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World of Wipes® International Conference (WOW)

Registration Opens for 2019 World of Wipes® International Conference

Highlights Include Trends, Tariffs & New Technologies, June 24-27 in Atlanta

Cary, NC – Feb. 7, 2019 – Material developments, preservatives, sustainability, market data, international tariffs, and plastics in the environment are among the premium topics to be presented to wipes brand owners, converters, and their entire professional wipes supply chain at INDA’s 13th edition of the World of Wipes® (WOW) International Conference, June 24-27 in Atlanta, GA.   

Details of the program for the WOW 2019 conference are now available and registration is open at

Registration is expected to surpass last year’s participation that connected 470 senior wipes professionals from 22 countries. The 13th edition of WOW offers four value-packed days combining relevant technical and educational content with business engagement opportunities.

A sample of presentations include:

Berry Global, Inc., Wendy Warner, Ph.D., VP Global Specialties, HH&S Division –  Industrial Wipes: Global Market Driven Innovations – presents trends and solutions for minimizing infections in healthcare, industrial manufacturing, and consumer and building services.

Cotton Incorporated, Jan O’Regan, Director, Nonwovens Marketing – Global Baby Wipes and Baby Diapers Market Review – shares recent market research, including economic and demographic data, into market similarities and regional differences in baby wipes and diapers from consumers in eight countries.

Fibertex Nonwovens LLC, Jonathan Layer, Business Development Manager, Americas – Consumer Insights in Sustainable Materials – explores insights in consumer perceptions, expectations, trends, and market data in sustainable materials driving profitable opportunities and positioning for wipes.

INDA, Jessica Franken, Director of Government Affairs – Real News in Global Nonwovens Trade and Tariffs – details international trade issues impacting our industry including the trade war with China, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill, duties on polyester staple fibers, the NAFTA agreement, bilateral free trade agreements and more.

INDA, Brad Kalil, Director of Market Research and Statistics – The North American Nonwoven Wipes Market…Where is it Heading? – presents the latest wipes market outlook, highlighting population trends and the impact of the Echo Boom.

Kelheim Fibres GmbH, Helmut Lauterbach, Business Manager – Activated Viscose Fibers for Utilization of Disinfectants with Cellulosic Wipes – explores a new specialty fiber made with 100 percent renewable materials that solves the problem of viscose fibers inhibiting wipes function when used with certain disinfectants.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Lisa Morden, Vice President Safety and Sustainability – Innovating for a Circular Economy – gain insights into how Kimberly-Clark reduces greenhouse gas emissions and diverts post-consumer waste from landfills to repurpose into useful products, and creates a more circular model for their products with an eye to a sustainable future.

Nox Bellcow Cosmetics Company Ltd., Erik Mak, VP, Marketing – Market Development of Beauty Facial & Sheet Masks in Asia – explains how regional preferences and consumer habits in Asia are driving innovations in product development, ingredients, and product categories for global growth.

OMNOVA Solutions, Inc., Carla McBain, Specialty Coatings and Ingredients Technology Director – Innovative Technology Platform for Enhanced Functionality in Wipes – details a new technology platform for use with different and multi-fibers to enhance properties and substitute substrate components without impacting performance.

Rockline Industries, Doug Cole, VP, Global Product Development – Wet Wipes Preservation: Where Do We Go from Here?– presents atypical systems and approaches to wet wipe preservation that align with safety, efficacy, and compliance with global regulations to protect the future of this category.

Thor Specialties, Inc., Andress Johnson, Technical Manager, Personal Care & Household – I Want a Global Preservation System! – reveals the impact of various global regulations affecting the range of viable preservatives for household and personal care as well as industry initiatives to help mitigate concerns over preservatives.

Trützschler Nonwovens Man-Made Fibers GmbH, Thomas Weigert, Director Application Technology, Jutta Stehr, Senior Marketing Manager, & Voith Paper GmbH, Kai Poehler, SM Application & Business Development Specialty Paper – The Next Level of Wipes – explores a new technology for making greener wipes from renewable resources as a solution to recent directives from the European Union regarding single-use plastics.

Plus, industry leaders from these companies will share their insights in wet and dry wipes for industrial and personal care:

Bemis Company, Inc.

Diversey, Inc.

Eastman Chemical Company

Emeralds Performance Materials

Inolex Chemical Company

Nehemiah Manufacturing Company

Among the highlights of WOW 2019 is the prestigious World of Wipes Innovation Award® The award recognizes a product or technology innovation within the entire wipes value chain that expands the use of nonwoven fabrics and demonstrates advancements in creativity, novelty of approach, uniqueness, and technical sophistication.

Nominees are selected from a broad range of industry categories including raw materials, roll goods, machinery, converting, packaging, lotions, active ingredients, binders, additives, and end products. Three finalists will be chosen to present their innovation at WOW 2019 with the winner announced Thurs., Jun. 27th.

INDA is currently accepting nominations through Mar. 8th for the World of Wipes Innovation Award®. Online nominations may be submitted via

For additional information, to register, or reserve a tabletop display visit email, or call +1 919 459 3726.


Coming Events

  • February 19-22: 2019 International Erosion Control Association Conference and Expo, Denver, Colo., USA
  • February 23: STA Winter Seminar, Belmont, N.C., USA
  • February 26-28: Techtextil North America 2019, Raleigh, N.C., USAA
  • February 27: SPESA's 9th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference, Raleigh, N.C., USA
  • February 27-28: 2019 Wood MacKenzie Americas Polyester Conference, Houston, Texas, USA

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

Media Partners

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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