Conference Schedule

Monday, January 25, 2016

Welcome Reception

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Jaxson on the River
620 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Welcome

9:15 am - 9:30 am

Industry Opportunities & Challenges

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Moderator: James Loftus, Director Of Education And Technical Affairs, INDA, Association Of The Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

How Technology Drives Demand in the Nonwovens Markets
Brad Kalil, Director Of Market Research And Statistics, INDA, Association Of The Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
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Wet-laid Forming: Where Do We Go from Here?
Alexander Koukoulas, Technology & Innovation Strategist, A2K Consultants
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NetworkingCoffee & Networking

10:30 am - 11:00 am


Industry Opportunities & Challenges II

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Moderator: James Loftus, Director Of Education And Technical Affairs, INDA, Association Of The Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind: The Unintended Consequences of Microfibers in the Ocean
Nicholas Mallos, Director-Trash Free Seas, Ocean Conservancy
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Assessment of Flushable Wipes — A 'Fatberg' Ate My Baby
Ronald Pangrazi, Director, Engineered Fabrics Technology, Wacker Chemical Corporation
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Lunch (on your own)

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


NetworkingCoffee & Networking

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Machinery Advancements

2:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Moderator: Jeffrey Bassett, Managing Director, Fi-Tech Inc.

Technical Nonwovens Based on Spunlaid and Melt Blown Technologies
Hans-Georg Geus, Technical Director, Reifenhauser REICOFIL GmbH & Co. KG
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Forming Hook Fasteners Using Ultrasonics
Jerry Rocha, President, Creative Machine Designs, Inc.
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Patented SMART® Machine Automation Technology Now Measures Nip Intensity in Real Time for Nonwovens Manufacturers
Bob Carney, Director Of SMART Technology, Xerium Technologies, Inc.
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NetworkingCoffee & Networking

3:50 pm - 4:15 pm


RISE Durable Product Award Presentations

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Visionary Award The RISE® Durable Product Award is to recognize and reward innovation in new durable products that utilize nonwoven fabrics in a way that expands the usage of nonwovens. Presented annually at the RISE® Conference, eligible durable product categories include, but are not limited to: geotextiles, automotive applications, long-life filters construction, furniture and durable household products. Join the finalists as they present their innovations to RISE attendees. The winner will be announced Wednesday afternoon. 

 

Ultra SCS (Strand Coating System)
Ultra SCSPriscila Faester, Marketing Manager, Americas, ITW Dynatec
Steve Lessley, Market Manager-North America, ITW Dynatec

ITW Dynatec, a global supplier of hot melt equipment and solutions, is launching the latest Ultra SCS (Strand Coating System).  Our latest and revolutionary strand applicator can provide customers in the disposable hygiene market with the highest line efficiencies.  The new technology has a patent pending design and the highest efficiency adhesive coating on strands ever designed to provide the best product performance and less product issues.  The new Ultra SCS features the next level high-speed technology (up to 1400 pads per minute – 700 MPM) as well as Rapid Change-Over (RCO) design for quick maintenance solutions, among many other beneficial features.

 

Gebecon Needle
Mike Pate, Sales Manager, Groz-Beckert

Gebecon NeedleThe new Gebecon needle from Groz-Beckert has the advantages of a standard conical needle when it comes to a reduction of needle breakage with the advantages of a standard working blade. The stability of the Gebecon needle provides a high surface quality with excellent results in needling efficiency. This new needle has been an instant success in the market with all customers running trials on this needle in the US placing orders for additional needles. This needle could be used in a number of different market areas.

 

Ultra SCSFibrella Lite Spunlace
Lynda Kelly, Senior Vice President, Care Business, Fibrella Lite

Fibrella Lite is an example of the innovative application of technology allowing the matching of traditionally incompatible nonwoven features like softness, strength and lightweight together in one material, according to the company. Fibrella Lite nonwovens meet the exacting requirements for a light yet stretchable material with strength and elongation properties required in laminates for absorbent hygiene products in baby care and adult incontinence applications.


NetworkingTabletop Displays and Reception

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Meet customers, suppliers, and make new contacts during two nights of tabletop displays, with relaxed, informal receptions and a sumptuous buffet of hors d'oeuvres and carving stations.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

NetworkingBreakfast Connections

8:30 am - 9:00 am


Energy Economics & Olefin Trends

9:00 am - 10:45 am

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Oils Well That End Well—An Insider's Look at the Economy
Peter Ricchiuti, Assistant Dean Of Freeman School Of Business School And Professor Of Practice, Tulane University
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Raw Material for Nonwovens: The What, the Where, the Who....and the Future
Chuck Carr, Sr. Director Global Olefins, IHS Chemical
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NetworkingCoffee & Networking

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Innovative Hygiene Technology I

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Moderator: Douglas Brown, President, Biax-Fiberfilm Corporation

Electronic Sensors for Quality Control Applications for Nonwoven Products
Richard Al Hadi, Postdoctoral Scholar, UCLA
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From Moisture Management to Water Blocking: FREUDENBERG INNOVATING TOGETHER
Simon Browne, Manager Strategic Business Unit, Freudenberg Performance Materials
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Lunch (on your own)

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


NetworkingCoffee & Networking

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Innovative Hygiene Technology II

