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INDEX17 concludes with success

A total of 12,758 visitors came to the exhibition, showing growth of over 2%, compared to the 2014 edition.

7th April 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Geneva

Medical/Hygiene, Transport/​Aerospace, Construction, Packaging, Agriculture

INDEX17 came to a close today, taking place from 4-7 April at Palexpo in Geneva, with visitors and exhibitors both proclaiming it an all-round great success, according to organisers.

“With worldwide representation from across the nonwovens and related industries, displaying a diverse range of products and services, INDEX once again delivered on its promise to serve as a ‘global meeting point’ for the industry,” organisers report.

A total of 12,758 visitors came to the exhibition, showing growth of over 2%, compared to the 2014 edition. The event hosted 666 exhibitors, a 13% increase over INDEX 2014, who came from 41 countries.


The audience was presented with a wide variety of presentations, demonstrations and tutorials. Additionally, the sector seminars on transportation, medical and geotextile nonwoven products were popular throughout the exhibition, with several editions offering standing room only.

“With more exhibitors and visitors than ever, INDEX truly stands as the flagship exhibition of the nonwovens industry and a vital business development tool for industry players of all sizes,” commented Martin Rapp, of Glatfelter, and Chairman of EDANA.

Growing demand

“Our industry has evolved to a great extent,” said Pierre Wiertz, general manager of EDANA. “Nonwovens and related materials are increasingly used in the automotive, filtration and construction sectors for example, illustrating how the sector offers innovative solutions for a wide range of purposes.”

“This evolution was also reflected in the makeup of the visitors to this year’s show, with a wider range than ever before. The products and services they saw throughout the exhibition provide a snapshot of how our industry is developing – and it is a privilege to witness this first-hand and know that the success of our sector is in safe hands. Looking ahead to INDEX 20, we are reminded of how both resilient and innovative the nonwovens industry really is.”

According to the show organisers, exhibitors were satisfied with the quality of the attendees at the show, and visitors were pleased with the range of the exhibitors on offer, covering the entire chain from machinery and raw materials producers to converters and providers of added-value treatments and processes.


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