
  • Significant development in water filtration and spill response applications
John Brinkman President Imbibitive Technologies (IMBTEC)
10.30 - 11.00
☕ Coffee break & networking in the tabletop area
11.00 - 11.25
Innovative filtration systems made of novel antibacterial nonwoven materials
  • Meltspun and wetspun filament with added antimicrobial additives
  • Additives will create reactive oxygen species when illuminated with light & can kill bacteria and other microorganisms and prevent them from reproducing
  • From antibacterial filament staple fibres and nonwoven materials for air and liquid filtration systems were created (in cooperation with industry partners)
  • Especially relevant in times of a global pandemic, usage of novel filter materials will prevent germ reproduction, improve permeability to air, and increase service life
Anne Hennig Scientific Staff Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University
11.25 - 11.50
Prevention of biofouling with positively polar (C-Polar) air filter with ultrahigh efficiency in inactivation of microbials
  • An emerging filter technology by the use of positively polar (C-Polar) coating on filter can enhance the air filtration processes to inactivate bacteria and viruses (including SARS-CoV-2)
  • For the collection efficiency, with face velocities at 100 ft min-1 and 492 ft min-1, C-Polar coated filter showed an enhanced filter figure of merit for particle sizes between 10 nm and 10 μm than the baseline filter, suggesting an improved collection efficiency while having a lesser effect on the pressure drop
  • Under the testing conditions of European Standard EN ISO 20742: 2013 Determination of antibacterial activity of textile products, C-Polar coated filter demonstrated a complete (4.6 to 6.9 log) removal and significant inactivation of pathogenic bacteria
Stan Kolar Managing Director, Europe Healthy Apparel
11.50 - 12.15
SPONSORED PRODUCT PRESENTATIONS

These are presented under the sole responsibility of their authors and not be construed as endorsed by EDANA.

12.15 - 13.30
🍴 Standing lunch & networking in the tabletop area
SESSION 4 - MACHINERY, PROCESS & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT / Moderator: Dany Michiels, Group R&D and Innovation Director, TWE (Belgium)
13.30 - 13.55
How to utilize high-precision online measurement and control technologies developed for the paper industry in wet-laid & spun-laid processes
  • Introduction of high-precision online measurement technology such as formation, caliper, binders, synthetic fibers
  • Benefits of the measurement technology
  • Results from the mill installation
Mikko Talonen Business Manager Valmet Automation
13.55 - 14.20
Hydrocharging equipment for the economical production of singe-ply meltblown filter media
  • Meltblown technology and fine fiber filter media production
  • Enhancing filter efficiency: comparison of different charging technologies
  • The new charging unit – how to implement and operate
  • Advantages of hydrocharging by hycuTEC
Dr.-Ing. Ingo Mählmann Vice President Sales & Marketing Oerlikon Nonwoven
14.20 - 14.45
Using optical surface inspection systems for basis weight measurements
  • Gauging nonwovens using a defect inspection system returns more detailed data, requires less space, reduces investment, and requires no additional safety efforts
  • Surface inspection systems provide 100% surface coverage – ideal for basis weight measurement
  • Basis weight is a key property of nonwovens
  • A well-designed cooling system is crucial for consistent light intensity
Timo Dörr Sales Manager Dr. Schenk
14.45 - 15.10
Elastic meltblown nonwoven with shape memory effect
  • Elastic meltblown nonwoven made of thermoplastic Polyurethane
  • The nonwoven can be stabilized temporarily in another shape by means of thermo-mechanical treatment
  • The original, permanent shape remains stored in the material. Switching temperature of 40-55 °C for structural change. Elongation of up to 1000%
  • Tensile strength tunable by temperature
Simon Gravot Director R&D Neenah
15.10 - 15.40
☕ Coffee break & networking in the tabletop area
15.40 - 16.05
Meltblown fibres constituting smxs nonwoven from 100% reclaimed spunmelt nonwoven via in-line method
Kinyas Aydın NW R&D Executive Hayat Kimya
16.05 - 16.30
In-line cleaning of wire belts for nonwovens manufacturing processes
  • Contamination on wire belts lead to production losses and sheet quality issues
  • In-line cleaning prevents wire belts to get contaminated, but every application requires a customized approach
  • In-line wire belt cleaning should be performed continuously, so with a minimum use of utilities
  • In-line wire belt cleaning increases production output and increases nonwovens sheet quality
Claus Roberts Founder & Owner ProJet
16.30 - 16.40
Closing words
Pierre Wiertz General Manager EDANA
16.40 - 17.30
☕ Goodbye coffee at the tabletop area
Kinyas Aydın
NW R&D Executive
Hayat Kimya
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Kinyas will make a presentation on "Meltblown fibres constituting smxs nonwoven from 100% reclaimed spunmelt nonwoven via in-line method".

