The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), Cary, N.C., and the China Nonwovens &
Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA), Beijing, have entered into a strategic alliance agreement
under which the two associations will work together in various areas, including mutually sharing
industry, market, technical and trade enhancement information; exchanging special educational
courses relevant to each party; cooperating on international events such as meetings, conferences
and expositions; and exchanging test methods and standards and jointly developing new standards.
CNITA is a government-supported national association that represents thousands of Chinese
companies that manufacture nonwovens and technical textiles. It also is one of the organizers of
CINTE Techtextil China, an international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens held every
two years in Shanghai.
“We are excited about this new strategic alliance with CNITA,” said Dave Rousse, president,
INDA. “This agreement establishes a framework for a variety of activities between our associations
that will benefit both associations’ members and the entire industry. Having Europe, North America
and China sharing common test methods and standards will facilitate international trade in
nonwovens. Sharing our education programs with China will help their industry development, and
sharing data will help in market planning.
“China is not only a major producer of nonwoven fabrics, but with a rapidly rising middle
class, it has greatly increased its consumption of nonwoven products. We see this trend continuing.
Our alliance with CNITA can help provide a bridge between INDA members and this growing market
opportunity.””CNITA is very pleased to enter into this strategic alliance agreement with INDA and
we look forward to collaborating in these important areas,” said Lingshen Li, president, CNITA.
“This agreement provides a starting point for cooperation and promises to benefit the members of
January 29, 2013