CARY, N.C. — June 12, 2012 — Executives from all links in the wipes supply chain gathered
earlier this month in Chicago, Illinois for the 2012 World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference,
organized by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry.
In addition to three full days of education seminars and networking at the Hotel
InterContinental from June 5-7, WOW 2012 featured the presentation of the prestigious World of
Wipes Innovation Award, which is given annually to encourage innovative processes and products
anywhere along the wipes’ value chain. The 2012 World of Wipes Innovation Award was awarded to Sani
Professional® for its Table Turners® No-Rinse Sanitizing Wipes.
Among the other highlights of the 2012 WOW Conference:
* A session on Industrial Strength Opportunities featured a presentation by INDA president
Rory Holmes detailing “The Industrial Wiper Market – Growth & Opportunities.” Two other
presentations – the “EPA Wiper Rule,” by INDA’s Director of Government Affairs, Jessica Franken,
and “Worker Exposure to Metals in Laundered Shop Towels,” by Kimberly Dennis MacDougall, Research
Scientist at Kimberly-Clark, rounded out the opening session.
* A Markets & Trends session focused on the demands of consumers and retailers in the
wipes category. It included presentations on “European Wipe Trends Moving to the U.S.,” by Ian
Bell, of Euromonitor International, and “The Retailer’s Point of View” from Dan Mack of Swanson
* A “Wipe Packaging Trends and Sustainability” session featured a presentation by Edward
Fabiszak, of Sussex IM. Rob Wallace, of Wallace Church introduced the audience to “Design Thinking”
as a way to develop new products. Wednesday closed with presentations by George Savage, of
CalRecovery; Susan Stansbury, of Converting Influence; INDA’s Director of Technical Affairs, Steve
Ogle; and Robert Villee, Executive Director of the Plainfield Area Regional Sewerage Authority
& Chairman and a member of the Collection Systems Committee, WEF.
World of Wipes 2012 finished with a session on New Materials, featuring presentations on “A
Tale of Two Industries and Their Sustainable Futures,” by Adrian Wilson, Editor of Sustainable
Nonwovens Magazine; “Potential Development of a New Cotton-based Antimicrobial Wipe,” by Brian
Condon, Ph.D., Research Leader, SRRC-ARS-USDA; “Nonwoven Wipes: Skin Barrier Improvement Using
Natural Jojoba Esters,” by Tiffany Oliphant, Clinical Services Manager, Floratech, and “Binder
Technology for Wipes” by Maureen Nunn of The Dow Chemical Company.
As part of the World of Wipes Innovation Award program, conference attendees heard
presentations from four finalists and then voted for the Table Turners® No-Rinse Sanitizing Wipes
from Sani Professional® as the recipient of the award. The Sanitizing Wipes are a total cleaning
solution for foodservice operations. The product is EPA-registered and meets guidelines for both
front-of-house and back-of-house cleaning and sanitizing of food contact surfaces.
The other three finalists were Fibertect® High-tech Nonwoven Wipes, Oil and Vapor Sorbing
Wipe, from First Line Technology; Raptor SAFE-T® Wipe (Substance Activated Fast Evaluation
Technology), from Raptor Detection Technologies, LLC; and Clean & Cream® Wet Wipes Cream
Dispenser, from Wetnaps Ltd.
For information about World of Wipes 2013, visit www.inda.org.
Posted on June 12, 2012