Production of nonwovens is a growth industry.
Brad Kalil, director of market research and statistics at INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Indistry, cited recent statistics showing the global nonwoven industry has grown 6.9%. The United States accounts for 30% of global production at the roll goods (fabric) stage – worth about $13.7 billion in value – while the roll goods stage globally is current valued at about $50 billion.
That’s a substantial increase from the $30 billion global value of roll goods when I began promoting the nonwoven sector in India in 2006. It’s an industry that lends itself to constant research and innovation.
The Nonwovens Engineers and Technologists (NET) division of TAPPI will be showcasing new developments in the field during the NETInc 2019 conference to be held this May in Indianapolis, in conjunction with the world’s leading paper conference (PaperCon 2019). More than 1000 participants have already registered for the PaperCon event.
“This year’s event will showcase best practices for now, and ideas for the future to drive the industry forward,” commented TAPPI President Larry Montague.
Keynote presentations during the nonwoven conference feature:
- Andrew Aho, vice-president of new business development at Industrial Fabrics Association International, will provide insights on the United States’ advanced textiles market and outlook for the future.
- Amit Kapoor, president and CEO of First Line Technology, will focus his talk on commercialization pathways for nonwovens. First Line has transitioned its nonwoven wipe, “FiberTect,” into defense markets.
With heightened awareness on plastic contamination, papers on bio-based oil absorbing nonwovens, antibacterial cotton products and developments in nanocellulose research will be presented. The conference has attracted a good mix of papers from industry and academia on varied themes such as innovative filter media, foam finishing, biodegradable wool felts, and more.
Gaurav Pranami, vice president R & D at Imbed Biosciences, stated, “With 22 talks on the latest R&D in the field of nonwovens from industry and academia and national and international participants, NETInc 2019 is the conference to attend.”