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RISE 2016 to offer leading expertise on new technology and developments

RISE will provide discussions focusing on technical innovations and applications that contribute to the creation of advanced competitive products.

20th November 2015

Innovation in Textiles
 |  New Orleans, LA

Transport/​Aerospace, Medical/Hygiene, Industrial, Sustainable, Construction

RISE has been connecting technical innovations in engineered fabrics with practical applications since 2010, and organisers expect this year will be our best yet. This two-and-a-half-day conference will feature the industry's most forward-thinking leaders in materials research and science as applied to engineered fabrics.


Appealing to technology scouts and business/product developers in the global nonwovens and engineered fabrics industries, RISE will provide thought-provoking discussions focusing on technical innovations and applications that contribute to the creation of advanced competitive products.

Sessions at RISE cover a range of growth markets, including construction, advanced machinery, sustainable fabrics, nanocoatings, hygiene, medical fabrics and raw materials.

Speakers and topics

Alexander A. Koukoulas, PhD, President/CEO, Georgia Southern University, Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, will present on Wet-laid Forming: Where Do We Go from Here? Peter Ricchiuti, Associate Dean of Business School/Professor, Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business, will discuss What's Next for an Energy Economy? Chuck Carr, Senior Director Global Olefins, Service Leader North America Light Olefins and Director of Propylene Studies, IHS Chemical, will focus on Raw Material for Nonwovens: The Facts… and the Future.

Neda Keshavarzi, PhD, Post Doctorate, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, will talk about Nanocellulose-Zeolite Composite Films for Odour Elimination. Andrew Maxey, Founder & President, Vartega Carbon Fiber Recycling, will present on Recycled Carbon Fibre: Evaluation of Applications in Nonwovens. Melik C. Demirel, PhD, Professor of Engineering, Materials Research Institute and Huck Institute of Life Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, will focus on A Revolution in Nonwoven Fabrics: Self-Healing Biopolymers.

Brad Kalil, Director of Market Research and Statistics, INDA, will discuss How Technology Drives Demand in the Nonwovens Market. Jerry Rocha, President, Creative Machine Designs, will discuss Forming Hook Fasteners Using Ultrasonics. Debbie Dekleva, Wild Idea Cultivator, Monarch Flyway, will focus on Milking a Weed: Past, Present, and Future of Milkweed Fibre. And finally, Bob Carney, Director of SMART Technology, Xerium, will talk about Measuring Nip Intensity in Real Time for Nonwovens Manufacturing.

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