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Note that this training is also offered online. For more info, visit this page

This Absorbent Hygiene Products Training Course will give you a unique overview of all aspects of hygiene products, processes and markets. Concentrating on baby diapers, femcare protection and adult incontinence, the course also includes a module on sustainability aspects of AHPs.

6 tutors, all nonwoven experts, will guide you on a journey where you'll learn about the newest raw materials, manufacturing technologies, the importance of product testing and sustainability considerations. 

Since learning goes in pair with doing, this course is designed to have the right balance between theory & practical exercices. 

The number of delegates at each course is limited to 24, in order to encourage active participation and interactive communications with the external experts. This is also a great opportunity to make contacts with other players in the personal care products industry.

Nonwoven AHP training Course

"Hi, I am Marines, Scientific & Technical Director at EDANA and your tutor for this course.
I'll be more than happy to welcome you on my course. I have at heart to make this experience enjoyable and instructive. You will be encouraged to participate, interact and think as a team. It is also a good chance for you to make contacts with other players in the AHPs & personal care industry."

Registration opens on the 1st day at 8:30. On both days the course starts at 9:00 and finishes at 17:00.
Day 1
Introduction and welcome
Absorbent Hygiene Products

History, design challenges, product families

Coffee break
Product range

Specific on the various product families

Components and raw materials

Composition of absorbent hygiene product

Components and raw materials (continued)
Create your own diaper

Team exercise

Coffee break
Super Absorbent Polymers (SAP)

Manufacturing, products and trends

This get-together dinner is included in the delegate fees
Day 2

Product performance, laboratory and panel testing

Coffee break
and alternative bonding technics
Manufacturing technologies

Overview of converting technologies

Health and environment

Overview of health aspects and environmental considerations

Market data

Market size and trends

Coffee break
Team exercise
Wrap up and end of the course
Bernhard Awolin
Business Consultant for products made out of nonwovens
Bernhard Awolin Consulting
  • 1961 Born in Kiel, Germany
  • 1989 Diploma in Physics, University of Kiel
  • 1990 - 2001 R&D Manager for femcare products at J&J, Kiel, Montreal, Düsseldorf
  • 2001 - 2003 Marketing & Sales Manager for magnetocardiographic systems at SQUID AG, Essen
  • 2003 - 2004 Managing Director at Magscan GmbH, Essen
  • 2004 - 2011 R&D & Key Account Manager femcare & babycare at Hyga/Intigena GmbH & Co KG, Mülheim
  • 2011 - 2014 Head of R&D & Sales at imeco GmbH & Co.KG, Hösbach
  • 2014 - 2021 Managing Director at imeco GmbH & Co.KG, Hösbach
  • 2021 - Bernhard Awolin Consulting, Aschaffenburg

Bernhard Awolin has a deep understanding of the absorbent product & medical disinfection wipes industry ranging from fibers & nonwovens, lab & consumer testing, manufacturing processes, quality systems, medical regulations into marketing & sales to the trade. He holds several product patents and was an internal tutor for nonwoven products in all companies he has served. In 2021 Bernhard started his consultancy with focus on commercialization of new and innovative products helping companies to understand and act in the value chain from raw materials into the final markets.

Besides his professional activities Bernhard is engaged in white water canoeing and singing/songwriting.

Cédric Schoorens
Technical Manager, Hygiene Division, France


Cédric Schoorens has more than 20 years' experience in the field of Disposable Absorbent Hygiene Product Testing and highly contributes to set up mannequin tests worldwide. Former Quality Manager of the very well-known Courtray Consulting institute, Cédric joined SGS in 2014. Today, he is in charge of technical and strategic questions in close relation with the Hygiene industry, standard working groups and other associations.

Dr Stefan Eller
Technical Service Manager
H.B. Fuller Deutschland

Dr. Stefan Eller joined H.B. Fuller in 1992 after graduating with a Ph.D. grade from Hamburg University. At Hamburg University he  studied Chemistry and wrote a thesis about inorganic polymer systems in association with a research group at Durham University, United Kingdom.

Dr Eller began his career at H.B. Fuller as a hot melt adhesive R&D chemist and graduated through varying technical positions. As the European Technical Service Manager for EIMEA Hygiene, Dr. Eller heads up the technical centres of excellence where his team carry out extensive evaluations of hygenic disposable articles. This provides an invaluable service to customers to understand the adhesive performance within the final product. The team also offer collaborative training workshops both at our Lüneberg Adhesive Academy and on customer own sites. Other capabilities include production line simulation via our state of the art coater operated by industry experts, so customers are able to test and trouble shoot without sacrificing line time. All services to drive innovation and technical excellence for the  hygiene market.

