SEPTEMBER 29 – 30, 2020
Talley Student Union | 2610 Cates Ave
North Carolina State University  |  Raleigh, NC

Conference Speakers

Gajanan Bhat, Ph.D.
Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, The University of Georgia
Sustainable Polymers and Fibers for Nonwovens: Current Status and Future Potential
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Thomas Broch-Nielsen
Senior Scientist, Fibertex Nonwovens A/S
Sustainability from the Perspective of a Nonwoven Supplier to Disposable Personal Care Products
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Seth Casden
President, Hologenix LLC
The Future of Performance Fabrics
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Ryan Chan, Ph.D.
VP of R&D, Tethis, Inc.
Using Biobased Superabsorbent Materials to Dramatically Increase Biobased Content of Hygiene Products
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Lee Clapp, Ph.D.
Director of Market Development and Innovation - Technical Polymer Applications', Omya Inc.
Calcium Carbonate for Increased Sustainability in Nonwovens
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Jessica Dahle
Product Development Scientist, Fitesa
Sustainability: Narrowing a Wide Scope
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Jon Devine
Senior Economist, Cotton Incorporated
Picking Up the Pieces: The World After COVID
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Mette Due
R&D Manager, Fibertex Nonwovens A/S
Sustainability from the Perspective of a Nonwoven Supplier to Disposable Personal Care Products
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Robert Green
Director of Fibers & Nonwovens, NatureWorks LLC
A New Approach for Faster N95 Face Mask Production – Spunbond PLA/PP Bico vs. Traditional Polymers
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Paul Harmon
VP of Product Development & Product Marketing - HHS, Berry Global
Market Challenges to the Socially Responsible Production of Sustainable Nonwovens
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Bryan Haynes, Ph.D.
Senior Technical Director, Global Nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Development & Use of a Biopolymer for Disposable Hygiene Products
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Khrum Hussain
Supply Chain Director, Unifi, Inc.
Sustainability: Material Science
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Brad Kalil
Director of Market Intelligence and Economic Insights, INDA
The State of the North American Nonwoven’s Market and Its Response to COVID-19
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Kyle Kim
Application Engineer, DuPont
Engineered Polysaccharides: Alpha-1,3- Glucan Polymer as a Performance Enhancing Additive for Nonwoven Applications
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Alexander Koukoulas, Ph.D.
Managing Director, A2Z Consulting, LLC
Biobased Fibers for Nonwovens: Trends and Future Outlook
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Tristian Kretschmann
Manager for R&D Projects, Reifenhauser REICOFIL GmbH & Co. KG
Simplifying Nonwoven Manufacturing Using the Reicofil Data Reporting System
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Helmut Lauterbach
Business Manager Textile And Nonwoven, Kelheim Fibres GmbH
New Horizons with Eco-friendly and Flat Specialty Viscose Fiber
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John Layman, Ph.D.
Section Head - Corporate R&D and Chief Technologist/Founding Inventor, PureCycle, The Procter & Gamble Co.
PP Recycling Technology
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Christian Lenges
Business Development Manager, DuPont Industrial BioSciences
Engineered Polysaccharides: Alpha-1,3- Glucan Polymer as a Performance Enhancing Additive for Nonwoven Applications
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Isao Noda, PhD, DSc
Chief Science Officer, Senior VP of Innovation, Danimer Scientific
New PHA Developments
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Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D.
William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, And Executive Director, North Carolina State University, The Nonwovens Institute
Nonwoven Materials Update
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Orlando Rojas, Ph.D.
Professor, University of British Columbia
Sustainable Materials and Their Processing for the Future Nonwovens Industry
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Steve Sikra
Vice-President and Chief of Staff, The Alliance To End Plastic Waste
Moving from “Cradle to Grave” to a Closed Biobased Economy
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