Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment Increased Order Intake and Sales in 2019

Facing adverse market trends, the Oerlikon Group’s order intake slightly decreased year-on-year by 0.7% to CHF 672 million. However, the Group succeeded in increasing sales by 5.3% to CHF 700 million.

“In the increasingly challenging market environment, we delivered a good performance for the second quarter and for the first half of 2019, driven by strong results of our manmade fibers business,” said Dr. Roland Fischer, CEO Oerlikon Group. “We increased Group sales and sustained operating profitability. Group orders came in slightly lower in the second quarter due to weak markets. The results underscore the resilience of our business while facing tough markets and confirm that we have a sound strategy and business model.”

“Economic growth around the world is stalling, resulting in lower investments in equipment and industrial production. These developments have impacted most of our end markets, from automotive to tooling and general industries, encompassing sectors such as semiconductors and electronics. Amid mounting geopolitical and market uncertainties, and given that the anticipated market recovery for our surface solutions business in the second half of the year is no longer visible, we are adjusting our guidance for 2019,” added Dr. Fischer. “Based on our reassessment, we expect to deliver around the same level of performance as for the full-year 2018.”

Oerlikon Group second quarter review

In the second quarter of 2019, the global economy further slowed down, exacerbated by drawn-out trade disputes. Significantly weaker-than-expected industrial production translated to lower volumes, and consequently reining in of investments for equipment and declining demand for services. These developments were registered across multiple markets, including automotive, tooling and general industries, and partly in aerospace.

Facing adverse market trends, the Oerlikon Group’s order intake slightly decreased year-on-year by 0.7% to CHF 672 million. However, the Group succeeded in increasing sales by 5.3% to CHF 700 million, underlining Oerlikon’s structural growth and resilient business model built on technology leadership in long-term attractive markets. At constant exchange rates, sales stood at CHF 720 million. EBITDA for the second quarter increased to CHF 121 million, corresponding to a margin of 17.3%. EBIT for Q2 2019 was at CHF 70 million, or 10.1% of sales. The second-quarter performance resulted in a rolling 12?month Oerlikon Group return on capital employed (ROCE) of 9.5%.

Oerlikon Group half-year overview

In the first half of 2019, the Group’s order intake declined year-on-year by 5.7% to CHF 1 352 million, primarily due to the record level of orders in the manmade fibers business in the first half of 2018. Sales came in 4.3% higher than the prior year, reaching CHF 1 324 million. With the increase in sales, the EBITDA for the half year amounted to CHF 214 million, corresponding to a margin of 16.2%. The results from continuing operations for the half year came in at CHF 80 million – a 12% decrease year-over-year, primarily due to an increase in the cost of sales.

As of June 30, 2019, Oerlikon had equity (attributable to shareholders of the parent) of CHF 1 798 million, representing an equity ratio of 48% (year end 2018: 44%). Net cash on June 30, 2019 amounted to CHF 380 million (year end 2018: CHF 398 million) after dividend payouts of CHF 1 per share and the repayment of a CHF 300 million Swiss bond. Cash flow from operating activities for the first half of 2019 decreased to CHF -11 million, compared to CHF 194 million in 2018, due to an increase in receivables and inventories, as well as a decrease in payables and contract liabilities.

2019 outlook adjusted

Global economic slowdown is expected to prevail in the second half of 2019, with looming threats from geopolitical instabilities and concerns that trade disputes could intensify. As a result, Oerlikon is adjusting its guidance. Despite the aforementioned environment, Group orders, sales and the EBITDA margin are projected to be sustained at around the same level as in 2018. Specifically, order intake is anticipated to reach up to CHF 2.7 billion, sales are to exceed CHF 2.6 billion and the EBITDA margin is to be around 15.5%.

Manmade Fibers Segment

The Manmade Fibers Segment succeeded in sustaining its high level of performance – increasing order intake by 5.7% and sales by 18.5% in the second quarter. Sales in the second quarter represented the highest level of sales achieved by the segment since 2013. Sales growth was recorded primarily in textile applications such as filament equipment and texturing, and was substantiated by a healthy demand for systems used in industrial yarn spinning (special filament) and nonwovens (plant engineering).

Sales increased significantly in Europe (>140%), albeit from a low base, while China saw a healthy 26% growth. A decline in sales was registered in North America (-15%) and in India (-85%) compared to the second quarter of 2018.

Lenzing™ Fibers Help to Improve The Quality of Life for Butterfly Children

Undergarments, pajamas and bed linens tested for months. Moisture management of fibers reduce sweating and hence itching. Soft and smooth fibers lead to fewer skin injuries.  

