Conference Programme

Day One: 10 October 2018 09:00-17:30

Introduction, aims and themes of the conference: overview of the major high-performance application markets for nonwovens
Adrian Wilson, Chair (UK)

Keynote: The contribution of synthetic fibres to a balanced use of resources 
Heinz Meierkord, CEO, Advansa & outgoing CIRFS President (Germany)

Session One: Fibres and raw materials - challenges and innovations

The global rise of industrial-scale nanofibre manufacturing
Kari Luukkonen, Finetex (Finland)

Nanofibre structures for cosmetics and niche clinical and technical applications
Liliana Berezkinová, Nanopharma (Czech Republic)

Strengthening SAF fibres
James Docherty, Product Development Specialist, Technical Absorbents (UK)

New polymer developments for meltblown and extrusion
Speaker to be confirmed

Forum discussion Session One

Session Two: Pioneering fabrics and finishing

Flax and natural fibre innovations for the automotive sector
Karim Behlouli, Director General, EcoTechnilin (France)

Functionalising nonwovens with advanced material particles 
Matthew Tipper, Business Director, NIRI (UK)

Intelligent hybrids - new and sustainable durable water repellent coating for nonwovens and textiles
Oliver Sonntag, CEO, Nano-Care Deutschland AG (Germany)

Enzymatic polymerization: polysaccharides and applications  in textile coatings (also bio-based materials)
Christian Lenges, Business Development, DuPont Industrial BioSciences (USA)

Next generation binders
Sören Butz, European Technical Service Manager Textiles, Synthomer (Germany)

Forum discussion Session Two

Day Two: 11 October 2018 09:00-17:00

Keynote 2: Contributing to a balanced use of resources 
Speaker to be confirmed

Session Three: Novel process technologies

Dry powder impregnation technology 
Jérôme Ville, Technical Sales Manager, Fibroline SA (France)

Foam forming technology - pushing the limits of the wetlaid process
Harri Kiiskinen, VTT (Finland)

Flexible thermoelectric generator based on printable nonwoven structures
Liana Sinowzik, STFI (Germany)

Papermorphosis: new technology for adding MD and CD stretch in paper, with potential for the nonwovens industry
Marion Sterner, Gruppo X srl (Italy)

Ultrasonic welding an alternative method for increasing sustainability and realizing top speed remarkable applications
Raquel Roussel Garcia, Applications Development Nonwovens, Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)

M-Rays: High-coverage inline basis-weight measurement of nonwovens
Robin Michiels, Sales & Business Development, Hammer-IMS (Belgium)

Forum discussion Session Three

Session Four: Protecting and exploiting nonwoven opportunities

Protecting innovation - the fabric of a growing business
Darren Mitchell, Partner, Potter Clarkson LLC (UK)

Future opportunities for advanced and high-performance nonwovens
Adrian Wilson, Chair (UK)

Forum discussion Session Four

Programme correct at 16 May 2018. International Newsletters Ltd reserves the right to make amendments and additions as necessary.