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Absorbent Hygiene: 2.5-Day Course

Absorbent Hygiene Training

Absorbent Hygiene Training Course

Take a deep dive into the design, materials and marketability of absorbent hygiene products!

  • May 19 - 21, 2020
    • Oct 20 - 22, 2020

INDA Headquarters
Cary, NC

Member Pricing: $1,795
Non-Member Pricing: $2,550

Multiple registrants from the same company receive a discount. A comprehensive guide of instruction and reference material is provided to each attendee.


YoungTerry Young, Procter & Gamble (Retired)

Mr. Young is a retired Research Fellow from Procter & Gamble. He developed one of the first in-house material training courses (Nonwoven Technology: From Basic to Advanced) for P&G’s baby diaper category. Young has trained hundreds of professionals from all levels contributing to the success of disposable hygiene products at P&G.

In global technology platforms and businesses, Young worked with several companies to grow the hygiene/diaper and nonwovens business in North America. During his renowned career at P&G, Young led the explosive growth of the disposable diaper business (from $100 million to $4 billion) and the expansion of nonwoven innovations. Young played an active role in value-driven nonwovens, enabling the diaper business to grow and increasing diaper sales, creating more nonwovens capacity, quality, productivity, and innovation.

Young holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and is the recipient of INDA’s 2011 Lifetime Technical Achievement Award.

O'SickeyMatthew (Matt) O’Sickey, Ph.D., Global Director of Market Development – Personal Care, Tredegar Corporation

Matthew O’Sickey, Ph.D., is currently the Senior Global Product Manager within the marketing and business development group at Tredegar Film Products. He holds a deeply rooted belief that innovation is the result of the intersection of marketing and technology, and this is reflected in his career path, which encompasses both disciplines. His current responsibilities include leading assessments of market needs, developing the strategies for R&D, commercialization, and lifecycle management of elastic products for hygiene and consumer care product segments.

Matt has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and a Masters of Engineering Administration from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.  

RobinsonJames (Jim) Robinson, Principal, Absorbent Hygiene Insights, LLC

With a wealth of expertise in absorbent hygiene, Jim Robinson has more than 35 years’ experience in the chemical industry. For 10 years, his work with BASF focused on pulp and paper chemistry, and 25 of his years there were spent on superabsorbent polymers (SAP). Prior to joining BASF, he served as a technical service representative for Hoechst Celanese.

Mr. Robinson has been a contributor on several patents on superabsorbent polymers with hygiene and industrial applications. Now retired, his last position was Manager of Technical Service for BASF’s Hygiene Business.

Jim earned a BS in Chemistry (ACS) from Hampden-Sydney College, and an MS in Inorganic Chemistry and Spectroscopy from Duke University.

TateJohn Tate, Director – Technical Services, GP Cellulose, LLC

John Tate brings 37 years of experience in the fluff/specialty pulp and tissue industry to his role as Director – Technical Service for GP Cellulose. He joined Georgia-Pacific in 2010 following the company’s acquisition of Alabama River Cellulose.  GP Cellulose and its customers benefit from his broad array of experience, including process engineering, environmental, manufacturing management, large capital project execution, and providing technical service directly to customers. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

Robinson Andres von Vajna, Business Development Manager, Curt G. Joa, Inc.

Andres von Vajna has worked in capital equipment manufacturing for the hygienic disposables products industry since 1988. He also spent 6.5 years in the general packaging industry as a technical sales director for a company providing complete end-of-line solutions to the hygiene, food, consumer products, tissue and medical markets. Andres’ unique expertise within the hygiene industry ranges from equipment design/build to plant operations. Working at Curt G. Joa, Inc., Andres designed and developed processes ranging from feminine hygiene through adult incontinence, in addition to non-hygiene products ranging from home care to medical nonwovens. 

Andres has Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Florida Atlantic University.


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You'll leave this class ready to:

  • Understand the components, the function of each component, and materials used in each
  • Understand the performance versus cost balance of the components
  • Design the next breakthrough product
  • Identify key manufacturers
  • Understand regional differences in design and performance levels
  • Know more about Absorbent Hygiene Product Systems, materials and their innovations that can lead to a healthier, safer world!

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