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Review of International Nonwovens Symposium 2007

At Edana’s recent International Nonwovens Symposium delegates appreciated the fourteen first-rate papers, presented by industry experts, on the latest innovations and developments in nonwovens technology and markets, raw materials and machinery.
At Edana’s recent International Nonwovens Symposium delegates appreciated the fourteen first-rate papers, presented by industry experts, on the latest innovations and developments in nonwovens technology and markets, raw materials and machinery.
Some 200 delegates from the nonwovens and related industries gathered in Berlin to attend Edana’s 2007 International Symposium on 30th – 31st May 2007.   As a vibrant capital, with both a prestigious past and a fascinating contemporary image, the city was the perfect match for the annual event of the nonwovens industry.

The Symposium featured an interesting mix of fourteen high-level and diverse presentations covering nonwovens, raw materials and machinery trends and innovations. The papers presented were:
Innovations in nonwovens substrates for wet wipes applications
Christoph Staffa, Business Development Manager, Freudenberg Vliesstoffe (Germany)

The nanospider technology for preparation of nanofibers
David Petras, Dipl. Ing., Elmarco (Czech Republic)

New aspects of web formation in a slot type spunbond process
Dr Henning Rave, Head of Development Nonwoven and Spinning, Neumag Zweigniederlassung der Saurer (Germany)

Green airlaid composites from renewables, recycled and 100% synthetics-myth and reality
James Hanson, Director, Marketing Technology Service (United States)

Low-cost, high-speed permanent hydrophilization and surface activation of nonwovens using atmospheric-pressure air-plasma machine
Mirko Cernák, Director, Department of Physical Electronics - Masaryk University (Czech Republic)

A new generation of hot melt web-coating and web-laminating technologies
Riccardo Arnaboldi, R&D and Business Development, HIP-MITSU (Italy)

Global trends in the supply of viscose staple grade. Dissolving woodpulp and viscose staple for nonwoven and woven textile applications
Richard Brice, Senior Associate Technical Fibres, PCI Fibres (United Kingdom)

A new viscose fibre concept for nonwovens
Stefan Sulzmaier, Business Manager, Kelheim Fibres (Germany)

Sustainability for profit: nonwoven production waste as secondary resource
Elfriede Hell, Product Manager Recycling, Starlinger & Co. (Austria)

Development of primary carpet backing with 100% postconsumer recycled PET
Luuk van der Molen, Development Program Manager, Colbond (The Netherlands)

Compliance with food contact requirements.
A simple question – a simple answer

Christina Schick, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Schill + Seilacher Aktiengesellschaft (Germany)

Food contact regulations and recommendations in Europe - an overview of the background
Dr Barry Podd, Global Regulatory Affairs Manager, Kimberly Clark (United Kingdom)
The detection of natural extracts on nonwovens
Pavlina Kasparkova, R&D Department, PEGAS Nonwovens (Czech Republic)
The Symposium drew to a thought-provoking close with a fascinating keynote speech by Carsten Beck, Director of Research at the world renowned Copenhagen Institute of Futures Studies, on ‘Consequences of the people quake - how demography megatrends are changing the market place’.   He spoke of how demographic changes are influencing the global economy on a major scale.  Falling fertility levels, declining population in mature markets, increased median ages, older populations with increased longevity and migrational patterns are all having a dramatic effect on how we live and how we do business.  End-consumers of nonwoven products will become more diverse, more experienced and demand new features for the products they use.  The labour market will tighten. Production will relocate, young people will be much sought after, diversity will be more important and the innovative capacity of supply chains will relocate to the global centres.

The CD-ROM of the complete set of papers will be available for sale from EDANA from 1st September 2007.

Other upcoming events scheduled by EDANA in 2007 and beyond include:
  • OUTLOOK Personal Care Products Conference (26-28 September 2007, Cascais-Estoril)
  • INDEX 08 (15-18 April 2008, Geneva)
  • EDANA Annual General Assembly & Workshops (12-13 June 2008, Madrid)
  • OUTLOOK Personal Care Products Conference 2008 (24-26 September 2008, TBC)
  • Nonwovens Research Academy (9-10 October 2008, Chemnitz)
  • FILTREX, Filtration Conference and Exhibition (28-30 October 2008, Cologne)
  • OUTLOOK Personal Care Products Conference (23-25 September 2009, TBC)
  • Middle East Nonwovens Symposium and Exhibition (November 2009, Dubai)
For further information please contact:    
Catherine Lennon, Communications Director, edana
Telephone:     +32 2 734 93 10 / Fax: +32 2 733 35 18

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Photos of the Berlin Symposium are available in high resolution – please contact Véronique Verboekhoven if you wish to receive a copy.
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