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The Art of Airlaid - 35
Years with Memorable Moments
• Henning Skov Jensen, ESFIBERVISIONS
Thirty-five years ago the first INSIGHT conference covered the very early
commercial efforts in the short fiber airlaid process. In those days a machine
might run well and stay productive for a very short time. This keynote speech
reviews some of the early attempts and remembers some of the earliest players,
their products and the evolution of short fiber airlaid.
Where Technology, Materials
and Trends Intersect
• Pablo Leon Escobar, Bostik
This presentation provides an inside look at ways to incorporate the latest
advances in materials and technologies to keep your disposable hygiene product
on the cutting edge of trends in the marketplace.
ARVELL: A Revolutionary
Advance in Wipes Substrates
• Carmine Cimini, Teknoweb NA LLC
Teknoweb has created a new and innovative technology platform that enables
converters to economically and sustainably produce their own wet wipes
substrate. The machine and process are scaled to meet the substrate requirements
of contract converters, while giving them unmatched ability to create custom
substrates at reasonable cost. The ARVELL process will be explained and samples
will be shown.
Global Growth and
Profitability in Polypropylene Spunmelt Nonwovens
• David J. Price, Price Hanna Consultants, LLC
This presentation will provide an overview of the growth in global and regional
capacity and demand for polypropylene spunlaid nonwovens, regional and global
capacity utilization, key elements affecting profitability, and benchmark
profitability performance of producers among major global regions.
Innovation in Perforated
Topsheet and Elastic Film for Hygiene Applications
• Fabrizio Coladonato, Texol S.r.l.
Perforated topsheet for femcare products is in high demand in the consumer
market. This is due to its high level of performance in terms of strike through,
rewet, dryness and perception of cleanliness after use. Its drawback is in the
appearance and tactile feel of the plastic, which drives the need for new
An elastic laminate for baby and adult diapers is necessary to achieve the
proper fit of the articles onto the body of a wearer. Although there are several
processes for the construction of elastic laminate, there is still a need for
improved processing and product characteristics.
This presentation will discuss new innovations in these materials for the
hygienic product industry.
Demystifying Private Label
• Joe Howard, Advanced Absorbent Technology,
Many suppliers and manufacturers, branded and private label alike, believe that
a retailer’s store brand is only effective when it “copies” the national
brand with much lower pricing. Nothing could be further from the truth. Private
label manufacturers must consider the specific needs of each market and the
competitive landscape to optimize their strategy and positioning to the retailer
and consumer, just like a national brand. This will lead to greater profits and
a defensible position without the need to drop your price at the first sign of a
competitive threat. This talk will include alternative strategies and tactics
for private label manufacturers and suggestions regarding the appropriate
situations to utilize them.
New Developments with Ingeo
PLA — The Next Generation of Sustainable Materials
• Robert Green and Eamonn Tighe, NatureWorks
Ingeo™ fibers and nonwovens are now used in a wide variety of everyday
applications, ranging from hygienic to geotextile fabrics and from high fashion
apparel to heavy industrial applications.
The focus of our Fibers and Nonwovens team has been to exploit the inherent
polymer and fiber properties of Ingeo Biopolymer with the already
well-publicized and highly valuable eco-profile benefits of the resin. This
winning combination makes practical sense in today's world, which demands
product performance while also balancing it with environmental responsibility.
This paper will also share details on a range of the latest new Ingeo products
and applications, and how these were realized. Updates on the competitive
economics vs current non-renewable polymers will also be provided.
World Fluff Pulp Markets in
• Kurt Schaefer, RISI Inc.
2013 has been another interesting year for fluff pulp producers and consumers of
fluff pulp, as ownership of some significant players has changed hands. This
presentation is about changes, growth rates and market developments along with
Tuesday, October 16
Developers and Microbiologists: Sharing the Sand Box
• Thomas Fahlen, Clorox Services Company
Antimicrobial product development often involves a multidisciplinary team of
chemists, materials scientists, packaging experts and microbiologists. When
considering the options for an antimicrobial active, it is important to
understand the key drivers of, and detractors from, antimicrobial performance
and how they are measured. This is often not a priority for the development
team. Further, data provided by suppliers on novel antimicrobial chemistry or
technology may or may not be relevant to the performance data that the team
should be interested in for a given application. This talk is a microbiologist’s
point of view on the antimicrobial performance information that is compelling
when considering an antimicrobial active, and information that is not.
