OCTOBER 1-2, 2024
James B. Hunt, Jr. Library
North Carolina State University | Raleigh, NC
OCTOBER 1-2, 2024
James B. Hunt, Jr. Library
North Carolina State University | Raleigh, NC

Conference Speakers


Chris Nelson

Business Development Manager, Curt G. Joa, Inc.


Chris Nelson is a business development manager at Curt G. Joa, Inc., and has over twenty five years’ experience providing manufacturing and product solutions for the nonwoven and disposable hygiene industries. Chris works closely with the JOA engineering team to develop customized machinery for manufacturing products that incorporate a wide array of nonwoven applications. In addition to his engineering and commercial roles, he has provided training for attendees of INDA’s absorbent hygiene nonwovens training since 2018. He has also contributed as an industry council member of NAFC, supporting development of the NAFC national quality performance standards. Chris works closely with material suppliers, converting producers and technology providers to provide the industry with continually improving products and processes.

Chris graduated from Marquette University with a BSME, has been a licensed professional engineer since 1998, and he earned his MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Tuesday, September 26
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2023 RISE® Innovation Award Presentations

ESC-8 – The JOA® Electronic Size Change Unit

The JOA® ESC-8™ Electronic Size Change Unit brings new levels of product manufacturing flexibility to the Adult Pant category. Virtually endless combinations of insert and chassis design can be achieved with the push of a button and tool-less puck change. While the ESC-8™ technology was conceived to help designers create the products best suited for the marketplace, the resulting sustainability benefits are also impressive. Manufacturers can save an average of 250 tons of material and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 490 tons annually. 

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