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Nominees for the Coveted INDEX 08 Awards Announced

EDANA’s INDEX 08 Awards are the highest accolade for the best examples of excellence in our industry and highlight some of the innovations from businesses of all sizes, from all parts of the nonwovens supply chain.
EDANA’s INDEX 08 Awards are the highest accolade for the best examples of excellence in our industry and highlight some of the innovations from businesses of all sizes, from all parts of the nonwovens supply chain.

Five Awards, covering everything from product and process innovations to marketing brilliance, will be presented to the winning companies, selected from amongst the nominees, during a special ceremony attended by the media at 12.30 on Tuesday, 15th April – the first day of the INDEX 08 exhibition.

INDEX 08, the world’s largest nonwovens exhibition, is taking place at Geneva Palexpo from 15-18 April 2008. Over four days the exhibition will bring together all the players in the nonwovens industry from raw material producers to manufacturers, finishers to converters, to environmental protection, measuring and testing equipment manufacturers, to trade associations and journals. Over 13,000 visitors come to INDEX to look into the future of nonwovens, to see first-hand what the leading experts in the field have to offer.

The INDEX awards jury, which was compiled of former company marketing and R&D experts, the media, and academics, met at the end of January in order to select the nominees … and the winners, which will remain undisclosed until the Awards Ceremony. Due to the high number and quality of entries, the jury were hard pressed to filter down the number of nominees to a maximum of only three per category and to select the final winners.

1. Nonwoven roll goods
  • Ahlstrom - Ahlstrom DisruptorTM Technology
  • E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company - Hybrid Membrane Technology
  • Freudenberg - TAU
2. Finished products made from, or incorporating nonwovens
  • Elmarco Ltd - Nanospider AcousticWeb™
  • Georgia Pacific - Clinell Sporicidal
  • Johnson & Johnson GmbH - Johnson's Baby Extracare wipes
3. Marketing achievement for the most original marketing campaign for a product made from, or incorporating nonwovens
  • J.H. Ziegler GmbH & Co. KG - Zinno mascot
  • Nice-Pak International - Halo
4. Raw materials or component - innovation in a raw material (eg fibre, binder), of special relevance to the nonwovens industry
  • Eastman Chemical Company - EastOne®
  • ExxonMobil Chemical – VistamaxxTM 2125
  • Fiberweb - Reemay® Liberty® with Microban® anti-microbial
5. Machinery - innovation in machinery of special relevance to the nonwovens industry
  • Andritz Küsters GmbH – neXdetect
  • Elmarco Ltd - NS Lab
  • Martin Automatic Inc. - MDR Technology
Awards Ceremony
The winners will be presented with their specially commissioned bronze sculpture and a diploma at the Awards Ceremony and lunch which will take place on the first day of INDEX 08, Tuesday, 15 April, from 12.30 to 14.30, and which will be attended by the media.

An award and a work of art
Designed by world-famous Belgian sculptor, Olivier Strebelle, the stunning work of art is both beautiful and representative of the diversity of EDANA’s members and their products.

Olivier Strebelle, born in 1927, had already gained an enviable reputation by the age of 20 and today his sculptures are displayed in major cities in Europe, in the United States and Asia. He will design the 100 metre long series of sculptures for the new Olympic Museum and Park to be opened by the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Taking inspiration from nonwoven roll goods, end-product and machinery, the EDANA logo and from the Chinese lucky number 8 (Olympics 08, INDEX 08), Strebelle has designed a striking 8-position bronze sculpture which evokes many of the characteristics of nonwovens including versatility, protection, separation.

Media - Reserve your seat

In order to make sure that you see the ceremony first-hand and for press accreditation, please contact: the INDEX 08 Press Office:
INDEX 08 Press Office
P.O. Box 112
CH-1218 Grand-Saconnex
Tel. +41 (0)22 761 11 11
Fax: +41 (0)22 798 30 59
For more information please visit the dedicated INDEX 08 website:

For further information please contact:
Catherine Lennon, Communications Director, EDANA
Telephone: +32 2 734 93 10 / Fax: +32 2 733 35 18
Photos and additional information
The main features and reasons for the jury’s choice of nominees can be found in the attached document.

The contact details of the Award nominees are provided should you wish to request additional information and/or illustrations.

Photos of the new INDEX 08 award sculpture are available in high resolution – please contact Véronique Verboekhoven, if you wish to receive a copy.
Tel: +32 2 740 18 10
Fax: +32 2 733 35 18
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