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June 2023

Fiera Milano RHOMilan . Italy

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ITMA Nonwovens Forum

In 2019, the ITMA-EDANA Nonwovens Forum was jointly organised with the  International Association for the Nonwovens & Related Industries (EDANA).

The forum shared useful insights, especially for participants looking to upgrade to nonwovens production or interested to explore more on the latest innovation & technologies of the nonwovens industry.

ITMA-EDANA Nonwovens Forum


ITMA 2019 Programme

Morning - Introduction & Keynote Speech


9:45am - Welcome Address by CEMATEX and EDANA | Fritz P. Mayer, President, CEMATEX | Pierre Wiertz, General Manager, EDANA


10:00am - Introduction to EDANA and Global Perspective on Nonwovens Trends by Process | Jacques Prigneaux, Market Analysis and Economic Affairs Director, EDANA


10:20am - Global Trends in Nonwovens Processes Under Economic and Sustainability Constraints | Keynote Speaker: David Allan, Editor, Nonwovens Markets, Fastmarkets RISI


11.00am Tea Break


Session 1 - Circular Economy/Challenges & Opportunities for Running Bio-based & Recycled | Materials on Nonwovens


11:30am - Processing Bio-polymers on Spunmelt Lines | Hans-Georg Geus, Technical Director, Reifenhäuser Reicofil & Enka Tecnica


12.00pm - Latest innovations for the Use of Recycled Fibres for Nonwovens Carding Lines | Thierry Masi, Sales Director, Laroche


12.30pm - Lunch



Session 2 - Research Centres: Latest Trends and Innovation in Nonwovens Processes – Including Hybrids and Composites


1.30pm - New Ways of Imagining Sustainable Nonwovens | Simon Fremeaux, R&D Production Manager, CETI


1.50pm - Advanced Nonwovens Composites for Meeting Industrial Needs | Sohel Rana, Lecturer in Technical Textiles, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield


2:10pm - Increased Productivity for Finest Fibre Webs by Modifed Melt Blown Technology | Martin Dauner, Head of Filament Yarn Technologies, Nonwoven Technologies, Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF)


2.30pm - Panel of Experts: Exchange of Views on the Nonwovens Processes of the 2030s | Chaired by Pierre Wiertz, General Manager, EDANA

- Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute (TNI)

- Stephen Russel, Director, Nonwovens Research Group, University of Leeds

- Matthew Tipper, Business Director, Nonwovens Innovation and Research Institute (NIRI)

- Bernd Gulich, Manager, Centre of Excellence in Nonwovens, Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. (STFI)

- David Allan, Editor, Nonwovens, RISI


3.30pm - Tea Break


Session 3 - Innovations in Nonwovens Technology


3:50pm - Nonwovens in the World Fibre Industry – Status and Outlook | Andreas Engelhardt, General Manager, The Fiber Year GmbH


4:10pm - Metris: Digital and IIoT Solutions for Nonwovens | Alexandre Butte, Business Development Director, Andritz Nonwoven | Clemens Mann, Head of Business Development and Marketing, Andritz Automation


4:30pm - Industry 4.0 – Welcome to the Next Level of Smart Winding | Stefano Quilici, Industry 4.0 Coordinator – Legal Counsel, A.Celli


4:50pm - Softness Analyser: Objective Measurement of Softness, Roughness and Stiffness – The Three Basic Parameters which Determine the Human Feeling | Alexander Grüner, Global Marketing & Business Development Manager, Emtec Electronic GmbH


5.10pm Closing Remarks

Eileen Ng, Senior Director, ITMA Services

Pierre Wiertz, General Manager, EDANA

The forum is suitable for companies who are:

● entering into the Nonwovens production business or integrating Nonwovens production processes into their manufacturing value chain.

● already engaged in Nonwovens/high value manufacturing focusing on recycling technologies and raw materials.


Past forum participants include:

A.Celli, Berry Global, Bekaert, ExxonMobil, Laroche, New Balance, Nike, Patagonia, Sustainable Textile Coalition, TenCate and more.


Delegate registration & fees

All conference delegates need to be ITMA 2023 badge holders. Ticket price to the ITMA-EDANA Nonwovens Forum will be available in Q1 2023.

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