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News article

15/04/2008

Winners 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, were presented to the winning companies, selected from amongst the nominees, during a special ceremony at 11.30 on Tuesday, 15th April – the first day of the INDEX 08 exhibition.

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 remained undisclosed until today. 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, who are as follows:

1. Nonwoven roll goods
THE WINNER
Ahlstrom for Ahlstrom Disruptor™ Technology
Nanofibre based filter media acting through the combination of two mechanisms: electrokinetics and mechanical entrapment
  • Low pressure drop
  • High loading capacity
  • Superior filtration efficiency
Companies also nominated in this category:
  • E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company – Hybrid Membrane Technology
  • Freudenberg - TAU
2. Finished products made from, or incorporating nonwovens
THE WINNER
Johnson & Johnson GmbH for Johnson's Baby Extracare wipes
Cleansing and moisturising baby wipe
  • Separate incorporation of cleansing and moisturising impregnants
  • In situ formation of an emulsion incorporating incompatible elements, lipid and aqueous
  • Aesthetically appealing design
  • Outstanding consumer response
Companies also nominated in this category:
  • Elmarco Ltd – Nanospider AcousticWeb™
  • Georgia Pacific - Clinell Sporicidal
3. Marketing achievement for the most original marketing campaign for a product made from, or incorporating nonwovens
THE WINNER

J.H. Ziegler GmbH & Co. KG for the “Zinno” Campaign
Short animated movie aimed at combining company logo with product features, as well as company philosophy
  • Humoristic approach
  • Integration of products and company logo
  • Illustration of corporation identity
Company also nominated in this category:
  • Nice-Pak International – Halo
4. Raw materials or component - innovation in a raw material (e.g. fibre, binder), of special relevance to the nonwovens industry
THE WINNER

ExxonMobil Chemical for Vistamaxx™ 2125
Melt spinnable elastomer, highly elastic, processable on conventional polymer-to-web machinery
  • Easy to process
  • No machine modification need
  • Adaptable feel, touch and drape
  • Bonding ability to polyolefin nonwovens and films without the use of adhesives
Companies also nominated in this category:
  • Eastman Chemical Company - EastOne®
  • Fiberweb – Reemay® Liberty® with Microban® anti-microbial
5. Machinery - innovation in machinery of special relevance to the nonwovens industry
THE WINNER

Andritz Küsters GmbH for neXdetect
Measuring system for the detection of invisible chemical applications on nonwovens
  • Exact determination of position and width of stripes of chemical applications
  • Allows fast and precise adjustment of the stripe coating equipment
  • Differentiated identification of the applied finish pick-up
  • High line speed, sharp accuracy
Companies also nominated in this category:
  • Elmarco Ltd - NS Lab
  • Martin Automatic Inc. - MDR Technology
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. 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. Olivier Strebelle, born in 1927, is designing the 100 metre long series of sculptures for the new Olympic Museum Park for the Beijing Olympics.

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For further information please contact:
Catherine Lennon, Communications Director, EDANA
Telephone: +32 2 734 93 10 / Mob: +32 478 251 588 / Fax: +32 2 733 35 18
E-mail: Catherine.lennon@edana.org
Website: www.edana.org
Photos of the new INDEX 08 award sculpture are available in high resolution – if you wish to receive a copy please contact:
Pierre Moreau / Email: pierre.moreau@telenet.be
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