Carsten Beck
Director of Research & Futurist
Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies
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Jerico Biagiotti
Product Development Manager Hygiene
Beaulieu International Group
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Jerico Biagiotti received his degree in Materials Engineering in 1999 at the University of Perugia (located in Terni). The topic of his thesis was the Development of Thermoplastic Elastomers based on Polypropylene and EPDM Rubber.

For the period March 2000 - February 2001, he was an assistant researcher at the Laboratories of Materials Science and Technology, at the University of Perugia. His primary research activities included Theoretical and Experimental Studies on Polymeric Matrix based Composites.

From 2000 to 2003, he attended a Ph.D. course at the University of Perugia developing the theme Natural Fibre Reinforced Composites based on Thermoplastic Matrices. He was awarded his Ph.D. on January 2004.

During the period between October 2002 and September 2003, he attended a Master course on Computational Engineering at the Laboratories of Materials Science and Technology. He was awarded his master with a final work entitled “A Statistical Approach for the Prediction of Mechanical Properties of Natural Fibres Reinforced Composites”.

For the period March 2004 to February 2006, he was a post-doctoral research associate at the Laboratories of Materials Science and Technology, where he was actively involved in research on "The Processing and Characterization of Polymeric Matrix-based Nanocomposites".

In April 2006, he has been employed as a Research Project Leader at the Research & Development Department of Meraklon S.p.A.

Since 2013 he followed his activities of R&D and Technical Support in Beaulieu Fibres International Terni S.r.l., one of the leading European producers of staple fibre. Today, Jerico is covering the position of Product Development Manager Hygiene at Beaulieu Fibres International Terni S.r.l.,

Jerico will make a presentation on "Design of an innovative fibre with sustainable imprint".

Natacha Bitinis
EMEA Application Technology Leader, Health & Hygiene
Dow
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Natacha Bitinis is Dow´s EMEA Application Technology Leader for Health and Hygiene, currently responsible for technology and product development strategy for the EMEA market.

Natacha joined the Dow Chemical Company in 2015 as Technical Service & Development Engineer for Packaging & Specialty Plastics with customer and development responsibility in EMEA covering Flexible, Cosmetic & Rigid Packaging application. She holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Industries Chimiques (France) and a PhD in Polymer Science and Technology from the Spanish National Research Council.

Abby and Natacha will make a joint presentation on "Next generation of polyethylene fiber grades resins in Health & Hygiene Nonwoven".

John Brinkman
President
Imbibitive Technologies (IMBTEC)
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John will make a presentation on "Imbiber beads: oil-sensitive SAP".

Sӧren Butz
Head of Technical Service Textiles
Synthomer
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Sören will make a presentation on "New sustainable fast drying latex binder for nonwovens".

Pascal Denizart
CEO
Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants (CETI)
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Timo Dörr
Sales Manager
Dr. Schenk
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Timo's talk will show why using cameras of existing defect inspection systems for basis weight measurements is a smart decision. This approach returns more accurate quality data, requires less space, reduces investment and does not generate any additional safety efforts as do for example beta or gamma gauges.

