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The Hygiene Market in Latin America -
Will the Growth Continue?
• Rolando Dominguez, PGI LAO
Latin America has been a growing market in all the hygiene sectors, and special
attention should be paid to the Adult Incontinent market. This presentation will
address pertinent questions: What has fueled the growth and can that growth be
accelerated? What role have the country or regional players played in the last
few years? What effect do regional economic issues have on the growth of the
Latin America hygiene market? What role will the Brazilian market play in the
next few years?
The Role of IP Analytics in
• Rick Jezzi, A.D. Jezzi & Associates, LLC
A discussion on how IP management can be used as an effective tool to understand
technology trends, company strategies, and help direct development efforts for
Innovation Trends in Film-Based
Outercover Designs for Absorbent Hygiene Products
• Keith D. Brechtelsbauer, Berry Plastics Corporation
This paper will review the trends and achievements that film-based outercover
developers have accomplished over the years in order to consistently meet the
challenges outlined by absorbent product manufacturers and marketers. The focus
areas will be: cost reduction, product design and decoration. This presentation
will walk through the inter-relationships that these trends have had on PP
versus PE based structures and how lower gauge materials were developed to
adjust to the incorporation of nonwoven outercovers. The trends in chassis
design continue to impact film based structures in terms of cost savings,
breathability, wetness indicators, decoration and discretion. This paper will
review how film and outercover developers have innovatively responded to these
industry trends and will continue to collaborate with hygienic product
manufacturers to realize novel product design and value into the future.
Global Opportunities in Medical
Barrier Nonwovens and Manufacturing Economics
• David Price, John R. Starr, Inc.
This presentation provides an overview of the global and regional markets for
medical barrier nonwoven businesses and technologies used in operating room
drapes, gowns, and related protective products. The presentation will highlight
recent and upcoming changes in this business, and how these changes will force
new business and investment strategies for roll goods producers and other value
chain participants. A perspective on manufacturing cost benchmarks will be
Fluff and Absorbent Paper Pulps:
Supply, Demand and Dynamics - 2010
• Rodney Young, RISI
The fluff pulp industry has been experiencing interesting times in the last year
with supply interruptions and high selling prices. Although fluff pulp generally
tracks the pricing of paper grade softwood pulps, fluff pulp markets have had
their own unique set of circumstances that will be reviewed in this
presentation. Forecasts of supply/demand and possible changes in pricing will be
What Soaked Up All the
Superabsorbent in 2010?
• Ian Davenport, Davenport International Associates,
Seeds sown after the 2005 SAP shortage have now been harvested. Producers were
unable to justify new capacity in SAP and the key raw material, acrylic acid, so
they stopped investing. Predictions of a shortage of SAP were not heeded. This
paper describes the build-up to 2010 and the current supply/demand situation.
What is being done to address the problem? What does the future hold?
The State of the Art in High Speed
• Stefano Romanelli, ADE s.r.l.
With almost half a century of history, the diaper machinery industry is one of the most advanced and sophisticated branches of the electro/mechanical industry. Valued at over $800 million per year, the industry employs more than 6500 people and promises significant growth for the next several years. Even though the industry started in the U.S. and Japan, the overwhelming majority of companies are currently located in Italy and China, which set the standards for the industry worldwide. This paper reviews the players and their efforts in high-speed converting.
Bicomponent Fibers for Airlaid
Fabrics - Choosing the Right Tool for the Right Job
• Henning Skov Jensen, ES FIBERVISIONS ApS
There are many parameters that have to be considered when selecting the right
bicomponent fiber for a specific airlaid product feature. This paper will
highlight the most important fiber parameters to take into consideration when
engineering a new airlaid composite.
High-Speed Automated Inspection of
Disposables - What Can Be Done?
• Wei Siong Tan, AccuSentry Inc.
At 1000 diapers per minute, machine vision is playing an ever-increasing role to
achieve higher overall equipment efficiency on modern diaper production lines.
One effective way to utilize the enormous amount of data available with 100%
product inspection from a machine vision system is to provide real time feedback
to allow the production personnel to standardize the setup of the different
product styles. Based on the data collected and actual production variations,
center lining can be established for certain key parameters of the process.
Limits can be set to alert the operator to take corrective actions. Automatic
alerts enable the production personnel to resolve problems and exceptions before
they become a production issue. Identifying the critical measures to focus on
and formulating the corrective actions that correlate with each critical measure
is key to improving the production efficiency. This Center Lining approach
allows the same product style to be setup the same way across shifts, operators,
and time. As a result, variability can be reduced to achieve better product
consistency, better quality, and a reduction in waste percentage.