The Lenzing Group, market leader for specialty fibers from the renewable raw material wood, has been providing both financial support and textiles made of its fibers to DEBRA Austria, the patient organization for “butterfly children.”

In recent months, several patients with the skin disorder Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) have tested leggings, undergarments, pajamas, quilts and bed linens made of TENCEL™ fibers and have found them to be comfortable and skin-friendly. The skin of EB patients is fragile like the wings of a butterfly. For this reason, coarse fibers, scratching seams, buttons, zippers and fibers which hardly or do not at all absorb sweat frequently lead to additional blisters and sores and increased itching. In contrast, TENCEL™ fibers feature particularly good moisture management and thus support the nature temperature-regulating properties of the body.

“Lenzing™ fibers are characterized by their special softness and are thus pleasant for the ‘butterfly children’ to wear”, says Stefan Doboczky, Chief Executive Officer of the Lenzing Group. “We are proud that textiles made of our fibers are very positively received by young and older EB patients and that we are able to make an important contribution here to improving their quality of life. We make use of positive feedback to develop new products which are even softer and more comfortable.” he adds.

“I am pleased that the Lenzing Group is devoting its attention to further developing specialty fibers, which is an important topic for ‘butterfly children’. This is because pleasant and soft garments which support the nature temperature regulation of the skin and thus a cool and dry feeling contribute to a better quality of life for younger and older patients on a daily basis”, states Rainer Riedl, father of a “butterfly child” and Chairman and Managing Director of DEBRA Austria.

Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a genetic disease which is currently incurable. The skin of affected people is particularly vulnerable due to the lack of structural proteins, like the wings of a butterfly. This condition is the origin of the name “butterfly children”. Thanks to its TENCEL™ fibers, the Lenzing Group has a product which stands out due to its particular softness and high moisture absorption and therefore offers outstanding wearing comfort. The cooperation of DEBRA Austria and the Lenzing Group as well as other partners such as the Ebensee Fashion School will be continued due to the positive feedback.

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Kordsa Acquires AXIOM Materials with an Investment of USD 181 Million

Kordsa, a subsidiary of Sabancı Holding and a global player in the reinforcement technologies market, acquired US-based Axiom Materials.

This acquisition of USD 181 million paved the way for Kordsa to be the only worldwide qualified manufacturer of Oxide-Oxide ceramic matrix composites.

Kordsa has stepped into the advanced composite materials industry with Composite Technologies Center of Excellence, conjointly established with Sabancı University. Kordsa has expanded its area of operations and competencies with its 2018’s acquisitions of Fabric Development, Textile Products and Advanced Honeycomb Technologies providing advanced composite materials to the aerospace industry. With the acquisition of Axiom Materials, Kordsa has completed the first phase of its goal to build a second Kordsa in composite technologies. Widely used in aircraft engines, the value-added materials produced by Axiom Materials have different applications in various industries and are considered as the material of the future. This acquisition, which is critical to develop Kordsa’s competencies in strategic and high growth areas, strengthens Kordsa’s potential to develop new products.

Pointing out the position of Kordsa in the Holding’s vision,  as Sabancı of  New Generation, Mehmet Göçmen, Sabancı Holding CEO, said: “Dynamic portfolio management and high technology-oriented investments are critical areas of focus in the transformation process of Sabancı Group. Kordsa, the flagship of our vision to grow in high value added industries, transforms into a company capable of producing advanced material technologies with its investment of approximately USD 300 million in composite technologies in the last two years. Following the acquisition of four US-based major companies, Kordsa built a business line with annual gross revenue of over USD 150 million. With this new investments, Kordsa as the supplier of leading global companies, now becomes the only worldwide qualified manufacturer of Oxide-Oxide ceramic matrix composites. This key acquisition, which is a clear sign of our mindset to manage our business based on universal standards, will also support the development of our country in international markets.”

Cenk Alper, Sabancı Holding Industrials Group President and Chairman of Kordsa, regarding the acquisition of Axiom Materials stated: “We continue to support our organic growth in the composite technologies market with inorganic growth investments. We took the first step of our growth strategy with the Composite Technologies Center of Excellence, one of the few integrated production centers in the world. Our journey went ahead in aerospace industry with Fabric Development and Textile Products, which produce highly-engineered structural materials; our competency has expanded with the acquisition of Advanced Honeycomb Technologies, which produces advanced materials for cabin interior parts. With this investment, we will create a growth platform in North America, the aerospace hub.”

