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Outlook Plus Latin America ends on a successful note

May '19
The third edition of Outlook Plus Latin America conference, which was held from May 7-9, 2019, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, ended on a successful note. It is organised by Edana and INDA, the two global nonwoven trade associations, and is supported by ABINT, the Brazilian association of nonwoven industries. Over 215 business professionals participated in the event.

Opening the conference, keynote presenter Walter Barral, Ph.D., outlined the challenges and opportunities in the political and economic environment within Brazil and the Mercosur region. Key drivers for these opportunities are changing perspectives brought about by rapid negotiations in Free Trade Agreements and customs tariffs, according to a press release by Edana.

The conference focused two days on the hygiene and personal care sectors, and one day on the filtration and medical sectors. Several speakers discussed the regional opportunities in the hygiene markets and emphasised the impacts to the nonwoven market from retail trends to the current economies in both Brazil and elsewhere on the continent. Consumer demand for product innovation as well as an aging demographic were identified as the catalysts for incontinence market increases.

More than 215 participants heard 31 speakers, visited 18 company table-top exhibits, experienced three days of organised programming, two evening receptions, and scheduled coffee breaks to connect and advance business.

“INDA and Edana’s joint vision to promote the sustainable growth of the nonwovens and related industries has again taken us together in this region, which has one of the largest growth potential, be it in personal care, healthcare or filtration. Edana is pleased to see that the winning value proposition of Outlook, a combination of market-relevant and innovative content, and excellent networking opportunities, continues to thrive,” Pierre Wiertz, general manager of Edana said.

“INDA is pleased to once again join with Edana and ABINT to develop a meaningful event for the major nonwoven sectors growing in this important region. Many of this year’s presenters were from Brazil and spoke their native language to the largely Brazilian audience. This is a positive development we hope to continue to nurture as we go forward,” Dave Rousse, president of INDA said.

“Outlook Plus Latin America 2019 brought again to Sao Paulo a very good mix of presentations, many of which came from local companies or Brazilian representatives of international players and we were delighted to support Edana and INDA with the recruitment and selection process of speakers,” Carlos Benatto, president of ABINT said. (GK)

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