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The Keynote Address: The Color of Money
James Robinson, Tufco Technologies,
The cost and challenges of going “green” are
not insurmountable, but they are real. Consumers, retailers, marketers, and
manufacturers alike are driving green northward through the supply chain,
forcing companies to find “green” or lose opportunity. The US Government and
various trade associations are doing their best to identify and certify what
comprises “green,” but there continues to be lack of clarity related to
branding and claims made on packages. This brief paper will provide a bit of
insight (pun intended) into what makes a product the same color as one side of
US paper currency, and where the potholes lie in the road to delivering to the
consumer something of the correct color.
Perspectives on Retail Tissue and Hygiene Disposables Markets
Howard Telford, Euromonitor International
This presentation offers a global perspective on
the retail tissue and hygiene market, looking at overall performance at the
global and regional levels, category performance, and growth opportunities. The
presentation will draw on Euromonitor’s latest tissue and hygiene research and
will incorporate regional case studies.
Jumbo Spooling and Splicing Technologies
Pierre Croutelle, Spoolex
Production machine downtime causes reduced output
and product quality. Traverse winding, or spooling, allows continuous tension on
the product and eliminates the risk of pleats. Combining spooling and ultrasonic
splicing technologies makes it possible to save time on changeovers, reduce
waste and wind up to 40% more product per spool or bobbin.
Money Can Be
“Green” Too! Leverage Additional Financial Benefit from Sustainable
Materials and Technology
Fred Barlow, FReMCo Group
The paper will present an innovative, low risk
strategy that can lead to new revenue streams and improved financial performance
- specifically related to materials and technology that bring an environmental
benefit. The paper will illustrate how companies can capture the full value of
any changes made that directly or indirectly lead to the use of less and greener
energy. Improved bottom line performance is achieved by capturing and leveraging
the ‘Environmental Value’ - the financial value of the emission credits that
result from a reduction in emissions coming from changes in activity. Don’t
leave money on the table – put it on your bottom line.
Attention, Gain Share! Opportunities and Processes for Product Decoration
Ondrej Kruk, Videojet
Personal hygiene companies are challenged to grow
their brands within an ever increasing competitive landscape where the risk of
commoditization has never been higher. Product decoration is a proven product
differentiation strategy to grow a brand’s share and profitability. The
presentation will introduce the product design trends (functional vs.
fashionable) in the industry, as well as the methods to execute a decoration
strategy. The advantages and disadvantages of each method will be dissected and
real application examples will be provided for in-line digital and flexographic
methods, as well as off-line pre-printing.
Potential, Progress and the Future
Anne Rahikainen, RISI
The bioenergy sector includes a broad range of
product areas: biofuels, pellets, and electricity and heat generation from
biomass. The sector growth is driven by governmental mandates and financial
incentives made available to the producers and investors. The growth of
bio-based industries promises to be substantial based on the large number of
announcements for new projects starting up over the next few years. This
represents both an opportunity and potential threat for the North American
forest products industry - a threat in terms of increasing competition for wood
fiber, and an opportunity in terms of potential for adding value in new ways to
a traditional raw material base. This presentation examines the growth and
drivers of this industry by business area, and the potential impact and
opportunities for players in the forest products sector in North America.
Abby Bailey, EDANA
Over the next 10 years the world population will
be not only growing, but also changing. Evolution across the globe in terms of
demographics, access to technology and services, and the growing economic power
to utilize those services offers significant opportunities and challenges for
today’s businesses. EDANA, the association representing the nonwovens and
related industries, studies these global megatrends and their likely impact on
its member companies. This presentation will cover the highlights of the study
and its findings.
SAP Supply —
What a Difference a Year Makes... or Does It?
Ian Davenport, Davenport International Associates
Shortages have produced many recent announcements
of new capacity for SAP. What will be the reality of the announcements? Will the
market return to over capacity beloved by buyers? We revisit the supply/ demand
balance for SAP.
Tuesday, October 25
Light Weight Fabrics via the
Rando Airlaid Process
Mike Flaherty & Greg Moran, Rando Machine
The Rando™ dry forming process has been
utilized for decades to produce batts and fabrics from a multitude of fibers,
both long and short. This presentation provides a brief history and applications
overview before focusing on variations of the technology which are of specific
interest to light weight fabric producers and the hygiene market.
Developments for an Ecological Future
Thomas Hesse & Jörg Dahringer, Trevira GmbH
This paper presents an overview of the latest
innovations and fiber developments by Trevira GmbH to provide more
environmentally friendly products, while saving energy costs, and without losing
the well-known fiber properties of Trevira's Staple Fibers for airlaid
applications. It will also cover the most recent developments in using polymers
from renewable resources and the environmental advantages of manmade fibers in
comparison to natural products.
New Developments in Airlaid
Process Technology: 3D-JET Forming
Jens Erik Thordahl, Airlaid Nonwovens Systems
This paper will describe a new type of airlaid
production system: 3D-Jet Forming. Included in the presentation are a new type
of hammer/disc mill for pulp, a low-cost cleaning system for binder spray wires,
and in-line binder mixing systems. An energy recovery system using heat pump
technology integrated with dryers, designed for latex-, thermal-, and
multi-bonding processes, will be described.
