Please find below the Abstracts of the conference presentations and some of the topics they raised.
The most disruptive technologies in high-performance nonwoven applications: forecast to 2028. Speaker Ania Krolak, Senior Consulting Manager, Smithers Pira (UK)
- What are the disruptive technologies that will continue to drive the high rate of growth in the nonwovens market over the next ten years?
- What are the high-performance applications that will benefit most from the adoption of these technologies?
- How big is the market for nonwovens and how fast will it grow in the near- and long-term?
The contribution of synthetic fibres to a balanced use of resources. Keynote Speaker Heinz Meierkord, CEO, Advansa & immediate past-President, CIRFS (Germany)
- Why do so many assume that the use of natural rather than man-made fibres is more beneficial for the environment?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of natural and man-made fibres with respect to production, use and recycling?
- What more can the fibre manufacturing industry do to protect the environment?
Nanofibre structures for cosmetics and niche clinical and technical applications. Speaker Liliana Berezkinová, CEO & Co-Owner, Nanopharma (Czech Republic)
- What are nanofibers and in what forms can they be taken up by industry?
- How do we accelerate their translation from a niche material to a mainstream source of innovation of obsolete and new products?
- Case study: The first Dry Sheet Nanofibre Mask.
- New opportunities for industrial and consumer markets.
Strengthening SAF fibres. Speaker James Docherty, Product Development Specialist, Technical Absorbents (UK)
- What are superabsorbent nonwovens and what can they be used for?
- How did Technical Absorbents make these fabrics stronger and more robust?
- What were the challenges overcome during this development?
- What was the commercial reasoning behind this work?
Meltspun nonwovens made from engineering resins. Speaker Mark Smith, R&D Manager, Fibre Extrusion Technology Ltd (UK)
- How can high melt viscosity polymers with high melting temperatures be successfully meltspun to form nonwoven webs?
- What sorts of polymers can the processed using the methods and equipment developed?
- What are the unique properties and characteristics of the resulting fabrics?
- What new opportunities do such nonwovens offer?
Viscose: part of the solution, not the problem. Keynote speaker Matthew North, Commercial Director, Kelheim Fibres (Germany)
- What are the effects on industry of growing public awareness and increasing regulation related to the impact of manufacturing on the environment?
- To what extent is industry responsible for educating consumers and developing products that minimize environmental damage?
- How best can manufacturers communicate the benefits of sustainable products and will consumers be prepared to pay more for them?
- How should producers choose from among the burgeoning number of certification systems that can be used to demonstrate the sustainability of their products?
Flax and natural fibre innovations for the automotive sector. Speaker Karim Behlouli, Director General, EcoTechnilin (France)
- Why use flax fibres as reinforcements?
- How can the cost of unidirectional (UD) flax preforms and woven flax fabrics be reduced?
- Can the market be convinced of the cost/performance benefits of these materials?
- What other composite applications are there for flax fibres?
Functionalising nonwovens with advanced material particles. Speaker Matthew Tipper, Business Director, NIRI (UK)
- What are metal-organic framework (MOF) particles, and how can their large surface areas be exploited to absorb and store volatile organic compounds (VOCs)?
- How can MOFs be integrated into nonwovens to make commercial products for the filtration and separation industry?
- What structures and forms of MOF are best suited to these products?
- What other performance applications can these functionalized fabrics fulfil?
Enzymatic polymerization: polysaccharides and applications in textile coatings (also bio-based materials). Speaker Christian Lenges, Business Development, DuPont Industrial BioSciences (USA)
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Next generation binders. Speaker Sören Butz, European Technical Service Manager Textiles, Synthomer (Germany)
- What are the environmental and health challenges behind the development of polymer dispersions for the manufacture of nonwovens?
- How are legislation and regulation affecting the requirements of fabric manufacturers?
- How does Synthomer approach the development of low-emission, formaldehyde-free binders?
- What new opportunities do these products present?
E-mobility and the key impacts on nonwovens markets. Keynote speaker Silke Brand-Kirsche, Executive Partner, Schlegel und Partner (Germany)
- Why do industry observers predict that electrically powered vehicles will enjoy sales success in the coming years?
- What are the remaining hurdles that need to be overcome in this sector?
