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Countdown to IDEA® 2019 IDEA® 

IDEA® Ready to Welcome 7,000 Nonwovens & Engineered Fabrics Professionals
Highlights Regional Market Intelligence, Stunning Innovations, and Educational Workshops

Cary, NC, Feb. 21, 2019 – With the biggest nonwovens and engineered fabrics event this year just a month away, IDEA® is ready to connect industry’s innovative game-changers across the entire nonwovens and engineered fabrics supply chain at the Miami Beach Convention Center, in Miami Beach, FL, March 25-28.


Event organizer, INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, expects over 7,000 participants to make valuable business connections with more than 500 exhibitors from 70-plus countries during the four-day, triennial event. Registration is open at 

Event highlights include:


A welcome reception (separate fee) celebrating INDA’s 50th anniversary serving the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry with a dinner buffet, live music, and beverages.


Industry experts presenting regional forecasts for the nonwoven industries in China, South America, Asia, North America, and Europe.


New! Learning opportunities in nonwovens take advantage of INDA’s highly focused short-course refreshers and an introduction to the essentials in Nonwovens, Wet Wipes, Absorbent Hygiene, and Filter Media for air and liquid taught by renowned industry experts. “Learning from people who are experts and passing it down. Vertical learning. That’s tremendous,” said Homer Swei, Director – Product Stewardship, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. For details, visit:


IDEA® 2019 Achievement Awards recognizing the brightest innovations across five categories in the industry. All professionals in the global nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry can cast their vote for the winner through March 1 via:


The prestigious IDEA® 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award will honor an individual who has given his or her best both personally and professionally to serve INDA and the industry, and the IDEA® 2019 Entrepreneurial Award will go to the company with outstanding nonwovens achievements.


“IDEA is a great opportunity to see some of the innovation that’s happening in the industries. New companies are coming into the mix every day and there’s opportunities to see new innovation,” said Chris Astley, President, Advanced Airlaid Materials BU, Glatfelter.


“The industry is really excited for the return of IDEA to Miami Beach, and rightfully so. I look forward to seeing the next generation of materials and machinery in the newly renovated and beautiful Miami Beach Convention Center. As we celebrate INDA’s 50th anniversary advancing the business and interests of the nonwovens and engineered materials industry, it is fitting that we will be in a completely reimagined facility celebrating the past, but also with an eye to the future being displayed right here on the show floor,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President.


Company sponsors for IDEA® include Bostik, SWM, ExxonMobil, and Lenzing.

Nominations Now Open for World’s Top New Products in Nonwovens & Engineered Fabrics:

Prestigious IDEA Achievement Awards to be Presented at Preeminent Event for Nonwovens & Engineered Fabrics, Miami Beach, Florida, March 25-28, 2019


INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry and Nonwovens Industry Magazine announced the opening of nominations for the prestigious IDEA Achievement Awards. IDEA® is the triennial global event for the nonwovens + engineered fabrics conference and exposition to be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida, USA, March 25-28, 2019.

The IDEA19 Achievement Awards honor leading companies and new products 
(since IDEA16) in the global engineered fabrics industry in six categories. Nominations
now open for acceptance from the categories of equipment, roll goods, raw materials, 
converted products (short-life), and converted products (long-life), and entrepreneur. 
Submission deadline is December 13, 2018. Details on the IDEA Achievement Awards 
criteria and eligibility are available on: 
To nominate a company please visit

IDEA2016 Achievement Award Winners included:



ITW Dynatec’s Ultra Strand Coating System


Fibers/Raw Materials:

BASF’s SAVIVA™ SAP Technology


Roll Goods:

Jacob Holm’s SoftLite™ lightweight nonwovens


Short-Life Converted Product:

WipeMeWorld’s WipeMe® flushable wipe on a roll


Long-Life Converted Product:

Impossible Objects, LLC’s Composite-Based Additive Manufacturing (CBAM) 3D printed pieces



Mogul Nonwovens and Diaper Recycling Technology/MobiAir


The highly successful IDEA2016 attracted 7,000+ industry participants, and over 550 exhibitors from more than 70 countries to advance their business in nonwovens + engineered fabrics and INDA expects that IDEA2019 will be even bigger. The 2019 event marks the 9th anniversary of IDEA as a triennial event, with the show originating in 1970, and the 50th anniversary of the founding of INDA.


Along with the IDEA2019 Achievement Awards, highlights of the international industry event include the well-attended conference sessions focused on regional global markets, trends and forecasts.


