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Enjoy virtual OUTLOOK™!

A fully interactive digital experience bringing together what makes the success of OUTLOOK™: knowledge sharing, one-on-one networking, and company meetings.

Note the platform remains open until 20 may, so you can still access presentations and network with participants. If you want to register, it is still possible (400€ member price, 650€ non-member price). Contact giovanna.merola@edana.org for more information. 

For this edition, sky is the limit: 40+ speakers will cover market trends, product developments, sustainability, incontinence, wipes, machinery and medical.

As a participant, you'll get access to all presentations, be able to ask questions to the speakers through a chat box or via live Q&A sessions and panel discussions. Besides the content, you will be able to connect, organise one-on-one video meetings and network. 

"Compliments to EDANA team on organizing this virtual Outlook, that exceeded my expectations: was rather easy to follow presentation, start new connection. Live discussions were rather interactive and depending on participation-group at one moment reminded me to some of real-live discussions. Keep it up!"
Jelena Bozovic, Sr. Manager, Global Marketing & MDTS, Personal Hygiene at SABIC

"Alongside many sustainability programme offerings, I am thoroughly impressed by EDANA making this first online event so interactive. It was really productive and engaging couple of days"
Mark Thornton, Vice President, GMDSO BabyCare & Packaging at Procter & Gamble

In the midst of a year unlike any that’s come before, this edition clearly exceeded my expectations for such an online event and I felt a lot of activity going on. It was an encouraging indicator for future events also” said Mikael Staal Axelsen CEO of Fibertex and Chair of the EDANA board. “All credit to the team and presenters for such a strong topical programme that attracted such a large active audience.”
Mikael Staal Axelsen, Group CEO at Fibertex Personal Care

 


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Day 1
21 April 2021
09.00 - 09.05
Opening & Welcome address
09.10 - 09.40
Keynote: THE OUTLOOK FOR THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE PANDEMIC
  • The impact of the new US administration on US allies, global geopolitics
  • The outlook for the global economy/the recovery from COVID
  • Structural changes to the global economy as a result of the pandemic, including supply chain decoupling, trade protectionism and consumption patterns
Robert Ward - Keynote IISS Japan Chair; Director of Geo-economics and Strategy The International Institute for Strategic Studies
09.40 - 10.00
Keynote Live Q&A Session
Robert Ward - Keynote IISS Japan Chair; Director of Geo-economics and Strategy The International Institute for Strategic Studies
10.00 - 10.20
Disposable hygiene marketplace: post-COVID world – shaping product innovation and consumer communication
  • Projections contrasting pre and post COVID and what is next to come
  • Understanding consumer preferences to balance premium and affordable in disposable hygiene
  • A look at innovation and consumer engagement in post-COVID world of holistic health and hygiene eco-system 
  • Key learnings and takeaways 
Per Brandberg Research Analyst Euromonitor International
10.00 -10.20
Exploring new ways: Calcium carbonate within the nonwoven industry
  • Omyafiber® 800, an innovative and cost beneficial solution for PP nonwovens
  • Omyafiber® 800 providing new haptic and visual aspects to PP carded nonwoven fabrics
  • New Omyafiber® MB165 – CBN designed for PLA (poly-lactic acid) nonwovens
  • Omyafiber® product range improving sustainability in nonwovens
Martin Brunner Technical Service Manager Polymers Omya International
Thean Joo Chuah Business Development Director Polymers Omya International
10.25 - 10.45
AHP market and the consumer trends in China
  • Overview of the Chinese AHP industry
  • AHP market changes and development Characteristics in 2020 in China
  • Consumer trends in China
Lucy Cao Deputy Secretary General China National Household Paper Industry Association (CNHPIA)
10.25 - 10.45
Smart reel quality optimization
  • Analyzing the characteristics of the Reel
  • Optimizing quality results of finish products
  • Eliminating the risk of not compliant reels
  • Generating digital twin of reel
  • Collecting all data during reel forming
Andrea Ruggiero Sales Manager A.Celli Nonwovens S.p.A.
10.50 - 11.10
The trigger to what was pre- destined in India: COVID-19 and the nonwovens in medical and hygiene
  • COVID-19 in India-Snapshot
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Nonwoven Industry
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Hygiene
  • Industry Impact of COVID-19 on Medical (PPE Industry)
  • Business Opportunity in India Post COVID-19
Kanav Gupta Associate Director BCH
10.50 - 11.10
Post-industrial diaper waste directly supporting the circular economy
  • Post Industrial factory waste: The changing environmental landscape and how over past 5 years developments in on-site recycling technology have allowed financial recovery to move from 30% to 70%
  • Recovering plastic, SAP, and pulp @ 86 W / KG / Hour
  • Value add technology and the plastic waste stream. How moving from 200 USD per ton up to 1000 USD per ton can be achieved
Martin Scaife Chairman & CTO Diaper Recycling Technology
11.15 - 11.35
COVID-19 induced changes in Africa’s nonwovens space
  • Developments in the 3 COVID-fighting categories in Africa (Wet wipes, Face Masks, Hand Sanitisers)
  • Is washable vs disposable mask equivalent to a debate we have seen before (washable vs disposable diaper)?
  • How do you stand out in the wet wipes category?
  • 1.3 billion people wearing masks daily. New sustainability challenges?
  • Africa’s preparedness and near-sourcing strategy: What shape will that take?
Raymond Chimhandamba Director Handas Consulting
11.15 - 11.35
The future of filtration & humidification in nonwoven & hygienic fields

The importance of complying with the EU Regulations actually in force for the NW and Hygienic Industrial applications:

  • UNI EN 13779 stating the basic engineering and efficiency criteria for ventilation/humidification in non residential buildings
  • Erp 2018 (Energy Related Products)/Ecodesign stating the minimum values of energy efficiency
  • VDI 6022 applied mainly in Germany, Austria and Swiss but spreading in other European countries giving the guidelines to ensure a good hygienic conditions for ventilation/humidification systems inside the production depts.

All the above-mentioned regulations are mandatory but have never been taken into proper consideration in the NW and Hygienic aeraulic field. They provide clear guidelines related to the performances requested by all the filtration and humidification systems.

Luca Brambilla CEO ALENA NW by AERIS GROUP
11.40 - 12.00
Consumer attitude & perceptions ensuing policy trends on AHP's in the US
  • What factors are influencing American consumers’ purchasing decisions?
  • Learn about the new and proposed labeling laws for absorbent hygiene products in the United States.
  • How is industry responding to these consumer and policy demands?
Jane Wishneff Executive Director The Center for Baby & Adult Hygiene Product (BAHP)
11.40 - 12.00
Evaluation of FemCare products
Odour is an important issue for the FemCare market:
  • The inherent odour of products prior to use should be as low as possible
  • Odour control throughout the wearing period contributes contributes to consumer satisfaction
Therefore, the evaluation of the efficacy of FemCare technologies and product is crucial for a strong substantiation of odour control claims.
Charlotte Tournier Head of Sensenet France Sensenet
12.05 - 12.50
Interactive Panel discussion - Future of AHP markets in the aftermath of Covid
Moderator: Dominiek Tytgat VP Procurement ONTEX
12.05 - 12.25
Working on supply chain improvement: meltblown capacity increase done, what's next?
  • Current meltblown production development
  • New installed technology
  • Opportunities beyond face-masks media
  • Near and mid-term future developments
Ingo Mählmann Vice President Sales & Marketing Oerlikon Nonwoven
12.30 - 12.50
Mail meets Hygiene: Sustainable single-wrap for disposable hygiene products
  • Change from plastic to biodegradable material
  • New concept, combining a hygiene converting line for feminine napkins with a paper envelop process
  • Attractive pouch shape & Haptic for enhanced products value
  • Product, process & ecological benefits of new concept
  • Easy conversion to non-wrapped products
  • Outlook for paper based single wrapping
Stefan Scheer Business Area Manager Winkler & Dünnebier
13.00 - 14.00
Cocktail/lunch networking join our virtual lounges
14.00 - 17.30
DEDICATED COMPANY MEETINGS AND PRODUCT PRESENTATIONS / ONE-ON-ONE NETWORKING
Day 2
22 April 2021
09.00 - 09.05
Opening & welcome address
09.10 - 09.40
Keynote: POLYOLEFIN BUSINESS: LOOKING BEYOND THE PANDEMIC
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption in Plastics economy, which will cause paradigm shift in industry's evolution
  • Stock of Polyolefin has risen in consumer and regulator's reckoning during the pandemic due to its hygienic and safe application but problems remain
  • However, industry is going through unprecedented volatility and challenges which is undermining the fragile recovery of business
  • Where is the Polyolefin industry headed? What are the risks and how can the market players hedge their bets and prepare better for future?
Kaushik Mitra Executive Director Polyolefin EMEA IHS Markit
09.40 - 10.00
Keynote Live Q&A Session
Kaushik Mitra Executive Director Polyolefin EMEA IHS Markit
10.00 - 10.20
Learnings from the producer of the first spunbond based on mass balance certified bio-based and circular polymers
Sustainability journey - from an industry perspective
  • Sustainable is Possible – how can we reimagine the supply chain?
  • What is ISCC Plus – and why choose it?
Partnering with suppliers
  •  ISCC Plus - Mass balance with flexible sustainability focus (Bio, Circular, Carbon Footprint)
Learnings  
  • Flexible product design configuration
  • Inspiration from other industries and perspectives for the nonwoven industry/hygiene industry 
The sustainability path forward – a never ending journey
Thomas Broch Regulatory & Scientific Affairs Manager Fibertex Personal Care
Jens Suhr Bay Sales Manager Fibertex Personal Care
10.00 - 10.20
Ready for take-off: the new CAC biodegradable nonwoven technology
  • An overview of the line setup and its benefits (Carded-Airlaid-Carded, aquajet bonding)
  • An overview of the first material from the line and its technical benefits
  • Accomplishments in biodegradable and compostable testing
  • Upcoming product concepts and their technical benefits
Michael Trinkaus,PhD Director R&D and Application Engineering Mondi
10.00 - 10.20
Breaking the silence about destigmatization of adult incontinence

A European study designed to reveal the human truth of people living with urinary incontinence today explores their struggles as well as the impact urinary incontinence has on their lives. The research was conducted in Germany, France, Czech Republic, Spain and Switzerland whereby over 2300 incontinent people were interviewed. Beside statistics, the results reveal deep insights from and consequences for affected people.

