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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

• Healthcare

• 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:


  • Dr. Parikshit Goswami, Associate Professor, Director of Research and Innovation, MSc Textiles Programme Leader, Technology Research Area Leader, will deliver a welcome note.
  • Prof. Dr. Sebastian Probst, DClinPrac, RN, Professor of Tissue Viability and Wound Care, School of Health Sciences, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Geneva, will address global trends in nonwoven medical textiles.
  • Dionysia Patrinou, Intelligence Manager/Market Strategist, Advanced Medical Materials, World Textile Information Network (WTiN), will discuss opportunities in the medical market.
  • Paul Greenhalgh, Director of Industrial Design, Team Consulting, will speak about a patient centric approach to medical technology development.
  • Dr. Bernd Schlesselmann, Head of R&D, Freudenberg Performance Materials, will discuss the future of nonwovens in advanced wound care.

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:

  • Health effects of fine and ultra-fine particles on humans
  • Standardization
  • Quality assurance and testing
  • Fibers for filtration media
  • Application oriented solutions
  • Innovations in nonwoven filtration media


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:

  • Prof. Dr. Sebastian Probst, Professor of Tissue Viability and Wound Care at the School of Health Sciences, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, will address current and future challenges in wound care.
  • Prof. Dr. Nino Künzli, Professor for Public Health, Dean of the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), Deputy Director Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), will discuss health effects due to air pollution and more specifically, particulate matter, during the free opening session of partner conference and exhibition FILTREX™.
  • Dr. Russell Jones, Director, Golder Associates, President of the International Geosynthetics Society, will speak about the contribution of geotextiles to the global sustainability agenda.
  • Dominique Taffin, Senior Manager Industrial Design, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, will discuss future trends in the automotive industry and how trends will impact the development of materials for automotive interiors.


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 JonesInternational 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:

  • Daniele Cazzuffi, CESI SpA and Former IGS President, will act as moderator
  • Russell Jones, Director, Golder Associates, IGS President, will discuss sustainability in geotextiles
  • Jean-Pierre Gourc, UJF Grenoble, and Philippe Delmas, CNAM Paris, will deliver a joint presentation on the behaviour of earthworks with geotextiles
  • Frits Doddema, Berry Plastics, will address new nonwoven geotextile applications
  • Francesco Fontana, President, AssINGeo, will speak on the durability of nonwoven geotextiles
  • George Papagiannis, Thrace Nonwovens & Geosynthetics, will present on nonwoven geotextiles in geosynthetics and key global markets and trends systems for landfills capping


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: 

  • Dominique Taffin, Senior Manager Industrial Design, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, will discuss future trends in the automotive industry and how trends will impact the development of materials for the automotive interiors.
  • Adrian Wilson, Editor, Sustainable Nonwovens, will look at the megatrends the industry and how these may change its structure in the future, and their impact on suppliers to the sector.
  • James Taylor, R & T Manager, Autoneum, will look at the increasing use of nonwovens in vehicleinteriors, in particular developments in the field of acoustic insulation in carpeting applications.
  • Dr. Egon Moos, Product Manager, Röschling Automotive, will examine the role of nonwovens in underbody applications for vehicles

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Coming Events

  • September 4-6: Cinte Techtextil China 2018, Shangai, China

  • RISE Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics, September 11-13, 2018, Raleigh, N.C., USA

  • September 12-13: Saltex 2018, Dorbirn, Austria

  • September 13: IPC E-Textiles 2018, Des Plaines, Ill., USA

  • September 16-18: 2018 Southern Textile Research Conference, Myrtle Beach, N.C., USA

  • September 16-21: 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics, Seoul, South Korea

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

Frédérique Mutel Stepping Down as JEC President

Frederique Mutel

In a message to BeaverLake6 Report, JEC Group President Frédérique Mutel has confirmed she has stepped down at the leader of the composite trade organization that she has led since 1997. At the head of JEC since its creation, Ms. Frederique Mutel fully committed to the expansion of composites, was instrumental in the establishment of JEC as provider of high value knowledge and networking services. At the same time, conducting a strong international development. No replace has been announced.


