INDA event inspires new thinking about engineered fabrics

Over 100 technical professionals attended the RISE conference.
Over 100 technical professionals attended the RISE conference.

The 25-28 January event at the Le Meridien Hotel in New Orleans, US, drew 100-plus technical professionals to network and learn from industry experts, scientists and R&D specialists on leading-edge topics with the potential to change the future of nonwovens and engineered fabrics.

“RISE is unlike any other event in our industry with its focus on ‘what’s next,’” said INDA president Dave Rousse. “In that way it is an eye-opener and gets people to think about applications and possibilities for the future they perhaps never imagined had they not attended.”

Jim Robinson, technical services manager of BASF Hygiene Products said he came to RISE expecting a more traditional conference with a list of people he wanted to meet and valuable sessions to attend.

“What I didn’t expect was the fact that, over the two-and-a-half days of the conference, I would find solutions that I could apply to at least four current projects, each with different technical and market needs, and that the unplanned contacts would turn out to be so valuable to making progress on these projects in a timely fashion,” Robinson said.

Topics that got attendees thinking differently included such concepts as rebuilding fibers and fabrics using revolutionary self-healing bio-formation structures; making lighter weight, economic and sustainable nonwovens from eucalyptus and milkweed materials; and recycling carbon fibers in the auto industry, among others.

RISE Durable Product award presented 

The prestigious RISE® Durable Product Award was presented to Suominen for Fibrella™ Lite, a nonwoven product for absorbent hygiene products. RISE attendees selected Fibrella Lite over finalists Groz-Beckert’s Gebecon Needle and ITW Dynatec’s Ultra SCS.

INDA also announced the next RISE conference – the seventh edition – will be held 23-26 January, 2017, at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square in Sugar Land, Texas, near Houston.