Irina Zhdanova SVP, Incontinence Management Global Business Unit Paul Hartmann
10.25 - 10.45
A place for natural fibers in nonwovens?
  • The need to reduce the use of plastics in Nonwovens for disposable applications
  • Which natural fibers are available? Pro's and cons
  • The most important bast fibers - hemp and flax
  • No environmental trade-offs
  • Conclusion
Pieter Meijer General Manager, Europe Bast Fibre technologies Inc.
10.25 - 10.45
A multifactorial chemical/sensory approach for the odour characterization of nonwoven materials
  • Overview on odour measurement techniques
  • Integration of sensory and chemical high-throughput analyses for the identification of off-notes, quantification of malodour reduction and the characterization of odour perception for product optimization  
  • Case studies on odour assessment of nonwoven materials
Rita Ribau Domingues Senior Consultant Olfasense
10.25 - 10.45
Opportunity and innovation in adult incontinence products and care

Market drivers for adult incontinence products:

  • Demographic Overview
  • Trends in Related Health Risk Factors
  • Demand growth and market penetration
  • Opportunities and challenges
  • Long-Term Care Trends
  • Channel Marketing Trends

Industry innovations to improve product and care performance

  • Nonwovens technology
  • Absorbent core design
  • Fit and sizing trends
  • Sensor technology
  • New reusable options for light incontinence
Pricie Hanna Managing Partner Price Hanna Consultants
Colin Hanna Director of Market Research Price Hanna Consultants
10.50 - 11.10
Towards high performing plant based absorbent hygiene products - Closing the performance gap between plant based sustainable materials and synthetic materials
  • Requirements for good liquid management of absorbent hygiene products in the light of an increasing demand for sustainable products
  • New sustainable plant based cellulosic fibers solutions covering the full range from hydrophilic to hydrophobic offering different fiber cross-sections
  • Design of high performance incontinence products with plant based topsheet and excellent liquid management (rewet)
  • Our solution in the context of the SUPD directive
Ingo Bernt Group Leader Fibre & Application Development Kelheim Fibres
Henning Röttger Head of Business Development pelzGROUP
10.50 - 11.10
Climbing the ladder to the circular economy: how adhesives enable a path to circular disposable hygiene products
  • Step back to go forward by looking at the sustainability objectives for a variety of global manufacturing companies outside the hygiene space and explore what we have in common
  • Expand the 5 Steps of our disposable hygiene sustainability Ladder on our journey enabling customers on their journey toward a circular economy.
  • Bring the ideas to life by highlighting innovations driving sustainable growth in the market every step of the way.  No matter where you are on your journey to a circular hygiene products, our ladder can help keep you on the right path
Susan McNichols Senior Sourcing Analyst H.B. Fuller
10.50 - 11.10
The value of terminology harmonisation in ensuring the provision of the right incontinence aid to the right person
  • In 2020, ICS, the International Continence Society, presented a new terminology and descriptions of disposable incontinence product designs and components 
  • ISO is also aiming to soon release the standard ISO 22748 “Absorbent Incontinence Products for Urine and/or Faeces” with product type names and illustrations, an initiative by the industry
  • The new ICS terminology is already being used globally by the WHO Global Cooperation on Assisted Technology Enterprise (GATE) project
  • This presentation shows how the use of coherent terminologies will facilitate the provision of the right incontinence aids to the right persons
Helena Engqvist Owner and Managing Director Engqvist Consulting
11.15 - 11.35
100% biobased, sustainable solutions for absorbent hygiene products
  • With the growing significance and recognition of climate change and resource scarcity, we all have a responsibility to deliver sustainable solutions
  • Croda is employing worldwide sustainability initiatives to help lessen environmental impact including the move away from fossil based chemistry to high performance, renewable bio based ingredients, offering sustainable solutions for our customers and the consumers they serve
  • Innovative 100% biobased hydrophilic finishes provide best in class strike through and rewet values for AHPs
  • Our longstanding history and expertise positions Croda throughout the AHP market, providing protection and improving wellbeing for users at all stages of their life 
Gabriele Serafini Key Account Manager Croda
11.15 - 11.35
Creating consumer loyalty with innovation in feminine pad stay-in-place performance
  • An overview of important consumer driven needs & trends in the feminine care market.
  • The consumer noticeable features of a feminine care product where only adhesives can provide 
  • the solution
  • How Bostik is delivering innovation in the area of pad attachment applications to meet global 
  • and regional needs
  • How the right choice of pad attachment adhesive can improve consumer loyalty
  • How the article producer can better test their products for improved consumer satisfaction
Darius Deak Global R&D Director, Global Nonwovens Business Unit Bostik
Diane Toonen Director of Global Strategic Marketing, Global Nonwovens Business Unit Bostik
11.40 - 12.00
Single-Use Plastics Directive – Update

- Harmonisation across the EU:

  • marking requirement implementing regulation
  • which impact will guidelines have on the freedom of material composition?

- Single Use Plastic Directive implementation at national level

- What to expect from the extended producer responsibility requirement?

Gil Stevens External Relations & Sustainability Director EDANA
11.40 - 12.25
Interactive Panel discussion - The patient & the product: Hate & Love
Moderator: Åsa Johansson Material Development Director Essity Hygiene and Health
12.05 - 12.25
Sustainability trends in the AHP industry in the US

The US Absorbent Hygiene Industry is challenged by a growing interest from consumers for products whose inputs are responsibly sourced and whose end-of-life fate also includes responsible options.  This is not easy for multiple-component products such as AHP’s, and for products whose function is to absorb bodily fluids and wastes.  Combining this with growing concerns about all-things-plastic and one of the largest Nonwovens sectors, AHP’s, becomes an over-night offender to the environment rather than the helpful enhancer of the quality of life.

The presentation will cover the major directions of known developmental efforts in this important arena, and how material science options can inform solutions.  It will also discuss the legislative activity in North America addressing plastics in the environment and how INDA and its coalition partners are encouraging a performance-based approach to controlling plastic materials rather than a material-prescriptive approach as pursued by the EU.

 

Dave Rousse President INDA
12.30 - 13.10
Interactive Panel discussion - Sustainability: A win-win future
  • Is the market ready to adopt more sustainable materials?
  • Is legislation encouraging?
  • Are consumers willing to pay more?
Moderator: Dr Ioannis Hatzopoulos Director, Global Baby Care Sustainability & Recycling Communications Procter & Gamble
13.10 - 14.00
Cocktail/lunch networking join our virtual lounges
14.00 - 17.30
DEDICATED COMPANY MEETINGS AND PRODUCT PRESENTATIONS / ONE-ON-ONE NETWORKING
Day 3
23 April 2021
09.25 - 09.30
Opening & Welcome
09.30 - 10.00
Morning coffee networking
10.00 - 10.20
Taking steps towards decarbonization within the Nonwoven Industry
  • Lenzing’s strategy and science-based climate change target
  • How we can act today and not wait for tomorrow. Levers towards decarbonization within the nonwoven industry
  • Implementing climate change roadmap by ‘orchestrating change at scale’
  • Creating Business value from climate change - by offering solutions to customers and society
Krishna Manda Senior Manager Sustainability Integration Lenzing
10.00 - 10.20
Is Europe prepared for the next pandemic? - Opportunities for relocalization of medical protective clothing
  • Market development for medical protective clothing in Europe
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on the supply chain and influencing parties
  • Opportunities for suppliers in Europe 
Carolin Rieckmann Director, Nonwovens and Roll Goods Schlegel und Partner GmbH
10.00 - 10.20
Peculiarities and key  features of ATEX (explosion proof) equipment to manufacture IPA wipes
  • Lately disinfecting wipes containing alcohol had a surge in demand due to pandemic
  • IPA (Isopropyl alcohol) is commonly used for disinfecting. But it is highly flammable and requires equipment designed to handle it
  • This paper lists all features and requirements an ATEX (explosion proof) converter for IPA wipes must have and highlights differences with standard machines
Guido Conio Chief Commercial Officer Teknoweb Converting
10.25 - 10.45
Sustainable fluff pulp 2.0 – innovation for an eco-friendlier future
  • Overall, the consumers demand more and more products that are based on natural ingredients, have as low as possible impact on the environment as well as provide a safe alternative free from harmful substances. This trend is visible also in the non-woven and hygiene industry
  • To answer those needs, Stora Enso will launch a new, fluff pulp grade that takes environmental friendliness of fluff pulp to a new level, to support our customers in meeting the demands of the consumers for natural alternatives.
  • NaturaFluff Eco has same performance, a natural colour and approximately 30 % reduction in the carbon footprint when compared to regular fluff pulps. It provides a safe and natural option hygiene or non-woven producers and eventually to the consumers.
  • The case study on NaturaFluff Eco will give insights into consumer requirements and development of the new product. The steps taken in the innovation process will also be highlighted.
Kirsi Seppäläinen SVP, Marketing, Competitive Intelligence & Product Management Stora Enso
10.25 - 10.45
The facemask saga - a nonwovens industry perspective
  • The Great Supply Chain Disruption - how meltblown became the golden fleece of the 20s
  • How the nonwovens industry delivered on an impossible challenge
  • What to expect as supply chains stabilise, future demand scenarios and the impact on nonwovens
Jonathan Bourget Managing Director Apis Rex Consultants
10.25 - 10.45
Innovation in patient isolation

Lack of isolation rooms (even pre Covid- why the Gama Healthcare “Rediroom” was designed – as a screening tool)

  • The impact the pandemic has had on the UK NHS
  • The “Rediroom”: What it is. An innovative solution to patient isolation formed within 5 minutes around a patient. A canopy made from spunbond nonwovens
  • Demonstration of the device – it’s ability to be formed within 5 minutes- a cart turns into a tent
  • What are people saying about the “Rediroom”
Martin Kiernan Clinical Director Gama Healthcare
10.50 - 11.10
Consumer research led ingredient material innovation for absorbent hygiene products
  • In this unique ingredient material innovation approach, we have essentially started by keeping the end product – a sanitary napkin and did the fibre development accordingly
  • In association with consumer research firm – Nielsen, we have done the consumer testing on 300 users across 2 cities in India
  • As per the consumer research – 91% agreed that our product felt softer on skin than their current product & 76% agreed that the product’s performance was better than or equal to their current products
  • We also found that 98% agreed that they would prefer using a sanitary napkin that is better for environment
  • Along with this consumer research, we have taken value chain co-creation approach to develop
  • Purocel EcoDry Viscose Staple Fibre (VSF) to be applied as top sheet for absorbent hygiene products like feminine hygiene products, baby diapers and adult incontinence products Purocel EcoDry VSF is fully biodegradable / compostable and softer than market based products
Ashish Jajoo President, Global Sales & Marketing Head – Nonwoven Birla Cellulose, Aditya Birla Group
10.50 - 11.10
Supplying to manufacturers of medical protective wear & medical devices
  • With Covid-19 the focus on health is present as never before, perceivable in the consumers’ increasing need of safety & purity as well as governments’ and health-care sectors’ wish for a reliable sourcing of essential medical products
  • In parallel, the upcoming inception of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) is putting new requirements on companies producing medical devices

The rising demand and focus provides opportunities but also new challenges on suppliers into those markets:

  • Face masks – Deep dive into learnings on assembly of face masks and the requirements on adhesives to fulfill the performance and safety expectations
  • Adult incontinence as medical device class I in MDR – A supplier perspective on how to fulfill the responsibility and support the medical device producers
Camilla Ohlson Senior Market Strategy Manager Personal Hygiene Adhesives EIMEA Henkel
10.50 - 11.10
Overcoming product development challenges: learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic

In this discussion, we will look at some key challenges of developing and launching a truly innovative product, including the Top 10 Do's and Don'ts for Quality. We will also delve into the challenges of how to still vet suppliers to make the right choices for your organization, whilst working from your home office!

Paul Davies Senior Consultant Crown Abbey
11.15 - 11.35
The sustainability dilemma: going beyond the obvious in the selection of raw materials for AHP components
  • When choosing the raw material for AHP components, the analysis must go deeper than just the material itself
  • The analysis must first define what sustainability problem is being addressed: reduction of waste in the environment or the reduction of the CO2 footprint of the product
  • After that, the energy source used and the waste management strategy employed in the region must be taken into account
  • If we do not take costs or public opinion into account, the results of an analysis of this type may surprise
Anders Fogelberg Global Director of QA, HS&E, MS and Process Improvement Fitesa
11.15 - 11.35
A sustainable revolution in surface functionalization
  • Traditional coating processes to add functions to nonwovens and surfaces require solvents, binders and curing or drying
  • Plasma based processes requiring vacuum or high energy are not suitable for sensitive organic molecules
  • A new technology has emerged: molecular plasma coating
  • No solvents, no binders, low energy, no emissions
  • An example of its versatility: nonwovens for facemasks with a virucidal effect using a safe and natural organic acid
Marcelo Milani Director - Roll Coating Business Molecular Plasma Group
11.15 - 11.35
The use of washing without water (disposable nonwoven wipes) in health care - Possible benefits of washing without water during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The bed bath is an essential of care, which is important for patient well-being but which is also threatened (and sometimes omitted) in times of high pressure in health care.
  • The washing without water concept (disposable nonwoven wipes for the body wash) is increasingly used in health care as an alternative for the traditional water and soap bed bath.
  • The washing without water bed bath is shown to be at least as effective as the traditional bed bath in terms of hygiene, patient comfort, bathing completeness, and skin condition.
  • The washing without water bed bath also takes significantly less time and less effort compared to the traditional bed bath, which offers value to health care, especially in times of high work pressure, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The washing without water concept can support personal hygiene in times of high pressure on nursing staff and therefore could lead to more bed baths being completed, and less bed baths being omitted.
Fabian Groven CSR Manager Arion
11.40 - 12.00
Imaging – an engine for premiumization in hygiene?
  • Global market trends
  • European market overview
  • Consumer value of Imaging
  • Technology overview for nonwovens and film
Achim Schalk Executive Vice President and GM HHS EMEIA Berry Global
11.40 - 12.00
Accelerating sustainable Innovation towards 100% recyclable and recycled sanitary masks (new value chain, eco-design, thermomechanical
  • Designing and prototyping new sanitary filtering devices made of 100% recyclable and recycled nonwovens
  • A demonstrator platform, equipped with the best technologies available, on an industrial scale
  • A complete and competitive industrial production value chain to secure the supply chain
Simon Fremeaux R&D Production Manager CETI
11.40 - 13.30
Interactive workshop on EU Medical Device Regulation in cooperation with MedTech Europe
11.40 - 12.00
EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR): Essentials for Class I Manufacturers and their Upstream Supply Chains

This presentation gives a high-level overview of the requirements of the MDR, which enters into full application on 26 May 2021.

