SEPTEMBER 29 – 30, 2020
ALL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Virtual Conference Schedule

Tuesday, September 29

Networking

Breakfast Connections
8:00 am - 8:30 am

Student Poster Session

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Welcome

8:30 am - 8:35 am

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

COVID-19 Responses

8:35 am - 9:05 am

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

How Innovation & Teamwork Supported a Large-scale Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
John Roberts, Strategic Marketing Executive - Polypropylene-Vistamaxx - Adhesion (PVA), ExxonMobil Chemical Company
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Biosourced Polymers & Fibers I

9:05 am - 10:05 am

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

Development & Use of a Biopolymer for Disposable Hygiene Products
Bryan Haynes, Ph.D., Senior Technical Director, Global Nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
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New Developments in PHA Fibers
Isao Noda, PhD, DSc, Chief Science Officer, Senior VP of Innovation, Danimer Scientific
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Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
10:05 am - 10:20 am

Biosourced Polymers & Fibers II

10:20 am - 12:05 pm

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

Sustainable Polymers and Fibers for Nonwovens: Current Status and Future Potential
Gajanan Bhat, Ph.D., Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, The University of Georgia
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Biobased Fibers for Nonwovens: Trends and Future Outlook
Alexander Koukoulas, Ph.D., Managing Director, A2Z Consulting, LLC
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Sustainable Materials and Their Processing for the Future Nonwovens Industry
Orlando Rojas, Ph.D., Professor, University of British Columbia
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Lunch

Lunch (Buffet Lunch Provided)
12:05 pm - 1:20 pm

Biosourced Polymers & Fibers III

1:20 pm - 2:50 pm

Moderator: Steve Chester, Principal, Stephen Chester Consulting

Using Biobased Superabsorbent Materials to Dramatically Increase Biobased Content of Hygiene Products
Ryan Chan, Ph.D., VP of R&D, Tethis, Inc.
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The Future of Performance Fabrics
Seth Casden, President, Hologenix LLC
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A New Performance Enhancing Additive for Nonwoven Applications
Christian Lenges, Business Development Manager, DuPont Industrial BioSciences
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Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
2:50 pm - 3:05 pm

Developments for More Sustainable Nonwovens

3:05 pm - 4:35 pm

Moderator: Olaf Isele, Ph.D., Nonwovens Consultant, Metaxi SimBioSys LLC

Ultra-Pure Recycling of Polypropylene and Going Beyond
John Layman, Ph.D., Section Head - Corporate R&D and Chief Technologist/Founding Inventor, PureCycle, The Procter & Gamble Co.
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Calcium Carbonate for Increased Sustainability in Nonwovens
Lee Clapp, Ph.D., Director of Market Development and Innovation - Technical Polymer Applications, Omya Inc.
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New Horizons with Eco-friendly and Flat Specialty Viscose Fiber
Helmut Lauterbach, Business Manager Textile And Nonwoven, Kelheim Fibres GmbH
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Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
4:35 pm - 4:50 pm


Innovation Award

RISE 2020 Innovation Award Presentations

4:50 pm - 5:20 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. Join the finalists as they present their innovations to RISE attendees. The winner will be announced Wednesday afternoon.

Nominations being accepted through July 31, 2020 >>


Wednesday, September 30

Networking

Breakfast Connections
7:30 am - 8:00 am

Sustainability: Plastics in the Environment

8:00 am - 9:30 am

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

Nonwoven Materials Update
Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, And Executive Director, North Carolina State University, The Nonwovens Institute
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Moving from “Cradle to Grave” to a Closed Biobased Economy
Steve Sikra, Vice-President and Chief of Staff, The Alliance To End Plastic Waste
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Plastics and a Socially Responsible Future
Paul Harmon, VP of Product Development & Product Marketing - HHS, Berry Global
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Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
9:30 am - 10:00 am

Sustainability: Material Science Developments

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Moderator: Lee Clapp, Ph.D., Director of Market Development and Innovation - Technical Polymer Applications, Omya Inc.

Sustainability: Narrowing a Wide Scope
Jessica Dahle, Product Development Scientist, Fitesa
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Driving Production Efficiency and Performance in N95 Face Masks
Robert Green, Director of Fibers & Nonwovens, NatureWorks LLC
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Sustainability from the Perspective of a Nonwoven Supplier to Disposable Personal Care Products
Thomas Broch-Nielsen, Senior Scientist, Fibertex Nonwovens A/S
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Mette Due, R&D Manager, Fibertex Nonwovens A/S
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Khrum Hussain, Supply Chain Director, Unifi, Inc.
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Lunch

Lunch (Provided on site)
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Future Smart Machines & Dynamic Markets

1:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Moderator: Eva Welsh, Evolon Market Manager - North America, Freudenberg Performance Materials

Simplifying Nonwoven Manufacturing Using the Reicofil Data Reporting System
Tristian Kretschmann, Manager for R&D Projects, Reifenhauser REICOFIL GmbH & Co. KG
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Picking Up the Pieces: The World After COVID
Jon Devine, Senior Economist, Cotton Incorporated
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The State of the North American Nonwoven’s Market and Its Response to COVID-19
Brad Kalil, Director of Market Intelligence and Economic Insights, INDA
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RISE 2020 Innovation Award Announcement

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

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