Timo Dörr has held the role of Global Product Owner Inspection Systems for Nonwovens and responsible Sales Manager for Europe at Dr. Schenk GmbH since 2020. Prior to that, he gathered indepth knowledge of managing all aspects of automatic inspection solution projects as Technical Project Manager at Dr. Schenk GmbH for six years.

Timo holds a Dipl. Ing (FH) degree in Technical Physics and has become a trusted inspection expert for automatic inspection processes for customers around the world.

Jason Finnis
Executive VP & Chief Innovation Officer
Bast Fiber Tech
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Jason Finnis is a 30-year veteran of the hemp and natural fibre industries with hands-on experience in all aspects of the value chain. He has a strong background in fibre innovation and is adept at developing intellectual property that leverages the inherent qualities of bast fibres and brings performance and sustainability to the nonwoven and textile industries. Current Board member of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance.

Jason will make a presentation on "Sustainable innovation: performance enhanced hemp and linen fibres for the global nonwoven industry".

Dr. Stefanie Glathe
Scientific Communications Europe
Procter & Gamble
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Stefanie Glathe is responsible for showcasing Innovation and Science in the P&G Feminine Hygiene sector. Her passion for women´s health and well-being has led her in assignments over the last 24 years at Procter & Gamble.

Stefanie has experience in Regulatory Affairs and Product Safety for all P&G categories, and until 2018, she was in charge of medical devices in the EU. Previously, she also worked as Public Relations Leader for P&G Pharmaceuticals in Germany.

Stefanie has got a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, in collaboration with the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. She did research for projects in molecular biology, cancer research and plant biology, in Germany, the UK, Israel and Portugal.

Stefanie will make a presentation on "ECOCARE – Sustainable design for absorbent hygiene products".

Simon Gravot
Director R&D
Neenah
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Simon Gravot studied at the Technical University of Munich and the ENS Lyon. He holds a master’s degree (2010) & a PhD in Chemistry (2014), after which he pursued with a post-doctoral research position (2014-2015).

Before his current position as director R&D Filtration, Simon joined Neenah in 2015 as Development Engineer (2015-2017) and then occupied the position of Manager R&D New business (2018-2021).

Simon will make a presentation on "Elastic meltblown nonwoven with shape memory effect".

Anne Hennig
Scientific Staff
Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University
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Anne will make a presentation on "Innovative filtration systems made of novel antibacterial nonwoven materials".

Stan Kolar
Managing Director, Europe
Healthy Apparel
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Stan will make a presentation on "Prevention of biofouling with positively polar (C-Polar) air filter with ultrahigh efficiency in inactivation of microbials".

Bruno Langlois
Business Development & Partnerships Director
Carbios
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Bruno will make a presentation on "Enzymatic degradation of PET (polyester) for infinite recycling".

Mathilde Leroy
R&D Engineer & Polymer Business Developer
Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants (CETI)
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Dr.-Ing. Ingo Mählmann
Vice President Sales & Marketing
Oerlikon Nonwoven
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Ingo was born on 16th of May 1975 in Aachen, Germany

1995 – 2002 Studies of Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University

In 2002 Graduation in Mechanical Engineering as Diplom-Ingenieur (M.Sc.) at RWTH Aachen University

2002 – 2008 Post-grad. Research Engineer and Team-leader at Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University

In 12/2008 Ph.-D. Graduation at Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen

2009 - 2012 Expert Manager Development Nonwoven at Oerlikon Neumag in Neumünster, Germany

2012 - 2016 Senior Manager Product Management and Business Development Nonwoven at Oerlikon Neumag

Since 2017 Vice President Sales & Marketing at Oerlikon Nonwoven in Neumünster, Germany

Ingo will make a presentation on "Hydrocharging equipment for the economical production of singe-ply meltblown filter media".

Thierry Masi
Area Sales Manager
ANDRITZ Laroche
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Thierry will make a presentation on "Bast fibers: growing opportunities".

Thanwa Papaiwong
Marketing Division Manager
PTT MCC Biochem Company
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Thanwa will make a presentation on "Accelerating sustainable innovation in fiber & nonwoven with biopbs™ - a bio-based & compostable biopolymer".