The audience will gain:

  • A snapshot of the Regulation's main provisions and novelties, with a focus on considerations for Class I devices, and
  • An appreciation in particular of how the Regulation's provisions on chemical substances and materials can generate the need for supply chain dialogue
Oliver Bisazza Director General Industrial Policies MedTech Europe
12.00 - 12.20
Supplier perspective on MDR
  • The upcoming Medical Device Regulations has a direct impact on adult incontinence absorbent hygiene product manufacture through the entire supply chain
  • Presentation will focus on our interpretation of how this impacts suppliers of raw materials to this industry highlighting those areas where specific steps will need to be taken
Andy Swain European PD Head - Consumer Goods Adhesives Henkel
Hansjörg Hufnagel Manager Key/Strategic Accounts Henkel
12.20 - 12.40
The successful journey of MDR
  • How Mölnlycke took on the MDR Implementation with everyone onboard
  • How the great support from suppliers made the difference
  • Technical requirements and supplier standard; why this is important for Mölnlycke and cooperation with suppliers
Eva Möller Global SQA Manager Raw Materials, Components, NoMed Mölnlycke
Petra Ericsson Global Procurement Director - manufacturing Mölnlycke
12.40 - 13.30
Panel discussion
Moderator: Luminita Barbu Regulatory Affairs Director EDANA
13.00 - 14.00
Cocktail/lunch networking: join our virtual lounges
14.00 - 17.30
DEDICATED COMPANY MEETINGS AND PRODUCT PRESENTATIONS / ONE-ON-ONE NETWORKING
Kaushik Mitra
Executive Director Polyolefin EMEA
IHS Markit
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Kaushik steers the Polyolefin Insight and Research practice for IHS Markit in EMEA. He played a pivotal role in conceptualizing, developing and executing the IHS Markit sustainability practice.

In a career of over three decades, Kaushik gained diverse experience working at top global companies, leading global business management, market development, market intelligence and strategy functions. His interests are in pricing, strategy and intelligence.

Previously, with petrochemicals giant SABIC, Kaushik led the global strategy team for the polymers business, shaping long term ambitions in terms of growth, business improvement, innovation and pricing. He was instrumental in developing a framework for strategy execution, as well as deploying performance metrics.

Kaushik holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a marketing MBA.

Don't miss Kaushik's keynote speech on Thursday 22 April at 09.10 AM

Polyolefin business: looking beyond the pandemic

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption in Plastics economy, which will cause paradigm shift in industry's evolution
  • Stock of Polyolefin has risen in consumer and regulator's reckoning during the pandemic due to its hygienic and safe application but problems remain
  • However, industry is going through unprecedented volatility and challenges which is undermining the fragile recovery of business
  • Where is the Polyolefin industry headed? What are the risks and how can the market players hedge their bets and prepare better for future?
Robert Ward - Keynote
IISS Japan Chair; Director of Geo-economics and Strategy
The International Institute for Strategic Studies
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Robert Ward leads the Geo-economics, Geopolitics and Strategy research programme and is the IISS Japan Chair, carrying out independent research and writing extensively on strategic issues related to Japan, including its contemporary security and foreign policies.

Prior to joining the IISS, Robert was editorial director at The Economist Intelligence Unit. In this capacity, he led the EIU’s country and industry analysis and forecasting teams. He was also a member of the EIU’s executive committee. Robert lived and worked in Japan from 1989 to 1996, latterly holding a position in Japan’s largest credit-rating agency, The Japan Bond Research Institute. Robert holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Cambridge University.

 

Don't miss Robert's keynote speech followed by a live Q&A session, Wednesday 21 April at 09.10 AM

The outlook for the global economy in the aftermath of the pandemic

  • The impact of the new US administration on US allies, global geopolitics
  • The outlook for the global economy/the recovery from COVID
  • Structural changes to the global economy as a result of the pandemic, including supply chain decoupling, trade protectionism and consumption patterns
Moderator: Luminita Barbu
Regulatory Affairs Director
EDANA
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Luminita has a work experience of over 10 years in regulatory field for highly regulated products (medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic, cosmetics, food supplements, borderline products), being responsible for defining regulatory strategy, preparing technical documentation, ensuring approvals / clearances/ certifications are maintained appropriately

Education consists in a Complementary Master in Public Health at Université Libre de Brussels where she specialized in biostatistics and epidemiology, a Master of Business Administration at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers Paris and a Bachelor in International Relations at the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania.

Luminita will be the Moderator of the EU Medical Device Regulation Session scheduled on 23 April from 11.40 to 12.00 hrs. 

Jens Suhr Bay
Sales Manager
Fibertex Personal Care
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Jens has a Master in Engineering from Aalborg University from 2006, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Aalborg University from 2012 and an Exam. scient. in Health and Physical education from University of Southern Denmark. He has been with Fibertex Personal Care since 2019 as Sales Manager working primarily with European based customers. Previously Business Manager in Gabriel A/S (DK).

 

Don't miss Jens' presentation, together Thomas Broch, on Thursday 22 April at 10.00 AM

Learnings from the producer of the first spunbond based on mass balance certified bio-based and circular polymers

Sustainability journey - from an industry perspective

  • Sustainable is Possible – how can we reimagine the supply chain?
  • What is ISCC Plus – and why choose it?

Partnering with suppliers

  •  ISCC Plus - Mass balance with flexible sustainability focus (Bio, Circular, Carbon Footprint)

Learnings  

  • Flexible product design configuration
  • Inspiration from other industries and perspectives for the nonwoven industry/hygiene industry 

The sustainability path forward – a never ending journey

Ingo Bernt
Group Leader Fibre & Application Development
Kelheim Fibres
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Career:

 01/2021 to date: Kelheim Fibres GmbH - Group Leader; Fibre and Application Development

06/2006 to 01/2021: Kelheim Fibres GmbH - Project manager R&D; Product-, process- and application development

06/02 to 06/06: Kimberly-Clark Europe -  Product developer Personal Care; Life Cycle Management

10/01 – 06/02: Institute of organic chemistry & Institute of physics FAU Erlangen - Scientific employee

Education:

1997 - 2001: PhD (Dr. rer. nat.): FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg - Research field: supramolecular chemistry, molecular magnetism

 1990 - 1996 Degree in chemistry: FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg & Universidad de Valencia / Spain 

 

Don't miss Ingo's presentation, together with Henning Röttger, on Thursday 22 April at 10.50 AM

Towards high performing plant based absorbent hygiene products - Closing the performance gap between plant based sustainable materials and synthetic materials

  • Requirements for good liquid management of absorbent hygiene products in the light of an increasing demand for sustainable products
  • New sustainable plant based cellulosic fibers solutions covering the full range from hydrophilic to hydrophobic offering different fiber cross-sections
  • Design of high performance incontinence products with plant based topsheet and excellent liquid management (rewet)
  • Our solution in the context of the SUPD directive
Oliver Bisazza
Director General Industrial Policies
MedTech Europe
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Oliver Bisazza is Director General, Industrial Policies at MedTech Europe, the European trade association for the medical technology industry including diagnostics, medical devices and digital health. MedTech Europe’s Industrial Policies team, which Oliver leads, supports the industry’s compliance with new and changing EU regulatory requirements, including the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR). His team strives to facilitate technical implementation of these requirements, and to communicate his members’ positions to the European Commission, the EU Member States, and other relevant authorities and stakeholders.

Oliver has been with the organization since 2017, prior to which is had a variety of company and trade association roles. He is proud to call himself an ex-employee of EDANA, where he served as Regulatory Affairs Manager through 2009-2013.

Born and raised in Australia, Oliver is a dual national of Australia and Malt, and a native speaker of English.

Don't miss Oliver's presentation "EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR): Essentials for Class I Manufacturers and their Upstream Supply Chains" scheduled during the EU Medical Device Regulation Session on 23 April from 11.40 to 13.30 hrs

Jonathan Bourget
Managing Director
Apis Rex Consultants
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Mr. Bourget is the Managing Director of Apis Rex Consultants, a boutique strategy consulting firm based in Switzerland, specialising in nonwovens and personal care industries. Mr Bourget has over 20 years’ experience in senior executive positions, 13 of which in the nonwovens industry. He joined PGI in 2007 in the role of Vice President & General Manager, then moved to Glatfelter in 2010 to lead the integration and growth of their newly acquired global airlaid division before founding Apis Rex Consultants in 2015.

Apis Rex provides advisory services to nonwoven and personal care companies on aspects of strategy, marketing, M&A, business development, human resources, and operational excellence. Apis Rex has helped both public and private nonwoven companies, converters, machine builders, start-ups, and private equity firms in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America deliver on their growth strategy.

Mr Bourget graduated Summa cum Laude with an MBA from Business School Lausanne. He in conversant in German and fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Don't miss Jonathan's presentation on Friday 23 April at 10.25 AM

The facemask saga - a nonwovens industry perspective

  • The Great Supply Chain Disruption - how meltblown became the golden fleece of the 20s
  • How the nonwovens industry delivered on an impossible challenge
  • What to expect as supply chains stabilise, future demand scenarios and the impact on nonwovens
Luca Brambilla
CEO
ALENA NW by AERIS GROUP
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Born in Milan Italy in 1974, Mr. Luca Brambilla graduated in Statistics Economics in Milan University. He began his career in the filtration and air treatment systems for industrial application, especially in textile and non woven. He has more than 25 years experience in this field working on both engineering and R&D.

Mr. Brambilla is today a leading technological expert in industrial air engineering. He joined Aeris Group in 2007 as International Sales Director and after a merger operation by incorporation of the Group brands which took place in 2020, Mr. Brambilla is now one of the Chief Executive Officer.

He took also a key role in obtaining different “seal of excellence” by European Community under the program Horizon 2020 for technological innovation, in fact our patented Induction Humidification System obtained important awards by EU and also the European Green Label by Solar Impulse, entity of the EU for sustainability and green economy.

 

Don't miss Luca's presentation on Wednesday 21 April at 11.15 AM

The future of filtration & humidification in nonwoven & hygienic fields

The importance of complying with the EU Regulations actually in force for the NW and Hygienic Industrial applications:

  • UNI EN 13779 stating the basic engineering and efficiency criteria for ventilation/humidification in non residential buildings
  • Erp 2018 (Energy Related Products)/Ecodesign stating the minimum values of energy efficiency
  • VDI 6022 applied mainly in Germany, Austria and Swiss but spreading in other European countries giving the guidelines to ensure a good hygienic conditions for ventilation/humidification systems inside the production depts.

All the above-mentioned regulations are mandatory but have never been taken into proper consideration in the NW and Hygienic aeraulic field. They provide clear guidelines related to the performances requested by all the filtration and humidification systems.

