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INDA unveils World of Wipes Innovation Award finalists
INDA, the association of the nonwoven fabrics industry that serves companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry, has announced the three World of Wipes (WOW) Innovation Award finalists. The finalists will present their innovations at the 14th edition of the WOW international conference 2020, to be held from June 22-25, 2020, at Minneapolis.
The first finalist for the award is Berk International for Food Fresh liners, the first nonwovens that can absorb accumulated moisture in sealed produce packages and reduce wilting and spoilage. The product reduces consumer produce waste by keeping produce fresher for a longer period of time.
The second finalist is ITW Pro Brands for the Detex metal detectable scouring pad, which is designed to be detected by metal detectors currently in place in most food production facilities and minimise the risk of foreign object contamination. The base is a nylon needle-punched nonwoven within a resin system with abrasive particles sprayed onto the web.
The third finalist is Lonza for the Nugen NR disinfectant wipe, which is designed to be a one-step no-rinse food contact surface disinfectant, cleaning and disinfecting the surface without detergent pre-clean or potable water-rinse requirements. Also, the wipe kills a broad set of bacteria and viruses such as Norovirus, a key food safety gap not addressed by pre-saturated food contact surface sanitizing wipes.
The award recognises products or technology innovations within the entire wipes value chain that expands the use of nonwoven fabrics and demonstrates advancements in creativity, novelty of approach, uniqueness, and technical sophistication. The winner will be announced June 25, 2020.
“Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to make decisions at this time to attend a conference. Therefore, INDA is offering fully-refundable registrations and table-tops until June 15, 2020. Participants may select a full refund or transfer of the registration or table-top fees to WOW 2021. The health and safety of WOW attendees is important to us, so we will implement increased hygienic protocols,” Dave Rousse, INDA president said.