Plastics from Pyrolysis
Update — Fast Pyrolysis at a Glacial Rate
• John Tharpe, Marion Engineering
Fast pyrolysis of cellulose has proven to be a viable source of thermal-energy
materials, both liquid and solids. Recent tests have also produced interesting
plastic materials that could have beneficial results for the disposables
Alternative Cores for
Ultrathin Hygiene Products
• Don Young, Marketing Technology Service, Inc.
Absorbent core designs for hygiene products have changed over the years,
starting with tissue layers, followed by fluff pulp, and then fluff pulp and
SAP. These changes have taken place over a 30-year period. Starting in the 1990s
there were major changes in feminine hygiene cores with the introduction of
Whispers in the Hong Kong market with its airlaid core. Airlaid cores have
become common place in the feminine hygiene market, with market penetrations
exceeding 50% in several areas. Change has been slower in the baby diaper and
adult incontinence markets, but the pace of change has picked up over the last
few years as thinner diapers and AI products have become more popular. As was
the case with the introduction of SAP into hygiene products, patents have become
a fact of life making it difficult for companies to stay competitive with the
major producers. The purpose of this presentation is to identify the new core
designs and discuss options for thinner core and product constructions that can
compete within the patent landscape and provide properties required by the
Spooling versus Festooning
for ADLs & Entangled Fabrics — Pros, Cons and Opportunities
• Jesus Lopez, Edelmann Technology GmbH &
Our sector of the industry has been focused on improving efficiency in the
production of rolls. Converting equipment and diaper machine producers have been
doing the same within their sectors. Spooling and festooning are processes that
contribute to processing efficiency with new products that deliver breakthrough
Spooling multiplies the web length on a roll without increasing the diameter of
the roll, reducing the run-down and ramp-up frequency and downtime during the
production process. Depending on the equipment used, this can improve production
by up to a factor of 10 or above!
Festooned material improves efficiency even further by enabling non-stop
production. While spooling creates a wide roll, festooning produces a box-shaped
container of nonwoven in a process that is very gentle to the material—a must
for converting bulky and sensitive nonwovens.
Sweet Corn: A 100%
Bio-Based Spunbond Nonwoven
• Steve Chester, Fitesa
Environmental awareness and increased emphasis on sustainability have become
major drivers for developments in bioplastics. The use of bio-based polymers in
nonwovens is growing as new applications and products emerge. This paper
provides 1) an overview of bioplastics and 2) details about the new 100%
bio-based nonwoven from Fitesa.
How the Consumer Hygiene
Giants Will Have 100% Renewable Diapers Within 20 Years
• Adrian Wilson, Sustainable Nonwovens
Procter & Gamble has said it will eventually make 100% of its products from
renewable resources, and similar aims have been expressed by other major
companies. How could this be achieved with a multi-material and highly complex
product such as a diaper? There are many developments currently underway which
suggest it may not be as difficult as would immediately be assumed. And perhaps
more importantly, there is the will to make it happen from key influencers,
aligned with a number of other favourable factors on a socio-political level.
Soy Chemistry for Nonwovens
• Robina Hogan, Omni Tech International, Ltd
Polymers utilizing soy chemistry have been developed for thermoplastic
extrusion. The resulting fibers can be used for textiles and nonwovens
applications. Blends have also been electrospun to create nanofibers for medical
Elastic Solutions to Your
Sticky Problems — What if Spiderman Fails to Stick?
• Wei Siong Tan, AccuSentry, Inc.
On top of a roof, the spiderman extends his hands. A long strand of elastic
shoots from his wrist. The end of the elastic sticks onto the surface of an
adjacent building. He jumps and swings between the high rises. As he gains
speed, he accelerates toward the apex of the swing. Whoa! Midway through the
swing, the adhesive gives way, the spiderman plummets straight down on to the
concrete below. Of course, that never happens in the movie. However, in the
daily grind of a 24/7 production environment, elastic strands do fail to stick
every now and then. Although it’s not as dramatic as the spiderman falling
helplessly to the ground, the impact could certainly be just as messy. When
these sticky problems are discovered, production comes to a screeching halt.
Batches of production are quarantined. What happened? What’s the cause? Did
someone forget something? The settings were just right, but the elastic simply
failed to stick for no apparent reason. Enough of this unscripted drama. You
need an elastic solution to your sticky problems.
