Drawing Over 600 Attendees From Absorbent Hygiene and Personal Care Markets

The Hygienix conference Oct. 26-29, 2016 at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort featured some of the world’s most notable thought leaders from organizations that are revolutionizing the absorbent hygiene and personal care industry. They spoke on Trends and Market Statistics, Incontinence Reimagined, Achieving Thin, Fit & Form, and Material & Technology Advancements.

Combining two conferences into one event for Absorbent Hygiene and Personal Care Markets proved to be a winning strategy for INDA with its successful debut of Hygienix, which drew over 600 industry professionals to St. Petersburg, Fla to advance their business in these areas.

“Hygienix exceeded our expectations for this new combined event,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President. “The positive response from the global hygiene and personal care markets validated our acquisition of insight to merge it with vision. The event provided attendees with valuable market intelligence, product insights, and face-to-face interactions that will undoubtedly help them advance their businesses.”

Among the highlights of Hygienix was the presentation of the Visionary Award® to Sienabena, LLC for BabyBackups™, a diaper extender made of superabsorbent materials that adheres to the existing diaper to contain baby diaper explosions. The other finalists for the award were: Always® Discreet Bladder Protection by Procter & Gamble and X-Top® Pouch for Men by McAirlaid’s.

The presentations showed the importance of the segment, which is the largest of 12 in the nonwovens industry accounting for more than 25 percent of nonwoven fabric volume. A key takeaway was the effect of the “Boomer Echo.” The U.S. is entering a

four-to-five-year period of record high births as Millennials start having babies in their 30s versus prior generations having them in their early 20s. Also, aging Baby Boomers are becoming bigger consumers of incontinence products where innovation is now quite strong.

Some of the key issues addressed at the conference included destigmatizing incontinence, odor control, fluffless cores, adhesive application techniques, and   sustainability in the hygiene market.

INDA said planning is now underway for the second edition of Hygienix October 24-26, 2016 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Orlando, Fla.


EDANA Turkish Nonwoven Symposium Brings Together Nonwoven Industry In Istanbul

EDANA Turkish Nonwoven Symposium was held at Istanbul Intercontinental Hotel on November 10-11, 2015. Symposium was participated by 30 exhibiting companies as well as 121 companies and 250 industry representatives from 24 countries. At the Symposium, the whole nonwovens supply chain from Turkey and its key trading partners in EMEA gathered around a range of topics and issues from the general economic background and trade and regulatory context, to the nonwoven markets, from their raw materials to the machinery and processes.

The Symposium, the second of its kind to be held in Istanbul, symbol of cultural diversity and sitting at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, “reinforced trading links in nonwovens between regions which need each other, thereby supporting the development of new markets for our industry’s products that bring value and benefits to society in a variety of applications from personal to healthcare and filtration to transportation and construction”, said Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA.

“EDANA is proud of its 15 Turkish member companies, and will continue to support them as part of our Mission in favour of the sustainable growth of the whole supply chain of the nonwovens industry primarily in EMEA ”, commented Jacques Prigneaux, Market Analysis and Economic Affairs Director at EDANA, in his presentation, showing that the production of nonwovens in Turkey grew by 20,3% between 2009 and 2014 to reach 265,000 tonnes, representing 12% of the Greater European and nearly 3% of the global output”

The session on the hygiene markets put Sub-Saharan Africa in the spotlight as a huge potential market, but as Michel Verstraeten from Henkel noted “in Africa nothing is impossible but everything is difficult”. Difficult but not impossible, Africa shows an ongoing trend of attracting investments in vast sectors of the economy.

Presentations of Arzu Karatekin, Hayat Kimay and Selda Akbasli, H.B. Fuller gave a clear picture of the players on the Turkish market and the latest technological developments.

Durable nonwovens were an integral part of the agenda of the conference, too, from the automotive sector to nonwovens as filter media.

The session on machinery and processes sparked many questions from the audience, reflecting the importance of technology in producing nonwovens for niche and main stream markets.

“The quality of the presentations, along with the organisation, was outstanding. The breaks enabled great networking opportunities, meeting old friends and, more importantly, making new contacts.” Mike Bird, Applications Development Manager – specialities, Imerys Carbonates, United Kingdom

“The symposium was a valuable learning experience. I have really appreciated all presentations and activities. All presenters were knowledgeable and effective in their presentation. This allowed to acquire new market and technical information with the appropriate format and a good level of interactivity and even emotional interventions.” Juan Roldan, Business Development Manager – Hygienic Department, Nitto NBB, Turkey

“I thought it would be boring and to my pleasant surprise it turned out to be quite the opposite, there were excellent papers and the networking was great.” James Barton, President Europe, MOBI –AIR and Diaper Recycling Technology, Singapore

On “I ‘m very impressed by the participation and contents of this second EDANA Symposium in Turkey. This exceeds my expectations and I am looking forward to the next edition.” Salih Ziya Gümüser, General Manager, Teknomelt, Turkey.

