2023 edition confirmed to take place in Algarve, 18-20 October 2023. More information will follow soon
Learn about market growth and opportunities, sustainability, innovations, technological developments and regulatory activities for the diaper, wet wipe, femcare and incontinence product categories.
Exchange through multiple networking opportunities with all players from middle-to senior management in the Hygiene Products supply chain.
"The record attendance and senior leader
participation provided invaluable input on industry dynamics that will shape
our participation for the next 5 years. Our company will be incorporating the
learnings, particularly around sustainability, to enhance our offering with
modified solutions based on the input from the week. Well done EDANA!"
Mark Siebert, President, EMEIA Health, Hygiene and Specialties Division, Berry Global
"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
Buses depart from the Westin Dragonara Resort at 18.30
Per Brandberg is a Research Analyst at Euromonitor International with a focus on home and tech industries.
Per researches and analyses 6 different industries - toy and games, consumer electrics, consumer appliances, home care, tissue and hygiene and home and garden - focusing on the Nordic countries and Eastern Europe.
Per advises clients across industries on key trends, market movements and new developments, delivering an understanding of product categories as well as country specific insights.
Per also participates in industry-specific events and writes articles in various trade press.
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 on Wednesday 19 October at 11.40 AM
War, Sanctions, Energy Market Disruptions, Inflation-The Outlook For The Global Economy In 2023
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.
Since 2011, Thorsten Bock is responsible for technical support of continuous ultrasonic bonding applications at Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik. In his role as Key Account Manager, his focus goes beyond the support of customers. He provides technical consultancy and elaboration for optimum and innovative process solutions. As an experienced specialist for the processing of rolled materials made of woven and nonwoven origin, he supports from first contact, through consultation, arrangement of trials in the technical lab, the integration support up to the installation and optimization of the ultrasonic units.
Thorsten will make a joint presentation with Dr. Raquel Roussel Garcia: "A sustainable and efficient solution for elastic thread anchoring using ultrasonics".
Dr. Crnoja-Cosic, Director New Business Development and Member of the Management Team at Kelheim Fibres has more than 20 years of experience in fibre and application development as well as in business development. She has an enormous wealth of experience as well as a comprehensive network. Customized and market-oriented solutions, cross-company cooperation along the value chain and constant attention to long-term industry and particularly to textile and non-wovens trends shaping her career path and are the essential feature of her work.
Marina will co-present with Mr Horst Wörner "How the field of reusable hygiene products can be opened up to nonwovens due to speciality viscose".
Christel Dendas is a global leader with 30 years of experience in strategy and business management. She currently works as ESG Strategy Consultant. Prior to that, she worked as CCO and BU President at Jacob Holm. Her area of expertise is bringing new technologies to market and leading business transformation. In the last 3 years, she has built on this to expand her skills in the field of ESG strategy. Christel studied circular economy at Cambridge University. She holds an MBA from ESCP in Paris and a master's degree in physics and engineering from the Polytechnic School of Louvain in Belgium.
Christel will make a presentation on "Nonwoven in the transition to circular economy".
MSc in Environmental Engineering at the University of La Sapienza of Rome (Italy). PhD and PostDoc in Environmental Engineering on Life Cycle Assessment of recyclable waste from the Technical University of Denmark.
Since 2019, Policy Officer at DG JRC, EC dealing with policies aiming at reducing the environmental impacts of a number of product groups through the development of technical criteria for environmental performance. Product groups of expertise: cosmetic products, absorbent hygiene products, textile products, financial products.
Previous experience on Life Cycle Assessment modelling of waste systems, recycling technologies for textile and plastic waste, development of product policies such as EU Ecolabel and Green Public Procurement. Author of several research papers and international conference participations.
Colin Alexander Hanna is Director of Market Research for Price Hanna Consultants. 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.