Wednesday, October 17
Multi-Layer ADL Nonwovens and
Next Generation Materials for High Performance Personal Care Products with
• Dany Michiels, TWE/Libeltex
Thin high-percent-SAP diapers and personal care disposables present significant
liquid management and transport challenges to designers. This presentation is
about multi-layer ADLs and the next generation of performance products with
absorbency features built in.
Performance Rayon Fibers
for New Applications
• Reinhold Roethenbacher, Kelhiem Fibres GmbH
Viscose, the cellulosic fiber based on renewable resources, can be modified with
a well-equipped toolbox to very targeted parameters. Some time ago Kelheim
presented the toolbox options to modify Viscose in shape and other properties.
This presentation discusses achieved fiber properties and opportunities for
commercial and “outside of the box” applications.
The Missing SAP Story —
Why Hasn’t the World Missed the Biggest Global Producer?
• Ian Davenport, Davenport International
This paper presents a review of how the hygiene industry has adapted to fill the
Himeji superabsorbent supply gap, and the outlook for 2014 and beyond…was
there really a gap?
Wipes in Today's World -
Cleaning, Flushing and Sustaining
• Kimberly Babusik, Nice-Pak Products, Inc.
The world environment for wipes manufacturers has never been more complicated
than it’s been in 2013. Demand for task-specific nonwovens wiping performance
must be balanced with new and difficult flushability requirements. Materials
selection for both the wiper substrates and the additives must also consider
rising expectations and requirements for long term sustainability. This
presentation describes the challenges, opportunities and some futuristic
Novel Performance and
Feature Enhancements in Personal Care Components and Packaging
• Greg Gard, Berry Plastics Corporation
Abstract to come.
Foam Here to Infinity
• Rick Jezzi, A.D. Jezzi & Associates
Five years have passed since the introduction of a foam absorbent core in an
ultra thin sanitary napkin, so it is now worth reviewing the current state of
the technology to determine what the future will bring. The paper will also
review foam absorbent technology and where it stands today, and its potential
further use in disposable absorbent products. Consumers, costs and competitive
reaction will be discussed, as well as a brief review of intellectual property
surrounding the technology.
Growth Strategies for the
Global Hygiene Industry — Investments in Expansions and Business Combinations
• Pricie Hanna, Price Hanna Consultants, LLC
Where are the current growth opportunities for the global hygiene industry and
how are the industry’s leaders pursuing these prospects? This presentation
will review recent examples of significant investments for capacity expansions
and acquisitions by hygiene end product manufacturers and material suppliers.
The global and regional growth strategies driving these investments will be
identified. The success to date of these strategies will be discussed. New
developments that will impact future growth opportunities will be examined.
vs Education — Depends Who Cares
• Krystyna Boryk-Jozefowicz, TZMO SA
This paper will discuss a somewhat different approach to incontinence as both a
medical and social phenomenon, and the way these perspectives influence product
design and how the product is used by caregivers “on a patient and for a
patient,” depending on the caregiver's background. There are many schools of
thought with their own approaches to incontinence care that can determine the
style and results of care.
Thursday, October 18
Cotton Fabrics for Hygiene Applications
• Vince Edward, USDA-ARS-SCCR
Cotton is one of the most environmentally friendly and consumer-preferred fibers
in the world. However, cotton marketers have had limited success capturing
market share in the nonwovens industry due to poor processing characteristics
and undesirable economics of scoured and bleached cotton. An innovative cleaning
process for greige cotton produces a fiber without the numerous problems
associated with traditionally available cotton fibers. This presentation will
focus on the performance of greige cotton fibers in hygiene and will provide a
brief overview of applications for this material on the horizon. Results will be
shared that demonstrate greige cotton has excellent diaper fluid management
properties, offering high functionality while outperforming the industry
standard, spunbond polypropylene, in a diaper topsheet application.
Intellectual Property and the Potential Future
• Donald Sheldon, Advanced Absorbent
This paper discusses elastics and elastic development as it relates to nonwovens,
including early developments and the evolution of elastics in nonwoven products,
the material science of elastics, product designs incorporating elastic
materials, intellectual property, and potential future developments and needs.
The Shape of Things to Come
• James P. Hanson, Marketing
Technology Service, Inc.
Thirty-five years ago when the first INSIGHT conference was held, the theme was
“airlaid and low density forming.” Today both topics are still of special
interest. Back in those days the shape of a baby diaper was a wing-folded
rectangle. Much has changed while staying the same.
This presentation will look at the attractive aspects of thin structures and
airlaid composite possibilities for adult disposables, with some predictions on
the shape of things to come.
Modified: October 21, 2013