News & Insights | Technical Textiles & Non-Wovens


Published: September 10, 2020
Author: Rajni Yadav

INDA, the association of the nonwoven fabrics industry, has announced the three finalists that will present their innovative material science solutions as they compete for the Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Innovation Award. The tenth edition of the RISE conference will be held virtually from September 29-October 1, 2020.

The award recognises novel innovations within and on the periphery of the nonwovens industry that creatively use next-level science and engineering principles to solve material challenges and expand the usage of nonwovens and engineered fabrics.

FemTech leak-proof absorbent nursing pads by MAS Holdings is the first finalist. Pregnant women needed a better solution for managing breast milk leaks. FemTech nursing pads absorb 30ml of fluid leaving the consumer feeling dry and confident and are shaped, so they grip and stay in place in the bra. Pedilay med ready-to-use foot bandage by Pedilay Care is the second finalist. It encloses the foot up to the ankle and supports medical treatments. It saves valuable care time, since the bandage can be put on or taken off very gently within a few seconds, according to a press release by INDA.

The spunbond high efficiency filter by the Nonwovens Institute is the third finalist for the RISE award. It offers a completely new approach to creating filtration media with the right efficiency at low pressure drop at a throughput of 350 kg per metre per hour. The pressure drop with the Nonwovens Institute’s new filter is unmatched by any melt-blown structure and doesn’t require electrostatic charging.

Virtual RISE conference attendees, technology scouts and product developers in the nonwoven/engineered fabrics industry charged with finding ‘what’s new and next’ to help advance their businesses, will vote for the recipient of the 2020 RISE?Innovation Award, on September 30, 2020. The winner will be announced October 1, 2020.

The three finalists were selected by technical experts on INDA’s technical advisory board. The 25-member board of technical professionals is represented by companies such as Absorbent Hygiene Insights, Auburn University, Berry Global, Cotton Incorporated, Crown Abbey, Fi-Tech, Freudenberg Performance Materials, Jacob Holm, Lenzing Fibers, Loftus Technical Consulting, Natureworks, Nice-Pak Products, Nonwovens by Design, Norafin (Americas), North Carolina State University, Peter Wallace, Poccia Consulting, Rockline Industries, Smith, Johnson & Associates, Suominen, Texas Tech University, The Procter & Gamble Company, and Tredegar Corporation.

The conference programme will cover timely and relevant industry topics including; bio-sourced polymers & fibres; sustainability – plastics in the environment; material science developments; and market data and intelligence trends.

“Our virtual RISE conference promotes and rewards innovation across all nonwoven and engineered material sectors. Forward-thinking technology scouts and product developers will share invaluable information on new approaches and concepts to resolve their material science challenges. For any nonwoven professional charged with finding new technologies, virtual RISE is a must-attend event,” Dave Rousse, INDA’s president said.

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