Per Brandberg
Research Analyst
Euromonitor International
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Per Brandberg is a Research Analyst at Euromonitor International specializing in industry analysis. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Linnaeus University. In his current position Per works in the Home and Tech team where he analyses various industries, such as Consumer Appliances, Tissue and Hygiene and Home Care, with a focus on Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. He is also busy training and mentoring new analysts at Euromonitor and liaising directly with clients.

 

Don't miss Per's presentation, Wednesday 21 April at 10.00 AM

Disposable hygiene marketplace: post-COVID world – shaping product innovation and consumer communication

  • Projections contrasting pre and post COVID and what is next to come
  • Understanding consumer preferences to balance premium and affordable in disposable hygiene
  • A look at innovation and consumer engagement in post-COVID world of holistic health and hygiene eco-system 
  • Key learnings and takeaways 
Thomas Broch
Regulatory & Scientific Affairs Manager
Fibertex Personal Care
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Thomas Broch has a Master in Chemistry from the University of Aarhus, Denmark from 2000 and a Minor in History from the same university from 1999. Has worked at Fibertex Personal Care since 2001 currently as Regulatory & Scientific Affairs Manager.

He is currently the chairman of the EDANA Product Stewardship Steering Group, and has presented at Outlook before, the first time at Outlook2006.

 

Don't miss Thomas' presentation, together with Jens Suhr Bay, on Thursday 22 April at 10.00 AM

Learnings from the producer of the first spunbond based on mass balance certified bio-based and circular polymers

Sustainability journey - from an industry perspective

  • Sustainable is Possible – how can we reimagine the supply chain?
  • What is ISCC Plus – and why choose it?
  •  

Partnering with suppliers

  •  ISCC Plus - Mass balance with flexible sustainability focus (Bio, Circular, Carbon Footprint)
  •  

Learnings  

  • Flexible product design configuration
  • Inspiration from other industries and perspectives for the nonwoven industry/hygiene industry 

The sustainability path forward – a never ending journey

Martin Brunner
Technical Service Manager Polymers
Omya International
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Martin Brunner is a Technical Service Manager for polymer applications with Omya International AG in Switzerland since 2010. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering. Prior to joining Omya, Martin was employed by Ciba-Geigy and Ciba Specialty Chemicals in Switzerland where he focused on R&D for the company Plastic Additives Segment. He developed several successful commercial products for Ciba and Omya, and he has authored and co-authored several scientific publications and holds 30 patents and patent applications.

 

Don't miss Martin's presentation, together with Thean Joo Chuah, on Wednesday 21 April at 10.00 AM

Exploring new ways: Calcium carbonate within the nonwoven industry

  • Omyafiber® 800, an innovative and cost beneficial solution for PP nonwovens
  • Omyafiber® 800 providing new haptic and visual aspects to PP carded nonwoven fabrics
  • New Omyafiber® MB165 – CBN designed for PLA (poly-lactic acid) nonwovens
  • Omyafiber® product range improving sustainability in nonwovens
Lucy Cao
Deputy Secretary General
China National Household Paper Industry Association (CNHPIA)
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Ms. Lucy Cao, Deputy Secretary General of the CNHPIA, Senior Engineer, Senior Editor. Since 2001, she has been working in the China National Household Paper Industry Association (CNHPIA) and the China National Pulp and Paper Research Institute (CNPPRI).

 

Don't miss Lucy's presentation on Wednesday 21 April at 10.25 AM

AHP market and the consumer trends in China

  • Overview of the Chinese AHP industry
  • AHP market changes and development Characteristics in 2020 in China
  • Consumer trends in China
Raymond Chimhandamba
Director
Handas Consulting
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Raymond Chimhandamba, an international speaker and a published absorbent hygiene expert for Africa region, is a Bachelor Of Arts graduate in French and English from the University Of Zimbabwe. Chimhandamba is the Founder and Director of Handas Consulting, a boutique consulting outfit based in South Africa that focuses on assisting clients with nonwoven/absorbent hygiene or FMCG-related projects in Africa region.

Chimhandamba has an illustrious background in FMCG in Africa region, where he has worked for Coca-Cola, Pioneer Foods, Consol Glass, Givaudan and SAB Miller, exposing him to a variety of consumer products categories ranging from hygiene, food, beverages, beauty and cosmetics as well as packaging. Chimhandamba, a mobile tech enthusiast, also has a special interest in sustainability as he is involved with recycling projects in South Africa and the Africa region. A freelance contributor to Nonwovens Industry Magazine and Happi cosmetics and beauty magazine from 2018 – 2020, Chimhandamba is a strong believer in Africa’s potential and looks forward to the full implementation of the African Union’s ambitious African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

 

Don't miss Raymond's presentation on Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 11.15 AM

COVID-19 induced changes in Africa’s nonwovens space

  • Developments in the 3 COVID-fighting categories in Africa (Wet wipes, Face Masks, Hand Sanitisers)
  • Is washable vs disposable mask equivalent to a debate we have seen before (washable vs disposable diaper)?
  • How do you stand out in the wet wipes category?
  • 1.3 billion people wearing masks daily. New sustainability challenges?
  • Africa’s preparedness and near-sourcing strategy: What shape will that take?
Thean Joo Chuah
Business Development Director Polymers
Omya International
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TJ Chuah is the Business Development Director for Omya International AG responsible for the strategic growth of Omya Polymers business unit. An experienced business development professional in the polymer industry with more than 20 years of demonstrated history of working in the polymer industry and having a wide experience in product management, industry marketing and business development.

Prior to joining Omya, he had held various managerial positions in SABIC and he received his bachelor degree in Polymer Technology from University Science Malaysia.

 

Don't miss Martin's presentation, together with Martin Brunner, on Wednesday 21 April at 10.00 AM

Exploring new ways: Calcium carbonate within the nonwoven industry

  • Omyafiber® 800, an innovative and cost beneficial solution for PP nonwovens
  • Omyafiber® 800 providing new haptic and visual aspects to PP carded nonwoven fabrics
  • New Omyafiber® MB165 – CBN designed for PLA (poly-lactic acid) nonwovens
  • Omyafiber® product range improving sustainability in nonwovens
Guido Conio
Chief Commercial Officer
Teknoweb Converting
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Guido Conio holds a MBs in Mechanical and Naval Engineering and have been working in hygiene disposable products industry and more generally in automation field from more than 25 years.

He is Chief Commercial Officer in Teknoweb Converting a company belonging to IMA, an Italian multinational active in the machinery for converting and packaging business with 46 production plants around the globe and 6.200 employees. As member of IMA Tissue and Nonwoven HUB, a division to provide solutions to AHP industry, Teknoweb delivers full solutions to manufacturing dry and wet wipes in a “one stop shop” concept.

Guido has been working in Teknoweb since 2015. Before he worked in different entities with responsibilities in operations, P&G and Bolton, marketing and sales, Coesia. Immediately before Teknoweb he was based in Abu Dhabi following Middle East business for Rockwell Automation.

 

Don't miss Guido's presentation on Friday 23 April at 10.00 AM

Peculiarities and key  features of ATEX (explosion proof) equipment to manufacture IPA wipes

  • Lately disinfecting wipes containing alcohol had a surge in demand due to pandemic
  • IPA (Isopropyl alcohol) is commonly used for disinfecting. But it is highly flammable and requires equipment designed to handle it
  • This paper lists all features and requirements an ATEX (explosion proof) converter for IPA wipes must have and highlights differences with standard machines
Paul Davies
Senior Consultant
Crown Abbey
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Paul has over 20 years experience in R&D. He started his career formulating polymers for industrial filtration products and then spent 12 years at Johnson & Johnson developing consumer insights, claims and new products for different business categories all involving nonwovens. After leaving J&J, Paul worked for PDI Inc. as marketing director, managing the P&L for an infection prevention business. He then returned to R&D to head the product development team at Nice-Pak Inc. leading the innovation team for all categories of wet wipes. After Nice-Pak, there was a brief departure from nonwovens, and into cosmetics with Schwan Cosmetics and Avon, before joining Crown Abbey as a consultant in 2019.  

Paul has worked in the UK, Germany and the US and has managed R&D teams located through the globe. Paul has a degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry and lives with his wife and twin boys in the UK.

 

Don't miss Paul's presentation on Friday 23 April at 10.50 AM

Overcoming product development challenges: learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic

In this discussion, we will look at some key challenges of developing and launching a truly innovative product, including the Top 10 Do's and Don'ts for Quality. We will also delve into the challenges of how to still vet suppliers to make the right choices for your organization, whilst working from your home office!

Darius Deak
Global R&D Director, Global Nonwovens Business Unit
Bostik
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Dr. Darius Deak received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts, majoring in Polymer Science and Engineering, and received his MBA degree from Babson College.

Throughout his career at Bostik, Darius has focused on R&D and R&D management, including spending over three years in China as Bostik’s Asia Pacific Technical Director. He is currently the Global R&D Director in the division handling Disposable Hygiene at Bostik. With a rich experience in regional, as well as global R&D, Darius has been invited several times to give lectures at numerous highly respected conferences at home and abroad.

 

Don't miss Darius' presentation, together with Diane Toonen, on Thursday 22 April at 11.15 AM

Creating consumer loyalty with innovation in feminine pad stay-in-place performance

  • An overview of important consumer driven needs & trends in the feminine care market.
  • The consumer noticeable features of a feminine care product where only adhesives can provide 
  • the solution
  • How Bostik is delivering innovation in the area of pad attachment applications to meet global 
  • and regional needs
  • How the right choice of pad attachment adhesive can improve consumer loyalty
  • How the article producer can better test their products for improved consumer satisfaction
Helena Engqvist
Owner and Managing Director
Engqvist Consulting
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Helena Engqvist is experienced in R&D in nonwovens and personal hygiene and health care related products, consumer insights, market and business analysis. In 2004, she founded Engqvist Consulting, supporting Fortune 500 and SMEs. Her career spans 35+ years and 40 countries. She gained her experience working in management positions at Novartis in Switzerland, Johnson & Johnson in the U.S. and Germany and SCA/Mölnlycke in Sweden.

Helena holds a MSc in Chemical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology and an Executive MBA from the School of Economics, both in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is a frequent writer in international trade journals and appreciated speaker and moderator at conferences and workshops. She is a member at EDANA, ICS and SINOBA.

 

Don't miss Helena's presentation on Thursday 22 April at 10.50 AM

The value of terminology harmonisation in ensuring the provision of the right incontinence aid to the right person

  • In 2020, ICS, the International Continence Society, presented a new terminology and descriptions of disposable incontinence product designs and components 
  • ISO is also aiming to soon release the standard ISO 22748 “Absorbent Incontinence Products for Urine and/or Faeces” with product type names and illustrations, an initiative by the industry
  • The new ICS terminology is already being used globally by the WHO Global Cooperation on Assisted Technology Enterprise (GATE) project
  • This presentation shows how the use of coherent terminologies will facilitate the provision of the right incontinence aids to the right persons
Petra Ericsson
Global Procurement Director - manufacturing
Mölnlycke
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Petra Ericsson is an experienced Global Procurement Director with more than 15 years demonstrated history of working in the medical device industry, since 2009 with Mölnlycke and prior to that Astra Tech (2004-2008).

Petra is currently leading a global Procurement team located in Asia, EU and US. Through clear strategic directions Petra and her team strives to support the business with a best in class Procurement for both indirect and direct material.

In 2019 Petra was rewarded the best in class Teamwork Award by the Executive Leadership team at Mölnlycke for the successful integration of Mölnlycke acquisition M&J Airlaid.

Her first position within Mölnlycke was Category Manager for Nonwovens so nonwovens has always been close to her heart! Petra started her career after graduation from Chalmers University (2000), Bachelor in Mechanical engineering, at Ericsson (2000-2004) where she worked with manufacturing processes for mobile phones and radar systems.