Hanging by a Wire
• John K. Schauer, AstenJohnson
In the production of nonwoven material, one of the most important aspects of a
product is the raw material source you choose to work with. The second most
important aspect of production is the forming wire, or forming fabric, as they
are sometimes called. The paper explores what goes into the decision for
choosing the right fabric, and the properties associated with these wires used
in the production of spunbond, airlaid and spunlace materials. How is innovation
keeping up with the new faster machines that are producing lower denier, lighter
New Methods of Producing Fibers in
• Evan E. Koslow, GABAE Development
Production of nanofibers in high volume has been a general goal of the nonwovens industry, but economical and practical means to produce such fibers have eluded large-scale commercial development. Current approaches include production of submicron melt blown fibers , fibrillating staple fibers usually of cellulose or acrylic resins, spinning fibers or films that can be subsequently split using solvents and/or exposure to stress, centripetal spinning of fibers from the edge of spinning disks or from small orifices, or
electrospinning. After a brief review of these techniques that is by no means a comprehensive review, we will focus upon a new method that appears to represent an entirely new approach with surprising capabilities.
A Global Overview of the Tissue and
• Jared Conway, Euromonitor International
Many tissue and hygiene products are perceived as necessities, and this is
fundamental to ongoing market growth at a time of economic challenge. The
perception of necessity increases with rising income levels. Euromonitor
International's presentation will offer a current assessment of the global
retail tissue and hygiene industry, reviewing market sizes, brand and company
performance as well as industry and demographic trends shaping the industry.
Euromonitor will also examine forecast market analysis and look at areas for
future growth and development.
Winding and Slitting: The Enabler
for Quality and Efficiency
• Jesús López Marin, Edelmann Technology GmbH &
As in any process, the weakest element in a production line becomes the limiting
factor. Until recently, winders and slitters often limited the throughput of
high-speed spunbond lines, making cumbersome bottleneck management necessary.
Thanks to the latest developments of high-speed in-line slitter-winders for
production rates of up to 800 m/min and the hybrid winding system designed for
throughputs beyond any known requirement, those days are gone. The winder and
slitter are being chosen by roll good producers to improve the quality of rolls,
line efficiency and overall end-of-line process optimization. Consequently, it
is a key factor in distinguishing their product with regard to roll quality and
to gain economic advantage through cost competitiveness. The presentation will
elaborate on equipment features to achieve these improvements.
The Fastest Path to a Dryer Diaper
• Matt J. O’Sickey, Tredegar Film Products
Tredegar Film Products presents an innovative approach to significantly improve
fluid management in absorbent hygiene products through the use of AquiDry Plus™
Acquisition Distribution Layer (ADL) - its latest 3-dimensional apertured film.
This patented technology creates multiplanar structures on the AquiDry Plus film
that contribute to both tactile and fluid management advantages, providing
greater coverstock dryness instantaneously and continuously, especially under
conditions of heavy insult. AquiDry Plus further facilitates faster fluid
distribution and enhanced core utilization bringing consumers greater comfort
and superior fluid management, while enabling manufacturers new avenues to
optimize core design and cost.
The Janus Concept - Past, Present
and Future Pull-on Diaper Designs
• Alessandro D’Andrea, Fameccanica.Data S.p.A.
According to a legend in Roman mythology, the god Janus had received the gift to
see both past and future. This paper will present the past and the present of
pull-on/pant diapers and Janus will provide his perspective and a prediction for
a future with seamless pant-type diapers.
Hubris, or the Ramblings of an Old
• Andrew Urban III, Urban Consultants, Inc.
This speech offers the viewpoint of one industry veteran about people in our
industry who thought trees would grow to touch the sky, people who decided to
make an obscene gesture (verbal or written) towards K-C or P&G, and people
who thought one size fits all. What’s good for GM is good for the U.S.A.
New and Thin Diaper Designs Compared
• Mark Bolyen, Marketing Technology Service, Inc.
Last year’s paper entitled “The Wheel of Time” presented data on
predictive testing for diaper performance in the real world. Several mainstream
diapers were compared using mannequin and other tests. Since last year Pampers
Cruisers and Swaddlers Dry Max™ designs, with different constructions vs.
earlier prototypes, have been introduced to the market along with new designs
from competitors. This paper compares the new designs to those presented in
How Sustainable is Sustainability?
• Richard Chapas, Chapas and Associates
Every company and trade group is jumping on the sustainability bandwagon. The
benefits and the challenges of this megatrend are analyzed from a
triple-bottom-line perspective. How to develop a sustainability project
portfolio that drives growth and innovation is the real question. Specific
examples are cited, both where success was achieved and where problems occurred.
Reporting, carbon credits, and greenwashing will all be addressed.