Ali Çalışkan, Kordsa CEO, regarding the purchase of Axiom Materials, which leads the composite market through its R&D studies, stated: “We took a very important step that reinforces our vision ‘Inspired from life, we reinforce life’. With the acquisition of Axiom Materials providing advanced technology composite materials to the next generation transportation vehicles as well as the aerospace industries and leading the composite market through its R&D studies, we have expanded our expertise in the field of composites and finalized the portfolio of advanced composite intermediates. With the acquisition of Axiom, we  completed the first phase of our goal to build a second Kordsa in composite technologies. Today, we are the only worldwide qualified manufacturer of Oxide-Oxide ceramic matrix composites. I am both proud and excited for the days ahead. After the tires, wings, hulls and the interior of the aircrafts, Kordsa will also reinforce aircraft engines. “

Yingyang: Our Priority is to Produce Quality and Environmentally Friendly Solutions

Chinese company Jiangsu Yingyang Nonwoven Machinery, established in 1993, is a leading nonwoven equipment manufacturer integrating nonwoven equipment and products with its research and development, technical process and supportive service.

YingYang’s product range includes needled nonwoven fabrics, filter materials, products for the furniture and bedding industry, spunbond lines, polyester and polypropylene spunbond and meltblown lines, natural fiber and waste materials, calender machines, winding, slitting and recycling machines.

YingYang exports 55 percent of its production. Among the countries where the company sells machinery; 72 countries are taking part including USA, Germany, Canada, England, Belgium, Mexico and Turkey.

We interviewed with Fan Liyuan, Chairman of YingYang, who participated in ITMA 2019. Liyuan said, as the company they reserve 5% of their turnover for R & D. “Our priority is to develop; high capacity, high quality, safely, environmentally friendly and automatic solutions.” he said.

What is the focus of YingYang’s productions?

We want to make the YingYang brand known all over the world. YingYang is one of the most value-producing companies in machine development in the world. Thanks to our full production lines in our factory, we do not confine ourselves to manufacturing but we also carry out the testing process ourselves, and we gain enough experience by experimenting with different types of fibers on each machine and increasing our technical knowledge about production.

Which products did you exhibit at ITMA 2019?

We introduced new technologies, by upgrading our existing machines by adding sensors and new electronic components. One of the products we introduced; YYQR Random Velour needle loom: The purpose of random velour machine is to make a non-directional velour pile effect on a nonwoven substrate for end uses such as automotive, floor covering, wall covering and felt for toys etc.

In addition, we presented synthetic leather, which is a high quality product made from micro fiber. This technology is to produce synthetic leather, close to leather in look and feel and mainly used in automobiles. We also exhibited our technology which we use in the production of diapers.

Are you satisfied with the interest of visitors to your products?

We’re very pleased. We also had new customers who came with the advice of our existing customers.

How does Yin Yang work to produce reliable and durable machines?

We have a strong R & D laboratory. We perform all tests in this laboratory and obtain clear data for each product. We reserve 5% of our turnover to R & D and constantly develop new products.

What are your most demanded products?

We have a wide product portfolio and it is hard to tell which one is in more demand. Because it varies according to region and period. Our products such as flooring, carpet, automotive interior upholstery are in high demand at this time.

If you have to assess in terms of export markets, what is the importance of Turkey for your company?

Turkey is an important market for YingYang. Our customers in Turkey are quite satisfied with our products.

Interview: Dilek Hayırlı

VEOCEL™ Launches New Certification Criteria to Elevate Sustainability and Biodegradability

With the new certification scheme for its VEOCEL™ branded fibers, Lenzing establishes its fiber brand as a label of trust for eco-conscious consumers. Only personal care and beauty products made from 100% cellulosic and biodegradable fiber materials are now qualified to feature the VEOCEL™ logo.

Lenzing Group (Lenzing) unveiled the new co-branding certification criteria for its specialty nonwoven ingredient brand – VEOCEL™. From 1 July 2019, the VEOCEL™ logo will only be featured on personal care and beauty products made from 100% cellulosic and biodegradable fiber materials. This is an industry-first approach to establish a fiber ingredient brand as a label of trust, which aims to facilitate consumers in identifying sustainable nonwovens personal care and beauty products such as wipes, moist toilet tissues and facial sheet masks.