Don't miss Petra's presentation "The successful journey of MDR" scheduled during the EU Medical Device Regulation Session on 23 April from 11.40 to 13.30 hrs

Anders Fogelberg
Global Director of QA, HS&E, MS and Process Improvement
Fitesa
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Anders graduated 1995 from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm, Sweden with a MSc degree in Chemical Engineering, specialization in polymer science. He started his career in Swedish pulp & paper industry, and joined Fiberweb in 2000 as Line Manager at the plant in Norrköping, Sweden. Held the positions of Production Manager, Plant Manager/MD (in 2012, during this period, the business was acquired by Fitesa) and Director of Operation Europe. He moved to a global role in November 2016 which presently includes global responsibility for HS&E, QA, Management Systems and Process Improvement for Fitesa.

 

Don't miss Anders' presentation on Friday 23 April at 11.15 AM

The sustainability dilemma: going beyond the obvious in the selection of raw materials for AHP components

  • When choosing the raw material for AHP components, the analysis must go deeper than just the material itself
  • The analysis must first define what sustainability problem is being addressed: reduction of waste in the environment or the reduction of the CO2 footprint of the product
  • After that, the energy source used and the waste management strategy employed in the region must be taken into account
  • If we do not take costs or public opinion into account, the results of an analysis of this type may surprise
Simon Fremeaux
R&D Production Manager
CETI
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Graduate Textile Engineer ENSAIT 17 years ago, he began its career in NYLSTAR, nylon filament producer and then joined DOUNOR, a Spunmelt manufacturer for hygiene products where he was in charge of the management of Technical Services. He joined then CETI in 2010 participating at the selection & implantation of nonwovens equipment. Now as technical director, with the help of his engineers and technicians team, he manages private and collaborative R&D projects to develop sustainable solutions from designing solutions to prototyping products at an industrial scale.

 

Don't miss Simon's presentation, together with Isabelle Cornu, on Friday 23 April at 11.40 AM

Accelerating sustainable Innovation towards 100% recyclable and recycled sanitary masks (new value chain, eco-design, thermomechanical

  • Designing and prototyping new sanitary filtering devices made of 100% recyclable and recycled nonwovens
  • A demonstrator platform, equipped with the best technologies available, on an industrial scale
  • A complete and competitive industrial production value chain to secure the supply chain
Fabian Groven
CSR Manager
Arion
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Fabian Groven likes to think of himself as a practical oriented market researcher who is able to translate research findings into action. He obtained a Master of Science degree in International Business at Maastricht University in 2006. Currently, as CSR Manager, he coordinates the start, execution, and implementation of several projects aimed at sustainability and social responsibility at Arion. These projects requires the involvement of many internal and external stakeholders.

Before his position as CSR Manager (starting in 2015), he was New Business Employee (2009-2011), Product & Research Manager (2011-2013), and Advisor to the CEO (2013-2015) at Arion. In addition to being a CSR Manager, Fabian Groven started a PhD at Maastricht University in 2015. The topic of his PhD research project is the use of washing without water in health care. Washing without water products are disposable nonwoven wipes that can be used to bathe bedridden patients in bed as an alternative for the traditional bed bath with water and soap. As an external PhD candidate, he is particularly interested in patients’ and nurses’ experiences with the bed bath, and the washing without water method. At this moment, two studies that are part of his PhD research are published in nursing journals.

 

Don't miss Fabian's presentation on Friday 23 April at 11.15 AM

The use of washing without water (disposable nonwoven wipes) in health care - Possible benefits of washing without water during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • The bed bath is an essential of care, which is important for patient well-being but which is also threatened (and sometimes omitted) in times of high pressure in health care.
  • The washing without water concept (disposable nonwoven wipes for the body wash) is increasingly used in health care as an alternative for the traditional water and soap bed bath.
  • The washing without water bed bath is shown to be at least as effective as the traditional bed bath in terms of hygiene, patient comfort, bathing completeness, and skin condition.
  • The washing without water bed bath also takes significantly less time and less effort compared to the traditional bed bath, which offers value to health care, especially in times of high work pressure, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The washing without water concept can support personal hygiene in times of high pressure on nursing staff and therefore could lead to more bed baths being completed, and less bed baths being omitted.
Kanav Gupta
Associate Director
BCH
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Kanav Gupta is currently working as the Associate Director at BCH which is a consulting services company, dedicated to the Nonwovens and Technical Textiles Industry of India. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Narsee Monjee Institute, Mumbai and has completed his Executive MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

He started off his career with KPMG, working in their Forensic Due diligence team. He then worked for 4 years with Ernst and Young in their Risk Advisory and Business Advisory services wing in sectors like Telecom and Outsourcing, and Robotics. With a keen interest to work in the fast growing Nonwovens and Technical textiles Industry of India he joined BCH in 2016 and Since the last 5 years he has been working in areas of Research, Business Development and New Project setup in the Hygiene, Nonwovens and Technical textiles industry.

He has a global experience by working with companies from Asia, Europe and the Americas. He has an avid interest in travelling, and seeks to learn from different cultures and countries to implement and grow the Industry back in his own country, however with the strong belief of – Thinking Globally but acting locally.

Dont miss Kanav's presentation on Wednesday 21 April at 10.50 AM

The trigger to what was pre- destined in India: COVID-19 and the nonwovens in medical and hygiene

Colin Hanna
Director of Market Research
Price Hanna Consultants
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Colin Alexander Hanna is Director of Market Research for Price Hanna Consultants. He is the author of the recently published report “Plastics Panic and Climate Crisis: Environmental Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities for the Absorbent Hygiene Products Industry” and has been a speaker at several Hygienix conferences and industry webinars.

Mr. Hanna brings research and analytical techniques developed from his MBA (University of Washington) and MSS (Master in Social Services – Bryn Mawr College) degrees combined with strategic insight and perspective gained from professional experience spanning multiple industries. Prior to joining Price Hanna Consultants in 2017, Mr. Hanna worked as an individual consultant for clients in the energy, global health, social services and consumer goods industries.

Mr. Hanna also has prior experience working as a liaison between retailers and commercial real estate developers; first as a project manager for a major commercial real estate developer, then as a process improvement expert for one of the nation’s largest recreational equipment retailers.

 

Don't miss Colin's presentation, together with Pricie Hanna, on Thursday 22 April at 10.25 AM

Opportunity and innovation in adult incontinence products and care

Market drivers for adult incontinence products:

  • Demographic Overview
  • Trends in Related Health Risk Factors
  • Demand growth and market penetration
  • Opportunities and challenges
  • Long-Term Care Trends
  • Channel Marketing Trends

Industry innovations to improve product and care performance

  • Nonwovens technology
  • Absorbent core design
  • Fit and sizing trends
  • Sensor technology
  • New reusable options for light incontinence
Pricie Hanna
Managing Partner
Price Hanna Consultants
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Pricie Hanna is a founding partner of Price Hanna Consultants, a management and technical firm established in 2011 which specializing in nonwovens, hygiene absorbent products, disposable wipes, key raw materials and related fields. Her expertise ranges from end product market trends to the demand and technical requirements for the raw materials, such as resins, fiber, fluff pulp, nonwovens, film, superabsorbents, adhesives and elastics, used to make these products.

She is a frequent conference speaker and has authored numerous papers and publications on the global hygiene absorbent products industry, wipes markets and other nonwovens businesses.

For twenty-three years, Mrs. Hanna was Vice President of John R. Starr, Inc., and led the firm's consulting practice in hygiene absorbent products and nonwoven wipes. Prior to joining John R. Starr, Inc., Mrs. Hanna was Vice President – Finance, Planning and Administration for the Scott Nonwovens Division of Scott Paper Company. During sixteen years with Scott Paper, Mrs. Hanna held various corporate positions including Vice President – Corporate Planning; Vice President – Corporate Financial Services and Assistant Treasurer. Before joining Scott Paper, Mrs. Hanna was a corporate lending officer of Citibank in New York City.

Mrs. Hanna received an A.B. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed the Executive Education Program in Corporate Financial Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

 

Don't miss Pricie's presentation, together with Colin Hanna, on Thursday 22 April at 10.25 AM

Opportunity and innovation in adult incontinence products and care

Market drivers for adult incontinence products:

  • Demographic Overview
  • Trends in Related Health Risk Factors
  • Demand growth and market penetration
  • Opportunities and challenges
  • Long-Term Care Trends
  • Channel Marketing Trends

Industry innovations to improve product and care performance

  • Nonwovens technology
  • Absorbent core design
  • Fit and sizing trends
  • Sensor technology
  • New reusable options for light incontinence
Moderator: Dr Ioannis Hatzopoulos
Director, Global Baby Care Sustainability & Recycling Communications
Procter & Gamble
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Experienced Sustainability Senior Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer goods industry and a wide global network to sustainability influencers and organizations. Skilled in Circular Economy, Sustainability Communication, Crisis Management, Consumer Behavior, Customer Insight, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Strong media and communication professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Physical Chemistry from University of Frankfurt.

Ioannis will be the moderator of the Interactive Panel Discussion on April 22nd at 12.30 hrs: “Sustainability- A win-win future”

Hansjörg Hufnagel
Manager Key/Strategic Accounts
Henkel
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After I have completed my PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, UK, I joined the R&D function at Procter&Gamble in 2010, first within the laundry&home care business division.

I started to work within the hygiene industry in 2012 while at P&G before joining the Ontex Group in 2015. In 2018 I joined Henkel as Technical Sales Manager serving customers within the hygiene and personal care (tissue&towel) industries. Since April 2021 I am responsible for the team serving the Key Accounts within the Nonwoven business.

Don't miss Hansjörg's presentation "Supplier perspective on MDR" scheduled during the EU Medical Device Regulation Session on 23 April from 11.40 to 13.30 hrs

Ashish Jajoo
President, Global Sales & Marketing Head – Nonwoven
Birla Cellulose, Aditya Birla Group
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Ashish Jajoo is the ‘President and Global Sales & Marketing Head’ for Nonwoven category – Birla Cellulose (part of Aditya Birla Group). Ashish has 19 years of experience in sales and marketing across industries like Paints, Retail, Apparel and now fibre. He has been in the current role for more than two years now. In the current role he is driving the new product development to leverage the opportunities presented by changing business environment, apart from the day today business. He completed his MBA from University of Delhi in India – in the year 2001.

 

Don't miss Ashish's presentation on Friday 23 April at 10.50 AM

Consumer research led ingredient material innovation for absorbent hygiene products

  • In this unique ingredient material innovation approach, we have essentially started by keeping the end product – a sanitary napkin and did the fibre development accordingly
  • In association with consumer research firm – Nielsen, we have done the consumer testing on 300 users across 2 cities in India
  • As per the consumer research – 91% agreed that our product felt softer on skin than their current product & 76% agreed that the product’s performance was better than or equal to their current products
  • We also found that 98% agreed that they would prefer using a sanitary napkin that is better for environment
  • Along with this consumer research, we have taken value chain co-creation approach to develop
  • Purocel EcoDry Viscose Staple Fibre (VSF) to be applied as top sheet for absorbent hygiene products like feminine hygiene products, baby diapers and adult incontinence products Purocel EcoDry VSF is fully biodegradable / compostable and softer than market based products
Moderator: Åsa Johansson
Material Development Director
Essity Hygiene and Health
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Åsa Johansson is Material Development Director at Essity. She is responsible for the development of materials in the personal care area i.e. Feminine, Baby and Incontinence products globally. Åsa joined Essity in 1997 and has held various senior positions both within R&D, IPR and marketing. She has worked with and has experience from all the personal care categories. Since 2016 Åsa is a governor of the EDANA Board.

Åsa holds a masters degree in Chemical Engineering and Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Åsa will be the Moderator of the Interactive Panel discussion: The patient & the product: Hate & Love, scheduled on 22 April from 11.40 to 12.25 hrs.

Martin Kiernan
Clinical Director
Gama Healthcare
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Martin has worked in infection prevention and control for 30 years in a variety of settings. He is a Visiting Clinical Fellow at the Richard Wells Research Centre at the University of West London, Conjoint Fellow at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales and a Clinical Director of GAMA Healthcare, where he is responsible for clinical research and education.

