The Cary, N.C.-based Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) has announced it will
present the INDA Lifetime Achievement Award to the late Cos Camelio. Camelio, who retired last year
from his position as INDA technical director, recently passed away at age 67.
Camelio began his career in nonwovens in 1964 as a shift supervisor and management trainee
with Chicopee, at the Chicopee Falls, Mass. location. After holding various positions there, he
joined Freudenberg Nonwovens in 1983 as vice president of manufacturing, and subsequently served as
COO and President.
During his six-year tenure as technical director of INDA, Camelio worked with INDA’s sister
organization, Brussels-based EDANA, the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related
Industries, to bring standard test methods into conformance.
He also worked with EDANA to develop the Flushability Guidelines, which are premiering at the
World of Wipes 2008 conference this week. (See ”
Industry Groups Develop Flushability Guidelines,”) In addition, Camelio
participated on ISO and ASTM standards committees, was partially responsible for the programs at
INDA technical conferences, and served as chairman of a number of INDA committees.
“Cos Camelio was truly one of the pioneers in the development of the global nonwovens
industry,” said Rory Holmes, president, INDA. “This is a well-earned honor for a wonderful and
talented man who devoted his entire professional life to the advancement of the industry
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Camelio’s wife, Phyllis, in a special
ceremony this summer. Camelio also will be recognized formally at IDEA10 in April 2010 in Miami
Beach, Fla., and will be inducted into the Nonwovens Industry Hall of Fame.
June 17, 2008