INDA Webinars

Explore the Top Issues in the Global Nonwovens Industry.

  • Understand the Japanese import/export landscape for new opportunities
  • Discover global consumer trends for the wipes industry
  • Get expert insights into the Merger & Acquisition process

Make better business decisions with INDA’s series of complimentary 50-minute webinars. Below are the webinars for 2023…stay tuned for more!

Market Spotlight: Export Opportunities in Japan
Wednesday, June 7th, 11:00 am EDT

Hirono Taki, Commercial Specialist, Commercial Service Osaka, Japan

Hear a trade expert discuss the Japanese nonwoven market size and production by applications and manufacturing processes. Discover the 2022 import data and the changes occurring in Japan and the U.S. Find out who the leading companies are and what new applications, materials, and processes they are bringing to the market.

Learn about potential partnerships and promotional opportunities in this complimentary webinar. This webinar is designed for Business Development, Product Management, R&D, CEOs, and CFOs.

Industry Expert:

Hirono Taki, Commercial Specialist, Commercial Service Osaka, Japan

Ms. Hirono Taki joined the U.S. Commercial Service in 1990. She works out of the U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe where she manages the consumer goods, travel and tourism, and retail tech portfolios. Taki has extensive experience in promoting apparel/textile and sporting goods industries. In her role, she assists U.S. companies to find distributors, buyers and partners in Japan including planning and executing trade promotion activities, such as organizing seminars/webinars and U.S. pavilions at Japanese trade shows.

Before joining the Commercial Service, Taki worked as a package tour coordinator for Kinki Nippon Tourist, a leading Japanese travel agent. She enjoys hiking, ballet and calligraphy. She received a bachelor’s degree in art history from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Top Global Consumer Trends and Their Implications in the Wipes Sector
Wednesday, June 28th, 11:00 am EDT
Liying Qian, Global Industry Manager – Tissue and Hygiene, Euromonitor

Radical lifestyle shifts shaped by recent macro turmoil has transformed the consumer landscape. Despite the pressure, consumers have proven to be resilient and adaptive to adversity by relinquishing control and embracing the uncertainty with more intentional, mindful and ambitious buying decisions.

Identifying and understanding changes in consumers’ value, behaviors and motivations helps businesses to be more agile and sustain commercial relevance in an ever-evolving and challenged industry landscape.

This presentation will examine:

  • The key global consumer trends which resonate most and have the biggest implications on disposable consumer wipes
  • Key business actions to help navigate successful innovation and growth strategies that bring value for both customers and business

This complimentary webinar is designed for Business Development, Product Management, R&D, CEOs, and CFOs.

Industry Expert:

Liying Qian is the global industry manager of tissue and disposable hygiene industries at Euromonitor International based in Chicago. Liying’s research focuses on influential trends shaping tissue and disposable hygiene categories, underlying consumer preferences and behaviors, competitive dynamics, retail landscape, as well as ripple effects from insurgent brands and alternative product formats. She has contributed to publications such as Tissue World Magazine, Nonwovens Industry, and Happi.

Prior to joining Euromonitor, Liying was a financial journalist. Following a brief stint at The Wall Street Journal, where she wrote about U.S. stocks, Liying covered the M&A market in the Midwest for Mergermarket. Liying holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and economics from University of Missouri.

Maintaining Value in Your Business During the M&A Process
Wednesday, July 12th, 11 am EDT
Len LaPorta, Managing Director – Investment Banking, Wiley Bros. – Aintree Capital LLC

Company leaders making the decision to sell their business often forget to manage the business for growth during the process.  Too often they are concerned about retaining their company’s value while growth is pushed aside. By using a competitive sell-side process during the M&A transaction, a company has the best chance to keep – and improve – its valuation until the papers are signed.

Join Len LaPorta, Managing Director – Investment Banking, Wiley Bros, as he reviews the M&A industry to learn how a potential bidder looks at your management team’s performance and the impact on valuation.  Follow Len as he reviews several M&A case studies to create templates to help you create new operational performance to improve value. Gain a better understanding of the M&A process and the value a robust side-sell partner can provide.

Learn strategies to:

  • Engage the entire management team in the M&A process to increase the valuation
  • View a current operational challenge and creating framework to increase the valuation
  • Look at the forward new business “visibility” and increase the valuation

This complimentary webinar is designed for CEOs, CFOs, Business Development, Marketing, Legal and Logistics professionals.

Industry Expert:

Len LaPorta, Managing Director – Investment Banking, Wiley Bros. has a rare combination of skills developed as a former hands-on business owner turned investment banker. He has spent years “on the shop floor,” and truly understands the ins and outs of business ownership which enables him to appreciate the needs of both buyers and sellers. He successfully assists business owners in determining and achieving their best next move.

In his 30-year career, Mr. LaPorta has advised on and negotiated numerous transactions in a wide range of diverse industries including artificial intelligence (IoT), autonomous vehicles, manufacturing, industrial, capital equipment, composite materials, powder metal, industrial technology, HVAC, non-woven fabrics, machine tooling, contract machining, precision machining, stamping and fabrication sectors. He has a keen sense for companies that produce highly engineered products. He is an expert in developing competitive sell-side strategies leading to multiple bidders. Mr. LaPorta has a global network that has facilitated strong cross border deal flow and execution. This earned him both M&A Advisor and M&A Atlas; Cross Border Deal of the Year Award, for Lapmaster’s acquisition of Peter Wolters GmbH from Lam Research creating one of the world’s largest capital equipment providers of lapping, polishing and grinding equipment.

We encourage you to share webinar invitations with your peers, colleagues, and customers. If you have topics you would like INDA to explore or want to be part of a webinar, feel free to reach out to Ryan Ragan, Director of Membership & Industry Relations,

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