Conference Programme

Day One: 10 October 2018 09:00-17:30

The most disruptive technologies in high-performance nonwoven applications: forecast to 2028
Ania Krolak, Senior Consulting Manager, Smithers Pira (UK) followed by Q&A

Session One: Fibres and raw materials - challenges and innovations

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

Nanofibre structures for cosmetics and niche clinical and technical applications
Liliana Berezkinová, CEO & Co-Owner, Nanopharma (Czech Republic)

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

Meltspun nonwovens made from engineering resins
Mark Smith, R&D Manager, Fibre Extrusion Technology Ltd (UK)

Keynote Two: Viscose: Part of the solution, not the problem 
Matthew North, Commercial Director, Kelheim Fibres (Germany)

Forum discussion Session One
Session chair: Adrian Wilson, Conference Chair (UK)

Session Two: Pioneering fabrics and finishing

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

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

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

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
Session chair: Heinz Meierkord, CEO, Advansa (Germany)

Day Two: 11 October 2018 09:00-16:45

Keynote Three: E-mobility and the key impacts on nonwovens markets 
Silke Brand-Kirsch, Executive Partner, Schlegel und Partner (Germany) followed by Q&A

Session Three: Novel process technologies

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

Flexible thermoelectric generator based on printable nonwoven structures
Liana Sinowzik, Scientific Staff, Centre of Excellence in Nonwovens, Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. (STFI) (Germany)

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

Ultrasonic welding an alternative method for increasing sustainability and realizing top speed remarkable applications
Marcus Reimann, Sales Director Nonwovens, Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)

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

Forum discussion Session Three
Session chair: Matthew Tipper, Business Director, NIRI (UK)

Session Four: Practical solutions and protecting innovation

Keynote Four: Wet laying and spunlacing - a winning combination
Oliver Crasser, Sales Manager, Voith Paper (Germany) and Thomas Weigert, Director Application Technology, Trützschler Nonwovens and Manmade Fibers GmbH (Germany)

The intelligent control of pneumatic fibre transport and filtration systems on drylaid nonwoven lines
Christian Möbitz, Scientific Researcher, ITA at RWTH Aachen (Germany) 

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

Forum discussion Session Four
Session chair: Adrian Wilson, Conference Chair (UK) 

Adrian Wilson, Chair (UK)