Prior to this he was Nurse Consultant and Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust in the North-West of England. In 2020 and 2021 he worked as an Infection Prevention lead at the London Nightingale Hospital at the request of NHS England.

Martin was a member of the Department of Health (England) advisory committee on antimicrobial resistance, prescribing and healthcare-associated infection for ten years, is a past president of the Infection Prevention Society and has led the scientific committee for the Healthcare Infection Society international conferences in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

His research interests centre on environmental hygiene, healthcare-associated pneumonia and urinary catheter-associated infections. He has presented at many international conferences, has published over 50 papers and articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Don't miss his presentation on 23 April:

Innovation in patient Isolation

Lack of isolation rooms (even pre Covid- why the Gama Healthcare “Rediroom” was designed – as a screening tool)

  • The impact the pandemic has had on the UK NHS
  • The “Rediroom”: What it is. An innovative solution to patient isolation formed within 5 minutes around a patient. A canopy made from spunbond nonwovens
  • Demonstration of the device – it’s ability to be formed within 5 minutes- a cart turns into a tent
  • What are people saying about the “Rediroom”
Ingo Mählmann
Vice President Sales & Marketing
Oerlikon Nonwoven
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Don't miss Ingo's presentation, Wednesday 21 April at 12.05 AM

Working on supply chain improvement: meltblown capacity increase done, what's next?

  • Current meltblown production development
  • New installed technology
  • Opportunities beyond face-masks media
  • Near and mid-term future development
Krishna Manda
Senior Manager Sustainability Integration
Lenzing
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Krishna Manda has 15 years of experience in Sustainability. He currently works as Senior Manager Global Sustainability at Lenzing Group, Austria and responsible for sustainability strategy, targets and integration of sustainability in day-to-day decisions of different business functions. Krishna is passionate about Circular economy and co-leads this topic at group level. Krishna actively contributes to initiatives such as SAC, MFC of Ellen MacArthur foundation. Krishna is a co-chair of Policy Hub.

Prior to Lenzing, Krishna was advising different organizations in the world from Netherlands and India. Krishna considers himself as a global citizen and was born and brought-up in India and has lived in different EU countries. Krishna holds a Ph.D. and Masters in Sustainability from The Netherlands and Sweden respectively. He currently lives in Austria with his wife and a daughter who are a continuous inspiration. His hobbies are playing with his daughter, walking in nature, cooking and reading books.

 

Don't miss Krishna's presentation on Friday 23 April at 10.00 AM

Taking steps towards decarbonization within the Nonwoven Industry

  • Relevance of the carbon footprint in nonwoven industry
  • Understanding the concept of the carbon footprint – aspects to be considered
  • How we can act today and not wait for tomorrow. Levers towards a decarbonization within the nonwoven industry
Susan McNichols
Senior Sourcing Analyst
H.B. Fuller
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Susan McNichols joined H.B. Fuller in 2017 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

Susan has a passion for sustainability and is in the process of completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business with a focus on the Value Chain from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

She is an outdoor enthusiast, which spurred her passion for sustainability, and in her free time enjoys skiing, yoga, hiking, and rock climbing.

 

Don't miss Susan's presentation on Thursday 22 April at 10.50 AM

Climbing the ladder to the circular economy: how adhesives enable a path to circular disposable hygiene products

  • Step back to go forward by looking at the sustainability objectives for a variety of global manufacturing companies outside the hygiene space and explore what we have in common
  • Expand the 5 Steps of our disposable hygiene sustainability Ladder on our journey enabling customers on their journey toward a circular economy.
  • Bring the ideas to life by highlighting innovations driving sustainable growth in the market every step of the way.  No matter where you are on your journey to a circular hygiene products, our ladder can help keep you on the right path
Pieter Meijer
General Manager, Europe
Bast Fibre technologies Inc.
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Pieter Meijer is a Dutch national, living in Switzerland. He has extensive experience in the nonwovens business, having had sales management responsibilities for North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

In addition to Sales management in large publicly owned and smaller privately owned businesses, his other responsibilities have included company acquisitions, business integration as well as plant– and business start-ups. To drive the nonwovens industry towards a more sustainable future is now a high priority.

Dont miss Pieter's presentation on Thursday 22 April at 10.25 AM

A place for natural fibers in nonwovens?

Marcelo Milani
Director - Roll Coating Business
Molecular Plasma Group
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Engineer with more than 30 years of experience in several nonwoven markets, including personal protective equipment, medical devices, packaging, printing, electrical and construction materials. Held management positions in both technical and commercial functions across the value chain in leading corporations. Lived and worked in five countries, becoming fluent five languages.

 

Don't miss Marcelo's presentation on Friday 23 April at 11.15 AM

A sustainable revolution in surface functionalization

  • Traditional coating processes to add functions to nonwovens and surfaces require solvents, binders and curing or drying
  • Plasma based processes requiring vacuum or high energy are not suitable for sensitive organic molecules
  • A new technology has emerged: molecular plasma coating
  • No solvents, no binders, low energy, no emissions
  • An example of its versatility: nonwovens for facemasks with a virucidal effect using a safe and natural organic acid
Eva Möller
Global SQA Manager Raw Materials, Components, NoMed
Mölnlycke
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Eva started her textile education with a Bachelor of Science in Textile Engineering at the Swedish School of Textile (1999-2002). In 2003 she participated in a European Textile exchange program from Ghent University; studying in Finland, France and Italy, and graduated with a European Masters in Advanced Textile Engineering in 2005.

Eva started her career in the automotive industry, first at Volvo Cars (2002-2003) as a design engineer of interior textiles and then continued over to supplier quality at Autoliv (2006-2015), where she was responsible for supplier quality in the global supply chain for Airbags and Seatbelt webbings.

Eva joined Mölnlycke in 2017 as a Global Supplier Quality Manager for raw materials, components and indirect material. She is managing a group of SQA's, ensuring compliance to standards and regulations, evaluating and monitoring supplier performance and drive continuous improvements.

Don't miss Eva's presentation "The successful journey of MDR" scheduled during the EU Medical Device Regulation Session on 23 April from 11.40 to 13.30 hrs

Camilla Ohlson
Senior Market Strategy Manager Personal Hygiene Adhesives EIMEA
Henkel
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Camilla Ohlson holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from studies in Sweden and Australia. Since 2008 Camilla Ohlson is working for Henkel in Düsseldorf, Germany where she has had diverse strategic roles in B2B and B2C International Marketing, Product and Innovation Management as well as Project Management of Organizational Transformation Projects.

Since 2017 Camilla Ohlson is responsible for Strategic Marketing of the Personal Hygiene business in Europe and IMEA for Henkel Adhesives Technologies. Camilla Ohlson is within this role leading the Product Safety and Sustainability Programs on a global scale.

 

Don't miss Camilla's presentation on Friday 23 April at 10.50 AM

Supplying to manufacturers of medical protective wear & medical devices

  • With Covid-19 the focus on health is present as never before, perceivable in the consumers’ increasing need of safety & purity as well as governments’ and health-care sectors’ wish for a reliable sourcing of essential medical products
  • In parallel, the upcoming inception of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) is putting new requirements on companies producing medical devices

The rising demand and focus provides opportunities but also new challenges on suppliers into those markets:

  • Face masks – Deep dive into learnings on assembly of face masks and the requirements on adhesives to fulfill the performance and safety expectations
  • Adult incontinence as medical device class I in MDR – A supplier perspective on how to fulfill the responsibility and support the medical device producers
Rita Ribau Domingues
Senior Consultant
Olfasense
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Rita Ribau Domingues joined Olfasense team as a senior consultant in the last trimester of 2019. She is responsible for the expansion of the company services and new lines of business, particularly in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking markets. She has a vast experience in business development and management of international consultancy projects, with a focus on sensory and consumer testing of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).

Rita holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineer from Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and an executive MBA from EADA Business School.

 

Don't miss Rita's presentation on Thursday 22 April at 10.25 AM

A multifactorial chemical/sensory approach for the odour characterization of nonwoven materials

  • Overview on odour measurement techniques
  • Integration of sensory and chemical high-throughput analyses for the identification of off-notes, quantification of malodour reduction and the characterization of odour perception for product optimization  
  • Case studies on odour assessment of nonwoven materials
Carolin Rieckmann
Director, Nonwovens and Roll Goods
Schlegel und Partner GmbH
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In 2015, Carolin Rieckmann joined Schlegel und Partner after completing her studies at the University in Heidelberg, Germany and at University of Kentucky in Lexington, US. She joined the Chemicals and Technical Consumables department at Schlegel und Partner and is now building up the new department for Nonwovens and Roll Goods including textiles, paper and films. Her professional focus lies in explorative market analysis for all different kinds of nonwoven technologies and its end-markets.

 

Don't miss Carolin's presentation on Friday 23 April at 10.00 AM

Is Europe prepared for the next pandemic? - Opportunities for relocalization of medical protective clothing

  • Market development for medical protective clothing in Europe
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on the supply chain and influencing parties
  • Opportunities for suppliers in Europe 
Henning Röttger
Head of Business Development
pelzGROUP
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Dr. Henning Roettger holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry, having studies in Cologne.

Henning Roettger joined pelzGROUP in March 2020 leading Business Development including responsibility for R&D and quality control. Prior to joining pelzGROUP Henning Roettger has been active in the nonwoven and fibres industry in different senior R&D and business development positions at Glatfelter, Albis, Neumag/Oerlikon, Sympatex, Fiberweb and Akzo Nobel. Henning Roettger holds several patents in the field of membrane technology, fibres and nonwoven materials & processes (> 20).

 

Don't miss Henning's presentation, together with Ingo Bernt, on Thursday 22 April at 10.50 AM

Towards high performing plant based absorbent hygiene products - Closing the performance gap between plant based sustainable materials and synthetic materials

  • Requirements for good liquid management of absorbent hygiene products in the light of an increasing demand for sustainable products
  • New sustainable plant based cellulosic fibers solutions covering the full range from hydrophilic to hydrophobic offering different fiber cross-sections
  • Design of high performance incontinence products with plant based topsheet and excellent liquid management (rewet)
  • Our solution in the context of the SUPD directive
Dave Rousse
President
INDA
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Dave Rousse has been President of INDA since 2012.  He has several years of management experience in engineered materials companies from specialty papers to nonwovens following his graduation from Dartmouth and its engineering and business schools.

Prior to INDA he was President of Fiberweb Americas, one of the largest nonwoven producers before its sale to Berry Global and Fitesa.  Dave also has experience with International Paper and WR Grace.

 

Don't miss Dave's presentation on Thursday 22 April at 12.05 AM

Sustainability trends in the AHP industry in the US

The US Absorbent Hygiene Industry is challenged by a growing interest from consumers for products whose inputs are responsibly sourced and whose end-of-life fate also includes responsible options.  This is not easy for multiple-component products such as AHP’s, and for products whose function is to absorb bodily fluids and wastes.  Combining this with growing concerns about all-things-plastic and one of the largest Nonwovens sectors, AHP’s, becomes an over-night offender to the environment rather than the helpful enhancer of the quality of life.

The presentation will cover the major directions of known developmental efforts in this important arena, and how material science options can inform solutions.  It will also discuss the legislative activity in North America addressing plastics in the environment and how INDA and its coalition partners are encouraging a performance-based approach to controlling plastic materials rather than a material-prescriptive approach as pursued by the EU.

Andrea Ruggiero
Sales Manager
A.Celli Nonwovens S.p.A.
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Andrea Ruggiero completed his Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2009 and he spent the first years of his career working as a system engineer. He has been involved in a number of European and International projects attending several European and international conferences and symposia.

His experience at A.Celli started in 2014 as a Project Manager and since 2016 he takes care of sales development for Winding, Slitting and Packaging technologies. In addition, he develops a focus in High Speed Lamination, Spooling and Medical Treatment Solution for nonwovens market.