Colin will make a presentation on "Advancements in recycling technology: opportunities & challenges for AHPS"
Ioannis graduated with Ph.D. in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Frankfurt, Germany. He has been guest lecturer at the University of Padova, Italy, and at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and received grants from the NATO Advanced Studies Institute, the European Photochemistry Association, and the Onassis Scholarship Foundation.
Ioannis joined P&G in 1995 and held several positions in Product Safety & Regulatory, and in External Relations/Communication. In his current position as Director for Sustainability & Recycling Communication for the Baby Care business he is responsible for the waste and circularity strategy. In that role he also very active at EDANA and held several chairman positions e.g., of the Board Sustainability Working Group. At present, Ioannis is the Chairman of the EDANA Circular Economy Working Group.
Ioannis is a founding member of the Advisory Council on Sustainability at the École supérieure de commerce de Paris (ESCP), Campus Berlin, School of Economics, and is also guest lecturing there in sustainability entrepreneurship & innovation.
Edgar will make a presentation on "The lab testing challenge for hygiene products - Need for clear safety and performance related criteria - "
Symposia presentations/contributing papers on superabsorbent polymers, hygiene product laboratory and consumer testing at:
Prior to joining Spinnova Timo has hold management positions at:
Timo will make a presentation on "Sustainability metrics and use of sustainable fibres in nonwoven manufacturing"
Susan Iliefski-Janols, VP Sustainability Products & Services, is responsible for sustainability for brands, products, services and innovations globally for Essity Hygiene and Health categories. The work is focused on Essity sustainability platforms Well-being, More from less and Circularity. She has more than 20 years of leadership for research, innovations and sustainability.
Susan will make a presentation on "Sustainability with focus on well-being, climate and circularity".
From 1997 till 2003 I was studying Neurobiology and specialized on the Retina. The reason why I chose the University of Oldenburg was a special research program for Neurocognition. I graduated with my Diploma in 2003. From there on I did my PhD at the Max-Planck-Institue of Biophysics under Prof. Dr. Ernst Bamberg. The title of my thesis was „Functional Expression of Channelrhodopsin 2 (ChR2) in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris and biophysical Characterization“.
After finishing my PhD in 2007 I decided to start a career as Regulatory/Scientific Manager in the Industry and started working for Procter & Gamble, one of the biggest consumer goods companies in the world. Here I quickly developed all necessary skills needed as Regulatory/Scientific Manager and Project Leader in the food sector, where I specifically was the expert in the field of food allergy management and process contaminants such as acrylamide and 3-MCPD esters.
In addition to my expertise as Regulatory Manager, I lead several projects from Process to Marketing. In my current role as Senior Scientist in Baby Care, I am responsible for Human Safety (Toxicology), Project Management and Risk Management, as well as strategy development and external influencing. My role is the crucial link between process, R&D and external partners. I lead and support upstream and downstream projects on an end-to-end basis. One of my special expertise lies with the development of new Pigment and Dye applications, where I closely engage with suppliers and the formula design department, to ensure fast but compliant project delivery to the market. My strong leadership and communication skills greatly help in successfully delivering all business needs.
Further I am an expert in the field of recycled packaging material safety and its implication for product exposure for cosmetics.
Next to my work at P&G I am the Chair of the Cosmetics Europe Expert team on Children’s Risk assessment (ET Vulnerable Population) and Vice Chair of the ET Exposure. I have been the Chair of the Cosmetics Europe Preservative task forces, such as the Phenoxyethanol Consortium, as well as the toxicological leader of the ET Product Preservation.
Taryn will make a presentation about the EDANA Stewardship Programme with Marines Lagemaat.
Frantisek Klaska was Chief Technical Officer of Pegas Nonwovens which became PFN before he retired. Now he is still involved in Management of PFN as Honorary Chairman of the Council of Directors/>.
Marines Lagemaat is the Scientific and Technical Affairs Director for EDANA, the international Association representing the nonwoven and related industries, a position he has held since September 2014.
