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Success for first ever nonwovens training courses in India

Great interest and success for the first ever training courses on nonwovens and on absorbent hygiene products in India calls for EDANA’s and BCH’s continued support of the huge potential nonwovens market.
EDANA, in co-operation with BCH, has organised its two highly-acclaimed nonwovens and absorbent hygiene products training courses, for the first time in India in November 2006. As a result of this successful “première” which witnessed both national and international participation, and in view of the on-going needs of the nascent nonwovens industry, EDANA and BCH announce the next course for the Autumn 2007.

Taking place during the week of 13th November 2006 in New Delhi, these 2-day training courses, attended by a record number of participants (40 for the nonwovens course and 30 for the absorbent hygiene products training course), have given a unique opportunity for India’s newcomers to the industry, to quickly gain a complete understanding of the various technologies, processes, raw materials and market aspects of nonwovens and absorbent hygiene products.

Although designed specially for marketing and technical/R&D executives from producers, suppliers and converters, the training courses has also attracted the interest of potential investors and business executives who are considering entering these exciting sectors which have a high potential in India.  Besides becoming acquainted with the various nonwoven technologies, attendees also had the opportunity to network and share views both with newcomers as well as experienced players in the nonwovens industry.

Typical delegate comments included, ‘Very comprehensive’, ‘Exhaustive’, ‘Informative and useful’, ‘Excellent overall!!’, ‘The right mix of theoretical and practical knowledge’.

Growing Indian domestic market for nonwovens
With a population of over a  billion people, of which above 300 million are middle class with high living standards and purchasing power, the potential for nonwovens products, such as feminine hygiene products, consumer wipes, diapers and other disposables, in India is huge.  There is already a growth in nonwoven applications such as automotive, interlinings, agriculture and medical.  Nonwoven geotextiles especially, are expected to grow rapidly.

Unlike textiles and garments, growth opportunities for the nonwovens industry in India do not only lie in an export-oriented investment policy, but rather more in the domestic market.

Partnership for growth
The training programme only marked the beginning of a series of courses that EDANA will be offering in India in partnership with BCH.

BCH (Business Co-ordination House) is an Indian organisation which provides a comprehensive and vital resource of information along with promotional activities to their members for all areas of nonwovens and technical textiles under one roof, thus enhancing vertical & horizontal industry coordination and business expansion.  They endeavour to empower the nonwovens and technical textile industries by creating a bridge that links various companies, entrepreneurs, students, academicians and other stakeholders of the industry, from all across the globe.

These training courses have been successfully established in Europe and North America (under licence granted to INDA by EDANA) and have also been delivered by EDANA's Technical and Education Director, Jean-Michel Anspach, in local language in France and Brazil.  Plans for Central and Eastern European versions of the course are in the pipe-line for 2007.

The continuously updated training courses, containing exclusive copyrighted material and data, make extensive use of visuals and samples and each participating delegates receives a comprehensive set of notes and certificate once having completed the course.

EDANA and BCH are pleased to announce that based on the successful experience of the first courses in India, they will organise the next courses in Delhi during the fourth quarter of 2007.

EDANA is also committed to help setting-up a “nonwovens platform” in India, which will support both local and international companies in their efforts to develop the emerging market.

For further information, please contact
Catherine Lennon, Communications Director, EDANA
Telephone: +32 2 734 93 10 / Fax: +32 2 733 35 18

Samir Gupta - Managing Director, BCH
UGF - 3&4, Arunachal - 19 Barakhamba Road
New Delhi-110001, India
Mobile +91 9810081300
Tel + 91 11 23328130 / + 91 11 41520207  - Fax + 91 11 23316008

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