RISE Conference October 3-6 2011

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Monday, October 3

Master Class: INNER BEAUTY-Designing Auto Interiors for Consumer Satisfaction

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
By Invitation Only
Auto exteriors draw consumers to look at a vehicle, but the interior is what determines customer satisfaction. Cheap looking plastics and fabrics are on the way out as auto manufacturers are competing to catch the eye of potential buyers with refined interiors offering value to the cost-conscious consumer.

In this invitation-only workshop, Francois Farion, Color Manager--Nissan Design America, and his team will work with auto suppliers to help them navigate the supplier/designer relationship and how to effectively translate a designer’s direction into eye-catching options for automotive fabrics.  Likewise, attending automotive suppliers will have the opportunity to educate Nissan’s design team about the benefits and performance characteristics of nonwoven fabrics for auto applications.

Attendance is by invitation only and seating is limited. There are 20 slots available and it will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Auto suppliers please contact INDA (Tracie Leatham, tleatham@inda.org) to reserve your seat today.

Specialized Workshop I: TURNING GREEN-Greener Product Development for the Nonwovens industry

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Joep Meijer, LCA Technical Expert

75% of manufacturing costs are committed by the end of the concept phase. Critical decisions are made about key product attributes such as materials, processes, energy requirements, recyclability and longevity. These same decisions lock in the environmental performance of the product. By the time you begin detailed design, you know what you're making, and it's too expensive to make changes.

Operationalizing greener product development starts with bringing life cycle thinking and a whole product systems approach to the beginning of the R&D and development process. The result is innovative, greener products, cost savings by reducing re-engineering, and greater competitive advantage!

Join the Sustainable Minds team in this ground-breaking workshop, designed to equip you with greater knowledge, skills and credibility to deliver value to your organization now. Learn how the nonwovens industry can look at raw materials processes, fabric production, product packing and product supply in understanding the environmental performance of your product development. The agenda includes a combination of lecture and a hands-on product development group project.

What you'll learn:

To prepare, go to http://www.sustainableminds.com and sign up for a free trial account. If you have time, watch the video demo and try the example toaster project accessible from your account. Be sure to bring your laptop with you to the workshop!

Specialized Workshop II: THE INVISIBLE ELEMENT-A Practical Guide for Sustaining Innovation

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
This workshop will prove to be a valuable learning experience for those truly passionate about advancing their organizations and themselves into the elite realm of being true innovation leaders.

Bob Rosenfeld’s first book," Making the Invisible Visible", laid out the human principles for sustaining innovation. Now the innovation guru teams up with Gary Wilhelmi, an implementation expert with over 30 years of experience. This new workshop takes the human principles for sustaining innovation and puts them into action. If your organization is looking for sustained top and bottom line growth, Making the Invisible Visible: A Practical Guide for Sustaining Innovation, is a workshop you need to attend.


Tuesday, October 4     (Durables Track)

Breakfast & RISE Award Finalists

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Join the five RISE Innovation Award finalists for breakfast as they introduce their innovation to the industry. The RISE Durable Product Award will be awarded to a long-life nonwoven product or product enhanced by the use of nonwoven fabric and/or technology that is commercially sold and utilized in the consumer or industrial marketplace. Nominees were selected from various categories such as raw material, roll goods, machinery, converting, packaging, active ingredients, binders, additives and end product.  Over 20 products were nominated for this first-time award.  Attendees will make the decision as to which product is most deserving of the award at the evening reception.

Innovations in Transportation Applications

9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Building off Monday’s day-long workshop, this session will round out more of the innovative changes happening within the auto industry. From a sustainable point of view, the speakers in this session will discuss the ongoing research to make lighter and “greener” automobiles via composite materials and the use of advanced battery systems both of which incorporate nonwoven materials as key components.


Advancements & Opportunities in Construction Materials

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
While the residential housing market is struggling to get back on its feet, the search for better building materials hasn't stopped. This session will investigate new technologies and opportunities for nonwoven fabrics within the residential construction market.


Machinery & Equipment: Latest Innovations

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Increases in raw material costs have sent every nonwoven manufacturer looking for ways to cut their production costs any way they can in order to maximize their profits. Interestingly, savings can be had in the smallest of places—from a new needle design to a new method of cleaning spinnerets to getting a little extra output on the line.


RISE Table-top Event & Reception

5:30 pm- 7:00 pm

INDA Hospitality Suite

9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Poker players unite!!
All RISE attendees are invited to join the INDA staff for cocktails and card games in the RISE Hospitality Suite. Kick back and relax with friends and try not to get fleeced by the INDA staff!

Wednesday, October 5     (Durables Track and Disposables Track)

RISE Durable Award Presentation

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Gather together over a continental breakfast to congratulate the first winner of the RISE Durable Award. Then raise your juice glass to the recipients of the 2011 Lifetime Technical Achievement Award and Lifetime Service Award.

Advanced Raw Materials

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
By tailoring highly engineered materials and processes to work together, nonwoven manufacturers are able to improve performance and enable cost-conscious, next-generation breakthroughs across a range of markets. Learn about the latest in fiber and additive advancements.


Speed Networking

Capital City Club
12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Speed networking??  Unfamiliar with the process? Think of it as compressed networking in a low-pressure environment… each person at a table has two minutes to talk and share business cards with fellow attendees before moving on to make more connections. It’s just that simple. Then spend the rest of your time at RISE cultivating those contacts and developing them into credible relationships that lead to profitable partners. Space is limited. Pre-registration and separate fee are required.

Innovative Thinking

2:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Innovative Thinking is about more than retaining or growing market share; it’s about creating new products and services, discovering new markets for existing products and services, and improving existing products and services, which all result in greater revenues. Innovative Thinking isn’t limited to the tangible; it can be applied to systemic issues, human resources, product delivery, market channels, sales, marketing, public relations, finance, ecommerce, web design, and even advertising. The speakers in this session will share their method to help your company turn challenges into market opportunities.


RISE Table-top Event & Reception

6:00 pm- 7:30 pm

INDA Hospitality Suite

9:30 pm – 11:00 pm


Thursday, October 6     (Disposables Track)

Medical Fabrics Advancements

8:00 am – 11:30 am
As the U.S. population ages and the range of uses for medical fabrics increases, the need to understand and improve upon the performance of these materials becomes increasingly important. From the accreditation process labyrinth to the creation of “green” and clean medical fabrics to nanofibers used internally, the use of textiles in medical situations has become even more complex and fascinating to watch.


Hygiene Innovations

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The maturity of the disposable hygiene market means that future growth is becoming increasingly dependent on product innovation.  The importance of new features, improved comfort and achieving higher performance at lower total costs has never been more important. Below are five speakers who are successfully working different pieces of the hygiene market to align current and future industry trends that also deliver on current customer needs.


RISE Rewards

3:30 pm- 3:45 pm
Stay and win! Stick around a few minutes after the close of RISE 2011 to see if you won an Apple iPad2!



Program subject to change. The opinions expressed at RISE 2011 are those of the speakers and not necessarily that of INDA or its Board of Directors.