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EDANA signs contract for organisation of INDEX20 in Geneva

Palexpo’s offer to host INDEX20 in Geneva was declared the winner by the Board of Governors of EDANA.

20th March 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Brussels

Medical/Hygiene, Transport/​Aerospace, Industrial, Packaging

After a six-month long process, EDANA has signed an agreement for the organisation of INDEX20 in Geneva with Palexpo SA, the winner among three shortlisted professional exhibition organisers out of the five originally invited to submit a proposal.

Altogether, the three finalists were proposing to host INDEX20 in a range of exhibition halls located in six different European cities. The proposals were subjected to a wide range of evaluation criteria, which included the value, quality and services for the exhibitors; the quality, originality and comprehensiveness of the proposed marketing plans; the ease of access by more than 12,000 visitors and exhibitors; the quality of the facilities, and the support to EDANA’s mission and vision.

Martin Rapp, EDANA Chairman, with Claude Membrez, CEO of Palexpo SA. © EDANA

“In general, outstanding ideas were brought forward, with valid proposals to take INDEX20 to another high after the resounding successes of the 2014 edition and INDEX17, which is already now confirmed as the largest ever nonwovens exhibition,” said Pieter Meijer, Director of Sales, McAirlaid’s, and chairman of EDANA’s Exhibition Advisory Board. “EDANA has chosen Palexpo because we trust the new Palexpo team to ensure continuity, innovation and competence.”


“It is with great pleasure that we learned that our proposal had met the approval of EDANA’s Board, and we are most honoured to continue working hand-in-hand with EDANA to make the 13th edition of this exhibition in Geneva, which is the world’s leading event in its field, a great success,” commented Claude Membrez, General Manager, Palexpo.

Ongoing benchmarking comparing the exhibition rental costs at INDEX with similar industry fairs continues to confirm the excellent position of INDEX, both vis-à-vis other European trade shows as in comparison with IDEA and ANEX, which are the only US and Asian nonwoven exhibitions in the traditional three-year cycle rotation between the three continents, organisers reports.

“EDANA is committed to continue to offer its member companies a wide range of high level services and benefits. Organising successful industry events is clearly in line with our mission to provide global leadership in creating an environment beneficial to the nonwovens and related industries’ sustainable and profitable growth” said EDANA’s chair Martin Rapp, Senior Vice–President & Composite Fibers Business Unit President, Glatfelter.

INDEX20 will take place in Geneva, Palexpo, from 31 March-3 April 2020.

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