Dr. Edgar Herrmann
Technical Director
Hy-Tec, Hygiene Technologie


  • Born 1960 in Bremen/Germany 1978 - 1989 Chemistry Diploma / Ph.D. Technical University of Brunswick / Germany
  • 1990 - 1994 Central R+D Stockhausen Krefeld now EVONIK
  • 1995 - 1998 Head of application laboratory superabsorbent polymers
  • 1999 – 2001 Project manager Airlaid-Composites
  • Since 09/2001 Technical Director of Hy-Tec, Hygiene Technologie GmbH Haan
  • 4 Patents
  • Lecturer at EDANA`s Training Courses since 1998
  • DIN working group leader
  • Symposia presentations/contributing papers on superabsorbent polymers, hygiene product laboratory and consumer testing:
  • 2 INDEX Conferences 1996 2002, Geneva
  • 4 EDANA Symposia 1997 1998 2007 2015, Gothenburg, Paris, Dubai, Istanbul
  • INDA-TEC International Nonwovens Conference 1999, Atlanta
  • 2 PIRA Hygiene and Absorbency Product Conferences 2000 2005, Brussels, London
  • Hamburger Makromolekulares Symposium 2000, Hamburg
  • 2 IMECHE Incontinence Conferences 2011 2017, London
  • 6 EDANA OUTLOOK Conferences 2003-2017
  • EDANA OUTLOOK India 2019 New-Delhi
Gil Stevens
External Relations and Sustainability Director

Gil Stevens is the External Relations and Sustainability Director for EDANA, the international Association representing the nonwoven and related industries, a position he has held since March 2018.

With a Master’s Degree in Product Development and in Environmental Science, Gil started his career as product engineer in the building industry. Pursuing his passion for sustainability, Gil joined the Cradle to Cradle Platform in 2012, where he has been guiding companies in different sectors, such as textiles, cleaning agents, building, office equipment towards the integration of C2C and preparing them for a circular economy. As sustainability coach at Sustenuto, Gil supported organisations in developing and implementing a sustainability strategy. At the beverage group Spadel, Gil’s responsibilities included the coordination of local CSR representatives at the various European sites and external CSR communication. During his career, Gil also concluded an Executive MBA programme at the Antwerp Management School.

Gil currently has responsibility for managing sustainability and maintaining external relations for EDANA. He manages several of the association’s Working Groups including the Circular Economy WG, Sustainability WG, Construction WG and the Communication & Advocacy SG.

Marines Lagemaat
Scientific & Technical Affairs Director



Marines Lagemaat is the Scientific and Technical Affairs Director for EDANA, the international Association representing the nonwoven and related industries, a position he has held since September 2014.

Based in Brussels, Marines is responsible for managing the internal and external activities related to scientific and technical affairs in order to support the nonwoven industry, in all its applications: personal and household hygiene, medical protection, filtration, automotive, and construction.  In this role he’s involved in the development and  implementation of standards and their related test methods that serve as a reference for the industry and for fair trade. In addition, Marines manages various training and education programmes designed to provide technical and application-oriented support. Marines is of Dutch nationality.

Sanitary measures

We will do our outmost possible to hold this training in face-to-face setting in our office in Brussels as planned with the following measures :

  • The verification of  the sanitary pass (Vaccination certificate against Covid-19 / or Negative PCR test or antigenic test less than 72 hours / or Certificate of reinstatement).
  • Gel at disposal, physical distancing and aeration
  • We limit the number of participants to 20 to secure social distancing in the training room

However, we would strongly recommend you take a flexible flight ticket and hotel room reservation, in case we would have to postpose the training course. In that case you will be notified 10 days in advance.

In case we decide to go ‘online’ the timing will be different. You will be notified and in case you can’t participate to the online course, we will propose alternative dates



The fee includes comprehensive delegate notes, a glossary of terms, samples, lunches, one evening meal and coffees.

  • EDANA members: €1815 excl VAT/pers
  • Non-members: € 2145 excl VAT/pers

Note : According to Article 21 §3,3° of the Belgian VAT Code and to Articles 53 and 54 of the Directive 2006/112/EC, access to scientific and educational events for taxable persons is subject to VAT in the country where the event takes place (specific rule).


Who should attend

Both technical and marketing persons will benefit from attending this course. As they are likely to be involved with producers, suppliers, converters and retailers within the industry. 


Course organiser 

This Training Course is organised by EDANA. The association organises INDEX™, the world’s largest nonwovens exhibition. EDANA has over 325 member companies in 38 different countries. 



The course language is English. The tutor will speak clearly and make extensive use of visual aids, videos and samples. Active participation is encouraged from all delegates. 



Delegates completing the course will receive a certificate. 



The course will take place at EDANA, 46 Avenue Herrmann-Debroux, 1160 Brussels, Belgium, if a minimum of 10 participants is reached and if the sanitary situation allows. If these conditions are not met, the course will take place online.



EDANA has reserved a number of single rooms at the NH Collection Brussels Centre at a special rate of about €175 per night, including breakfast. In order to receive this special rate, an hotel booking form will be provided to you once we have received your registration for the training course. 

Previous participants are strong advocates for this course: 

"The interaction between fellow participants was very valuable to me. It gave me an insight on how different industries work and how people think according to their position"

"The manufacturing process is worth to learn. I also enjoy the session where we had to make our own hygiene products"

"As a sales manager in the durable nonwoven business, it was a good opportunity to understand the world of AHP. It is a good starting point for a new challenge in my career."

"To me, the most interesting part was the introduction into nonwovens and market statistics and the history of the AHP. I understand now better the process and the problems faced by my customers"

For any questions please contact
Anaëlle Schütz

Upcoming dates

03 May 2023 - 04 May 2023