“We return IDEA to fully modernized facility in Miami Beach that will make this event a most memorable experience. We’ve had a great response to our triennial global event and exhibit space sales have already been brisk,” said Dave Rousse, INDA president.


Details on the IDEA Achievement Award criteria and eligibility are available on: For information on exhibiting at IDEA2019 contact Joe Tessari: email, +1 (919) 459-3729 or visit: To nominate an IDEA19 Achievement Award visit: For questions on the IDEA Achievement Awards contact: Deanna Lovell, Education Coordinator,


About INDA


INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry in global commerce. 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

Coming Events

  • National Council of Textile Organizations 16th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., USA
  • March 19-22: Techtextil Russia, Moscow, Russia
  • March 20-21: 2019 International Technical Textiles Symposium XIII, Taipei, Taiwan
  • March 25-28: IDEA19, Miami Beach, Fla., USA
  • March 26-28: Expo Produccion Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico

Click here to view the complete technical textiles events calendar that includes show information links.

Media Partners

China's Industrial Textile Market Demands Still Remains Vigorous

Despite the increasingly complex industry demands, the Chinese technical textiles market was relatively stable. Nonwovens output increased over last year. Key specific markets such as tire cord also increased in 2018 over 2017. Overall operating income for industrial textiles used in China reached $34 billion. Click here to read the complete summary provided to BeaverLake6 Report by China Textile magazine through our exclusive relationship. Posted February 15, 2019

President Li Lingshen, President, China Nonwovens & Industrial Texiles Association

President Li Lingshen

BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to provide an exclusive interview with Li Lingshen, Ph.D., Vice President of the China National Textile and Apparel Council, and President of the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association, the overseeing organization for the technical textiles industry in China. Click here to read the interview.

Final Analysis of IFAI Expo 2018 and CAMX18

IFAI President S. Schiffman

IFAI Expo 2018 was the first show under IFAI's new CEO/President Steve Schiffman. In a quick conversation on the first day, Mr. Schiffman thought event attendance was on target with the expectation of a 500 increase over the 4500 total participants (counting both exhibitors and visitors) they had in 2017 in New Orleans. Similarly, a conversation with one of the managers of ACMA, a partner in CAMX, said their pre-registration had already topped the 6500 they had last year in Orlando. (Keep in mind, though, the 2017 CAMX show had to be rescheduled from September to December because of Hurricane Irma.) Click here to read more about the shows. Posted October 19, 2018

NCTO Neglects Automotive Textiles as Organizations Testify          on Proposed USMCA Impact

Positive Reviews but Still Uncertainty. On November 16, 2018, two of the US textile industry associations testified before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in a special hearing to determine the economic impact of the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).  The leaders of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) provided statements on how they feel the new agreement will affect their member companies. 


The two organizations clearly have different biases; however, in looking over the AAFA and NCTO statements, it appears to me that while the organizations both clearly said they were not offering an endorsement yet of the agreement, they gave general overall approval for USMCA, acknowledging the 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) needed updating. Both organizations are taking a wait-and-see attitude to more fully look at how the agreement impacts the complex supply chain of textiles and apparel. [Click here to continue.]


Steve Warner


Posted November 21, 2018

NAFTA Replacement Agreement Negotiated. On October 1, President Donald Trump announced the US, Mexico and Canada had reached an agreement whichreplaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that went into effect in 1994. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) contains provisions and language that has an impact on the technical textiles industry; the most important are 1) a special section covering textiles and apparel and 2) rules of origin that will require 75% of automotive content (under NAFTA 62.5%) be made in North America. Mexico and Canada are the two largest importers of US made technical textiles and the automotive industry is the largest intended end market of these technical textiles. Click here to go to the United States Trade Representative's website and read the "Textiles and Apparel Goods" chapter. Posted October 3, 2018

State of the Chinese Technical Textiles Markets in 2017

Are you looking for a quick understanding of the China technical textiles industry? Through our special relationship with China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) and their China Textile publication, BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to post the English-translation of the recently issued "Status Quo of China's Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Industry, 2017." The report covers the different levels of the industry, geographic export demographics, and forecast the needs in the major end market applications. Click here to read the report in our China Textile website section. Posted June 18, 2018

Report Published on the US Technical Textiles Industry

I am pleased to announce the second part of my report 2018 State of the U.S.Technical Textiles Industry has been published by Textile World magazine. 


This first part features a general industry overview, plus an evaluation of the status and impact of US trade positions.


The second part, featured in the April/May issue will cover major end markets for technical textiles such as automotive and military.


Click here to go to the Textile World website to download a copy. 


Steve Warner, Publisher

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