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15th March 2017, Geneva

Increasingly customized and sustainable nonwoven-based personal care products

Recent innovations in nonwovens for the hygiene sector require more sustainable solutions.The world is getting old. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) maintains that people aged 60 and older currently make up 12.3% of the global population, and that that number will rise to almost 22% by 2050. This has driven growth in the market for adult incontinence products such as adult diapers, underpads, absorbent underwear and other products, with personal hygiene manufacturers delivering new and customized products to satisfy a range of new consumer needs. There has also increasingly been a drive for sustainability in the hygiene sector. Although products currently marketed as “green alternatives” account for a minor share of the market, environmental issues are pervasive throughout the whole supply chain, from raw material extraction and manufacturing to disposal.

Visitors at INDEX™17, the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition held in Geneva from 4th-7th April 2017, will discover the very latest innovations in the field, including increasingly sustainable and recycling options. “Recent innovations in nonwovens for the hygiene sector require more sustainable solutions, with raw materials supplied increasingly needing certification to prove the chain of custody,” maintains Pieter Meijer, Sales Director at McAirlaids.

In addition, newcomers to the industry will have the chance to attend a free, hour-long Absorbent Hygiene Products Tutorial on 6th April, aimed at showing how nonwoven materials function in single-use hygiene products.

The rich three-day INDEX™17 programme will feature four specialist “Big Picture” speeches in the fields of medical and healthcare, filtration, geotextiles, and transportation, including speakers such as:

  • Prof Dr Sebastian Probst, Professor of Tissue Viability and Wound Care at the School of Health Sciences, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, will address current and future challenges in wound care.
  • Prof Dr Nino Künzli, Professor for Public Health, Dean of the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), Deputy Director Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), will discuss health effects due to air pollution and more specifically, particulate matter, during the free opening session of partner conference and exhibition FILTREX™.
  • Dr Russell Jones, Director, Golder Associates, President of the International Geosynthetics Society, will speak about the contribution of geotextiles to the global sustainability agenda.
  • Mr Dominique Taffin, Senior Manager Industrial Design, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, will discuss future trends in the automotive industry and how trends will impact the development of materials for automotive interiors.

Visitors from around the world will have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the latest developments in nonwovens for hygiene applications.

INDEX 17

At INDEX™17, taking place from 4-7 April 2017 at Palexpo in Geneva, four dynamic nonwovens industry applications will be highlighted. Accompanied by high-level keynote speakers, free conferences and tutorials, the Transportation, Medical, Geotextiles and Filtration segments have been singled out for special focus.

In addition, for the first time, the well-renowned FILTREX conference will take place in parallel with INDEX™, on 5 and 6 April.

Article republished with the kind permission of INDEX 17.

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