Lenzing, as a nonwovens fiber producer and advocate for sustainability, has taken an industry first step to enable consumers to make eco-conscious choices. Brands and retailers who intend to feature the VEOCEL™ logo on their personal care and beauty products may now only use blends of raw materials that are entirely cellulosic and biodegradable. Such valiant move further represents Lenzing’s commitment to offer sustainable solutions for consumers who would like to enjoy the convenience of single-use products with a clear conscience.

Reinforce the VEOCEL™ brand promise and the new certification criteria

“Natural circularity” – the brand promise of VEOCEL™, is based on three main pillars: botanic origin, environmentally sound production and biodegradability. VEOCEL™ branded fibers are made from the renewable raw material wood and produced through environmentally responsible processes. The fibers are fully biodegradable, endowed with the ability to break down safely and quickly and fully revert back to nature after disposal.

VEOCEL™ branded products range from fibers in personal care and beauty wipes, moist toilet tissues to facial sheet masks. The introduction of new certification criteria further upholds the VEOCEL™ brand’s label of trust promise, allowing only 100% cellulosic and biodegradable materials such as LENZING™ branded viscose, cotton and wood pulp to blend with VEOCEL™ branded fibers. Such stringent measures safeguard the label of trust commitment and benchmark of the VEOCEL™ brand, and consumers can be ensured that VEOCEL™ co-branded products are free from fossil-based materials and bio-plastics.

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Dilo Group Focuses on Energy Saving, Sustainability and Industry 4.0

Dilo Group exhibited a complete operating production line at ITMA 2019. This line illustrated improvements and modifications as well as innovations in numerous machine design-engineering aspects.

The complete technological process starting with fibre preparation via card feeding, to precise web forming and the new Hyperpunch Hα needling shown at the exhibition.

We interviewed with Dilo Group General Manager Johann Philipp Dilo, who we visited at the booth during the ITMA 2019. Stating that they focus on sustainability, Industry 4.0 and environmentally friendly products, Philipp Dilo said that they are working on new products that will save energy.

Dilo Group exhibited a complete production line at ITMA 2019. Can you listen to the details and products of this line?

In the fibre preparation phase with DiloTemafa components, the “Baltromix Pro” showed a faster blend changeover which is a prerequisite for even higher throughput. An exact control of the filling level avoids idling or over-filling by feeding fibre bales with the aid of a “bale timer”. The sensor module “DI-LoWatt” assures fibre transport with a minimum of air and thus saves energy.

After the “VectorQuadroCard” the latest version of our high speed crosslapper “HyperLayer” included which allows highest throughput at small to medium layering widths and which is especially suited for hydroentanglement lines.

The needleloom on show – DI-LOOM OD-II SLHαV – is equipped with the new needle pattern 6000X to give a very homogeneous stitching distribution.

In the field of “textile additive manufacturing” the “3D-Lofter” offered further chances of fibre savings for needlefelts used in the automotive and other applications because topologically distributed fibre masses can be positioned in the felt where needed by so called “individual webforming spots.”

What are the advantages of assist operating system ‘diloline 4.0’?

“diloline 4.0” includes a wide variety of “smart manufacturing” actions in collaboration with Siemens which all aim at further simplifying operation, increasing transparency in web forming and consolidation thereby increasing efficiency. Production data are stored, documented and compared. An “alarm monitor” indicates disturbances. A production analysis documents the reasons for standstill times. This data can be used to avoid disturbances. Numerous information modules can be recalled via mobile apps and cloud data (mindSpheres). All these methods to control the machines and to generate production data will be helpful to further secure the complex functions within the production system independently of personnel and shift.

How does Dilo strive to deliver reliable and new machines?

When it comes to innovation, instead of adopting the classic approach of market research first, we think about what we can improve on our existing machines. We do our own research. So when we find an area that can be developed, we apply different models using our creativity. We first examine the idea we have found in different ways, and then exchange it with customers to launch the product. We have pilot customers with whom we work together during product development, in other words, customers who use our products for the first time. Then we gradually grow the idea into the market.

What have been your company’s biggest achievements over the past 12 months?

One of our biggest achievements is our fully functional needling line  which we exhibited at the ITMA. Dilo emphasizes the central position this technology takes in the worldwide nonwoven production. Needled products can be found in many applications such as floor covering, automotive interior linings, technical needlefelts,  filtration media, geotextiles, mattress, bed and upholstery, wipes and papermachine felts.  The needle pattern has changed in our new needle loom. This needle pattern allows you to get a much more regular service of the needle product. I consider that this a major breakthrough.

What is your company taking to adapt to sustainability in manufacturing?

