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SEPTEMBER 24 - 25, 2019
North Carolina State University  |  Raleigh, NC

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, September 24


Breakfast Connections
8:00 am - 8:30 am

RISE® 2019 Student Posters

8:30 am - 5:00 pm


8:30 am - 8:35 am

Moderator: Dave Rousse, President, INDA, Association of The Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

Sustainable Additives I

8:35 am - 10:20 am

Moderator: Dave Rousse, President, INDA, Association of The Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

CiCLO Sustainable Textile Technology
Andrea Ferris, CEO, Intrinsic Advanced Materials
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Demystifying Biodegradation and the Circular Economy of Nonwoven Synthetic Materials
Teresa Clark, Vice President - Product Development And Sustainability, ENSO Plastics, LLC
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Adding Value and Circularity to Nonwovens through Masterbatch Additives
Brett Watkins, Business Innovations - Americas, Sukano Polymers Corporation
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Coffee & Networking Break
10:20 am - 11:00 am

Sustainable Additives II

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Moderator: Dave Rousse, President, INDA, Association of The Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

Biodegradation-Promoting Additives for Plastics – Questions You Should Ask
Susan Selke, Ph.D., Director & Professor, Michigan State University - School of Packaging
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Maximizing the Molecule: Why Recycling Plastic is the Best Option
Sandi Childs, Film And Flexible Programs Director, Association Of Plastics Recyclers (APR)
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Lunch (On Your Own)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Sustainable Polymers

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Moderator: Paul Rollin, Ph.D., Global Team Lead - Nonwovens, ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Nodax™ PHA Copolymers
Isao Noda, PhD, DSc, Chief Science Officer, Senior VP of Innovation, Danimer Scientific
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New & Novel Environmentally Friendly Fibers and Polymers – What’s Available Now and What’s Under Development?
Behnam Pourdeyhimi, William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, And Executive Director, North Carolina State University, The Nonwovens Institute
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Circular Innovation

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Moderator: Davis Lee, Ph.D., Senior Marketing Scientist, Exponent

Microfibers from Laundering and Their Fate in Aquatic Environments
Richard Venditti, Ph.D., Professor, NC State University - Department of Forest Materials
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The First 100% Recycled, Biodegradable Performance Synthetic Fiber for Textile Applications
Vanessa Mason, Senior Vice President Of Engineering, PrimaLoft, Inc.
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Innovation Using the Natural Circularity of Cellulose to Reduce the Impact of Single Use Plastics
Thomas Carlyle, Global Project Manager - Special Projects, Lenzing Fibers Inc.
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Coffee & Networking Break
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Innovation I

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Moderator: Vinitkumar Singh, Ph.D., Product Development Manager, Jacob Holm

Thermoplastic Based Nonwoven Composites – The New Promising Lightweight Materials for Automotive Structures
Srikanth Pilla, PhD, Associate Professor, Clemson University
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Developments On Next Generation Latex Binders for the Nonwoven Industry: A Novel Formaldehyde-free Self-cross-linking Technology Platform
Sören Butz, Ph.D., Head Of Technical Service-Textile, Synthomer Deutschland GmbH
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Innovation Award

RISE® 2019 Innovation Award Presentations

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The RISE® Innovation Award will recognize innovation in areas within and on the periphery of the nonwovens industry which utilizes advanced science and engineering principles to develop unique or intricate solutions to problems. Areas for consideration may include: raw material advances, advances in process or manufacturing technologies including web forming and converting, new product or application development, or other areas that may extend or enhance the use of nonwovens. Join the finalists as they present their innovations to RISE attendees. The winner will be announced Wednesday afternoon.

Nominations now being accepted >>

The Nonwovens Institute - Tour & Reception

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, September 25


Breakfast Connections
7:30 am - 8:00 am

Innovation II

8:00 am - 10:30 am

Moderator: Dave Nelson, Director, Industry Engagement , The Nonwovens Institute

Open Innovation and a Human-centered Approach for the Nonwovens Industry
Matthew Tipper, Operations Director, Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI)
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Potential of Additive Manufacturing and 3-D Printing for Nonwovens and Textiles (and absorbent cores/articles)
Olaf Isele, Ph.D., Nonwovens Consultant, Metaxi SimBioSys LLC
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Developments in Card Clothing - Improved Nonwovens Carding Performance
Richard Morell, Carding Sales, Groz-Beckert USA Inc.
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3D Highloft Technology and Applications
Tony De La Hoz, Process & Product Development Engineer, Hills Inc.
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A Fully Flushable Wipe with Zero Issues in Sewage Treatment
Richard Reid, Regional Business Manager, Kelheim Fibres GmbH
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Coffee & Networking Break
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Innovation III

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Moderator: James Loftus, Ph.D., Principal, Loftus Technical Consulting, LLC

Intelligent Heating: A Flexible Conductive Coating for Nonwovens
Drake Goolsby, Director, Intellectual Property Commercialization, Battelle
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Novel Approach to Developing Very Effective Antimicrobials
Nicholas Swain, CEO, Rep-L Antimicrobials, Inc.
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Material Science + Medicine = Wellness Re-imagined
Jordan Schindler, CEO, Nufabrx
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Lunch (On Your Own)
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Market Data & Intelligence Trends

1:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Moderator: Jeffrey Bassett, Managing Director, Fi-Tech Inc.

U.S. Economic Outlook
John Connaughton, Ph.D., Barings Professor of Financial Economics, UNC- Charlotte
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Market Dynamics and Trends That Are Driving Innovation in Nonwovens
Brad Kalil, Director Of Market Research And Statistics, INDA
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A Patent Landscape Methodology for Nonwovens in Filtration
Angela D'Orio, Student, The Nonwovens Institute At North Carolina State University
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Using the US Patent Database as a Strategic Tool
James Loftus, Consultant, Loftus Technical Consulting, LLC
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Innovation IV

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Moderator: Chris Plotz, Director Of Technical Affairs, INDA

Fiber Finish/Component New Product Development for the Diaper / Hygiene Market
Kay McCoy, Technical Sales Representative, Pulcra Chemicals LLC
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Sustainability and the Circular Economy: What X Are We Solving For?
Chris Plotz, Director Of Technical Affairs, INDA
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RISE® 2019 Innovation Award Announcement

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Moderator: Dave Rousse, President, INDA, Association of The Nonwoven Fabrics Industry