“If you want to do business in Turkey and area this conference was definitely the place to be. Beside meeting and catching up with existing customers, we got in contact with new customers.” Sifer Lin, Key Account Manager, Golden Phoenix Fiberwebs, Taiwan

“Overall a very professional organisation, I ‘d like to congratulate the team as everything went smoothly for us as participant and exhibitor” Galip Yazgan, International Sales Agent, Elsner Engineering Works, Turkey.

EDANA would like to thank the sponsors, CHT Bezema, Gulsan Nonwovens & Film, Mogul – Diversity in Nonwovens, Teknomelt – innovative nonwovens, Fullbond – Hotmelt Adhesive, Kansan, SGS Courtray and Ungricht-roller+engraving technology.


Groz-Beckert Presented Latest Sewing and Felting Products in Atlanta

At the Texprocess, formerly known by the name of Spesa Expo, the visitors can find everything related to textile finishing and technologies for the development, acquisition and manufacture of sewn products. Whereas the focus of the Techtextil is on products and applications from the technical textiles and nonwovens sectors.

In the product area Sewing, the special application needle San® 5.2 – a further development of the San® 5 – will take center stage. For many years the needle San® 5 has been established for the processing of technical textiles. With the San® 5.2, the ideal needle for the sewing of technical textiles was designed, characterized by its unique geometry. To meet the increasing demands, the SAN® 5.2 was fitted with improved, new features. They include the double groove in the point area, the reinforced blade, and the larger eye. All these developments lead to a better sewing process and a secure loop formation. The larger eye allows to use thicker sewing threads without changing the needle size. Owing to these advantages, the San® 5.2 stands for higher productivity in the sewing process, protection of the sewing material, and a uniform seam appearance. A service highlight of the Sewing sector is the Customer Portal with integrated online shop. The online platform offers a lot of information about sewing technology and includes a comprehensive knowledge database. Moreover, it provides a number of details about the sewing products and impressive animations of stitch formation types. Customers in the USA already have the possibility to order the desired sewing products in the integrated shop. Besides, the processing status of orders and shipments can be checked and invoices or order confirmations can be viewed. Another service innovation developed and patented by Groz-Beckert is the INH (Ideal Needle Handling) process. It allows a trouble-free and time-saving handling of broken and damaged sewing machine needles. The INH quality management helps to meet the different specifications of the brand owners in a uniform procedure. Together with the customer, Groz-Beckert defines the appropriate process and puts the required equipment at the customer’s disposal.

The product area Felting will highlight special needle solutions for different applications of the nonwovens industry. As the Groz-Beckert range of products includes needle types with a variety of barb sizes, barb shapes, working part gauges and working part cross-sections, the right needle can be offered for the most different applications.

For example, if a high surface quality is desired, Groz-Beckert Gebecon® and EcoStar® felting needles are recommended. The Gebecon® felting needle, that was among the top 3 of this year’s RISE Durable Product Award, is characterized by an increased stability compared to a conventional standard felting needle and, at the same time, provides a high needle elasticity and produces a good surface quality in the pre-needling process. The EcoStar® needle, used for intermediate and finish needling, guarantees a high surface quality of the end product. For products that require a particularly high tensile strength, the Twisted needle is the most suitable choice. Its special feature – the twisted working part – ensures a particularly efficient needling. It is used in the production of automotive textiles, geotextiles and other applications.

For the mechanical bonding of nonwovens, among others used for hygiene and medical products, Groz-Beckert offers jet strips in all customary dimensions and nozzle geometries – and made from different materials.

At the exhibition, three jet strip version made of different materials will be presented: HyTec® Standard, HyTec® D and HyTec® Gebedur®. The material used for the HyTec® Standard is characterized by an excellent corrosion resistance. The material used for HyTec® D additionally provides an increased stability and protects the jet strip even better.

Moreover, its surface quality prevents the accumulation of dirt. The Gebedur® version is characterized by a special treatment giving the jet strip a high surface resistance in the area of the capillary edges. This results in a long service life of the HyTec® Gebedur jet strip, with homogeneous product properties.