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11/10/2013

OUTLOOK™ 13 Confirms the Nonwoven Industry's Ability to Address Challenges

OUTLOOK™ 13 Confirms the Nonwoven Industry's Ability to Address Challenges - Speakers highlight the changing demands of society and consumers.
In closing the 12th edition of OUTLOOK, the world-leading conference for the nonwovens personal care industry, Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA recognised the demand on companies across the supply chain to not only produce smart effective and resource-efficient products for today’s consumers, but the need to look ahead to 2020 and how both society and consumer’s needs and demands might change.

“The more than 400 attendees have heard from a number of speakers that today’s consumers are not only more demanding in terms of the product features and availability, but also expect the manufacturer to act in the best interest of the broader society, and for the benefit of our long term resource availability.  EDANA’s Vision 2020 study, provided to its member companies in 2011 confirms this trend, and we are pleased to see so many companies already preparing for the future consumer’s needs, and how their business will match those demands.” said Mr Wiertz

Launching the conference, Mr Robert Ward, Country Publishing Director for the Economist Intelligence Unit shared knowledge about global economic positions, including his view and insights of the future leading economic markets in the coming decade.  With rebalanced economies and shifting demographics in some key markets for nonwoven personal care products, he highlighted the aging population in important markets and the future national economic potential in key African countries.

In the second keynote of the conference, Mr Robert Glaze, Founder of The Brenva Institute spoke about disruptive technologies and key technology and business strategies for the future.  Robert stressed the importance of the information and its transfer to knowledge was where both individuals and businesses alike would gain the most value, rather than the technology to store or channel the data.

Feedback from participants underlined the satisfaction with the mix and quality of papers, and the opportunity to meet with the industry.  With several opportunities engineered for delegates to focus both on the conference proceeding and to enjoy relaxed networking, and attracting nearly 200 companies from 30 countries across the globe, OULOOK™ is one of the “must-attend” events for the global nonwovens personal care industry.

Speakers also covered optimisation of technology and transfer of knowledge, market data and trends for Europe and Brazil, an update on the EDANA/INDA Flushability Guidelines and Labelling Code of Practice, raw materials development and use, papers on both the consumer and retail environment, and the impact of Cosmetics regulations on wet wipes.

The next edition of Outlook will take place in Barcelona, from the 24th to the 26th September, 2014.  Details about the event will be posted to the EDANA website.
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