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INDA's WOW forum attracts top members from wipes industry
INDA, the association of the nonwoven fabrics industry, announced that its 13th annual World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference connected 390 participants from 19 countries to advance their wipes business, from June 24-27, 2019, at Atlanta, GA. INDA serves member companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry in global commerce.
WOW provided valuable programme content with the latest innovations and presentations from industry leaders on issues, market trends, and statistical data to plan business strategies as well as a 1.5-day Wipes Academy training course, according to INDA.
Among the event highlights was the announcement of Danufil QR fibres from Kelheim Fibres as the winner of this year’s WOW Innovation Award. The innovative new fibre is a positively charged viscose fibre that does not bind to ‘quat’ disinfectants, can be processed with all nonwoven technologies, and is fully biodegradable. The annual award recognises the product that most expands the use of nonwovens and demonstrates creativity, novelty, uniqueness, and technical sophistication within the entire nonwovens wipes value chain.
The event attracted 54 table-top displays to connect and create commerce with meaningful relationships throughout the entire wipes supply chain. Programme sessions included consumer trade and trends, sustainable & transparent formulations for home & personal care products, infection protection, material developments in wipes, sustainability challenges in single use plastics, and preservative developments.
Featured speaker, Lisa Morden, vice president, safety and sustainability, Kimberly-Clark and Tracy Doucet, senior director, research and engineering, Kimberly-Clark global nonwovens presented ‘Wiping Responsibly’ featuring insights into Kimberly-Clark’s methods to create a more circular model for a sustainable future. Preceding the conference, INDA’s WIPES Academy was conducted by instructor Rob Johnson, PE, principal, Smith, Johnson & Associates. The academy is the first and only comprehensive wipes training for the entire wipes supply chain.
Other presentation highlights included How To Navigate The Amazon Jungle by Richard Palmer, president, Nehemiah; Global Market For Baby Care Today And Tomorrow by Janet O’Regan, director, nonwovens marketing by Cotton Incorporated; Driving the Market Through Ingredient Transparency by Nicole Acevedo founder & CEO, Elavo Mundi; Industrial Wipes: Market Driven Innovations by Paul Harmon, EVP commercial, Berrry; Consumer Insights in Sustainable Materials by Jonathan Layer, business development manager-Americas, Fibertex Nonwovens; and A New Sustainable Cellulosic Fibre Option for Nonwovens by Jon Woods, general manager, textiles and nonwovens, Eastman Chemical. (GK)