SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 1, 2020
ALL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 1, 2020
ALL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Virtual Conference Schedule

Tuesday, September 29

Welcome

8:50 am - 8:55 am

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

Live Audience Poll

8:55 am - 9:00 am

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

Societal Issues Affecting the Nonwovens Industry

9:00 am - 10:00 am

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

Surgical Mask Particle Filtration Efficiency: Time for Change
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 a Linear to a Circular Economy
Steve Sikra, Vice-President and Chief of Staff, The Alliance To End Plastic Waste
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Trivia Break

10:00 am - 10:10 am

Moderator: Morris Collins, Member Relations Director, INDA

Take a 10-minute break for trivia, brain teasers and bragging rights. Enjoy a friendly competition with little-known trivia that will reset your brain. Will there be "pink elephant" prizes at the end of the session? That's a good question... stay tuned!

Societal Issues Affecting the Nonwovens Industry II

10:10 am - 10:40 am

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

Plastics and a Socially Responsible Future
Paul Harmon, VP of Product Development & Product Marketing - HHS, Berry Global
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Ask-the-Experts

10:40 am - 10:55 am

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

Focused Topic - Sustainability

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Moderator: Robert Green, Vice President of Performance Polymers , NatureWorks

Biosourced Polymers & Fibers I

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

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

Sustainable Materials and Their Processing for the Future Nonwovens Industry
Orlando Rojas, Ph.D., Professor, University of British Columbia
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Trivia Break

2:45 pm - 2:55 pm

Moderator: Morris Collins, Member Relations Director, INDA

Biosourced Polymers & Fibers I, Part II

2:55 pm - 3:55 pm

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

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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Biobased Fibers for Nonwovens: Trends and Future Outlook
Alexander Koukoulas, Ph.D., Managing Director, A2K Consulting, LLC
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Ask-the-Experts

3:55 pm - 4:10 pm

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

Cocktail Hour

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Join this hour-long cocktail time hosted by some of the most engaging superstars in our industry. Bring your preferred beverage and jump into one of the multiple rooms to meet and greet. Find out what's new and share what's on your mind. See and be seen in a virtual room! With a limit of 25 people in a room you can connect and create new business.

Wednesday, September 30

Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
8:30 am - 9:00 am

COVID-19 Responses

9:00 am - 10:00 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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Driving Production Efficiency and Performance in N95 Face Masks
Robert Green, Vice President of Performance Polymers , NatureWorks
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Ask-the-Experts

10:00 am - 10:15 am

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

Sustainability: Material Science Developments

10:15 am - 11:15 am

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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Sustainability from the Perspective of a Nonwoven Supplier to Disposable Personal Care Products
Thomas Broch, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs Manager, Fibertex Personal Care A/S
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Mette Due, QA & Sustainability Director, Fibertex Personal Care A/S
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Ask-the-Experts

11:15 am - 11:30 am

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

Focused Topic - Biosourced Materials

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

Biosourced Polymers & Fibers II

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

The Future of Sustainable Plastic Alternatives and the Impact of the SUPD on Innovation
Bryan Haynes, Ph.D., Senior Technical Director, Global Nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
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New Developments in PHA Fibers
Isao Noda, Ph.D., D.Sc., Member of the Board of Directors, Danimer Scientific
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Ask-the-Experts

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

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


RISE® Innovation Award Presentations

3:15 pm - 3:45 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 Thursday afternoon.

2020 RISE® Innovation Award Finalists

Leakproof Absorbent Nursing Pads
Nishika Aponso , Manager- FemTech , MAS Holdings Pvt Ltd
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BlueCON Nonwoven
Daniel Constant, CEO, Sustainable Solutions Incorporated
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Spunbond High Efficiency Filter
Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, And Executive Director, North Carolina State University, The Nonwovens Institute
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Read more about the finalists >>

Ask-the-Finalists

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Moderator: Jeff Willis, Principal, Nonwovens By Design

Take the opportunity to pose questions of all of the session's speakers available and banter back-and-forth with the audience. Engage in this 15-minute moderator guided Q&A session. Ask the questions you need to know to find a new solution.

Thursday, October 1

Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
8:30 am - 9:00 am

Dynamic Markets & Future Smart Machines I

9:00 am - 9:45 am

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

COVID & the Global Fiber Market
Jon Devine, Senior Economist, Cotton Incorporated
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Trivia Break

9:45 am - 9:55 am

Moderator: Morris Collins, Member Relations Director, INDA

Dynamic Markets & Future Smart Machines II

9:55 am - 10:55 am

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

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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Simplifying Nonwoven Manufacturing Using the Reicofil Data Reporting System
Tristan Kretschmann, Manager for R&D Projects, Reifenhauser REICOFIL GmbH & Co. KG
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Ask-the-Experts

10:55 am - 11:10 am

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

Focused Topic - PPE

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

Biosourced Polymers & Fibers III

2:00 pm - 2:30 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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Trivia Break

2:30 pm - 2:40 pm

Moderator: Morris Collins, Member Relations Director, INDA

Biosourced Polymers & Fibers III, Part II

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm

Moderator: Steve Chester, Principal, Stephen Chester Consulting

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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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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Ask-the-Experts

3:40 pm - 3:55 pm

Moderator: Steve Chester, Principal, Stephen Chester Consulting

The RISE® Innovation Award Announcement

3:55 pm - 4:00 pm

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

RISE On-demand

5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

New Horizons with Eco-friendly and Flat Specialty Viscose Fiber
Helmut Lauterbach, Business Manager Textile And Nonwoven, Kelheim Fibres GmbH
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The Future of Performance Fabrics
Seth Casden, President, Hologenix LLC
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