A Continuum of
Softness via Polymer Design
Jackie DeGroot, The Dow Chemical Company
Strong consumer preference in the Global Health
& Hygiene market for articles with enhanced softness is evident in the
advertising and marketing campaigns of major brand owners. Claims such as
super-soft, baby-soft, and silky-soft mirror the consumer’s desire for a more
cloth-like and less plastic look and feel to diapers, feminine hygiene pads, and
adult incontinence products. The options for providing softer nonwovens have
evolved from additive and fabrication techniques, with the intent to change the
surface characteristics of homopolymer polypropylene nonwovens, to more
intrinsic forms of achieving softness via polymer design. Many of the challenges
of incorporating “softer” polymers into spunbond nonwovens have been
overcome through polymer design made possible by advancements in catalyst and
polymer reactor design. Sacrifices normally observed in draw-down, throughput,
tensiles, and abrasion resistance of monocomponent and bicomponent spunbond
solutions have been overcome through tailored molecular design.
Fibers By Gigameter Production Methods
Arnold Wilkie, Hills Inc.
Nanofibers (a billionth of a meter) have
historically been produced by electrospinning. This paper will deal with
producing these by new meltblowing techniques (NANO-MB) and by High Island Count
Island-IN-A-Sea (HICINS) techniques. With NANO-MB, one can produce a giga-sq-meter/year
(a billion sq-meters) of 0.25 gsm fabric (a typical weight of nanofiber fabric)
with a handful of wide meltblown beams. With HICINS, one can produce at about 30
times the rate of typical electrospinning techniques. The gigameter methods will
be described and various production and cost examples will be presented.
Nonwovens Using Styrenic Block Copolymers: The Next Generation of Spunbond and
John Flood, Kraton Polymers
Several new elastic styrenic block copolymers are
now available for high speed melt spinning applications. Bicomponent fibers
using styrenic block copolymers in conjunction with polypropylene, polyester or
nylon have been successfully spun at commercial spinning speeds. In addition,
elastic meltblown grades are being developed as single webs and for laminates.
The new polymer grades allow the manufacture of elastic nonwovens that have
superior softness, biaxial stretch and are durable. The resulting fabrics are
drapeable, non-tacky and breathable, enabling the creation of products that are
soft, quiet and discreet. Potential uses include personal care products as well
as medical and protective apparel, automotive fabrics, sporting goods apparel,
industrial composites and specialty textiles.
Nanoval — Does it Split?
Martin Stobik, Nanoval GmbH & Co., KG
The Nanoval process uses a different mechanism to
produce fibers/filaments – by splitting instead of drawing only. The filaments
achieve staple fiber tenacities, and the mean diameter reaches into the nano
domain. The claim “it splits” can be assessed by different approaches:
theoretically, as conservation of mass and with fluid dynamic calculations, and
more practically, as shown in the achieved nonwoven webs and photos. Can a photo
be proof, pro or contra, of splitting?
Technologies — Overcoming Processing and Performance Challenges for Hygiene
Christophe Morel-Fourrier & Benjamin Funk,
Polyolefins are not new materials. Since their
first production in the 1930s, increasing use and availability has resulted in a
healthy new development pipeline and a variety of new materials. These newer
materials allow a breadth and robustness in adhesive applications that had
previously been unavailable with polyolefin technology, leading to new adhesive
formulations that offer excellent performance without sacrificing processability.
Wednesday, October 26
L-MODU for Nonwovens and Hot Melt
Adhesives — A New Type of Polypropylene
Koichi Nishimura, Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.
L-MODU, a new and unique polypropylene developed
by IDEMITSU will provide a lot of possibilities for the nonwoven industry. It is
capable of producing nonwovens with a soft touch, as well as elastic nonwovens
from a polyolefin. Another use is as a base polymer of hot melt adhesives for
diapers and hygiene products. Key concepts for the development of L-MODU are
Changeover via Real Time Dashboard Controls
Wei Siong Tan, AccuSentry
To remain competitive in the global marketplace,
nonwoven manufacturers must be able to deliver a broad mix of diverse products
more quickly and at lower costs than ever before. To do this, they must not only
optimize production efficiency with holistic process control, but must also be
able to facilitate rapid product changeover. One cost-effective option to help
streamline the critical process from start-up to steady state is to activate the
real time data from automated inspection systems and present it to operators via
graphs and charts on a dashboard. This, coupled with standardized product
management tools, will allow manufacturers to eliminate operator variability,
compare and control inspection parameters across product styles, and better
understand their entire process for continuous improvement. This paper will
explore effective tools and implementation methods for such measures.
Polyolefin Dispersions - A New Class of Binders for Nonwovens
Paul Nedwick, Dow Chemical Company
Polyolefins are used in many diverse applications
in packaging, health and hygiene, and in building and construction applications
to impart tough, soft, impact resistant, and durable coatings. This paper
introduces a new class of polyolefins, specifically aqueous polyolefin
dispersions (Hypod™) which are now readily available for use in conventional
aqueous coating methods used by nonwoven manufacturers. This technology enables
nonwovens and textiles producers to use existing aqueous coating equipment to
coat, spray or saturate their products with a range of polyolefin-based coatings
to enhance and differentiate their products.