On July 13, 2018, Ms. Mutel was promoted to the rank of Officer in the Order of the Legion of Honour by decree of the President of the France. A very deserving honor for a key leader in the development of the composites industry. Posted July 25, 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

New Dates for ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 Textile Machinery Show

The joint owners of the ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 textile machinery exhibition have announced new dates for the 6th combined showcase to be held at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre in Shanghai, China. The new dates are October 15-19, 2018. According to show owners CEMATEX and Chinese partners, the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT-Tex), China Textile Machinery Association (CTMA) and China Exhibition Centre Group Corporation (CIEC), the shift in the exhibition dates is due to a new national initiative, which affected the scheduling of all events at the exhibition center in October. [Note: BeaverLake6 Report is an industry media partner for the show.] Posted February 11, 2018

New Glen Raven CEO Interviewed for Textile World Magazine

CEO Leib Oehmig

In October at the IFAI Expo 2017, I had the opportunity to sit down with -- at the time -- incoming Glen Raven CEO Leib Oehmig for an interview that has now been posted on the Textile World website and will also be in their printed November/December issue.


I've known Mr. Oehmig for probably more than 20 years and have watched his steady management progression within the Glen Raven organization. During the interview, he was very gracious with his time at a busy show and transparent in answering questions on a far-ranging number of topics including the management transition from Alan Gant, Jr., to Mr. Oehmig, the first non-Gant family member to lead Glen Raven. Click here to read the interview and learn more about the thoughts of one of our industry leaders.


Steve Warner


"Buy American" Amendments Needed in US FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act

As the saying goes "Politics make strange bedfellows." Today we find more than one-third of the Senate Democrats urging the inclusion of key amendments in the US FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (2018 NDAA) that would strengthen the US government's "Buy American" policies.


Versions of the NDAA were recently passed by both the Senate and House and a joint committee is working out a single bill. The submitted Senate version, however, left out proposed key amendments designed to prevent the weakening of domestic sourcing for the US military. One amendment included the prevention for lifting of the restrictions in place for domestic sourcing of wearable electronic products and another amendment prevents certain exceptions to the Berry Amendment which would allow non-domestic sourcing through memoranda of agreement with foreign governments.


What's the "strange bedfellows" aspect? Well, "Buy American" is also one of the key positions taken by the Trump administration. So, we have both the Democrats and the Trump administration on the same side, trying to keep strong the US domestic capability for supplying the military. Strange bedfellows given the current political animosity in Washington...but still the cooperation is vital for the US domestic textile industry. 


Steve Warner


Posted November 3, 2017

Is Saving the US Navy's Peacoat a Matter of National Security?

Since last August, the US Navy has been planning to phase out its iconic traditional wool peacoat in favor of a less expensive, synthetic cold weather parka which is lighter in weight and more versatile in types of inclement weather. It actually replaces two types of coats and the seabag the wool coat is stored.


The wool coat, however, has some powerful friends in the US Congress. Companies such as Northwest Woolen Mills in Woonsocket, R.I. and Sterlingware in Boston, Mass. Altogether, the supply chain involved in the manufacture of these woolen peacoats -- including sheep farmers -- is estimated to account for 400 jobs in the Northeast. Add to the drama that the new parka, made by the long-time military supplier Propper, is expected to be manufactured in Puerto Rico, a perceived feeling the new coat will be made by non-American workers. Read more...


Steve Warner


June 29. 2017

President Trump's Reveals 2017 Trade Policy Agenda

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released President Trump's 2017 Trade Policy Agenda. The document, officially called 2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program, outlines the new Administration’s four trade priorities:

  • Defending the US National Sovereignty over Trade Policy
  • Strictly Enforcing US Trade Laws
  • Using Leverage to Open Foreign Markets
  • Negotiating New and Better Trade Deals

​BeaverLake6 Report has created a special page within this website and placed the first chapter of the 336-page document which summarizes the policy. Click here to read it. Posted March 2, 2017

What's the NCTO Game Plan for the Post-TPP Era?

Back on March 24, 2016, I was one of the first to predict the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was a dead deal. In fact, I said that I wouldn’t be surprised that, if Donald Trump became President, the agreement is shredded on day one of his new administration. Well, I was off by three days. Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order, officially withdrawing the United States from the TPP agreement. Now the question is can the National Council of Textile Organizations put together a comprehensive plan for the domestic textile industry in a post-TPP era? Click here to read the rest. Posted January 25, 2017

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In My Opinion

In 2015, I posted more than 425 items of interest for our industry on the BeaverLake6 Report website. In reviewing it all last week, it got me to thinking about putting together a list of influential events, news and trends that I observed during the past year. I have focused primarily on the US marketplace but each of “the things that mattered” to me has global implications.


So, here go my thoughts in no particular order of importance. Let me know if you agree or if I have missed some. Click here to read the list.


Steve Warner


Posted January 17, 2016

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