Based in Brussels, Marines is responsible for managing the internal and external activities related to scientific and technical affairs in order to support the nonwoven industry, in all its applications: personal and household hygiene, medical protection, filtration, automotive, and construction. In this role he’s involved in the development and implementation of standards and their related test methods that serve as a reference for the industry and for fair trade. In addition, Marines manages various training and education programmes designed to provide technical and application-oriented support. Marines is of Dutch nationality.
Laurence Leroy has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering and is a project leader in the Conformity Assessment Division at CTP. For the last 20 years, she has been leading R&D projects and private contracts aimed at improving papers and boards and at characterising their performances. She participates in several French, European and International standardization working groups and she is in charge of the nonwovens flushability activity at CTP.
Laurence will present "Challenges and opportunities ahead for flushable products".
Professor of Clinical Microbiology at Université - Lyon 1 - Claude Bernard, Gerard Lina is deputy head of the Laboratory of Clinical Biology and Pathology of Hospices Civils de Lyon, France, and deputy head of the Laboratory of Bacteriology of the Institut des Agents infectieux in the Hospices Civils de Lyon. He is doing most of his research on staphylococcal pathophysiology, especially on staphylococcal infections involving toxin production, and anti-microbial agents as Principal Investigator at the Centre Internationale de Recherche en Infectiologie, INSERM U1111, Lyon.
He is co-author of more than 312 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals. He is the current head of the French Society of Microbiology (Société Française de Microbiologie - SFM), member of the French Committee of Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (Comité de l’antibiograme de la Société Française de Microbiologie – CA-SFM), and member of the steering committee of The European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing – EUCAST.
Chris Malowaniec joined our industry over 40 years ago, first working in the R&D of VPN in Nuremberg, the past 36 years active at Paul Hartmann as Head of R&D and Corporate Communications. Now, retired, he offers his knowledge and experience as an independent consultant.
A strong voice for gender equality, innovation enthusiast, and entrepreneur. She started her first organisation in her early 20’s and later co-founded of The Case for Her, a femtech and women’s health investment portfolio. Former Deputy Executive Director at UN Women Sweden, CEO at Charity Rating, and CSO at Mitt Alby AB.
On the board of Estate FM Group, The Case for Her, chairs Mitt Alby Foundation, and serves as a jurist for The Anna Prize, a feminist film prize. Selected as a Nova Talent, awarded the 101 Global Fabulous CSR Leaders by World CSR Congress and in 2019 an awardee of the Power Together-award given by Women Political Leaders.
She has experience working and investing globally and is driven by her passion to see great ideas reach scale.
Gerda sits on the board of Estate FM Group, The Case for Her, chairs Mitt Alby Foundation, and serves as a jurist for The Anna Prize, a prize for feminist films from the Stockholm Film Festival. Former board potions include chair at 1325 Policy Group, board member of the East African e-commerce company Kasha, and Giving Wings. She has a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning and an M.Sc. in Politics and Development from Stockholm University.
In 2020, Gerda was selected as a Nova Talent, awarded the 101 Global Fabulous CSR Leaders by World CSR Congress and, came second when Sifted listed the Pioneers of the New World - category Big Ideas. In 2019, she was one of the awardees of the Power Together-award given by Women Political Leaders.
Chemical Engineer from the University of Seville (Spain) and PhD on Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland).
Since 2021, Scientific Project Officer at DG JRC, EC. Current work related to the development of product policy with a focus on EU Ecolabel, GPP and Ecodesign.
Previous experience on sustainability, environment, LCA and innovations actions projects. Positions held such as Project Manager in Tragsatec for the Andalusian Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development (2019-2021); Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast (2016-2019) or Project Engineer at Bombardier (2014-2016). Author of over 20 research papers and international conference participations.
Marta Roche holds a Masters in Environmental Science, and currently finishing her second Masters in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Marta has technical environmental expertise, and she's working with Gil Stevens and Marines Lagemaat.