Education: Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering.

 

Don't miss Andrea's presentation on Wednesday 21 April at 10.25 AM

Smart reel quality optimization

  • Analyzing the characteristics of the Reel
  • Optimizing quality results of finish products
  • Eliminating the risk of not compliant reels
  • Generating digital twin of reel
  • Collecting all data during reel forming
Martin Scaife
Chairman & CTO
Diaper Recycling Technology
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Martin Scaife is born to be a game changer in the world of hygiene. His twenty-two-year experience in corporations such as P&G has been a big factor when he started Mobi-Air and Diaper Recycling Technology, both based in Singapore. But no other motivation is greater than creating the world’s most advanced and energy-efficient technology while protecting our planet.

When working at P&G, Martin designed many of the high-speed production systems that are still being used to this day and holds multiple key patents in the hygiene industry. Today, he is the mastermind behind the recently launched low energy Diaper Recycling Technology and low energy multi-vortex cyclonic filtration technology. As a consultant, strategist, and innovator, Martin Scaife never stops pursuing technological advancements that benefit, not only the hygiene sector, but also the environment. Martin is the Chairman and CTO of both Mobi-Air and Diaper Recycling Technology and has always been a game changing leader to his global team.

 

Don't miss Martin's presentation on Wednesday 21 April at 10.50 AM

Post-industrial diaper waste directly supporting the circular economy

  • Post Industrial factory waste: The changing environmental landscape and how over past 5 years developments in on-site recycling technology have allowed financial recovery to move from 30% to 70%
  • Recovering plastic, SAP, and pulp @ 86 W / KG / Hour
  • Value add technology and the plastic waste stream. How moving from 200 USD per ton up to 1000 USD per ton can be achieved
Achim Schalk
Executive Vice President and GM HHS EMEIA
Berry Global
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Achim joined Fiberweb in 2010 as Regional Finance Director. Following the acquisition through PGI. He received the Avintiv CEO Pinnacle award for his integration work and then assumed the leadership of the EMEIA Procurement team. After two years in this position, he took over the Hygiene and Seal Fore Life business as Commercial Vice President, followed by leading the Operations Team as VP Operations EMEIA for a short period.

In 2020 Achim assumed the role of Executive Vice President & General Manager EMEIA with the responsibility of the 12 production facilities in the HHS Division.

He lives with his family in Berlin and holds a University degree of University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim in Business Administration and worked the first twelve years of his career in a number of Finance roles in the Automotive business of German Rheinmetall group.

Achim has developed a passion for Employee Engagement and started to share this passion in public speeches during Manufacturing events. He is part of the supervisory board of Gedankentanken.com, a company that specializes in personal development.

In his free time, Achim performs different sports, like Skiing, Windsurfing and Tennis, but spends most of his time with his family.

 

Don't miss Achim's presentation on Friday 23 April at 11.40 AM

Imaging – an engine for premiumization in hygiene?

  • Global market trends
  • European market overview
  • Consumer value of Imaging
  • Technology overview for nonwovens and film
Stefan Scheer
Business Area Manager
Winkler & Dünnebier
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  • Electrical Engineer graduated 1997 University of applied science at Koblenz, Industrial Engineer graduated 2003 University of applied science at Remagen
  • Project manager at Bicma GmbH (2014 – 2018)
  • Sales Manager for Africa and Middle East, India since at Bicma GmbH (2018 – today)
  • Consulting of customer regarding hygiene products and production technology at Bicma
  • PLC programming and HMI visualisation (Visual Basic) at “Winkler und Dünnebier AG” for paper envelope machines
  • Former positions before joining hygiene and paper converting industry: 1999 – 2013 Hard- and software development, sales and project management including application engineer for non-destructive measurement methods for hard fine machining processes by x-ray diffraction and Barkhausen noise.
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    Don't miss Stefan's presentation on Wednesday 21 April at 12.30 AM

    Mail meets Hygiene: Sustainable single-wrap for disposable hygiene products

    • Change from plastic to biodegradable material
    • New concept, combining a hygiene converting line for feminine napkins with a paper envelop process
    • Attractive pouch shape & Haptic for enhanced products value
    • Product, process & ecological benefits of new concept
    • Easy conversion to non-wrapped products
    • Outlook for paper based single wrapping
    Kirsi Seppäläinen
    SVP, Marketing, Competitive Intelligence & Product Management
    Stora Enso
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    Kirsi Seppäläinen is Senior Vice President, Marketing, competitive intelligence and product management Stora Enso, Biomaterials division since December 2020, before which she was Vice President Marketing, competitive intelligence and product manager since January 2019. Her main responsibilities include marketing, branding, market and business intelligence, product strategy and product management. She has worked for Stora Enso since 2011, having earlier had managerial positions in strategy, communications, marketing and sustainability. She has been a member of the Biomaterials division leadership team since the division was formed in 2012.Prior to joining Stora Enso she held many communications, marketing and sustainability positions with several global companies.

     

    Don't miss Kirsi's presentation on Friday 23 April at 10.25 AM

    Sustainable fluff pulp 2.0 – innovation for an eco-friendlier future

    • Overall, the consumers demand more and more products that are based on natural ingredients, have as low as possible impact on the environment as well as provide a safe alternative free from harmful substances. This trend is visible also in the non-woven and hygiene industry
    • To answer those needs, Stora Enso will launch a new, fluff pulp grade that takes environmental friendliness of fluff pulp to a new level, to support our customers in meeting the demands of the consumers for natural alternatives.
    • NaturaFluff Eco has same performance, a natural colour and approximately 30 % reduction in the carbon footprint when compared to regular fluff pulps. It provides a safe and natural option hygiene or non-woven producers and eventually to the consumers.
    • The case study on NaturaFluff Eco will give insights into consumer requirements and development of the new product. The steps taken in the innovation process will also be highlighted.
    Gabriele Serafini
    Key Account Manager
    Croda
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    Gabriele Serafini is a Key Account Manager in the Home Care team at Croda which he joined in September 2012. Gabriele is currently managing strategic Home Care accounts as well as developing new projects and opportunities for the nonwoven business in hygiene applications for EMEA. He works closely with customers to identify innovative and sustainable opportunities through a collaborative partnership with the use of our Smart science to improve lives™.

     

    Don't miss Gabriele's presentation on Thursday 22 April at 11.15 AM

    100% biobased, sustainable solutions for absorbent hygiene products

    • With the growing significance and recognition of climate change and resource scarcity, we all have a responsibility to deliver sustainable solutions
    • Croda is employing worldwide sustainability initiatives to help lessen environmental impact including the move away from fossil based chemistry to high performance, renewable bio based ingredients, offering sustainable solutions for our customers and the consumers they serve
    • Innovative 100% biobased hydrophilic finishes provide best in class strike through and rewet values for AHPs
    • Our longstanding history and expertise positions Croda throughout the AHP market, providing protection and improving wellbeing for users at all stages of their life 
    Gil Stevens
    External Relations & Sustainability Director
    EDANA
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    Gil Stevens is the External Relations and Sustainability Director for EDANA, the international Association representing the nonwoven and related industries, a position he has held since March 2018.

    With a Master’s Degree in Product Development and in Environmental Science, Gil started his career as product engineer in the building industry. Pursuing his passion for sustainability, Gil joined the Cradle to Cradle Platform in 2012, where he has been guiding companies in different sectors, such as textiles, cleaning agents, building, office equipment towards the integration of C2C and preparing them for a circular economy. As sustainability coach at Sustenuto, Gil supported organisations in developing and implementing a sustainability strategy. At the beverage group Spadel, Gil’s responsibilities included the coordination of local CSR representatives at the various European sites and external CSR communication. During his career, Gil also concluded an Executive MBA programme at the Antwerp Management School.

    Gil currently has responsibility for managing sustainability and maintaining external relations for EDANA. He manages several of the association’s Working Groups including the Circular Economy WG, Sustainability WG, Construction WG and the Communication & Advocacy SG.

     

    Don't miss Gil's presentation on Thursday 22 April at 11.40 AM

    Single-Use Plastics Directive – Update

    - Harmonisation across the EU:

    • marking requirement implementing regulation
    • which impact will guidelines have on the freedom of material composition?

    - Single Use Plastic Directive implementation at national level

    - What to expect from the extended producer responsibility requirement?

    Andy Swain
    European PD Head - Consumer Goods Adhesives
    Henkel
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    I graduated from Brunel University with a Bachelors Degree in Material Science and Technology in 1996. That year I joined National Starch and Chemical as a development chemist developing adhesives for the nonwovens industry. Since then I have held a number of different roles within the R&D team in both NSC and then Henkel (in 2008) until now where I am the European head of product development for our Consumer Goods business unit.

    Don't miss Andy's presentation "Supplier perspective on MDR" scheduled during the EU Medical Device Regulation Session on 23 April from 11.40 to 13.30 hrs

    Diane Toonen
    Director of Global Strategic Marketing, Global Nonwovens Business Unit
    Bostik
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    Bostik’s Director of Global Strategic Marketing Diane Toonen has dedicated her entire career, spanning nearly 30 years, to the adhesive industry. She is recognized as a leader in global strategic marketing and global R&D. Among her many notable achievements, Diane is well known for her ability to create alignment across functional and regional teams to assist disposable hygiene manufacturers worldwide in achieving desired business results.

    Diane’s vast knowledge of the disposable hygiene market is further enhanced by her undergraduate education in chemistry, mathematics and physics, in addition to her Master of Business Administration degree. Her extensive understanding of the adhesive industry and experience working with article manufacturers has earned Diane a reputation as an integral member of and key contributor to the global disposable hygiene community.

     

    Don't miss Diane's presentation, together with Darius Deak, on Thursday 22 April at 11.15 AM

    Creating consumer loyalty with innovation in feminine pad stay-in-place performance

    • An overview of important consumer driven needs & trends in the feminine care market.
    • The consumer noticeable features of a feminine care product where only adhesives can provide 
    • the solution
    • How Bostik is delivering innovation in the area of pad attachment applications to meet global 
    • and regional needs
    • How the right choice of pad attachment adhesive can improve consumer loyalty
    • How the article producer can better test their products for improved consumer satisfaction
    Charlotte Tournier
    Head of Sensenet France
    Sensenet
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    In 2009, Charlotte graduated as chemical engineer. After an experience in the perfume analysis department at Givaudan, she joined in 2010 Odournet group as Odour consultant in Environnemental sector operating in the French olfactometric lab.

    In 2014, she became part of the Product & Material service and participated in the promotion and the development of this recent department now branding named Sensenet by Odournet. Since 2016, she is the French's representative in Sensenet team. She is the main contact for all matters concerning odour chemical and sensory analysis for products. She manages odour projects, proposing individualised sampling, implementing sensory analyses with selected and trained panel in Sensenet lab, working in close collaboration with molecular evaluation team and offering consultancy. She has various chemical and sensory experience in Food, Cosmetics, Perfumes, Automotive and Materials sectors.

     

    Don't miss Charlotte's presentation on Wednesday 21 April at 11.40 AM

    Evaluation of FemCare products

    • Odour is an important issue for the FemCare market:
    • The inherent odour of products prior to use should be as low as possible
    • Odour control throughout the wearing period contributes contributes to consumer satisfaction

    Therefore, the evaluation of the efficacy of FemCare technologies and product is crucial for a strong substantiation of odour control claims.

    Michael Trinkaus,PhD
    Director R&D and Application Engineering
    Mondi
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    Michael Trinkaus is a chemist by education. After he graduated from RWTH Aachen, Germany, in 1999, he started his career as a scientist and product designer at P&G, with subsequent assignments in Materials Development, and Process & Engineering, with global responsibilities in the P&G’s wipes and baby diaper businesses. In 2018, after 19 years of experience with P&G, he joined Mondi as Director of R&D and Application Engineering PCC. His main responsibilities include coordination of all R&D efforts for Mondi’s Personal Care Components business (films, laminates, nonwovens), Intellectual Property, as well as Product Safety.

