General Information, Program and Abstracts (pdf)

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Nonwovens Technology Conference 2005

The 2005 outstanding International NTC was held in 

• Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
• March 29-31, 2005
• Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center

Marketing Technology Service was pleased to sponsor the sixth event in the Nonwovens Technology Conference series, first offered in 1998. This three-day event included presentations of the highest standards by industry professionals on four major current topics:

• Adjusting to Changing Economics of Raw Materials
• Thin Absorbent Systems for Baby, Adult, Feminine and Absorbent Pads
• Designing Superior Surface Wiping Products
• Advances in Nonwoven Fabric Technologies

Also included each morning was a brief executive short course session covering topics relevant to the day’s agenda. 

• Grand Opening and Exclusive Tour of the MTS Greyline Facility
Delegates to the Nonwovens Technology Conference were guests for an exclusive tour and demonstration of the new MTS Greyline Airlaid Facility, the most advanced airlaid facility now in operation.


Monday, March 28
6:00-7:00 p.m. • Registration

Tuesday, March 29
8:00-9:15 a.m. • Executive Short Course - Session I
9:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. • Conference I
6:00 p.m. • Evening Reception

Wednesday, March 30
8:00-9:15 a.m. • Executive Short Course - Session II
9:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. • Conference II

Thursday, March 31
8:00-9:15 a.m. • Executive Short Course - Session III
9:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • Conference III
3:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Greyline Airlaid Facilities Tour and Gala Dinner

Short Course Daily Sessions

MTS presented mini-sessions from its Executive Short Course on Absorbent Disposables series each day from 8:00-9:15 a.m., before the official conference session began. The topics were selected to introduce and complement the conference presentations.

Final Program (March 3, 2005)

Tuesday, March 29

8:00-9:15 a.m. -- Short Course Session I

• Industry Trends
• Flow Rate and Dosage Patterns for Infants and Adults
• Instructive Designs

9:15 a.m. -- Conference Program Session I

Looking Forward, Looking Back
John Conley
Conley & Associates

Part I: New Developments with Olefin Fibers and Nonwoven Fabric Technology
Ed Engle
Engle Consulting

       Coffee Break

Part II: The Case for Low Denier Fibers
Ed Engle
Engle Consulting

       12:00-1:45 p.m. -- Lunch

The What, How and Where of Tomorrow’s Airlay Industry
Paul Whitaker
Allertex of America

What Designers of Wipes and Diapers Need to Know About Skin and Skin Care
Beth Hanson
Marketing Technology Service

       Coffee Break

Keynote Address: Recycled and Renewable Resources for Construction, Insulation and Automotive Composites
Bengt Svennerstedt
BioFibre Technology Research Group, Swedish University 
of Agricultural Sciences

       6:00-7:30 p.m. -- MTS Reception

Wednesday, March 30

8:15-9:15 a.m. -- Short Course Session II

• Liquid Transport in Absorbent Structures
• Selecting Fibers and Recipes for Absorbent and Fabric Systems
• Optimizing Liquid Acquisition

9:15 a.m. -- Conference Program Session II

Spunbonding Technology - In Progress or on the Dead End Road?
Ivo Edward Ruzek
Industrial Consulting

       Coffee Break

SAP Availability: the Future Global Capacity and Demand
J. Blake Kuster
Absorbent Technologies Inc.

The 7% Solution Revisited - Designing More Efficient Absorbent Systems
Mark Bolyen
Marketing Technology Service

      12:00-1:45 p.m. -- Lunch

A Low-Fiber Diet: How Advanced Fiber Technology Can Reduce Consumption
Jeff Dugan
Fiber Innovation Technology

       Coffee Break

Evolving Nonwoven Structures for Premoistened Wipes
Phillip Mango
Phillip Mango Consulting

Nanofibers - What’s the Big Deal and Who Cares?
Gregory F. Ward
Nonwoven Technologies Inc.

Thursday, March 31

8:15-9:15 a.m. -- Short Course Session III

• Fluff Defibration Technology
• Airlaid Technology and Prospects

9:15 a.m. -- Conference Program Session III

Softness in Air Laying
Victor Almeida
Tencel Inc.

      Coffee Break

Different Approaches to Low Denier Fibers
Robert H. Bell
Ason Neumag Corporation

Leaving Fiberglass Behind - Composites for Construction, Sound and Thermal Insulation Materials Made by Airlaid Techniques
Larry Pio
Marketing Technology Service

      12:00-1:45 p.m. -- Lunch

Possibilities for Phase Change Materials in Future Nonwoven Composites
Terri Blum Grady
Freudenberg Nonwovens

Unitized Airlaid Synthetics for Tomorrow’s Products
James P. Hanson
Marketing Technology Service

Introduction to the Greyline Tour

3:30 p.m. -- Tour and Demonstration of the MTS Greyline Facility

A one-time-only special event for NTC delegates demonstrated thirteen state-of-the-art fabric recipes highlighting possibilities for airlaid using the unique new facility in Kalamazoo. This is presently the world’s most advanced airlaid installation.

Delegates were bussed from the Radisson to the MTS Greyline Facility, about 20 minutes away. Included in the demonstration were the manufacture of advanced two-sided structures for wiping applications, density gradient structures, 100% synthetic fabrics, ultrathin high SAP composites, ultrasoft fabrics, on-line film lamination and diapers-on-a-roll.

6:00-8:30 p.m. -- Grand Opening Gala Dinner at Fricano’s Italian Restaurant, Chartered for this Event

A Grand Opening celebration dinner, sponsored by MTS, concluded the NTC event.

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