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Pierre Wiertz
Pierre Wiertz
General Manager
TT: What percentage of nonwovens used globally is used for the purpose of filtration and across which industry segments?

Nonwoven filter media account for around 6 per cent of nonwovens consumption globally. Growing focus on air pollution control, indoor air quality, energy saving in heating, ventilation and air conditioning as well as vehicle engine and turbine filtration will drive faster than average growth rates for this kind of nonwovens, and similarly as far as needs for water and other liquid filtration are concerned.

TT: What innovations can visitors expect to see at INDEX 17?

Since INDEXTM17 caters to the needs of all sectors-from personal care, healthcare and household applications, to automotive, filtration and high-tech electronics-it would not be fair to isolate or highlight any particular one, but there will be many innovations from all those sectors.

TT: What is going to be the next big thing in nonwovens?

As usual, in the (probable) absence of brand new methods for producing nonwovens, at least in the medium term, hybrids, combining the best of two or more web-making and/or web-bonding manufacturing processes will continue to bring a flow of versatility and innovative properties in the problem-solving ability of nonwovens. 

TT: Is the nonwovens industry warming up to the idea of using Rpet?

As far as nonwovens is concerned, this is nothing new: recycled polyester has been used in nonwovens for many years now, and based on information collected from its members, EDANA statistics reveal that 40 per cent of the polyester consumed in the production of spunbond is already recycled polyester. On the other hand, EDANA nonwovens statistics also show that 30 per cent of the polyester staple fibres consumed in Europe to produce nonwovens are now recycled fibres from bottle-flakes, too.

TT: What is the carbon footprint of nonwovens and what steps are critical to ensure an increasingly smaller footprint?

EDANA and its member companies have been active in the field of life cycle assessment (LCA) for more than 25 years This dedication to measuring environmental performance and actively using LCA for product development continues to the present day, with the obvious objective of making every possible effort to reduce the overall environmental footprint of nonwovens, in all dimensions. As far as the cradle-to-grave environmental impact of the manufacture of nonwoven roll goods is concerned, the feedstocks (depending on the polymers used, though) and the process energy required are generally the main contributors to the environmental impact of nonwovens.

TT: What will EDANA be focusing on in 2017?

Both in view of and beyond INDEXTM17, EDANA remains focused on its vision to "provide global leadership to create an environment beneficial to sustainable and profitable growth of the nonwovens and engineered fabrics and related industries to best serve our customers." In line with this vision, we will reinforce our ongoing efforts to ensure an optimal image and perception of our industry by all important stakeholders.

Published on: 27/02/2017

DISCLAIMER: All views and opinions expressed in this column are solely of the interviewee, and they do not reflect in any way the opinion of technicaltextile.net.


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