Sustainability is an important term, an important issue, and we take this issue seriously. But we are in an area that involves the mechanical transformation of fibers into textile products. The mechanical solutions we have developed, such as carding, needling and cross bonding, are more consumer-friendly than previous solutions. We realized that 50% of the energy consumption was caused by fiber passing through tubes and we developed a new system that uses less electricity. With the reduction in energy requirements, we reduced the use of fans and continue to follow the process. By reducing the consumption in the tubes, we obtain the lowest energy consumption rate and the most efficient results.

If you assess in terms of export market, what is the importance of Turkey for your company?

Turkey has a great importance for our company and the textile industry. Because it is a very vibrant and very dynamic market. We know that the textile sector in Turkey is a powerful and innovative and constantly progressing. Of course there are ups and downs from time to time, but in the long run, there is a steadily increasing production, especially in the area of nonwoven fabric. Therefore, our sales and technical support teams have an office in Istanbul. In this way, we show that we stand behind our products in the market. We are continuously increasing our achievements and market share.

Interview: Dilek Hayırlı

Body Armor To Replace Over 1 Lakh Bulletproof Vests

Body Armor Direct, the number one online direct-to-consumer retailer of government certified body armour has announced a new initiative to replace over 100,000 non-government certified ballistic vests currently in use across US by law enforcement, security personnel and others. Body Armor Direct’s armours are certified by National Institute of Justice.

“Our factory is subject to the compliance test programme. This allows the government to inspect and test our body armour vests at an independent ballistic laboratory to ensure they continue to perform as expected. Whereas non-government certified compliant body armour has no formal oversight,” said Dave Goldberg, chief executive officer, Body Armor Direct in a press release by the company. “Our team is working to educate consumers on the benefits of certified vests by the National Institute of Justice vs non certified compliant body armour vests.”

Body Armor Direct was founded in January 2018 by Dave Goldberg with the mission to save lives. The company sells direct on its website and does not have the traditional dealer, distributor or manufacturers representative network. It offers standard products in standard sizes and all products are Made in US. Customers include the federal government, state and local agencies, corrections, private security companies, schools, churches, hospitals, hotels, lawyers, doctors, athletes, celebrities, businesses and the general public nationwide.

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Archroma To Introduce New Water-Based Ultra-Low Voc Coating Technology

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, has launched at the recent ITMA exhibition its new Lurapret® N5396 & N5392 liq, a water-based ultra-low VOC polyurethane (PU) polymer coating technology.

The innovation was developed in compliance with “The Archroma Way: safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature”. The approach finds its origin in Archroma’s deep belief that it is possible to make the textile industry sustainable, economically and ecologically.

Coatings are used in the textile industry to achieve features such as waterproofness, flexibility, durability and UV resistance. With the growing demand for safer and more ecological products, water-based PU coatings are progressively prevailing as the preferred coating technology.

Lurapret® N5396 & N5392 liq have been developed to provide textile manufacturers with an additional water-based option that delivers high performance to the coated fabrics of demanding applications, such as indoor and outdoor textiles, nonwovens and papers.

Initially developed for the chemical bonding and coating for backpack and other industrial products, Lurapret® N5396 & N5392 liq also improve the mechanical properties of the treated material such as their tensile strength and scratch resistance.

The new products will be the core of Archroma’s Safe Seats system. The system, which combines Lurapret® N5392 & N5396 liq with Archroma’s halogen-free* Pekoflam® STC p flame retardant, allows to create a halogen-free* flame retardant coating system for synthetic leather upholstery.

Using Lurapret® N5396 & N5392 liq together with Archroma’s Nuva® N2155 & N4547 soil protection and release finishes, enables customers to achieve highest standards in water-repellence and waterproofness.

Lurapret® N5396 & N5392 liq can be applied by impregnation, coating (paste or foam), and spray, and are compliant with the ZDHC and bluesign® requirements.

“The new Lurapret® N5396 & N5392 liq coating polymers perfectly illustrate Archroma’s commitment to challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable”, says Thomas Seeger, Global Business Development Manager for Finishing, Brand & Performance Textile Specialties, at Archroma, whilst at the same time helping our customers to develop high performance textile articles and added value for their business. That is what The Archroma Way is about. Because it’s our nature!”

* Below limits of detection
Lurapret®, Nuva® and Pekoflam® are trademarks of Archroma registered in many countries.
© 2019 Archroma

Kelheim Fibres

Kelheim Fibres wins World of Wipes Innovation Award

During the World of Wipes in Atlanta, the Bavarian manufacturer of viscose speciality fibres has been presented with the World of Wipes Innovation Award.

