The INDEX™17 exposition taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, April 4-7, 2017 will have an extensive series of conference tracks featuring the leading authorities in 5 areas:
• Geosynthetics/Sustainable Products
• Air Filtration
• Personal Care
• Automotive Interiors
Please find below the 5 presses releases issued by INDEX17 organizers which describe the events and names the speakers.
Managing Change in Healthcare
An aging population is a critical issue facing the medical and healthcare industry. The European Wound Management Association (EWMA) maintains that persons aged 65 and over will account for 30% of the EU27’s population by 2060, compared to 17% in 2008, and that the highest share of inhabitants aged over 80 years in 2060, will be in Italy (14.9%), Spain (14.5%) and Germany (13.2%), closely followed by Greece (13.5 %). There has been an exponential growth in healthcare costs mainly driven by the increased cost of medication and devices, and in tandem, a rise in the prevalence of chronic conditions.
These trends have resulted in significant changes in European hospital services, with the number of hospital facilities, as well as the number of hospital beds decreasing. Furthermore, increasing pressures for early discharge from hospitals have caused a shift
in the delivery of services from the hospital to the home, especially in the field of wound
Visitors and exhibitors at INDEX™17, the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition held in Geneva from 4th-7th April 2017, will have the opportunity to hear from “Big Picture” speaker Prof. Dr. Sebastien Probst, Professor of Tissue Viability and Wound Care at the School of Health Sciences, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland. “Chronic and highly-exuding wounds can often lead to the use of unreliable and costly treatments,” explains Prof. Dr. Probst. “Patients are frequently found to be at an increased risk of infection and delayed healing, which results in an enormous negative impact on their quality of life, both physically and psychologically. Superabsorbent nonwoven dressings are increasingly being used for a more effective wound care, removing bacteria
and exudates and keeping the wound bed moist. Reducing healthcare costs while maintaining high quality of care remains paramount.” Another less visible but important benefit is that these products can contribute to reducing health associated infections (HAI) which still affect 1 out of 18 patients every day in Europe.
The rich three-day INDEX™17 program, features a Medical & Healthcare seminar on 5th April organized in conjunction with market intelligence partners WTiN, where leading speaker Prof. Dr. Probst will put forward the key challenges faced by the medical industry, and renowned experts in the field will then discuss how nonwovens are contributing to solving these challenges.
Medical & Healthcare seminar speakers include:
Visitors from around the world will have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the latest developments in nonwovens for medical applications.
Fundamentals for Cleaner and Healthier Air
A World Bank study maintains that air pollution costs the world trillions of dollars a year and contributes to the premature death of millions of people a year around the world. Ambient air pollution remains the fourth leading cause of premature global deaths, causing lung cancer, heart disease and respiratory problems. Air quality problems are growing in many developing countries, whose development is being severely impeded by this, with more than 85% of the global population living in areas where World Health Organization (WHO) air quality guidelines are exceeded.
According to WHO air quality guidelines, pollution should be restricted to a daily particulate matter of 25 micrograms per cubic meter. However, in February, Beijing and New Delhi typically see daily levels at or above 300 micrograms per cubic meter – 1,200% higher than WHO guidelines. Despite previous policy efforts that have been successful in reducing particulate matter and trace gases in North America and Europe, adverse health effects are still found at low levels of air pollution.
Governments, the private sector and people will all need to work together to find solutions to this prevailing problem. The nonwovens industry has been making tremendous strides in the development of more effective media for air filtration, to for example improve indoor air quality.
Visitors and exhibitors at INDEX™17, the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition held in Geneva from 4th-7th April 2017, will have the chance to hear from “Big Picture” speaker, Prof. Nino Künzli, Deputy Director, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Dean, Swiss School of Public Health, on the health effects of air pollution and the implications for policy makers, citizens and the industry. “The global scientific community has made enormous progress in understanding the health effects of complex air
pollutant mixtures and the methods to quantify the public health impact are now widely used both globally and locally,” maintains Prof. Nino Künzli. “However, lining up policy actions with science to protect public health remains a challenge to be addressed by the global community of researchers, industry and policy makers.”
INDEX™17 will take place in parallel to partner filtration conference and exhibition FILTREX™ for the first time this year. The free opening session of the conference on 5th April will feature keynote speaker Prof. Nino Künzli, who will put forward the key challenges and opportunities faced by the filtration industry, and renowned experts in the field will then discuss how these are being addressed, including through the use of nonwovens.
