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21/05/2012

Keynote and New OUTLOOK Speakers Announced – Focus on Innovation, Trends, and Ecological Sustainability

EDANA, the Association representing the nonwovens and related industries, and organiser of the annual conference for personal care products, today announced the keynote and additional speakers for its OUTLOOK conference in Barcelona in September 2012. After his impressive first appearance at OUTLOOK 2008 in Cascais, Portugal, we will welcome back Mr Vijay Vaitheeswaran from The Economist as a keynote speaker for OUTLOOK 2012.
21 May 2012 – EDANA, the Association representing the nonwovens and related industries, and organiser of the annual conference for personal care products, today announced the keynote and additional speakers for its OUTLOOK conference in Barcelona in September 2012.

After his impressive first appearance at OUTLOOK 2008 in Cascais, Portugal, we will welcome back Mr Vijay Vaitheeswaran from The Economist as a keynote speaker for OUTLOOK 2012. He will address “The New Rules of Innovation” in his presentation. Mr Vaitheeswaran is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (USA), an advisor on sustainability and innovation to the World Economic Forum, and an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s Stern School of Business. He is also the author of several books and his opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular guest of leading US and international programmes.

Additional speakers include:
  • Véronique Kremer, providing Procter and Gamble’s perspective on the latest developments in the use of parameters in patent specifications.
  • The Sustainability Consortium, speaking on the TSC’s approach to assessing the sustainability of products.
  • Carlos Richer, from Richer Investment, addressing global trends in diaper design and performance.
  • The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, addressing the development of an EU Ecolabel for sanitary products.
Additional information is now also available about the paper to be given by Robert Glaze, Founder, The Brenva Institute (United Kingdom). Speaking on Technology Hype, Adoption and Disruption, he will address technology hype cycles, adoption rates and business model disruption. The paper will focus on emerging technologies relevant to the attendees and their respective companies and the role these new technologies may play in disrupting manufacturing, supply chain and current business models.

OUTLOOK, now in its 11th year, has gone from strength to strength, attracting over 360 participants from 33 countries in 2011. It owes its success to high level speakers, a diverse and relevant programme and unparalleled networking opportunities for all players in the personal care products supply chain. It attracts a high-level audience of middle and upper management from the whole supply chain of the personal care products industry.

OUTLOOK 2012 will be taking place at the Rey Juan Carlos I Hotel in Barcelona Spain from the 26th to 28th September 2012.

The full programme will be made available shortly. Registration and hotel booking forms are available on the EDANA website (www.edana.org) under the ‘Events’ section.

About EDANA
EDANA helps its members to design their future, serving more than 230 companies in the nonwovens and related industries, across 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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