The award recognizes the newly developed Danufil®QR fibre, a positively charged viscose fibre, that was specifically designed for use in disinfectant wipes: Danufil® QR is the only viscose fibre worldwide that – in contrast to standard viscose fibres – binds less than 10% of “quats” (quarternary ammonium compounds), so that this common disinfectant can release its intended effect in the wipe. Danufil® QR fibres are completely made of renewable cellulose and therefore fully biodegradable. They can be easily processed with all nonwovens technologies.

The annually presented WoW Innovation Award honours products that both expand the use of nonwovens and demonstrate creativity, uniqueness, and technical sophistication. The unique thing about the award: One third of the votes comes directly from the WOW attendees.

“Product innovations have a right to exist only if they work in practice and if they create added value. Therefore, we are particularly pleased about this approval from the industry”, says Matthew North, Commercial Director at Kelheim Fibres.

North also takes the award as a confirmation of the company’s strategy: After a large fire in October 2018, Kelheim Fibres is currently rebuilding their fibre production site.

“We seize the historic opportunity to rebuild our plant with state-of-the-art technology and to meet the latest environmental standards. At the same time, we use the resulting slow-down in production to focus our energy even more on new fibre developments and process improvements. “Coming back stronger” remains our motto!”

WOW 2019

INDA’s World of Wipes® 2019 International Conference Provided Valuable Connections and New Ideas for a Circular Economy

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, reports its 13th annual World of Wipes® (WOW) International Conference connected 390 participants from 19 countries to advance their wipes business in Atlanta, GA, June 24-27.

WOW provided valuable program 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.

“World of Wipes was a great experience and a productive meeting for us.  We are looking into the other upcoming INDA programs, and especially intend to be at WOW again next year,” said Howard J. Bochnek VP – Technology and Scientific Affairs, North American Infection Control Ltd. and American Infection Control, Inc.

“It’s worth coming every time.  I met customers and made some new ones,” said Jay Roth, Director of Sales, Elsner Engineering Works, Inc.

Among the event highlights was the announcement of Danufil® QR Fibres from Kelheim Fibres as the winner of this year’s World of Wipes Innovation Award®. The innovative new fiber is a positively charged viscose fiber that does not bind to “quat” disinfectants, can be processed with all nonwoven technologies, and is fully biodegradable. The annual award recognizes the product that most expands the use of nonwovens and demonstrates creativity, novelty, uniqueness, and technical sophistication within the entire nonwovens wipes value chain.

Held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, in Atlanta, Georgia, the event attracted 54 tabletop displays to connect and create commerce with meaningful relationships throughout the entire wipes supply chain.  “The strength and value of the World of Wipes event was clearly demonstrated at the tabletop display evenings when exhibitors and conference attendees continued their conversations well after the exhibition concluded—people were so engaged they didn’t want to leave,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President.

Program 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 Corporation and Tracy A. Doucet, Senior Director, Research and Engineering, Kimberly-Cark Global Nonwovens presented “Wiping Responsibly” featuring insights into Kimberly-Clark’s methods to create a more circular model for a sustainable future.

Participants connected face-to-face with hundreds of wipes professionals during the Welcome Reception atop the 49th floor in The Commerce Club, with stunning views and live music, to connect with fellow industry professionals.

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.

“This year’s program content addressed the critical issues of our industry—economics, sustainability, and political issues facing wipes producers and marketers. WOW serves as the nexus for international wipes professionals to convene and connect,” said Dave Rousse, INDA president.

Other presentation highlights included:

  • How to Navigate the Amazon Jungle – Richard Palmer, President, Nehemiah Manufacturing Company
  • Global Market for Baby Care Today and Tomorrow – Janet O’Regan, Director, Nonwovens Marketing, Cotton Incorporated
  • Driving the Market Through Ingredient Transparency – Nicole Acevedo, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Elavo Mundi Solutions, LLC
  • Industrial Wipes: Market Driven Innovations – Paul Harmon, EVP Commercial HH&S, Berry Global, Inc.
  • Consumer Insights in Sustainable Materials – Jonathan Layer, Business Development Manager-Americas, Fibertex Nonwovens Inc.
  • A New Sustainable Cellulosic Fiber Option for Nonwovens– Jon Woods, General Manager, Textiles and Nonwovens, Eastman Chemical Company  

WOW networking events included two evening receptions, daily breakfasts, and networking breaks.

INDA announced that WOW 2020 will be held June 22-25, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For information visit www.worldofwipes.org and follow @WipesCon on Twitter.