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Nonwoven Innovations Focus of Upcoming TAPPI Conference

TAPPI will hold its Nonwovens International Conference May 16-18 in Cincinnati, OH, focusing on innovations from fiber to nonwoven fabrics, with key presentations from global business leaders.

The nonwovens conference, which is organized as part of the PaperCon Mega Conference, will highlight technology and products such as sustainable products for new applications. Topics will cover developments in natural fibers, polymers, and binder additives to benefit the nonwovens sector.

The Nonwoven Technologists and Engineers Division (NET) at TAPPI provides a platform for academics, industry personnel and students in the field to network for advancing the science and careers. According to Maureen Nunn, chairman of the NET Division at TAPPI, this year’s conference has plenty to offer for people in the nonwovens and technical textiles field.

New and interesting topics such as sustainable fibers and processes such as eco-friendly dyeing of cellulose nanofibers, novel antimicrobial finishing of cotton nonwovens, PLA co-polymer meltblown nonwovens, and bi-component electrospun battery separator substrates are included on the agenda.

The conference will also feature two tutorials on nonwoven processes and filtration.

Greg Bunker, global business director for adhesives and functional materials at Dow Chemical Company, will address the conference on innovations for the growth of the nonwoven business – in particular, using innovation as a key tool to cope with an ever-changing market, which is particularly helpful for the nonwoven industry dominated by single-use consumer goods with shorter life cycles.

The conference will kick-off with a high-powered look at marketing from Ken Schmidt, former communications director for Harley-Davidson.

More details on the TAPPI Nonwovens Conference can be found online.

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