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Moderator: Patricia Brown, Technical Service Representative, BASF Corporation


BEKP FLUFF PULP: Product Developments and Short-Fiber Benefits for Nonwoven and Absorbent Products
Judson Fidler, Technical Customer Service Manager, Suzano Pulp And Paper
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Alexandre Correa, New Business Executive Manager, Suzano Pulp & Paper
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Nanocellulose-Zeolite Composite Films for Odor Elimination
Neda Keshavarzi, Postdoctoral Researcher, Max-Planck Institute Of Colloids And Interfaces
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NetworkingCoffee & Networking

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Innovative Hygiene Technology III

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Moderator: Patricia Brown, Technical Service Representative, BASF Corporation

Textiles and the Skin: Human Testing for Product Safety and Clinical Performance
Sophia Shelanski, Lab Operations Manager, Product Investigations Incorporated (PII) Sam Shelanski, President & COO, Product Investigations Inc.
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Airflow System Design, Air-Balancing and System Optimization for the Hygienic-Converting- and Nonwovens Industry
Rick Klaus, Technical Sales, Osprey Corporation
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NetworkingTabletop Displays and Reception

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Meet customers, suppliers, and make new contacts during two nights of tabletop displays, with relaxed, informal receptions and a sumptuous buffet of hors d'oeuvres and carving stations.

Dine with Thought LeadersDine With Industry Thought Leaders

7:30 p.m.
Space is limited to first 36 people. Dinner at your own expense.

A major reason businesses send their employees to INDA conferences & events is to market their products and services. Dining with industry thought leaders provides an opportunity for RISE attendees to meet with decision-makers from select areas of the value chain to learn about what is trending, fading and on the horizon. Learn what these decision makers are currently watching, buying or simply interested in learning more about. It's an excellent marketing and direct sales event for business owners, sales and marketing professionals, and business development staff.

 

How Dine with Industry Thought Leaders Works

Six individuals with decision-making power will host a table beginning at 7:30 pm at various restaurants. The decision-makers are from major market segments and will provide thought-provoking, stimulating conversation in an informal atmosphere.

  • Daren Silverstein, President & CEO, The CLI Group
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  • Hans-Georg Geus, Technical Director, Reifenhauser REICOFIL GmbH & Co. KG
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  • Chuck Carr, Sr. Director Global Olefins, IHS Chemical
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  • Alexander Koukoulas, Technology & Innovation Strategist, A2K Consultants
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  • Carlos Richer, CEO/Director, Richer Investment S.A. De C.V.
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

NetworkingBreakfast Connections

8:30 am - 9:00 am


Advanced Materials

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Moderator: Maureen Nunn, President/CEO, Pennsylvania Chemical Consultants

A Revolution in Nonwoven Fabrics: Self-healing Biopolymers
Melik Demirel, Professor Of Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
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Recycled Carbon Fiber: Evaluation of Applications in Nonwovens
Andrew Maxey, Founder & President, Vartega Carbon Fiber Recycling LLC
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Kynar® Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Meltblown Fibers
James Henry, Senior Research Engineer, Arkema Inc.
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Milking a Weed: Past, Present and Future of Milkweed Fiber
Debbie Dekleva, Wild Idea Cultivator, Monarch Flyway
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RISE Durable Product Award

RISE® 2016 Durable Award Announcement

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Moderator: Dave Rousse, President, INDA, Association Of The Nonwoven Fabrics Industry


RISE® 2016 Rewards

11:15 am - 11:30 am

Moderator: Dave Rousse, President, INDA, Association Of The Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

PROGRAM-AT-A-GLANCE
Monday, January 25
6:00 pm -8:00 pm Welcome Reception
Tuesday, January 26
8:00 am-6:00 pmRegistration
9:15 am -9:30 am Welcome
9:30 am -10:30 am Industry Opportunities & Challenges
10:30 am -11:00 am Coffee & Networking
11:00 am -12:00 pm Industry Opportunities & Challenges II
12:00 pm -2:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm -2:00 pm Coffee & Networking
2:00 pm -3:50 pm Machinery Advancements
3:50 pm -4:15 pm Coffee & Networking
4:15 pm -5:00 pm RISE Durable Product Award Presentations
5:00 pm -6:30 pm Tabletop Displays & Reception
Wednesday, January 27
8:00 am-6:00 pmRegistration
8:30 am -9:00 am Breakfast Connections
9:00 am -10:45 am Energy Economics & Olefin Trends
10:45 am -11:00 am Coffee & Networking
11:00 am -12:00 pm Innovative Hygiene Technology I
12:00 pm -2:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm -2:00 pm Coffee & Networking
2:00 pm -3:00 pm Innovative Hygiene Technology II
3:00 pm -3:45 pm Coffee & Networking
3:45 pm -5:00 pm Innovative Hygiene Technology III
5:00 pm -6:30 pm Tabletop Displays & Reception
7:30 pmDine with Industry Thought Leaders
Thursday, January 28
  8:00 am- 11:00 amRegistration
8:30 am -9:00 am Breakfast Connections
9:00 am -11:00 am Advanced Materials
11:00 am -11:15 am RISE® 2016 Durable Award Announcement
11:15 am -11:30 am RISE® 2016 Rewards