Developed for technology scouts and product developers, this insightful two-day conference will focus on visionary technologies, future-needs and market opportunities in material science, forward-looking research in sustainability, and critical shifts in nonwovens growth. Highlights include sustainability developments in polymers, fibres, additives, and fabrics from sourcing and disposal to reuse amid trends that are driving nonwoven advances, according to INDA.
Bryan Haynes, senior technical director, global nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark, will speak on ‘Development & Use of a Biopolymer for Disposable Hygiene Products’. John Roberts, strategic marketing executive, Polypropylene-Vistamaxx –Adhesion (PVA) from ExxonMobil will give a presentation on ‘How Innovation & Teamwork Supported a Large-scale Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic’. Isao Noda, chief science officer, senior VP of innovation, Danimer Scientific will speak on the topic ‘New Developments in PHA Fibres’.
Gajanan Bhat, textiles, merchandising and interiors from the University of Georgia will speak on the topic ‘Sustainable Polymers and Fibres for Nonwovens: Current Status and Future Potential’. Alexander Koukoulas, managing director of A2Z Consulting will present the topic ‘Biobased Fibres for Nonwovens: Trends and Future Outlook.’ Orlando Rojas, professor at the University of British Columbia will speak on the topic ‘Sustainable Materials and Their Processing for the Future Nonwovens Industry’.
Ryan Chan, VP of R&D at Tethis will give a presentation on ‘Using Biobased Superabsorbent Materials to Dramatically Increase Biobased Content of Hygiene Products’. Seth Casden, president at Hologenix will speak on ‘The Future of Performance Fabrics’. Christian Lenges, business development manager at DuPont Industrial BioSciences, and Kyle Kim, application engineer at DuPont will speak on ‘A New Performance Enhancing Additive for Nonwoven Applications’.
John Layman, section head – corporate R&D and chief technologist/founding inventor, PureCycle, The Procter & Gamble will speak on ‘Ultra-Pure Recycling of Polypropylene and Going Beyond.’ Lee Clapp, director of market development and innovation – technical polymer applications at Omya will speak on ‘Calcium Carbonate for Increased Sustainability in Nonwovens’.
Helmut Lauterbach, business manager textile and nonwoven, Kelheim Fibres will speak on ‘New Horizons with Eco-friendly and Flat Specialty Viscose Fibre’. Paul Harmon, VP of product development and product marketing, HHS, at Berry Global will speak on ‘Plastics and a Socially Responsible Future’.
Robert Green, director of fibres and nonwovens at NatureWorks will speak on ‘Driving Production Efficiency and Performance in N95 Face Masks’. Thomas Broch-Nielsen, senior scientist, and Mette Due, R&D manager, Fibertex Nonwovens A/S, and Khrum Hussain, supply chain director, Unifi will present the topic ‘Sustainability from the Perspective of a Nonwoven Supplier to Disposable Personal Care Products’. Jon Devine, senior economist, Cotton Incorporated, will speak on ‘Picking Up the Pieces: The World After COVID’. Brad Kalil, director of market intelligence and economic insights at INDA will speak on ‘The State of the North American Nonwoven’s Market and Its Response to COVID-19’.