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Archived: 3-PART WEBINAR SERIES: NONWOVENS AND ENGINEERED FABRICS TAKE ON A WHOLE NEW WORLD

TAKE A DEEP DIVE INTO TOP ISSUES FACING THE GLOBAL NONWOVENS INDUSTRY IN 2021

  • Discover two levels of a new ASTM filter media performance standard creating new opportunities for designers and filter media makers
  • Learn about Single Use Plastics (SUP) legislative initiatives that are potential market threats to products containing viscose/lyocell
  • Gain the latest intelligence in spunbond/spunmelt (and spunlace!) capacity demand in critical market sectors

Register for one, two, or all three of these informative 50-minute webinars in this critically-needed series and save.

INDA has been highly active in tracking, leading, and advocating on several of our industry’s relevant nonwoven policy issues…on alert…looking around corners…and supporting our members’ ability to conduct business unimpeded by misguided policy development.

“This timely series of three informative webinars presents the latest on three key issues our members need to be aware of. We bring in subject matter experts on each to present the issues, what is being done, and answer your questions on these important topics. To enhance your business success in nonwovens during these challenging times, any or all of these webinars meet that challenge. INDA has taken the lead in tracking and advocating on these relevant issues in response to the situation in the vital global nonwovens industry. This proactive approach enables and supports our members to run their businesses with confidence. Take advantage of this opportunity to provide real-world perspectives to your entire team through INDA’s group discount pricing.”

– Dave Rousse, President, INDA


NEW ASTM PERFORMANCE STANDARD FOR GENERAL PUBLIC FACEMASKS AND THE DESIGN OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENGINEERED MATERIALS

When the pandemic hit and supply chains for N95 respirators and medical/surgical facemasks were cut off overnight, there was a tremendous need for supply of these PPE items. US meltblown capacity was not robust enough to meet demand. The industry needed to conserve meltblown for the healthcare sector while using other nonwoven­­­­­ media to provide protection to the general public. INDA worked with NIOSH (part of the CDC) and ASTM to develop a performance standard for general public facemasks that ensured comfort, fit, and some level of protection for the wearer as well as those around the wearer. This webinar will discuss the two performance levels of the new facemask standard, the test methods, and the opportunities created for facemask designers and filter media makers who want to capitalize on this new benchmark for true personal protection.

Subject Matter Experts:

Jeff Stull, President, International Personnel Protection, Inc.

Stull is President of International Personnel Protection, Inc., which has provided expertise, research, and testing on the design, evaluation, selection and use of personnel protective equipment (PPE) to end users and manufacturers since 1993. He further has been instrumental in developing and promoting PPE standards for the improvements of PPE. He was one of the two Ebola grand challenge winners to develop PPE for West Africa in 2014. Mr. Stull has been very active in specific standards related to healthcare products including ASTM standards on medical gowns, medical face masks, and barrier face coverings as well as the NFPA 1999 standard on emergency medical protective clothing and equipment.

Dave Rousse, President, INDA

Dave Rousse has been President of INDA since 2012. He has several years of management experience in engineered materials companies from specialty papers to nonwovens following his graduation from Dartmouth and its engineering and business schools. Prior to INDA, he was President of Fiberweb Americas, one of the largest nonwoven producers before its sale to Berry Global and Fitesa. Rousse also has experience with International Paper and WR Grace.


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Fees: Each webinar is $99 for INDA Members and $125 for Non-members.


PLASTICS CONCERNS AND THE NONWOVENS INDUSTRY

The European Union has launched the Single Use Plastics Directive, which is intended to address plastic items found on beaches in Europe. This effort has resulted in a definition of “plastic” that fits within the EU’s REACH system for regulating chemicals. This definition will render viscose, a regenerated cellulose product and a key ingredient in many nonwoven products (especially wipes), as a “plastic”. In turn, viscose could be subjected to new taxes, labeling requirements, and outright bans. This webinar will review the state of play in the EU and in North America, where legislative initiatives related to plastics have been introduced in California, Canada and the US Congress. Learn about the threats this could mean to the industry, and how INDA is engaged with other plastic industry associations to inform policy makers of the unintended consequences of material-specific versus performance-based approaches.

“All businesses involved in nonwovens should know of these impending impacts on nonwoven products and the unintended consequences to their business. Jessica Franken, INDA Director of Government Relations, will review the state of play and INDA’s engagement with other plastic industry associations to address the challenges of the EU approach. Tom Carlyle of Lenzing will discuss the viscose/lyocell supply and interchangeability realities.  This webinar is a must-attend for every decision maker within the nonwoven sector,” said Dave Rousse, President, INDA.