Thanwa received Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida. He has been working in petrochemical & bioplastics industry for 12 years. He has been working with PTTMCC for 9 years managing business development and sales of BioPBS as Global Sales Manager. Lately, he became promoted to be Marketing Manager covering marketing strategy, activities and new market development. PTTMCC has a strong passion to bring sustainable material solutions to the plastics packaging industry with BioPBS™ that is a partially bio-based polyester certified industrial and home compostable.

Claus Roberts
Founder & Owner
ProJet
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Claus Robberts, was born in 1971 in the southern city of Maastricht in the Netherlands, close to the Belgian, French and German border. Robberts is founder and owner of ProJet b.v., studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands, and later Precision Engineering at the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

After a short period of 3 years working as a Technical Engineer for a company supplying to the Paper Industry, Robberts founded ProJet b.v. in 1998. ProJet is now considered to be the worldwide market leader in High pressure water jet solutions for cleaning and cutting to the pulp and paper, fiberboard, non-wovens, composite- and wood-panel, and various other industries.

Over the years, Robberts published several articles in multiple magazines for the Pulp- and Paper Industry as well as Nonwovens Magazines regarding conveyor belt cleaning and sheet cutting applications with high pressure water jets. Robberts has given several guest lectures to students at the University of Eindhoven on high pressure systems and applications for continuous production processes.

Claus will make a presentation "In-line cleaning of Wire Belts for nonwovens manufacturing processes"

Mikko Talonen
Business Manager
Valmet Automation
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Mikko Talonen, M.Sc. Paper Technology, Helsinki University of Technology, is heading Valmet Automation System Paper & Board Converting and Nonwoven business globally. Before joining Valmet in 2008 Mikko worked in Paper machine production management in Finland. Based on his measurement technology know-how and solid experience from different web-based processes, his professional ambition is to improve Nonwoven manufacturing process efficiency by high-precise online measurement systems, multivariable control systems and intelligent data solutions

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Mikko will make a presentation on "How to utilize high-precision online measurement and control technologies developed for the paper industry in wet-laid & spun-laid processes".

Ralf Taubner
Scientific Officer
STFI
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2005 – today:

- research scientist in the nonwovens/recycling department of STFI e.V. specialized in Reicofil®4.5 spunbond/meltblown

- technologies with focus on natural resources/biopolymers administration and realization of research trials and customer service

2002 – 2004: since January 2002 with STFI e.V. responsible for acquisition, co-ordination and administration of European Research Projects

1994 – 2000: studies of Business, Economics, English and European Sciences at Kassel University, Western Oregon University and University College Dublin

Ralf will make a presentation on "Recycling of PP, PET or PLA stand-by-filaments obtained from spunbond processing".

Abby Turner
Global Marketing Director, Health & Hygiene
Dow
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Abby Turner is Dow’s Global Marketing Director for Health and Hygiene. In this role, she is responsible for the overall marketing strategy and execution of plans for existing and new products within key applications. She drives the innovation and sustainability strategy for the hygiene market working in close partnership within the value chain including machine manufacturers and brand owners.

Abby has spent almost her entire career with Dow. Throughout the years, she has worked in a variety of roles including Customer Operations Leadership and Commercial Excellence Leader for EMEA. She graduated from an HCIMA in Hospitality and Event Management and more recently Marketing Diploma from IMD and the General Management program at INSEAD in France and Singapore.

Abby and Natacha will make a joint presentation on "Next generation of polyethylene fiber grades resins in Health & Hygiene Nonwoven".

Jérôme Vachon
Staff Scientist
SABIC
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Jérôme Vachon holds a Chemical Engineering degree from CPE Lyon (France), a master degree in Organic Chemistry from the Université Claude Bernard, Lyon (2002) and obtained a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) in 2006.

He then pursued with a post-doctoral research position (2006-2008) in the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) in the group of Prof. Ben L. Feringa (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry in 2016). In 2008, he worked as a Researcher/Teacher in ENS Lyon, specializing on supramolecular chemistry.

