Belgium's nonwovens association Edana elects new board

July 01, 2021 - Belgium

Edana, the leading global association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has announced that it has elected five new governors and confirmed the team of officers for 2021-2022. The Belgium-based association not only represents all types of nonwovens, but also materials often used with nonwovens, such as films and superabsorbent polymers.

Mikael Staal Axelsen (Fibertex) remains as chair, supported by continuing vice-chairs Åsa Johansson (Essity, Sweden) and David Lamb (Nonwovenn, UK), and the treasurer Giorgio Mantovani (Corman, Italy). Announced at Edana’s recent online annual strategic review and AGM, the newly elected board began their term on July 1, 2021, Edana said in a press release.

The new board members are Cédric Ballay, CEO, PFNonwovens, Spain; Jürgen Eizinger, vice president of global business management nonwovens division, Lenzing, Austria; Omar Hoek, executive vice president engineered papers, SWM, Luxembourg; Achim Schalk, executive vice president and general manager HHS EMEIA, Berry Global, Germany; and Michael Trinkaus, director R&D and application engineering, Mondi, Germany.

The team of officers is reinforced by executive governors, co-opted by the board are Thorsten Habeck (business director - fibre bonding Europe, Middle East, and Africa, BASF, Germany), Ulrich Hornfeck (board member and chief commercial officer, Sandler, Germany), Mr Krzysztof D. Malowaniec (senior vice president, Paul Hartmann, Germany), Jörg Ortmeier (CEO, TWE group, Germany) and Mark A. Thornton (vice president global materials and packaging, Procter & Gamble, US), according to Edana.

“Edana now has over 320 members and a broader reach and wider scope than ever. It is encouraging therefore to welcome such a range of expertise on to our board. The ongoing member confidence in our assembly to drive our determined and broad agenda is very rewarding. Edana’s ongoing successful fostering of an environment beneficial to innovation, and to sustainable and profitable growth, is a great testament to the professionalism of the team and our members,” Axelsen said.