INDA’s Filtration® 2014 Delivers “Pure Opportunity” with International Conference & Exposition and Sold-Out Nonwoven Filter Media Training Course

Cary, NC – Dec. 2, 2014 – The first-ever combination of INDA’s Filtration® 2014 International Conference & Exposition with its Nonwoven Filter Media Training Course delivered on “Pure Opportunity” for attendees of the event, Nov. 18-20, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md.

Some 1,400 delegates and more than 130 exhibitors participated in the conference and exposition focusing on the growing segment of nonwoven media for air and liquid filtration. A sold-out audience of 40 professionals attended INDA’s acclaimed filter media training course prior to the exposition’s start.

“This successful event demonstrated INDA’s commitment to bringing together high-quality education, training, and connections in one location to advance the success of filtration professionals,” said Dave Rousse, INDA’s President. “Filtration is a key growth sector within nonwovens and the Filtration event continues to be the major event of the year for this important market.”

“INDA’s Filtration2014 event gave us the superb opportunity to make invaluable connections, showcase our products, get high-quality prospects, and highlight our new product introductions to an extremely targeted audience of filter media professionals. The value that the Filtration event affords us cannot be matched anywhere else and it provided two very impactful days for us to do business,” said Per Lindblom, Global Product Marketing Director, Hollingsworth & Vose.

INDA also announced Filtration® 2015 will return to Chicago at Navy Pier, Nov. 17-19.

Media Training Adds Value

Led by Christine Sun, Ph.D., Principal, Textile Research Associates, the Nonwoven Filter Media Training Course covered the principles of filtration, market and technology trends, technologies, products, test standards, unmet needs, and the growing potential of filter media products.

“The addition of INDA’s Nonwoven Filter Media Training Course was tremendously received and added to the overall value attendees received by optimizing their travel spend,” said Rousse. “Attendees also could take what they learned during the training and bring it into their conversations with thought leaders at the conference and expo, making it even more practical and applicable to their needs.”

Based on the response, the Nonwoven Filter Media Training Course will be offered in conjunction with Filtration® 2015 in Chicago and two other scheduled dates at INDA’s headquarters. Additionally, on-site training at a member location can be arranged.

Also adding value was the co-location of the National Air Filtration Association’s NAFA Air Tutorial, Nov. 18, covering such topics as technology of clean air, air filter application and best practices, and air filter health and the indoor environment.

Conference and Expo Highlights

The Filtration® 2014 conference featured preeminent speakers who spotlighted the advancements in technology and applications; the issues surrounding healthy, safe air quality, and how it can be improved; human health; and a special focus on nanotechnology.

The first day of the conference, Nov. 19 focused on “Pure Filtration: Healthier Todays, Cleaner Tomorrows,” kicking off with a panel on “Expanding Cleanliness and Safety,” moderated by Jenny Dobmeier, Filtration Business Manager, Johns Manville Corporation.

Other speakers included Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., The Nonwovens Institute, on “The Long View: The Future of Filtration;” Montserrat Torremorell, DVM, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, on “Use of Air Filtration Systems to Reduce Risk of Swine Viruses,” and Jennifer Wagner, Ph.D., Principal Infection Control Consultant, Prism Environmental Health & Safety, Inc. who spoke on how “Clean Room Technology May Help Reduce Surgical Site Infections.”

Speakers on the second day, Nov. 20 presented “Filtration’s Impact on Human Health.” Among the highlights were presentations on: “Towards Sustainable Nanotechnology: Opportunities and Challenges with Engineered Nanoparticles,” by Georgios A. Sotiriou, Ph.D., Harvard University; “Evaluating and Controlling Exposures to Nanoparticles: The Role of Filtration – Research and Application Studies,” by Charles L. Geraci, Ph.D., National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); and “Health Effects of Nanoparticles,” by Joseph D. Brain, Ph.D., Harvard University.

For information on Filtration® 2015, visit the INDA event calendar at www.inda.org.

About INDA

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry doing business globally. Since 1968, INDA events have helped members connect, learn, innovate and develop their businesses. INDA educational courses, market data, test methods, consultancy, and issue advocacy help members succeed by providing them the information they need to better plan and execute their business strategies. For more information, visit www.inda.org.
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