JUNE 5 - 8, 2018
Sheraton Grand Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
 #wipes18@wipescon

Conference Schedule

Monday, June 4

WIPES Academy

WIPES Academy

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Instructor: Rob Johnson, PE, Principal, Smith, Johnson & Associates
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From wipes design and production to cost implications and packaging, the two-day WIPES Academy is centered on every facet of the multibillion dollar wipes product and marketing sector­ from raw materials, converting, wet and dry wipes to medical, industrial, and consumer wipes. The course is essential for technical and management professionals interested in learning the research, development, and manufacturing of wipes.
Pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, June 5

WIPES Academy

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Instructor: Rob Johnson, PE, Principal, Smith, Johnson & Associates
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TSR Room Reception

Welcome Reception

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Signature Room at the 95th®
875 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Kick off WOW 2018 with Chicago’s most stunning panoramic city view of the miracle mile from atop the 95th floor of the iconic John Hancock Center. Enjoy upscale bites and refreshments while you create new relationships and reconnect with peers at this complimentary welcome reception. RSVP Required.

Wednesday, June 6

Networking

Breakfast Connections
8:30 am - 9:00 am

Start your day with a continental breakfast each morning before the conference and engage face-to-face connections with your customers, business prospects and peers. INDA’s staff can help make any introductions you need – just ask us.

Welcome

9:00 am - 9:05 am

Moderator: Dave Rousse, President, INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

Keynote

9:05 am - 10:00 am

Moderator: Dave Rousse, President, INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

Gen Z Deciphered: Insights and Strategies for Marketers
Kit Yarrow, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Golden Gate University
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Consumer Trends & Market Data I

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Moderator: Dave Rousse, President, INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

The Beauty of Wipes
Arlette Palo, Principal, Arlette Palo Beauty Innovation Consulting, LLC
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Fostering Independence & Health: Wipes for an Aging Population
James Selm, Assistant Product Manager, Suominen
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Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
11:00 am - 11:30 am

Consumer Trends & Market Data II

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Moderator: Dave Rousse, President, INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

Quantifying the Nonwoven Wipes Markets: Known Knowns, Unknown Knowns and Unknown Unknowns
Brad Kalil, Director of Market Research and Statistics, INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
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Wet Wipes: An Evolution Over Four Decades and a Peek Going Forward
Lorraine Crosbie, Business Unit Director, Innovation Process Manager, Rockline Industries
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Lunch

Lunch (On Your Own)
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Preservatives & Active Ingredients: The Workhorses Within

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Moderator: Robert Johnson, Principal, Smith, Johnson & Associates

Product Stability and Preservation of Wipes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
David Steinberg, President, Steinberg & Associates
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Alternative Preservative Technology to the Rescue!
David Koehl, Global Business Manager - Home & Personal Care, Troy Corporation
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The FDA Issues New Rules for OTC Topical Antimicrobial Products: What’s Next for Wet Wipe Manufacturers?
Hans Hummel, Global Marketing Manager, Hygiene & Preservation - Marketing, Lonza Inc.
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Innovation Award

The World of Wipes Innovation Award® Presentations

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Moderator: Jeff Willis, Principal, Nonwovens By Design

The World of Wipes Innovation Award® recognizes the product that both expands the use of nonwovens and demonstrates creativity, novelty, uniqueness and technical sophistication. Nominated products come from within the entire nonwoven wipes value chain.

Nominations now being accepted >>


Lifetime Technical Achievement Award Presentation

5:00 pm - 5:05 pm

Moderator: Dave Rousse, President, INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

Tabletop & Reception

Tabletop Displays and Reception
5:05 pm - 7:00 pm

Get in front of wipe leaders, innovators, and prospective customers from all over the world. You won't just meet potential clients. You'll meet potential collaborators.

A World of Wipes® tabletop display has proven to be one of the most cost effective ways to reach out to hundreds of wipes senior leaders in one place at one time to promote your brand, products, and yourself.

Tabletop displays are limited.
Please reserve your space quickly.


Dine With Industry Thought Leaders

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Separate Fee - $150 - Space is limited. Pre-registration required.

Dining with industry thought leaders provides an opportunity for WOW participants to meet with decision makers from select areas of the value chain in a relaxed atmosphere. You’ll learn what these decision makers are watching, buying or simply interested in learning more about. It’s an excellent opportunity for business owners, marketing and sales, and business development professionals to gain valuable insights through the exchange of thought-provoking conversation.