Dr. Raquel Roussel Garcia has more than 12 years of experience on the field of research and development. She managed for more than 10 years variety of international projects at Fraunhofer Institute, always focused on the development and characterization of materials. Since 2018 she is responsible for the NONWOVENS application development team at Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik. The team initiates development projects and gives support and advise there where a challenge is identified related to ultrasonic welding. Her passion for science is driven by her curiosity and the intention to make a positive impact on our society.
Raquel will make a joint presentation with Thorsten Bock on: "A sustainable and efficient solution for elastic thread anchoring using ultrasonics"
As Senior Manager at GALAB Laboratories, Carsten Saal receives more than 15 years of experience in the field of Consumer Product Testing. This includes the development of testing plans and evaluation of test results for different product categories, toys, cosmetic products and all kinds of Food Contact Materials (FCM). In addition to providing advice he also conducts trainings workshops.
As part of the development of the new EDANA NWSP Methods, he is involved in the analytical implementation of the methods.
Carsten will make a presentation on "How does the Green Deal of the EU affect the use of chemicals in Consumer Products? – Analytical Risk Assessment for Hygiene Products"
Achim joined Fiberweb in 2010 as Regional Finance Director. Following the acquisition by PGI (now Berry Global), he received the Avintiv CEO Pinnacle award for the restructuring of the German footprint and assumed the leadership of the EMEIA Procurement team. After two years, he took over the company’s Hygiene and Seal For Life business as Commercial Vice President; following that, in 2018 he assumed leadership of the Operations Team as VP Operations EMEIA, with responsibility for all 12 production facilities.
In 2020, Achim assumed the role of Executive Vice President & General Manager EMEIA of Berry Global’s HHS Division and hence the full P&L responsibility for the region.
As per Oct 1st, 2022 Achim has added the ASIA region to his responsibilities, as Executive Vice President & GM - EMEIA and ASIA.
Achim holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim. He has a passion for Employee Engagement and is part of the supervisory board of Greator.com, a company specializing in personal development and coaching.
When he’s not spending time with his family in Berlin, Achim likes to ski, windsurf and play tennis.
Dr. Schmid-Schlager finished her studies in Technical Chemistry and Industrial Engineering at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. For the diploma thesis within Technical Chemistry she focused on Physical Chemistry and accomplished her studies on Organic Schottky Diodes under the supervision of Prof. Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci at the Linz Institute of Organic Solar Cells (LIOS). After that, she started her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Sariciftci in the field of biocatalytic and bio-electrocatalytic CO2 reduction using microorganisms and enzymes and finished moreover her second diploma thesis in Industrial Engineering in the topic of CO2 reduction at semiconductor electrolyte interfaces. After one year as a postdoctoral assistant she joined in January 2017 the group of Nonwovens & Technical Products of the Research & Development Department of Lenzing AG. In her research, she focuses on the investigation of biological degradation of cellulosic products, the chemical and mechanical aftertreatment of cellulosic fibers and design of new, safe hygiene and technical products.
Stefanie will make a joint presenation with Prof. Dr. Gerard Lina on "Safe menstrual products and facts about TSS"
Lori Shaffer is the vice president of Global Nonwovens at Kimberly-Clark. In her role, she leads a global business that develops and manufactures the advanced materials that enable trusted brands such as Huggies®, Kotex®, and Depend® to deliver better care for people at every stage of their lives with the smallest environmental footprint.
An engineer who holds three patents for materials fabrication and design, Shaffer leads a team of PhDs, scientists, engineers, and lean manufacturing experts who work on the leading edge of science and materials innovation. She has a proven track record of identifying growth opportunities for Kimberly-Clark’s personal care and Kimberly-Clark Professional businesses, and in driving technical breakthroughs in skin health, sustainability, and lightweight comfort materials.
A 20-year veteran of the CPG industry, Shaffer started her career at Kimberly-Clark as a mechanical engineer working at the company’s diaper manufacturing facility in Wisconsin. She subsequently joined Kimberly-Clark Professional in Roswell, GA, where she held management roles in research, product development and marketing, and launched first-of-a-kind products and services.
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.