    His understanding of both sides – the product producer’s and the supplier’s – are a unique asset and great benefit for Mondi.

    Don't miss Michael's presentation on Thursday 22 April at 10.00 AM

    Ready for take-off: The new CAC biodegradable nonwoven technology

    • An overview of the line setup and its benefits (Carded-Airlaid-Carded, aquajet bonding)
    • An overview of the first material from the line and its technical benefits
    • Accomplishments in biodegradable and compostable testing
    • Upcoming product concepts and their technical benefits
    Moderator: Dominiek Tytgat
    VP Procurement
    ONTEX
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    Dominiek will be the Moderator of the Interactive Panel discussion: Future of AHP markets in the aftermath of Covid, scheduled on 21 April from 12.05 to 12.50 hrs.

    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.


    Wednesday, 9 October
    11.45 - 12.00
    OPENING AND WELCOME ADDRESS

    Together with Michael Staal Axelsen, Group CEO, Fibertex Personal Care and Chair of EDANA

    Jane Wishneff
    Executive Director
    The Center for Baby & Adult Hygiene Product (BAHP)
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    Jane Wishneff is the Executive Director for the Center for Baby and Adult Hygiene Products, where she has served since 2018. In this position, Jane provides strategic leadership to develop and promote BAHP’s programmatic agenda in a way that influences thinking, policy, and practice both across its membership and with external partners. Jane works collaboratively with lawmakers, retailers, consumers, allied trade associations and NGOs to promote and support the safety, sustainability and integrity of the absorbent hygiene industry in the United States.

    Jane formerly served as the Vice President & Counsel, Government Affairs for the International Fragrance Association North America. While at IFRANA Jane spearheaded all legislative and regulatory activities on behalf of the global fragrance industry in the United States and Canada. Jane received her law degree from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and Virginia. She holds a BA in political science from Northeastern University.

    Jane resides in Arlington, VA with her husband and three daughters.

     

    Don't miss Jane's presentation on Wednesday 21 April at 11.40 AM

    Consumer attitude & perceptions ensuing policy trends on AHP's in the US

    • What factors are influencing American consumers’ purchasing decisions?
    • Learn about the new and proposed labelling laws for absorbent hygiene products in the United States.
    • How is industry responding to these consumer and policy demands?
    Irina Zhdanova
    SVP, Incontinence Management Global Business Unit
    Paul Hartmann
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    Since 2016, Irina holds the position of Senior Vice President, Incontinence Management Global Business Unit at PAUL HARTMANN AG. She graduated from Kiev National University and complemented her education with a MBA from International Management Institute Kiev/Lausanne/Pittsburgh. After first business experiences with Ukrainian Golden Telecom as Business Development Manager, Irina´s professional career continued as from 1997 at Procter & Gamble where she was among other responsibilities Pampers Brand manager Eastern Europe and Home care Group Brand Manager Eastern Europe.

    Continuing her genuine dedication to the power of brands, in 2005 she joined Coca Cola as Marketing Manager in Moscow. Next stations, 2006 till 2016, were DIAGEO where she covered various positions as Marketing Director, Sales Director and Customer Marketing Director responsible for such brands like Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker, and SIMPLE where she was Group Marketing Director responsible for approx. 5000 different wines, spirits and drinks.

    Irina´s strongholds are Business leadership, Strategy development & executions, Brand management and Organizational development. Her hobbies include literature, theater, fine arts and music, she also is a wine expert.

    Irina is married and has one son, Fedor.

     

    Don't miss Irina's presentation on Thursday 22 April at 10.00 AM

    Breaking the silence about destigmatization of adult incontinence

    A European study designed to reveal the human truth of people living with urinary incontinence today explores their struggles as well as the impact urinary incontinence has on their lives. The research was conducted in Germany, France, Czech Republic, Spain and Switzerland whereby over 2300 incontinent people were interviewed. Beside statistics, the results reveal deep insights from and consequences for affected people.

    Andritz
    ANDRITZ is an international technology group providing plants, systems, equipment, and services for various industries.
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    BASF
    Leading supplier for the nonwovens and hygiene industry. Products comprise binders and additives for natural and man-made fibers for the automotive, construction and furniture industry.
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    Don & Low
    Leading manufacturer for an extensive range of high performance nonwoven fabrics and composites - made to national and international standards
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    Essity
    Global hygiene and health company dedicated to improving well-being through our products and solutions, essentials for everyday life.
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    ExxonMobil Chemical
    One of the largest chemical companies worldwide. Our mission is to provide quality chemical products and services in the most efficient and responsible manner
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    Fa-Ma 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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    Fiberpartner
    Fiberpartner is a leading supplier of staple fibers to clients within nonwovens, home textile and other industrial applications worldwide.
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    Fibertex Nonwovens
    We manufacture a wide range of high-performance nonwovens, using advanced technologies, the best practices and quality materials, to enable our customers to create high-performance solutions, that improve the quality of life for people.
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    Fibertex Personal Care
    Fibertex Personal Care is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of spunbond/spunmelt nonwoven fabrics for the Personal Care industry, supplying products that are key components in baby diapers, sanitary napkins and adult incontinence care products.
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    FiberVisions
    FiberVisions is the global leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing polyolefin staple fibers for nonwoven applications. Through our joint venture ES FIBERVISIONS, we are also the world’s leading supplier of bicomponent fibers.
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    Fibre2Fashion Pvt. Ltd.
    B2B trade media providing a one-stop solution for the Textile, Apparel & Fashion industry.
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    Fitesa
    Fitesa is a leader in the nonwoven fabrics industry, specializing in providing innovative fabrics for the hygiene, medical and industrial markets.
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    GDM
    GDM is a worldwide leader in the Disposable Hygiene Industry committed to providing innovative solutions and reliable support to our Customers, focusing on Performance, Flexibility, Scalability and Innovation drivers.
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    Glatfelter
    Leading global supplier of engineered materials. Our custom solutions can be found in food and beverage applications, personal hygiene products, building and industrial products, home care and more.
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    Green Group
    We are the largest integrated recycling park in Europe specialized in recyclable waste management, (collection) recycling & recovery of various types of waste. We transform recyclable waste into a valuable economic resource.
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    H.B. Fuller
    H.B. Fuller is a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products to improve products and lives.
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    Hassan Group
    Hassan Group is the most well-known name in the Turkish nonwoven production industry. The Group is active in the manufacturing, trade, and service industries.
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    Henkel
    Henkel operates worldwide with leading innovations, brands, and technologies in three business areas: Adhesive Technologies, Beauty Care, and Laundry & Home Care.
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    Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik
    An internationally active machine builder for ultrasonic joining technology for use with plastics, packaging materials, nonwovens and nonferrous metals
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    INDEX / 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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    Johns Manville
    Johns Manville is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality insulation and commercial roofing, along with glass fibers and nonwovens for commercial, industrial and residential applications.
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    Kimberly-Clark
    Kimberly-Clark and our well-known brands are passionate about providing you with the essentials for a better life.
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    Korozo Group
    KOROZO was established in 1973 and has grown to become one of Turkey’s leading industrial powers, exporting flexible packaging and film products to around 88 countries worldwide.
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    Lenzing
    Lenzing produces wood-based viscose fibers, modal fibers, lyocell fibers and filament yarn, which are used in the textile industry - in clothing, home textiles and technical textiles - as well as in the nonwovens industry.
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    Levaco Chemicals
    Leading manufacturer of dispersants, emulsifiers, wetting agents and anti-foaming agents. Our products are used in the segments of agricultural chemicals, fibre manufacture as well as paints and coatings.
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    Loparex
    Global producer of release liners and engineered films, serving customers in industry and consumer goods
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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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    Mondi Group
    Global leader in packaging & paper, contributing to a better world by making innovative, packaging and paper solutions that are sustainable by design. Our business is fully integrated across the value chain.
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    Nonwovenn
    Nonwovenn is an award winning UK manufacturer of superior technical fabrics. We invent intelligent fabrics that outperform their counterparts.
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    Nonwovens Industry
    Monthly trade magazine dedicated to the worldwide business of nonwovens
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    nonwovensTRENDS
    Up-to-the-minute portal for the industry nonwovens industry
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    Omya
    Global producer of calcium carbonate and a worldwide distributor of specialty chemicals
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    ONTEX
    International personal hygiene group. We engineer and make high quality products for Baby Care, Feminine Care and Adult Care
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    Paul Hartmann
    Paul Hartmann AG engages in the production of medical and hygiene products. It operates through wound management, incontinence management and infection management and other segments
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    PFNonwovens Czech
    Global producers of nonwoven textiles for use primarily in the personal hygiene products market. The Group supplies with spunmelt polypropylene and polyethylene based textiles principally for use in disposable hygiene products.
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    Procter & Gamble
    The world’s largest consumer goods company and home to iconic, trusted brands
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    Ramina
    Ramina is now one of the fastest-growing manufacturers of machines and turn-key plants for the Nonwovens industry, with over 400 machines sold worldwide and boasting cooperation with some of the most important nonwovens international groups.
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    Reifenhäuser REICOFIL
    Specialist and leading global manufacturer of complete spunbond, meltblown, and composite lines which meet the highest quality requirements in hygiene, medicine, and filtration
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    Sandler
    Sandler offers nonwoven roll-goods for personal care, i.e. wipes, diapers, femcare and adult incontinence, medical products, home textiles, technical applications like air and liquid filtration, construction and transportation industry.
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    SGS France
    The world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company
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    SICAM
    Solutions, Machinery and Plants for Textile and for Nonwoven since 1950.
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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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    Stora Enso
    Stora Enso develops and produces solutions based on wood and biomass for a range of industries and applications worldwide, leading in the bioeconomy and supporting our customers in meeting demand for renewable eco-friendly products.
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    Teknoweb Converting
    Teknoweb Converting is world leader in the supply of complete production plants for wet wipes. We cover the entire transformation cycle from lotion fabrication, wipes converting and up to primary, secondary and tertiary packaging.
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    Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers
    Trützschler Nonwovens produces machines and lines for the entire production process for nonwovens – including everything from opening to winding.
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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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    TZMO
    We are a leading European manufacturer and supplier of sanitary articles, cosmetics and medical devices to the world market. With our experience and modern production technologies we deliver the products of the highest quality.
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    Winkler + Dünnebier
    Competences are focused on tissue fold and hygiene industry. The spectrum ranges from machines to produce handkerchiefs and interfolded products up to components used for the production of femcare and light-incontinence products.
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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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    Asian Technical Textiles
    Magazine for technical textiles and nonwovens sector
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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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    Middle East North Africa Financial Network
    It provides financial content and financial technology platforms to institutions and consumers around the Arab world
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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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    Textile Media Services Ltd
    TMS publishes commercial and technical information on transport textiles, new materials and emerging global textile markets
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    World Textile Information Network
    An information provider, delivering intelligence and insight into the global textile manufacturing industry
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    Fibre2Fashion Pvt. Ltd.
    B2B trade media providing a one-stop solution for the Textile, Apparel & Fashion industry.
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    nonwovensTRENDS
    Up-to-the-minute portal for the industry nonwovens industry
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    Textile Media Service (TMS)
    TMS publishes commercial and technical information on transport textiles, new materials and emerging global textile markets
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    First virtual edition of OUTLOOK™ closes to great aclaim

    With over 150 delegates from across the nonwovens and related industries in ‘attendance’, OUTLOOK™ 2020 again confirmed the event as a key industry occasion for the sector, showcasing EDANA’s mission to support the growth and promote the sustainable development of the industry.

    Held from 23-25 September, OUTLOOK™ moved to an online edition for the first time, allowing participants to engage virtually, through conference presentations, live Q&A and live interaction via Whova. The conference examined emerging global drivers, market trends, sustainability initiatives and new product developments over three days. With the conference attracting participants from across the whole supply chain and around the globe, OUTLOOK™ again confirmed its position as a unique must-attend event for nonwoven professionals. Read more 

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