In 2010, he joined SABIC (Geleen, The Netherlands) where he is currently working as Staff Scientist in the Polymer & Materials Science group within Corporate R&D. His main role is to bridge organic chemistry to material science. Past examples are the development of new functionalized polyolefins materials (via copolymerization and reactive extrusion) such as vitrimers and ionomers and more recently, the development of materials with antimicrobial properties. Targeted applications spans from food packaging, healthcare, automotive to personal hygiene.

He also holds expertise in organoleptic properties of plastic working on the identification of compounds responsible of odor and how to reduce their impact.

He is the author of 29 peer-reviewed publications and filed 18 patents, 2 of them being related to polymers with antimicrobial properties.

Jérôme will make a presentation on "Antimicrobial/antiviral polymers to prevent disease transmission through fomites: a covid-19 consequence".

Mariagiovanna Vetere
Vice-Chairperson
European Bioplastics
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As NatureWorks Global Public Affairs Director, Mariagiovanna represents the company on public and legislative affairs. Her responsibilities include Government relations, product Circular Economy options, feedstock and biomass sustainability aspects, bioeconomy and interface with relevant industry associations and external stakeholders. Mariagiovanna manages an extensive network and relationships with the Plastics industry associations, Brand Owners associations and NGOs; she has practical experience in how the legislative process is implemented both in EU and USA.

Mariagiovanna brings a strong background well suited to this space, having spent 10 years at Corepla, the Italian consortium for Plastics Packaging Collection, Recycling and Recovery, where she gained competence in EPR – Extended Producer Responsibility. Her previous experience is with consulting company KPMG where she was focused on Business Process Reengineering.

Mariagiovanna holds a degree in Philosophy and a master’s degree in Economics.

Mariagiovanna will present the keynote speech "The role of bioplastics in the circular bioeconomy. Challenges and opportunities of innovative materials".

Ross Ward
Chief Commercial Officer
NIRI
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With over 10 years’ experience within R&D business development, project management and technical consultancy, Ross is responsible for the commercial strategy at NIRI and development of the business through marketing, sales, product development and customer service activities.

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 CBRNe protective clothing and was sponsored by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).

Ross will make a presentation on "Nonwovens from polyhydroxyalkanoates - meltspinning process & product development".

Pierre Wiertz
General Manager
EDANA
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Pierre Wiertz is General Manager of EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries.

Pierre, who started at EDANA in 1982 as a Research Associate, has held the position of General Manager since February 2004.  As head of the organisation, he is responsible for the Association’s strategy delivery and operations and has initiated a new business orientation for its activities and membership benefits and given impetus to the geographic expansion and leadership of the Association, as outlined in its Vision and Mission, as well as in its Sustainability Charter.

From 1982 to 2004, Pierre held several other positions within EDANA. He had begun his professional career after graduating in Economics from the University of Liège (Belgium) in 1979, where he worked for three years as a researcher in Labour Economics and Demography. He has authored and co-authored various scientific reports and papers on these subjects

Pierre regularly speaks at European and international conferences on topics related to the nonwovens industry trends and sustainability.

Ingo Windschiegl
Team Leader Nonwovens
DITF Denkendorf
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Responsibilities: Meltblow, centrifuge spinning, solutionblow, calendering, water-jet entangling, carding

Education:

- 2010 Bachelor of Science in Process Engineering (University Stuttgart)

- 2013 Master of Science in Process Engineering (University Stuttgart)

Career: Since 2013 Research associate at ITV Denkendorf in nonwoven and filament yarn technologies

Ingo will make a presentation on "Nonwovens for battery and fuel cell applications - high performance materials (HPM) in meltblown process".

