Innovation and research in nonwovens 


Innovation and research is at the very core of nonwovens and related industries. Whether it is technical, scientific or process-related innovation it drives the industry and the people behind it. The designers and manufactures strive to invent and deliver ever more advanced solutions to the challenges facing society including sustainability.  

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Activities around innovation and research

EDANA is committed to stimulate innovation and to help young talents from centres of excellence and universities get access to the companies working in the nonwovens industry. To make this commitment a reality, several activities are in place.

Centres of excellence in nonwovens

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Talent in nonwovens

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Innovation awards

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Nonwovens Innovation and Research and the European Commission industrial strategy 

The President of the European Commission, Mrs Ursula von der Leyen, presented to the European Parliament in her political guidelines her plan for a future-ready economy, where Europe will be a world leader in circular economy and clean technologies. 

According to her, “a sustainable Europe is one that opens up opportunities, innovates, creates jobs and offers a competitive edge to its industries”. She therefore announces: “we will need to invest in innovation and research, redesign our economy and update our industrial policy”. 

EDANA joined Industry4Europe, a coalition of  149 sector Associations representing the diversity of the EU’s industrial base, which advocates for an ambitious industrial policy of which Research and Innovation are crucial pillar. Actions undertaken

  • Call on Heads of State and Government to:  
    • Urge the next European Commission to shortlist industry as a top priority of its 5-year Work Programme and appoint a dedicated Vice-President for Industry; 
    • Require the next European Commission to swiftly present an ambitious long-term EU industrial strategy, which shall include clear indicators and governance; 
    • Take stock, each year at the Spring European Council, of progress in the implementation of this EU industrial strategy and provide political guidance to foster European competitiveness.  

  • Proposal of creating of a new parliamentary Intergroup on Industrial Competitiveness which would bring together MEPs from all Committees who are personally interested in industrial competitiveness. This Intergroup would also be a forum for MEPs to organise special hearings touching upon various industrial sectors”.


  • Publication of a Joint Paper “A long-term strategy for Europe’s industrial future: from words to action’