Innovative Absorbent Technologies
• Dan Stauffer, H.B. Fuller
Moisture management is critical in nonwoven disposable constructions. Typically,
a cellulosic absorbent core is augmented with granular superabsorbent polymers
which enhance absorption capacity and efficiency while making the construction
thinner for consumers. Two new innovations, a water-based superabsorbent binder
and a hot melt superabsorbent, have been developed which provide product design
engineers a means to target absorbency and create new functionality in existing
materials by strategically placing superabsorbent in their product and having it
stay where it was applied. Additionally, when this waterborne superabsorbent
binder or hotmelt superabsorbent is applied to a nonwoven or tissue, it can
change the properties of those materials by making them significantly more
absorbent, creating new uses and value for nonwoven or tissue manufacturers.
The Forest Certification: Progress
• Rick Cantrell, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI
Forest certification has become an important element in the nonwovens sector’s
commitment to sustainability. Consumer demand for responsible products are
increasing; yet only 10% of the world’s forests are certified. Inclusive
procurement policies are driving demand for certified product and more certified
forests. Working together, the nonwovens industry, certification programs,
retailers and consumers can ensure products from responsible sources while at
the same time ensuring forests for the future.
Liquid Cellulose: A Pyrolysing
• John M. Tharpe, Marion Engineering & Technical
This presentation introduces the systems, apparatus, and methods for optimizing
the production of ecologically-sound energy products from biomass via fast
pyrolysis. In development for three years, this energy converting system employs
known technology in a novel apparatus, achieving efficient conversion of biomass
into liquid, solid, and gaseous fuels that are readily usable in current thermal
and mechanical engines! The system is thermally auto-energy, providing all of
the thermal energy required, and with heat recovery can produce over fifty
percent more electrical energy than it consumes!
Developments in the Fluff Pulp
• Don Young, Marketing Technology Service, Inc.
This paper will take a look at current fluff pulp requirements in today’s
hygienic products and explore the relationship between the different components
of the paper pulp market and the fluff pulp market. The strengths, weaknesses,
opportunities and threats (SWOT) will also be explored with a focus on new
technologies that could reduce the pulp content and possibly overall use of
fluff pulp in hygienic products.
How Green is My Valley? - Bamboo,
Corn, Cotton and Woodpulp Compared
• Jim Robinson, Tufco Technologies, Inc.
An objective comparison of various primary raw materials that are commercially
available for wet wipes, both for the production of substrates and packaging
components, is presented. End-use performance, absorption, physical properties,
barrier properties and environmental impact will be analyzed. With the growing
number of environmental claims being touted on wipes packaging, the objective of
this paper is to define as narrowly as possible how “green” a combination of
components really makes a product.
The Dynamic Hygiene Industry -
Perspectives on Economic Recovery, Product Innovation and Material Price
• Pricie Hanna, John R. Starr, Inc.
The last year certainly has been dynamic with challenging changes in consumer
and hygiene competitor reactions to the economic decline and recovery,
significant product innovations, and substantial material price volatility. This
presentation will assess the major hygiene market and product developments that
have emerged and their impact on future trends. Perspectives will be provided on
key examples of hygiene product growth in developing markets, new materials and
product designs that are driving market success, product strategies for
sustainability, and the positive and negative impact of the internet.
TencelWeb™ - Progress and Promise
Winter, Weyerhaeuser Company / Lenzing AG
The benefits which cellulose staple fibers bring to nonwoven products are
well-known. The direct manufacture of cellulose webs from polymer solution has
also been a subject of research for many years now, but this approach has not
yet delivered products with a significant commercial impact. In the past,
Lenzing and Weyerhaeuser showed results of laboratory-scale feasibility studies.
These investigations revealed interesting fiber and nonwoven properties which
could not easily be produced by the existing technologies. Against the
background of the recently installed pilot line, this paper will provide an
update on developments, both process and product, as we work towards a
commercially viable technology.
Increasing Value and Profits by
Transitioning from B2B to B2C
• Donald Sheldon, DAS Consulting
In 25+ years of industry management experience, working for both suppliers and
converters, I have seen a lot of dysfunctional supplier/converter interactions
where neither the supplier nor the converter wins. This paper will share some
insights as to why this occurs and what needs to be changed. Tools used to
create successful “Win - Win” interactions will be presented.
Green Revolution - And Hopefully the
End of Stupid
• James P. Hanson, Marketing Technology Service, Inc.
Few Americans are willing to defend the interests of companies who spill oil in
environmentally sensitive waters. Cleanup efforts focus on containing the oil
with booms and then using mechanical equipment to remove floating oil and tar
balls. The major market for most oil mat producers is oil dripping from working
machinery, and fabrics are commonly either meltblown or cellulose/recycled
fibers to lower material cost to the absolute minimum. The existing materials
are not particularly suitable for absorbing oil from spills on shorelines and in
marshlands, nor for absorbing oil sheen. This paper is about new airlaid
materials that address the problems, how well they can work, and the response of
government agencies and the spillers of oil to date.