- How can nonwovens (and other textiles) make a contribution to this growing sector?
- Where are the biggest opportunities for nonwovens and what must manufacturers do now to maximize the potential benefits?
- Will there be new opportunities for nonwovens to offer as yet unrealized benefits and functions?
Dry powder impregnation technology. Speaker Jérôme Ville, Technical Sales Manager, Fibroline SA (France)
- What are the key principles behind a unique technology for impregnating dry powers?
- What new applications have been realised by this innovative coating method?
- How have the latest developments, concerning either low powder content or high-speed processing, been realised?
- How has the technology been successfully commercialized in, for instance, the medical and hygiene sector?
Foam forming technology - pushing the limits of the wetlaid process. Speaker Harri Kiiskinen, Principal Scientist, VTT (Finland)
- What are the principal advantages of conventional wet-lay web formation?
- How can foam-forming technology be adapted to improve wet-laid fabrics?
- What are the unique characteristics of the fabrics made using this new approach?
- How does controlling the characteristics of the foam allow users to tailor the structures of the final products?
Flexible thermoelectric generator based on printable nonwoven structures. Speaker Liana Sinowzik, Scientific Staff, Centre of Excellence in Nonwovens, Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut eV (STFI) (Germany)
- How can thermoelectric generators (TEG) convert waste heat into electricity?
- Is it possible to develop flexible TEGs using nonwovens and printable thermoelectric pastes?
- What new applications would be made possible by such flexible TEGs?
- What has been learned from the development of the first flexible TEGs and what needs to be done to commercialize such devices?
Papermorphosis: new technology for adding machine direction (MD) and cross-machine direction (CD) stretch in paper, with potential for the nonwovens industry. Speaker Marion Sterner, Advance Development of R&D, Gruppo X srl (Italy)
- How has it been possible to introduce stretch in the machine direction (MD) and cross-machine direction (CD) of fibrous webs?
- What are the other unique properties of the papers this approach produces?
- What are the potential applications for such papers?
- How can this paper technology be adapted for nonwovens?
Ultrasonic welding an alternative method for increasing sustainability and realizing top speed remarkable applications. Speaker Marcus Reimann, Sales Director Nonwovens, Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik GmbH & Co KG (Germany)
- What are the principles of ultrasonic welding?
- How can the adoption of ultrasonic welding benefit nonwovens manufacturers and the environment?
- What future developments can the market expect?
High-coverage inline basis-weight measurement of nonwovens. Speaker Robin Michiels, Sales & Business Development, Hammer-IMS (Belgium)
- What are the advantages of using millimetre wavelength electromagnetic radiation (M-Rays) for the inline measurement of nonwoven basis weights?
- What sorts of fabrics can be assessed in this way?
- What are the tolerance limits of the technique?
- How does the use of this technology benefit manufacturers?
Wet laying and spunlacing - a winning combination. Keynote Speakers Oliver Crasser, Sales Manager, Voith Paper & Thomas Weigert, Director Application Technology, Trützschler Nonwovens (Germany)
- What are the benefits of the wet-laid process?
- What are the benefits of the hydroentanglement process?
- Why is the combination of these two technologies such a compelling proposition?
- How are nonwovens transitioning towards more sustainable production methods?
The intelligent control of pneumatic fibre transport and filtration systems on drylaid nonwoven lines. Speaker Christian Möbitz, Scientific Researcher, ITA at RWTH Aachen (Germany)
- What steps can manufacturers of drylaid nonwovens take to reduce their consumption of energy?
- How does an intelligent control system for delivery of the fibres help to minimize energy use while ensuring the production of good-quality fabric?
- What are the important characteristics to consider when designing such a control system?
- Can such a system be made affordably and what are the anticipated energy savings?
Protecting innovation - the fabric of a growing business. Speaker Darren Mitchell, Partner, Potter Clarkson LLC (UK)
- Why is the protection of intellectual property an essential tool for innovators and businesses?
- How can full understanding of intellectual property save time, money and effort during research and development?
- What are the current development trends within the nonwoven sector and how can an awareness of intellectual property help monitor them?
- How can any business integrate intellectual property into its business model?
Adrian Wilson, Chair (UK)
- What have we learned from the conference?