Select your table and reserve your seat at one of Chicago’s quintessential restaurants and join six of your industry peers. Tables are hosted by one of the Industry Thought Leaders below:

Monica Becker, Co-Director & Project Lead, Innovation, Green Chemistry & Commerce Counsel
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Rick Morgan, Global Marketing Director - Infection Prevention, Diversey, Inc.
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Arlette Palo, Principal, Arlette Palo Beauty Innovation Consulting, LLC
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David Steinberg, President, Steinberg & Associates
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Annie Weisbrod, Principal Scientist, The Procter & Gamble Company
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Kit Yarrow, Professor Emeritus, Golden Gate University
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Thursday, June 7

Networking

Breakfast Connections
8:30 am - 9:00 am

Substrate Innovation: Revolutionary Fibers & Fabric Performance I

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Moderator: Michael Fitzgerald, VP Sales & Marketing, Albaad USA, Inc.

Developments in Microfiber and Microfilament Wipes
Jonathan Layer, Business Development Manager - Americas, Mogul South Carolina Nonwovens Corporation
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Sustainable Wipes: The Natural Choice Impacting Our Future
Santosh Chavan, Vice President - Global Product Development, Jacob Holm & Sons AG
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Approaches for Improving the Wet Strength and Dispersibility of Wetlaid Spunlace Wipes
Matthew Tipper, Operations Director, Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI)
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Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Substrate Innovation: Revolutionary Fibers & Fabric Performance II

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Moderator: Michael Fitzgerald, VP Sales & Marketing, Albaad USA, Inc.

New Lyocell Fibers for Wet Wipe Applications
Martina Opietnik, Project Manager - Product R&D, Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft
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Non-Chemical Method for Improved Whiteness of Greige Cotton
Michael Easson, Research Chemist, Southern Regional Research Center (SRRC), ARS-USDA
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Nanoengineered Cotton Wipes
Sunghyun Nam, Research Materials Engineer, Southern Regional Research Center (SRRC), ARS-USDA
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Lunch

Lunch (On Your Own)
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Point of Purchase Decision Drivers: Packaging & Sustainability I

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Moderator: Kyra Dorsey, Product Development Manager, Suominen

Packaging for the Future of Wet Wipes
John Wilson, Senior Marketing Manager, Bemis Company, Inc.
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Status Quo, Innovation, and Actual Sustainability
Annie Weisbrod, Principal Scientist, The Procter & Gamble Company
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The Hunt for Sustainable, Green Chemistries for Wipes
Monica Becker, Co-Director & Project Lead, Innovation, Green Chemistry & Commerce Counsel
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Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Point of Purchase Decision Drivers: Packaging & Sustainability II

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Moderator: Kyra Dorsey, Product Development Manager, Suominen

A Paradigm for Sustainable Wipes
Martin Wolf, Director Product Sustainability & Authenticity, Seventh Generation
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The Future of Fragrance: Functional Sustainability
Tom Meyer, VP, Innovation And Sustainability, Chemia Corporation
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Tabletop & Reception

Tabletop Displays and Reception
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Friday, June 8

Networking

Breakfast Connections
8:30 am - 9:00 am

Institutional Wipe Trends & Areas for Growth

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Moderator: Heidi Beatty, Project Manager Consultant, Crown Abbey, LLC

Global Wipes Marketplace: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities in Retail and Institutional Settings
Siana Jannesari, Tissue And Hygiene Analyst, Euromonitor International
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The Evolution of Disinfectants in Healthcare Infection Prevention
Rick Morgan, Global Marketing Director - Infection Prevention, Diversey, Inc.
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Get Your Score Up, from the Floor Up! –The Case for Single-use Disposables (vs. Laundered Towels) to Address High-touch Healthcare Surfaces
Matthew Schiering, Principal, Sheer Strategy
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Progress on the Flushability Issue

10:30 am - 11:25 am

Moderator: Dave Rousse, President, INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

Flushable Wipes - Annual Update
Dave Rousse, President, INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
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Persuading People Not to Flush: Communicating the industry's Flushable Wipes Message
Ken Champa, Family Care Marketing Cottonelle, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
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GD4 Update
James Loftus, Director of Education and Technical Affairs, INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
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Announcing The World of Wipes Innovation Award® Winner

11:25 am - 11:30 am

Moderator: Dave Rousse, President, INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

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