Subject Matter Experts:

Tom Carlyle, Nonwovens Commercial Manager-Americas, Lenzing AG

Carlyle is a 25-year nonwovens veteran with 16 years in various R&D, product development, sales and business development roles before joining Lenzing. He joined Lenzing in 2010 and currently holds the responsibility of Global Project Manager within their Nonwoven Business Management team. In this role, he focuses on new technology development, working mainly as a bridge between their Innovation team and the market. Prior to Lenzing, Carlyle was with Continental/General Tire for eight years. He also serves on INDA’s Technical Advisory Board, INDA’s Plastics in the Environment Committee, and also on the board of the Center for Baby & Adult Hygiene Products. Carlyle holds a Bachelors and Masters in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Jessica Franken, Director of Government Affairs, INDA

Franken has worked with the nonwovens industry for more than 20 years and is responsible for providing much needed expertise on legislative and regulatory policy affecting nonwovens as well as serving as one of the industry’s leading liaisons with public officials.

Franken is responsible for authoring the INDA Washington Alert, a monthly newsletter focused on nonwovens policy developments that is a valued member resource. She has also authored scores of articles in trade magazines, prepared countless official submissions on behalf of the industry, testified in policy hearings, and delivered numerous conference presentations on critical topics of the day. She has also engaged with officials at all levels of government on behalf of the association.

Franken has 30 years of experience in the policy world, dating all the way back to, paid internships for a former Speaker of the House and U.S. Energy Secretary, and as paid staff on Capitol Hill. Now she runs her own government affairs consulting firm—The Franken Group—and has had multiple trade groups and industry clients throughout the years. Jessica is known for her professionalism, responsiveness and accessibility and for having a knack at making complicated policy topics relatively simple and therefore easy to understand.

Dave Rousse, President, INDA

Dave Rousse has been President of INDA since 2012. He has several years of management experience in engineered materials companies from specialty papers to nonwovens following his graduation from Dartmouth and its engineering and business schools. Prior to INDA, he was President of Fiberweb Americas, one of the largest nonwoven producers before its sale to Berry Global and Fitesa. Rousse also has experience with International Paper and WR Grace.


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Fees: Each webinar is $99 for INDA Members and $125 for Non-members.


SPUNBOND/SPUNMELT/”SPUNLACE” CAPACITY/DEMAND SCENARIOS PROMPTED BY THE PANDEMIC

The COVID-19 pandemic and the U.S. Federal Government response to it quickly upped the North American footprint for meltblown production. Tightness now is being seen in spunbond/spunmelt and in the wipes substrate often called “spunlace.”  As a result, several new capacity announcements have been made in nonwovens. INDA’s Brad Kalil has been tracking developments in these sectors and will present data from the 2020 North American Supply Report.  His presentation will include an analysis and insights on developments caused by the pandemic response for wipes, medical gowns, and facemask materials.  

“The North American Nonwovens Supply Report provides valuable data and actionable industry information to enhance decision making, strategic planning and business investment decisions.  Brad will share 2020 Report findings and his perspective on recent capacity announcements. If you’re involved in nonwovens and engineered materials, you’ll find value in this webinar,” said Dave Rousse, President, INDA.

Subject Matter Experts:

Brad Kalil, Director of Market Intelligence and Economic Insights, INDA

Kalil joined INDA in April of 2013. He is responsible for providing industry thought leadership through the gathering, analysis and dissemination of market information and industry reports for INDA. He is the author or co-author of INDA’s biennial Industry Outlook reports on North America and the Global Nonwovens Industry, in addition to authoring the annual North American Nonwovens Supply Report and quarterly Market Pulse. He has a long history in research and market analysis advising the world’s best-known consumer packaged goods companies. He has had a number of market research and market analysis roles through the last 27 years. His career also includes work with RISI and he spent seven years with Weyerhaeuser in the corporate Market and Economics Research group and as the Business Intelligence Manager for the Cellulose Fibers Business.

Dave Rousse, President, INDA

Dave Rousse has been President of INDA since 2012. He has several years of management experience in engineered materials companies from specialty papers to nonwovens following his graduation from Dartmouth and its engineering and business schools. Prior to INDA, he was President of Fiberweb Americas, one of the largest nonwoven producers before its sale to Berry Global and Fitesa. Rousse also has experience with International Paper and WR Grace.


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Fees: Each webinar is $99 for INDA Members and $125 for Non-members.


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