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21/03/2012

EDANA Delivers Third and Largest Middle East and North Africa Nonwovens Symposium

Over the 2 days of the Middle East and North Africa Nonwovens Symposium, delegates heard from nearly 20 speakers on a range of topics about the evolution and promise of the MENA region, about the application of nonwovens in various sectors, and for multiple purposes, and the technologies and regulatory developments that will impact the nonwovens and related industries.
21 March, 2012 - Over the 2 days of the Middle East and North Africa Nonwovens Symposium, delegates heard from nearly 20 speakers on a range of topics about the evolution and promise of the MENA region, about the application of nonwovens in various sectors, and for multiple purposes, and the technologies and regulatory developments that will impact the nonwovens and related industries.

Speakers addressed the position and opportunities within the Middle East, and the innovative use of existing resources in new applications and designs. Additionally, delegates heard how there are specific needs and support across the region for nonwoven products which not only stimulate innovation and creativity by itself, but also open new opportunities to the region’s industry, which are not as common in other parts of the developed and developing world.

Gerd Ries, Co-Chairperson of the EDANA Board of Governors said “Today, more than ever, we must be aware that our future growth and success as an industry relies not only on a secure supply chain, but on identifying markets with the potential for future growth and development. I believe that the MENA region offer markets with considerable opportunity for the nonwovens industry.”

He continued, thanking EDANA for its commitment to the ongoing development of the industry, and to bringing the benefits offered by its unique vertical structure, representing the entire supply chain, to consumers. In closing the event, Ries paid tribute to the commitment that the participants and visitors showed to the region, and their belief and excitement about its future.

The conference and associated exhibition acts as the conduit for business and development within the industry, enabling all attendees - including those many local companies who are long-standing members of EDANA - to both promote their products, and to seek new business opportunities or partnerships.

In 2012, while EDANA continues its core European events and activities with the Nonwoven Research Academy, Outlook and Filtrex conferences, the Association will also reach out to developing markets, with an expanded edition of its nonwoven symposium. Held in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2012, the Eurasia Nonwovens Symposium will deliver the topics and information on issues of importance for nonwoven producers and converters across Europe and western Asia

About EDANA
EDANA is the leading association, serving more than 230 member companies in the nonwovens and related industries, in over 30 countries. Its mission is to create the foundation for sustainable growth of the nonwovens and related industries through active promotion, education and dialogue. Information about upcoming events can be found at www.edana.org

For further information please contact:
Abby Bailey, Marketing and Communications Director, edana
Telephone: +32 2 734 93 10
Fax: +32 2 733 35 18
E-mail: abby.bailey@edana.org
Website: www.edana.org
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