My current focus is enabling manufacturers and brand owners of absorbent hygiene products to incorporate digital features into these, such as e.g. wetness measurement, position monitoring etc. The upgrade to smart diapers is possible today thanks to the printed electronic sensing technology from Henkel in combination with customized software and hardware offered by IoT partners. My role is setting up the relevant digital eco-systems at the disposal of the brand-owner. Thanks to my 20+ years experience in the hygiene industry I have gained the trust of the key stakeholders for this type of innovation projects.
Michel will make a presentation on "Improving the lives of patients and caregivers with smart adult care solutions"
Bart, Master in Chemical Engineering and Cosmetic Safety Assessor. He is one of these exceptions, who still works for the company he started his career with almost 25 years ago.
Back in his early days at Ontex, he was responsible for Quality Management and since 2009, Bart is leading the department he started, focussing on sustainability, product safety, regulatory and business relations. Multiple projects were launched and a global view was created in relation to Sustainability and Product Stewardship.
He represents Ontex within multiple Steerco’s and different Working Groups within Edana and additionally he is a member of the Board of the American Industry Association BAHP.
In his free time, he is acting as a Municipal Councillor in his hometown and is an active runner and cyclist.
Bart will make a presentation on "How the current global reality pushes for a complete redesign of the corporate sustainability strategy".
Dr. Boerge Wessling (42) joined Reifenhäuser Reicofil in October 2020. He studied material sciences and gained his doctorate in the field of electrical engineering. Formerly, he held a position as Managing Director in the high-technology equipment sector, focusing on Product Management and Sales. As Managing Director of Reicofil, he is responsible for the areas of Sales, Service, Research & Development, Strategy, and Controlling.
Hörst will co-present with Dr. Marina Crnoja-Cosic "How the field of reusable hygiene products can be opened up to nonwovens due to speciality viscose".
Horst Wörner, Business Manager Hygiene & Speciality Fibres at Kelheim Fibres GmbH, has more than 25 years of experience in the production and development of viscose speciality fibres. With a degree in technical chemistry, he has learned the viscose fibre business from scratch and held various positions - including production manager - at Kelheim Fibres. Horst Wörner has been Business Manager for hygiene applications at Kelheim Fibres since 2013. He brings with him a deep understanding of the global hygiene market and its needs for innovative, customised and sustainable solutions.
Benefit from a 15% discount on the total amount by registering a minimum of 4 delegates (note: registrations must be done simultaneously to benefit from the discount).
A company is entitled to buy a networking pass for each registered delegate (note the 15% discount doesn’t apply on this fee). This pass gives access to the keynote presentation on the first day, both lunches, all the coffee breaks and both evening cocktails. Fee excludes 18% recoverable VAT.
EDANA has negotiated preferential rate at the conference hotel, the Westin Dragonara, 5*. Price of a standard room with sea view and balcony is at 225€ per nights including wifi, breakfast and all taxes.
Note that in order to enjoy this rate, you need to book at least 2 nights in our room block.
If you wish to book a meeting room, please contact Johanna Marshall, Director of events at the Westin Johanna.firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate you wish to book a room in the context of OUTLOOK™.
With a total of 596 delegates from 173 companies across the nonwovens and related industries logging on, the latest online edition of OUTLOOK™ again confirmed the event as a key industry occasion for the sector, showcasing EDANA’s mission to support the sustainable growth of the industry.
Held from 21-23 April, the new format was a key component in ensuring participants could actively engage, managing over 3,000 video and chat meetings via a virtual platform as well as enjoying a varied choice of conference presentations, panel discussions and live Q&A sessions. With 50 companies promoting new products and insights via company stands and over 6,000 new online contacts made, participants from across the whole supply chain once again made the most of all OUTLOOK™ offers, confirming its position as a unique must-attend event for nonwoven professionals.
The 20th edition of OUTLOOK™ opened with a keynote speech on ‘The outlook for the global economy in the aftermath of the global pandemic’ from Robert Ward... Read more
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