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IDEA10: Looking Ahead

With a truly international exhibitor make-up, IDEA10 will present the next generation of technologies for the global engineered fabrics industry.

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T he Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), Cary, N.C., will bring together the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry in Miami Beach, Fla., in late April for IDEA10, the International Engineered Fabrics Conference & Expo. The triennial event will be held Tuesday through Thursday, April 27-29, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, which has hosted the last three IDEA events.

Scenes From IDEA07
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The exhibition floor is seen from above

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Visitors and exhibitors engage in a lively disccussion in one of the IDEA07 booths.

As of Textile World 's press time, the exposition floor already was almost 90-percent filled. INDA reports more than 375 companies will be exhibiting -- more than 80 of which will be first-time exhibitors -- from around the world. At IDEA07, 44 percent of exhibitors and 40 percent of attendees came from outside the United States, making it the most international IDEA show in history.

INDA President Rory Holmes expects nearly half of this year's exhibitors to be foreign-based. "The international acceptance of IDEA10 reaffirms the event's role as a truly global event and points to the global strength of the nonwovens industry as a whole," he said.

Organizers are expecting approximately 6,000 visitors from more than 70 countries to convene at IDEA10. At the expo, attendees will be able to  see everything from raw materials to finished products, and observe manufacturing processes in operation.

Targeted sectors include automotives, composites, consumer products, filtration, geotextiles, home furnishings, hygiene, medical, nanotechnology, personal care, protective apparel, technical textiles and wipes, among others.

The expo will begin with a welcome reception Monday evening, April 26, at the convention center's glass-walled Skywalk, which overlooks the convention floor.

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Reifenhäuser GmbH & Co. KG shows spunbond fabrics produced using its Reicofil technology.

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Visitors examine materials manufactured by Colbond B.V.

Conference Program

Holmes noted that the nonwovens industry and the U.S. economy are rebounding from the recent economic downturn. "With a global economy showing signs of recovery, bringing with it a renewed need for the products made by the nonwovens industry ... the timing is perfect for IDEA10," he said.

According to INDA, organizations looking ahead for opportunities that will emerge in a post-recession economy will have a competitive advantage over those that are focused on short-term operations. With this in mind, INDA has organized the IDEA10 conference with a focus on market forecasts and trends of the engineered fabrics industry by region. Six speakers with industry expertise will discuss the current state of the industry and where it is headed, as well as how the global recession has impacted the hygiene, wipes, construction, filtration and medical markets.

Tuesday's discussions will cover Market Trends & Data: Europe & Asia. Fiber and textile economist Jacques Prigneaux, who directs the business information services of Brussels-based EDANA, the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries, and supplies industry analyses to the European nonwovens community, will speak about Europe. Peter Bohlander, who has worked with Asia-based nonwovens firms for 25 years, will present market information and address engineered fabric industry issues specific to Asia.

Wednesday's sessions will cover Market Trends & Data: North & South America. Rory Holmes will share insights from his 40 years of industry experience. INDA Director of Market Research and Statistics Ian Butler, who has written more than 100 statistical reports covering every region of the world, will present data on South America.

Thursday's seminars will cover Market Trends & Data: Emerging Markets & Technologies. Samir Gupta, managing director of Business Co-ordination House - an India-based technical textiles and nonwovens consulting firm -- will discuss emerging markets in India. Keith Osteen, a principal with Smith, Johnson & Associates, who has 31 years of engineering and research expertise in production and technology development, will shed light on the complexities of research and development in emerging technologies.

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Achievement Awards

The IDEA10 Achievement Awards, sponsored by INDA and Nonwovens Industry magazine, will recognize new product and technical developments within the global engineered fabrics industry that have been introduced since IDEA07. The awards will be presented to innovations in five categories: Equipment Achievement, Roll Goods Achievement, Raw Material Achievement, Short-Life Product Achievement and Long-Life Product Achievement.

IDEA TV, a new offering this year, will feature live interviews, developing news and features; and will be broadcast over the Internet from the show floor. The broadcast will be available to IDEA attendees for viewing via email and Internet connection.

Registration

There are a variety of registration options for IDEA10 attendees, ranging from full expo/conference registration to partial participation. Early-bird discounts are offered through April 9. "IDEA10 is about the potential of the business of nonwovens," Holmes said. "It will offer attendees and exhibitors a look at the next generation of products for the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry -- the products and processes that will drive this industry and its companies into the future."

For more information about IDEA10, contact INDA +919-233-1210; fax +866-851-5761; www.idea10.org.

March/April 2010

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