Hygiene Market — Disposable Hygiene Products, Markets and Materials
Berna Yalcin, Hayat Kimya San. A.S.
Turkey is becoming a major player in nonwoven
markets such as diapers, feminine hygiene products, medical textiles, disposable
products and roll goods such as spunbond, spunlace, and through-air bonded
nonwovens. These markets have shown significant growth over the past decade.
The disposables market in Turkey continues to be
a price-led market, with heavy discounting and promotional activities, meaning
that the market has struggled to maintain the high quality demanded by
customers, despite continual product developments and improvements from
manufacturers and raw material suppliers. This paper overviews Turkish markets
and recent activity.
Design, Air-Balancing and System Optimization for Hygienic Disposables
Converting and Nonwoven Fabrics
Christoph Ritter, Osprey Corporation
Efficient “Air-System Design” is a critical
aspect for the successful operation of modern hygienic and nonwoven production
This presentation will provide a well-illustrated
summary of the design, balancing, effective trouble-shooting and maintenance of
the process-air related systems which are relavant to our industry
(core-forming, web-forming, dust control, pneumatic transportation, trim
handling, material separation systems, etc).
These important air-system design guidelines will
be outlined and illustrated with many practical examples. In summary, this
presentation will explain how to achieve an overall better system efficiency,
less energy consumption, less dust exposure for operators and the environment,
and better process control (to achieve a better final product with less weight
variation and raw material consumption).
Applications and Developments for Superabsorbent Fibers
Dave Hill, Technical Absorbents, part of Bluestar
Fibres Co., Ltd.
This paper will cover the technology of SAF and
its versatility to be used in a diverse range of applications, from the
ubiquitous food/hygiene markets, to washable coolant apparel, and just about
everything in between.
Supply, Demand, Balance and Prospects
David Fortin, RISI
The fluff pulp industry represents a small
portion of the global wood pulp market. However, it is becoming an increasingly
important part of the U.S. wood pulp market as its share of U.S. softwood pulp
production grows. Emerging markets and an aging global population are driving
demand growth as the use of disposable absorbent hygiene products spreads. The
presentation will include a near-term outlook for fluff pulp supply, demand and
trends in pricing.
Penetration Growth in Key Emerging Markets is Now Driving Global Outlook
Pricie Hanna, John R. Starr Inc.
How important are the key emerging markets to the
global volume growth prospects in the hygiene market? This paper will review the
pace of market penetration in the major hygiene absorbent products categories
and examine the volume growth outlook in the large population countries that are
undeveloped and developing markets. The major drivers of market penetration will
be described and contrasted in these key emerging markets. Observations will be
shared on the growth opportunities for raw material suppliers to the hygiene
market. The increasing global significance of these emerging markets for hygiene
absorbent products will be assessed.
Thursday, October 27
The Next Great Step for
Eamonn Tighe & Robert Green, NatureWorks BV
This presentation will give an update on the
latest developments and most recent commercial launches of products made from
Ingeo™ PLA. It will also comment on the next level of developments and provide
a view on what can be expected from the biobased and renewables sector in the
years to come.
Developments From Oerlikon Neumag
Ingo Maehlmann, Oerlikon Neumag
The presentation is a brief overview of important
recent developments in airlaid technology made by Oerlikon Neumag’s division
that was formerly M&J Fibretech. The future for airlaid producers demands
higher production speeds while maintaining high quality standards, as well as
lower basis weight products with equal performance. To address these needs
Oerlikon Neumag focuses on improvement of nearly all individual components of an
airlaid plant. Starting with air conditioning, through web production and
roll-handling, every aspect is constantly under review. While most improvements
are not obvious to a visitor touring a recent line, machine operators can tell
Oerlikon Neumag will present a new development
for the first time at INSIGHT 2011, that is sure to lead to future high-speed
Polymers For Superabsorbents and Emulsion Binders
John R. Shaw, Itaconix
Polymers of itaconic acid have shown promise as
alternatives to acrylic-based polymers for over 20 years. Itaconix LLC has
established the ability to produce itaconic acid-based polymers with competitive
cost and performance. For diaper applications, the company is developing
cross-linked polymers as bio-based superabsorbents. Additional opportunities
also exist in diapers for bio-based polymers from itaconic acid.
Patterns in Product Needs and Marketing Needs for Adult and Feminine Disposables
Elizabeth Hanson, Marketing Technology Service,
The adult incontinence markets (both urinary and
fecal) and fem hygiene market are in a constant state of flux based on changes
in demographics, risk factors and medical practices, e.g. diabetes, obesity,
pelvic surgery (prostatectomy, hysterectomy), hormonal treatment, etc. This
paper presents trends that impact prevalence, market segmentation, product
requirements and marketing strategies – including the impact of social media.
Modified: November 1, 2011