Strategic Product Development Director, Trace Femcare, Inc.
BIOGRAPHYSeasoned and innovative nonwovens expert, Olaf worked in Procter & Gamble R&D on Baby- and Fem-Care material development as well as on substrate development in other business units and with corporate R&D. Retired after 24 years at P&G as Research Fellow in early 2018. Practiced and developed effective approach to Open Innovation through the supply stream working on novel fiber/nonwoven technologies across multiple platforms. Expertise and special interest in functional nonwovens, sustainability, softness and mathematical, first principles modeling. Presently independent consultant as well as working as specialist on projects for YourEncore client companies.
Lives in Cincinnati OH with his wife Wanda and his two sons, Erik and Karl.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hemp is Strong – Are You?
How "strong" is hemp in the fiber world? How do we get to hygiene quality fibers? What are the actual, practical challenges to make hemp an available hygiene fiber? Methods and Standards: how do you know when you have a good hemp fiber? What Trace is doing about these challenges in general, and how do we establish supply? What path lies ahead for the industry?