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Engineered Fabrics On View

INDA's IDEA07 has been reorganized to allow all attendees to participate in both conference and exposition for one fee.

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T he Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), Cary, N.C., will entice nonwovens and technical textiles professionals from around the world to Miami Beach, Fla., in late April for three days of programs, exhibits and associated events as part of its triennial IDEA International Engineered Fabrics Conference & Expo. IDEA07 will be held Tuesday through Thursday, April 24-26, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, which also was the venue for IDEA01 and IDEA04.

The conference and expo are expected to attract 7,000 visitors from more than 60 countries — one-third of IDEA’s attendees come from outside the United States, according to INDA. These visitors represent such markets as construction, geotextiles, transportation, industrial protective apparel, filtration, healthcare, hygiene, sorbents, wipes, home furnishings and consumer products.
More than 350 exhibitors have already registered as of Textile World ’s press time. Exhibitors include manufacturers and suppliers of raw materials, engineered fabrics and fibers, machinery and equipment, chemicals and auxiliary products; converters; associations, schools and research centers; publications; and other goods and services. According to INDA, the exhibit floor space is nearly sold out owing to a combination of reservations for larger booths by returning exhibitors, first-time exhibitors and increased numbers of international exhibitors — some 40 percent will come from outside the United States. Organizers say IDEA07 will be one of the largest events ever for the US nonwovens/ engineered fabrics sector.

INDA points out that with the complete engineered fabrics supply chain represented, IDEA07 will provide exhibitors with a cost-effective and efficient opportunity to meet with their customers, and vice-versa — as well as to see what their competition is up to.

The registration fee structure for this year’s IDEA has been simplified to include admission to both the conference and the expo for one fee. Separate tickets must be purchased to attend the welcoming reception, which will kick off the event Monday evening, April 23, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

Peggy Blake, marketing director, INDA, said hotel rooms reserved for the event are going quickly, and INDA is busy searching for additional hotel rooms to offer exhibitors and attendees. “ That’s a good indication attendance is going to be extremely strong,” she said.
The range of nonwoven end-product possibilities includes printed apparel.

Conference Agenda
The conference portion of IDEA07 is scheduled each morning from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. The program has been reformatted and will highlight three areas of interest to the engineered fabrics sector:

• Tuesday, April 24 — India: The current situation and the potential in the emerging nonwovens and textiles market in India will be covered by Saumitra Chaudhuri, chief economist, ICRA, India; and J.N. Singh, Ph.D., textile commissioner, Indian Textile Ministry. Chaudhuri will speak on “India as an Economic Power — Prospects for Growth”; and Singh will discuss “Developments in India’s Technical Textile Industry.”

• Wednesday, April 25 — Energy: Dennis J. Stanley, chemicals energy planning advisor, ExxonMobil Chemical Co., Houston, will present “Analyzing Energy Costs for Savings”; and Bob Bazemore, vice president, regulated fuels department, Progress Energy, Raleigh, N.C., will present a paper on “Cost of Fuels: Impact of Market Forces, Trends, Strategies.”

• Thursday, April 26 — Innovation: Paul Mugge, director of the Center of Innovation Management Studies, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, will speak on “The Case for Innovation Management — Return to Profitable Growth”; and Stuart L. Hart, Ph.D., S.C. Johnson Chair of Sustainable Global Enterprise and professor of management, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., will discuss “Driving Innovation from the Base of the Pyramid.”

Wednesday’s program also will include the presentation of the IDEA07 Achievement Awards, sponsored by INDA and Nonwovens Industry magazine. Awards will be presented in five categories to recognize engineered fabric product and machinery innovations introduced since IDEA04. Blake said a record 92 nominations were received for the awards. Of those products nominated, 15 have been chosen as finalists (See sidebar). Industry members are invited to choose the winners by voting online at www.idea07.com.

In addition to the five product awards, IDEA07 Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to two individuals who have contributed significantly to the nonwovens business. Former INDA Chairperson Lee Sullivan is being recognized for contributions made during a career that spanned more than 27 years in the nonwovens industry, including 20 years at Freudenberg Nonwovens. Professor Emeritus Edward Vaughn, Ph.D., at the Clemson University School of Materials Science and Engineering, is being honored for contributions that include his stewardship for 34 years of the annual Clemson Nonwoven Fabrics Forum and his development of a number of patented nonwovens and fiber technologies.

An IDEA07 Entrepreneur Award will be presented to a company established since IDEA04.

The Miami Beach Convention Center has been the venue for IDEA since 2001.

Expo Offerings
Immediately following the daily conference programs, the exhibit floor will be open until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and until 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

In 2004, IDEA added 24 technical textiles exhibitors to the offerings on the exhibit floor, thereby increasing the number of buyers attending the show by several hundred. The success of that addition prompted INDA to expand its technical textiles coverage in IDEA07.

To highlight new products and technologies, IDEA07 has added a Product Showcase, a specially designated area on the exhibit floor where exhibitors may schedule 15-minute presentations of their new offerings between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Thursday. Following a presentation, interested customers may visit the company’s booth to learn more about the featured product.

Fifteen Finalists Vie For IDEA07 Achievement Awards
The IDEA07 Achievement Awards, sponsored by INDA and Nonwovens Industry magazine, will recognize outstanding innovations introduced since IDEA04 in five categories. Award winners, chosen from among the finalists listed below, will be announced during the expo.

Short-Life End Product
Kimberly-Clark, Dallas: Huggies® Pull-Ups® with Cool Alert™
Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati: Swiffer® Deep Ridges
WIP (Wellness Innovation Project) S.r.l., Italy: Love’N Sanitary Napkin/Panty Liner, Baby/Feminine Care Wipes

Long-Life End Product
APC Filtration Inc., Canada: HEPA Membrane Filters made with DuPont™ Teflon®
Shaw Innovation Flooring Systems, Dalton, Ga.: EcoLogix™ Carpet Cushioning System
Filtration Group, Joliet, Ill.: GeoPleat Air Filter

Roll Goods
CEREX Advanced Fabrics Inc., Cantonment, Fla.: SpectraMax™
DuPont, Wilmington, Del.: Hybrid Membrane Technology
Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio: Coated glass fiber-based nonwoven

Raw Materials
Celanese Corp., Dallas: Dur-O-Set® Elite Ultra binder technology
DuPont: Sorona® polymer
Wellman Inc., Fort Mill, S.C.: Fortrel® Wellcare ADM

Dienes Corp., Spencer, Mass.: Quik-Set Automatic Positioning Systems
Foster Needle Co. Inc., Manitowoc, Wis.: Twin Crown Needle
S&S Specialty Systems Inc., Iron River, Wis.: Cheetah Folders

For more information about IDEA07, contact INDA (919) 233-1210; fax (919) 233-1282; www.idea07.com.

March/April 2007

Related Files:
Download the IDEA07 Exhibitors List.