Bast Fibre Technologies
Bast Fibre Tech produces 100% plant-based, intact natural fibres with the technical and performance requirements for a wide variety of nonwoven applications. We are working to fill the critical need for sustainable alternatives to man-made fibres.
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Dr. Schenk GmbH
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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emtec Electronic GmbH
Emtec Electronic develops and manufactures very specialized test devices mainly for the pulp and paper industry. Emtec test devices help the user to optimize production and converting processes as well as the product quality.
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Investkonsult Sweden AB
Family-owned and Swedish based company, operating worldwide. Since 1976 we have gone from traders of conventional second hand textile machinery to professional consultants with a strong focus in the nonwoven and hygiene industries.
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ISRA VISION
Machine Vision is one of the key technologies for industrial digitization, and ISRA VISION is one of the international providers that has been ensuring the success of large manufacturing companies worldwide for over 35 years.
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MONDON - Winding & Converting Machines
Mondon, Winding & Converting Machines, has been designing and manufacturing machines for winding, unwinding and processing flexible materials for 4 decades. They are designed mainly for plastic, paper, nonwovens, technical textiles and rubber industries.
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Omya International AG
Omya is a leading global producer of calcium carbonate and a worldwide distributor of specialty chemicals.
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PALEXPO / INDEX23
INDEX™ is the key global platform for the nonwovens industry. It represents a cost-effective and highly-targeted opportunity to reach the entire market in one location. INDEX™23 will take place from 18 to 21 April 2023 in Geneva.
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Procter & Gamble
P&G was founded over 180 years ago as a soap and candle company. Today, we’re the world’s largest consumer goods company and home to iconic, trusted brands, including Always® and Pampers®.
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ProJet B.V.
ProJet BV is a company with many years experience in the paper, board, tissue and nonwovens industries. Our production optimizing equipment offers cost effective and high quality solutions for every challenge in the production line.
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Spoolex
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 Packaging Solutions
Tentoma is a specialist in roll packaging within the nonwovens industry. We offer automated packaging solutions suitable for sealed packaging of up to 19 m wide rolls.
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VMI Group
VMI Group is a world leading supplier of machinery for tyre manufacturing, can production and production of medication packaging and personal care product.
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Media
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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Fibre2Fashion.com
B2B trade media providing a one-stop solution for the Textile, Apparel & Fashion industry.
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WTIN (World Textile Information Network)
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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nonwovensTRENDS
nonwovensTRENDS is the bilingual (English/German) international trade journal for purchasing decision-makers and the entire management level who deal with the topics of nonwoven technologies and innovation
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Fees
Fees Members Non members
International Nonwovens Symposium 2022 (Hybrid) Full Delegate Pass (In Person) €950.00 €1,300.00
International Nonwovens Symposium 2022 (Hybrid) Tabletop €900.00 €1,200.00
International Nonwovens Symposium 2022 (Hybrid) Sponsorship €1,550.00
International Nonwovens Symposium 2022 (Hybrid) ONLINE Delegate Pass €900.00 €1,300.00
Practical info

This event is hybrid

For this edition, you can decide to join the Symposium in-person or online. Through Swapcard, our online event platform, you will be able to follow presentations, ask questions to the speaker, visit tabletops and connect/meet with other participants. If you wish more information, contact delphine.rens@edana.org

 

Tabletop exhibition

Please note that in order to book a tabletop, the company must have at least one representative attending the event in-person. If you book a tabletop, you will receive a dedicated space on the online platform to create your personal booth so it can be visited by online participants. Discover all the features of your tabletop here

 

Sponsorship opportunities

If you want to increase your visibility, it is possible by becoming a sponsor. 

Discover all the features included in your sponsorship package (onsite and online). Only available for companies attending the Symposium in-person.

Sponsorship does not include the registration of a delegate, which must be purchased separately.

Previous edition

 

The International Nonwovens Symposium 2021 keeps its momentum. Nearly 200 key stakeholders join premier gathering of nonwovens experts

With a total of 182 delegates from across the nonwovens industry logging on, the latest online edition of the International Nonwovens Symposium again confirmed the event as a key occasion for the sector, showcasing EDANA’s mission to support the sustainable growth of the industry.  Read more

Special thanks to our 2021 sponsors:

       

2021 Programme

2021 Company list