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Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor

The Rupp Report: Nonwovens Summit In Geneva

By Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor

April 15-18, Geneva, Switzerland, will be the center of the global nonwovens industry. The city will host INDEX 08, the world’s largest and most important exhibition for the nonwovens industry. The exhibition will be held at the Geneva Palexpo, near the airport. The number of companies presenting new products will exceed 500 for the first time in the history of INDEX.

Latest Developments To Be Seen
Covering 50,000 square meters, including more than 20,000 square meters of booth space, INDEX 08 will present the latest nonwoven application and technology developments. It will bring together leaders in all sectors of manufacturing, machinery and raw materials with leading industry decision-makers, purchasing and sales professionals and key marketers.

“Index is the flagship event for the nonwovens industry, and the number of exhibitors and visitors expected this year is further testimony to that,” said Pierre Wiertz, general manager of EDANA, the international association representing the nonwovens and related industries, and sponsor of INDEX 08.

INDEX was first held in Geneva in 1984 and takes place every three years. This year, more than 13,000 visitors are expected to see the offerings of leading nonwovens experts in eight key sectors: packaging, filtration, composites, automotive, construction, medical, cleaning and hygiene and home furnishing.

Extensive Program

INDEX 08 will feature the 2008 “Global Nonwovens Summit,” a forum for senior executives within the nonwovens and related industries looking to develop and foster good working relationships. The focus of the 2008 summit will be on raw materials, energy and ideas for non-commercial collaborative efforts.

At a special ceremony during the exhibition, EDANA will present the INDEX 08 Awards for innovations in the nonwovens field. The aim of the awards is to encourage and acknowledge innovation and new ideas in nonwovens, raw materials and machinery.

The Innovation Pavilion will present projects research consortiums supported within the sixth Framework Program for Research and Technology development.

Under the theme of “Solutions for Tomorrow,” exhibitors will present some of the latest developments in the field of nonwovens. Provided free-of-charge to visitors, the presentations will take place in a specially-constructed auditorium within the exhibition halls. In addition, three general sessions, there will be three sessions focusing on nonwovens in filtration and automotive applications, as well as nanotechnology.

Nonwovens In Action is designed to show the functional capabilities of nonwovens in apparel applications. INDEX organizers Orgexpo; EDANA; and the School of Design and Nonwovens Research Group at the University of Leeds, England, are collaborating to present this project.

More information about the show can be found at www.index08.org.

February 19, 2008

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To learn more, visit INDEX08.org