Key topics covered at FILTREX™ include:
Increasingly Customized and Sustainable Nonwoven-Based Personal Care Products
The world is getting old. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) maintains that people aged 60 and older currently make up 12.3% of the global population, and that that number will rise to almost22% by 2050. This has driven growth in the market for adult incontinence products such as adultdiapers, underpads, absorbent underwear and other products, with personal hygiene manufacturersdelivering new and customized products to satisfy a range of new consumer needs. There has alsoincreasingly been a drive for sustainability in the hygiene sector. Although products currently marketed as “green alternatives” account for a minor share of the market, environmental issues are
pervasive throughout the whole supply chain, from raw material extraction and manufacturing to disposal.
Visitors at INDEX™17, the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition held in Geneva from 4th-7th April 2017, will discover the very latest innovations in the field, including increasingly sustainable and recycling options. “Recent innovations in nonwovens for the hygiene sector require more sustainable solutions, with raw materials supplied increasingly needing certification to prove the chain of custody,” maintains Pieter Meijer, Sales Director at McAirlaids.
In addition, newcomers to the industry will have the chance to attend a free, hour-long Absorbent Hygiene Products Tutorial on 6th April, aimed at showing how nonwoven materials function in single use hygiene products.
The rich three-day INDEX™17 program will feature four specialist “Big Picture” speeches in the fields of medical and healthcare, filtration, geotextiles, and transportation, including speakers such as:
Rising to the sustainability challenge
The world is experiencing unprecedented change with a burgeoning population expected to reach nine billion by 2050. Global temperatures are rising and resources are being depleted as a result of unsustainable development. The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders in 2015, established 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to serve as a roadmap for countries and organizations over the next decade. In addition to this, leaders signed a global agreement to limit global warming to less than two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels at the UN Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris last year. If aims are to be delivered, there
remains much more to be done by businesses, governments, civil society and people around the world.
Visitors and exhibitors at INDEX™17, the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition held in Geneva from 4th-7th April 2017, will have the chance to hear from “Big Picture” speaker, Dr. Russell Jones, International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) President, on the contribution of nonwoven geotextile materials to the global sustainability agenda. Some of the UN sustainable development goals to be achieved by 2030 include: ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all; building resilient infrastructure to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization; making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable; and ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns.
The IGS maintains that up to 50% of current CO2 emissions in the world is related to infrastructure development. Were you aware that nonwoven geotextile materials are playing a key role in reducing the sector’s carbon footprint? “Nonwoven geotextiles used in infrastructure help achieve longer road lives, protect the environment, control surface erosion, and enable improved water conservation,” explains Dr. Jones.
The rich three-day INDEX™17 program features a free geotextiles seminar on 6th April, in which Dr. Jones will put forward the key challenges facing the geotextiles industry, and renowned experts in the field will then discuss how nonwovens are contributing to solving these challenges, with key topics ranging from long-term durability and use in hydraulic applications, to waste management and sustainability.
Geotextiles seminar speakers include:
Reimagining Automotive Interiors
Self-driving vehicles are set to revolutionize the transportation industry with vast investments being made by leading technology companies, and the first generation of fully driverless cars being rolled out in pilot areas in several cities around the world, including London, Singapore and Austin, Texas.
Based on these pilots the aim is to expand the vehicle operating environment, and to make it more complex. With the advent of autonomous vehicles, drivers become passengers and entirely free to experience the car’s interior in ways previously unimaginable. This presents a range of opportunities for automotive interiors, which are set to become the extension of the living room, with adaptable nonwoven materials employed for enhanced comfort and interiors customized to passenger needs.
Visitors and exhibitors at INDEX™17, the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition held in Geneva from 4th-7th April 2017, will have the chance to hear from “Big Picture” speaker, Dominique Taffin, Senior Manager Industrial Design at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, the world’s leading supplier of automotive interiors, on how autonomous driving will change vehicle interiors in the future.
“Increasingly digital and advanced technology, the high penetration of smart devices as well as an interest in electric vehicles, are presenting numerous possibilities for innovative interiors with increased space and comfort for the driver and passengers,” comments Mr. Taffin. “Consumers will also dictate the way autonomous driven cars are used, depending on whether they want to work or relax, sit or stand, eat or sleep. Everything is yet to be discovered, once we see how people behave when these vehicles are on the road.”
Paneling and instruments used on the inside of a vehicle, the vehicle’s shape and size, interior seating or even sleeping options will become increasingly flexible. The special properties of nonwoven materials also allow for entirely new approaches in design, and can be used to attain enormous improvements in a variety of lightweight applications at a moderate price.
The rich three-day INDEX™17 program features a free Transportation seminar on 4th April, where leading speaker Dominique Taffin will discuss the mobility of the future, highlighting the key challenges faced by the industry. Renowned experts in the field will then discuss how nonwovens are contributing to solving these challenges.
Transportation seminar speakers will include:
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