Both events were successfully held March 29-31 at the Miami Convention Center.
Industry attendees at IDEA 2022, the 21st edition of the world’s preeminent event for nonwovens and engineered fabrics professionals, expressed business confidence through floor exhibits and back to business interaction face to face. Scott Beir, Managing Director of CFM Global, called IDEA 2022 an “outstanding show”.
Bob Usher, CTO, US Fibers, added that his company has built valuable business relationships. According to Rolk Kammermann, Sales and Marketing Manager, Innovative Swiss Made Nonwovens, “The size and scope of IDEA and FiltXPO has been great for us, both as exhibitors and as visitors.”
Organized by INDA, IDEA also presented five essential training courses on nonwovens; presentations on the markets of China, Asia, Europe, North America and South America; industry recognition with the IDEA Achievement Awards and the IDEA Lifetime Achievement Awards; and a welcome reception.
Additionally, hosted by INDA, FiltXPO featured five panels of global filtration and separation leaders for the first-ever “Global Change Summit,” discussing societal challenges such as indoor air quality, environmental sustainability, pandemic preparedness, clean water and filtration standards. . The event also included a 1.5 day filter media training course and sessions highlighting filter media market trends and filtration industry statistics.
Exhibitors and attendees noted the welcome return to face-to-face meetings between senior industry leaders attending the three-day event.
“While most professionals have by now become accustomed to the greater flexibility that working from home offers and holding Zoom or Team meetings, there is no substitute for a face-to-face, in-person meeting,” said the INDA president, Dave Rousse. “The event attracted a high level of attendance among key decision makers despite ongoing travel restrictions, which speaks to the show’s importance within the international nonwovens and engineered materials industry.”
The announcement of the IDEA Achievement Awards by INDA, in partnership with Nonwovens industry magazine. Moderated by Rousse and Karen McIntyre, editor, Nonwovens industry the awards recognize major introductions in equipment, raw materials, short-lived, long-lived and non-woven products and durability, since the previous IDEA exhibition in 2019.
Additionally, INDA presented the 2022 IDEA Lifetime Achievement Award to Val Hollingsworth, Chairman and CEO of Hollingsworth & Vose, and Nonwovens industry presented the IDEA Entrepreneur Achievement Award to Doug Brown, President of Biax-Fiberfilm/5K Fibers at the event.
IDEA Equipment Achievement Award – Elastic Wire Anchor (ETA) Sonotrode – Herrmann Ultrasonics, Inc.
This easy-to-use closed-loop feedback manufacturing solution, where attachment of elastic threads is achieved with ultrasonic energy, provides a wide process window, without the need for adhesives or tool changes, at processing speeds greater than 2000 ft/min. .
IDEA Raw Material Achievement Award – ODOGard – Rem Brands, Inc.
A revolutionary advance in odor elimination using molecular bonding to bad odors. Bad odors are permanently attached to the ODOGard molecule, permanently transforming them into non-odorous molecules.
IDEA Short-Life Product Achievement Award – LifeSavers Wipes – LifeSavers LLC
LifeSavers wipes are personal hygiene wipes that change color if they detect abnormal health indicators in urine. A diabetic wipe is the launch product that will change color if there are abnormal glucose levels in the urine. This innovative product helps with personal hygiene, acts as an early warning system and serves as an instant glucose monitor.
IDEA Long-Life Product Achievement Award – Nanofiber Cabin Air Filter – MANN + HUMMEL GmbH
This hybrid media combines an electret-based spunbond and a pure mechanical filtration layer of ultra-fine polymer fibers, resulting in exceptional PM1 particle separation of up to 95%, according to DIN EN ISO 16890. The technology enables filtration performance and efficiency significantly improve the air. quality.
IDEA Sustainability Advancement Award – Fiber-Based Screw Caps – Glatfelter Corp. and Blue Ocean Closures
Blue Ocean Closures has partnered with Glatfelter and ALPLA to develop an alternative to metal and plastic screw caps. Both companies have accelerated the production of sustainable and environmentally friendly packaging solutions. Companies have leveraged renewable and recyclable wood fibers and air-coated materials to create durable, strong, and water-resistant paper-based screw caps.
IDEA Nonwoven Product Achievement Award – HYDASPUN Aquaflo – Sustainable Nonwoven Substrates – Suominen Corporation
Suominen’s latest wet tissue product, HYDRASPUN Aquaflo, enables dry tissue dispersibility through a proprietary blend of 100% sustainable cellulosic materials, minimizing environmental impact. This flushable nonwoven has a premium feel and meets dispersibility standards set by INDA (GD4) and the International Water Services Flushability Group (IWSFG).
IDEA will then be held on its new 24-month schedule from April 23-25, 2024 in Miami Beach, Florida.
FiltXPO will return to its new 18-month schedule, October 10-12, 2023, at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL.