Celebrating innovation is a longstanding tradition at EDANA. The distributed awards recognize and promote an achievement realized by a company working in the nonwovens and related industries in the world.
Three reasons why you would consider participating in the Nonwovens Innovation Awards
This award shows the association’s clear acknowledgement that its only lifeblood is the voluntary and dedicated work of leading individuals who have made theirs the Mission and Vision of EDANA to support the sustainable development of nonwovens and related industries.
This award is based on recommendations by peers, it is judged or selected by the EDANA Board, and it is presented during a suitable EDANA Event.
Paul McCormack (2020)
Paul McCormack, representing BASF, was awarded the EDANA Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his dedication to the industry, and contribution to the association’s activities for more than 20 years.
Since first participating in the association’s working groups, Paul has seen the growth of the EDANA staff, and representation of its member companies, with a nearly two-fold increase from 160 member companies and a largely European focus to more than 300 member companies with activities and representation of the nonwovens and related industries across the globe. Paul has participated, and sometimes led, a total of 20 committees or working groups, helping to provide regulatory, toxicologist, analytical and communications support to the industry.
Diana Heelis (2015)
Representing Kimberly Clark, Diana has been a critical voice in representing nonwoven personal care products including baby diapers, feminine hygiene care products, wet wipes and incontinence products. During her tenure, industry guidelines covering the use and labelling of tampons have been launched and adopted as industry standards.
Arnold Weghmann (2014)
Previous Director of Freudenberg, he was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award to support the sustainable development of nonwovens and related industries within the framework of EDANA’s Vision and Mission. Since he joined the EDANA Board in 2002, Arnold worked hard to bring some of EDANA’s activities to another level. In 2004, Arnold was one of the founders of the Education Board Working Group, later merged with “Innovation”.
The INDEXTM Awards recognise innovative, creative and sustainable excellence in nonwovens. They are presented once every three years during the INDEX™ leading nonwovens exhibition .
Winning an INDEXTM Award is the highest accolade that can be given to a company for achievement in the nonwovens and related industries.
The categories companies can compete in are
In addition to the Award categories, a separate ‘People’s Prize’ was introduced to ensure visibility for all the Awards nominees’ projects and demonstrating the breadth of creativity in the nonwovens industry and its suppliers. The company whose video gathered the greatest number of ‘likes’ on the INDEX Nonwovens LinkedIn page was deemed the prize winner.
After 19 days for each nominee video shown on the INDEX™LinkedIn page, the winner of the ‘People’s Prize’ for the most ‘likes’ was: Omya International - Omyafiber® 800.
Due to its high-purity and unique surface-treatment, Omyafiber®, a Calcium Carbonate for PP spunmelt and dry-laid nonwovens, provides advantages in both, masterbatch compounding and nonwoven production. Omyafiber® is neither skin irritant nor sensitizing and is even food-approved. Its main characteristics are cost savings, natural cotton-like haptics and the softness of spunlace fabrics, improved mechanical properties of high- and low-grammage fabrics and increased whiteness.
The FILTREX™ INNOVATION AWARD recognizes the efforts of all manufacturers of nonwoven based filtration products/elements and celebrates their continuous efforts for excellence and innovation in the filtration industry.
For more information Filtrex Events.
Math2Market was rewarded by the industry for their GeoDict software.
Using nonwoven microstructures modelled with GeoDict® , a neural network is trained to label binder with artificial 3-D scans, for which the distribution of the binder is known. After the training, the neural network also recognizes the binder in 3-D scans of real nonwovens, which were scanned with μCT or FIB-SEM. The results are high-precision simulations and analyses of the binder distribution in the nonwovens that occur during production. We apply the same method to identify individual fibers in complex microstructures. Once all fibers are identified, detailed insights into the properties of fibers in a material are obtained. For example, the trajectory of a fiber after deposition in a nonwoven, the length of fibers in glass fiber-reinforced plastic, or local deformations of fibers in weaves.
The OUTLOOK™ Asia Innovation Award honours a nonwovens or nonwovens-based product, raw material, component or service for the personal care and hygiene sectors, that are designed in or specifically intended for the Asia Pacific markets.For more information OUTLOOK Asia Event.
Unicharm was rewarded by the industry for their Moony Preemie product.
Moony Preemie, a disposable diaper for babies born with a birthweight of 2500 gr or less. Developed to suit their special care needs by offering:
A perfect size and round shaped structure
A structure meeting "minimal handling" protocol, supervised by neonatologist
A cute design and colour on the diaper to brighten up the parents' feelings
Used in Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Taiwan and Australia.
The OUTLOOK™ Innovation India Award honours innovative products and services designed in or specifically intended for the Indian markets.
Companies can nominate either a nonwovens or nonwovens-based product, raw material, component or service for the personal care and hygiene sectors, which has been developed, designed, manufactured and/or is on sale in India. Nominations can be from any point along the supply chain.
For more information OUTLOOK India Event.
Saral Design Solutions for their fully automatic machine technology SWACHH that produces affordable, ultrathin sanitary napkins at a decentralised set up.