RISE Virtual Conference Highlights Next Generation Technologies for Nonwovens / Engineered Materials

CARY, NC – October 4, 2021 – Some 145 professionals in product development, materials science and new technologies have come together for the 11th annual RISE®-Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics conference is held virtually from September 28 to 30. The event was co-hosted by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, The Nonwovens Institute and North Carolina State University.

The program focused on developments in the science of nonwoven materials, sustainability, increasing circularity, promising innovations, process innovations, material innovations, government / NGO challenges for plastics to single use, machine-assisted learning development of biopolymers, and market intelligence and economic prospects. Attendees praised the program’s high quality content, in-depth panel discussions, networking, and Q&A where attendees pose questions to expert speakers regarding their focused presentations.

“RISE provides our industry with the latest nonwoven technologies, sustainability and market intelligence. On several occasions, I reached out to colleagues to discuss what I was hearing that sparked creativity! Said Dr. Bryan D. Haynes, Senior Technical Director, Kimberly-Clark Corp.

“I think more than any other year, RISE 2021 has given me a glimpse into the next generation of fiber,” noted Heidi Beatty, consultant, Crown Abbey. “My mind is full of ideas on how we can use these new innovations in nonwoven products for our customers, which will both improve the quality of life for consumers and be more environmentally friendly. RISE has become one of our most important conferences in the nonwovens calendar.

“It’s important for the nonwovens industry to have easy and regular communication with customers, suppliers and peers,” said Nick Lane, Account Director, Devan North America LLC. “RISE provided a wealth of technical information and a chance to have an open dialogue to help innovate and create opportunity. “

“I enjoyed the Virtual RISE this year and especially took advantage of the wide range of current information and discussions on the important topic of sustainability – from biopolymers to regulation to machine learning. As an industry, we all have to work together to find the necessary solutions, and that was a great way to cross-pollinate practical ideas, ”added Diane Toonen, Director of Global Strategic Marketing, Global Nonwovens Business Unit, Bostik.

“The quality of the content of the RISE virtual conference, as usual, was very informative and engaging. The virtual presentations and follow-up Q&A sessions via Zoom were an effective alternative, ”said Jon Woods, Managing Director, Fibers, Textiles and Nonwovens, Eastman Chemical Co.

“So many relevant and relevant topics were covered during the three-day format, giving RISE leading status as a premier technology conference focused on nonwoven and technical fabrics,” said Jeffrey Bassett, Managing Director of Fi -Tech Inc.

Highlights among the 26 presentations included sustainable solutions for our plastics planet situation, by Marc A. Hillmyer, Ph.D., McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair, University of Minnesota; Single Use Face Mask Closed Loop Recycling Pilot Project by Peter Dziezok, Ph.D., Director of Open Innovation, Proctor & Gamble; Innovating for a Sustainable Future for Nonwovens: A European Perspective, by Matt Tipper, Ph.D., CEO, Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI); Phantom platform: the technology of coformed polyolefin-cellulose substrates, by Fabio Zampollo, CEO and founder of Teknoweb Materials; Guiding Environmentally Sustainable Innovations – From Reactive Management to Proactive Lifecycle Management, by Valentina Prado, Ph.D., Senior Sustainability Analyst, EarthShift Global LLC; Ultra-Gentle High Volume Hygiene Solutions, Paul E. Rollin, Ph.D., Senior Principal Scientist – Global Hygiene, Global Propylene-Vistamaxx-Adhesion (PVA) Technology, ExxonMobil Chemical Company; and Canadian Plastics Policy Update, by Karyn M. Schmidt, Senior Director, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council (ACC).

Other highlights include the announcement of Canopy Respirator as this year’s RISE® Innovation Award winner. The annual award recognizes innovation in fields within and on the periphery of the nonwoven industry that use advanced scientific and technical principles to develop unique or complex solutions to problems and advance the use of non-woven fabrics.

Winner of the RISE® Innovation Award

The RISE innovation award went to Canopy for its Canopy respirator. The product is an innovative fully mechanical, non-electrostatic respirator with a filter designed for superior breathability while providing facial transparency to the wearer. The revolutionary respirator features a water column resistance of 5.5 millimeters at 85 liters (3 cubic feet) per minute, 2-way filtration and a pleated filter that contains over 500 square centimeters of area. The patented Canopy respirator resists fluids and eliminates fogging of goggles. “We are honored and touched! Thank you to INDA for advocating for the national production of PPE and to INDA member companies who have played a key role as partners in making Canopy a reality, ”said Joe Rosenberg, Founder and CEO of Canopy.

Other nominees for the award included John Mansville for its Evalith® 1000 series, an innovative Alpha binder that is a formaldehyde-free, high biocarbon and non-toxic binder formulation; and TiGuard LLC for its fiber-coated, heat-sealable, breathable and hybrid protective fabric.

For more information on the 12th edition of the Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE®) conference in 2021, visit inda.org

Posted on October 4, 2021

Source: INDA, Nonwovens Industry Association

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