Geneva, Switzerland – The international nonwovens industry came together at the Index23 exhibition, showcasing their latest breakthroughs and innovative developments across all nonwovens’ applications to thousands of visitors from around the world. The four-day event featured 610 exhibitors from 43 countries over 50,000m² of gross exhibition space, representing a significant increase in exhibitors compared to 2021. The number of attendees also increased, with 12,017 entries from over 100 countries joining the event.
The Index Lab, an exchange hub displaying samples from innovations and new developments, also showcased the winners and runners up from each of the five categories of the Index Innovation Award. Open to any EDANA member company or exhibitor at Index23, the winners were announced on the first day of the exhibition during a dedicated ceremony at the EDANA stand.
The nonwovens industry has shown its commitment to sustainability, with companies pushing to achieve further CO² reductions and circularity across the supply chain. The event also featured a full programme of side events, including exhibitor product presentations, seminars covering a myriad of topics including medical nonwovens, sustainability, circular economy, geosynthetics, textiles, mobility, fair trade, gender equity, innovation, and market trends, country-specific briefings, and a nonwovens tutorial.
The Index23 mobile app and virtual platform was back, offering participants – both in Geneva and those following from home – the chance to watch presentations live and interact with speakers, exhibitors, and other participants. Video recordings from the sessions will remain available online in the app and platform for the coming weeks.
“As Index23 comes to a close, we are pleased to announce that Index26 will take place as usual in three years from April 21-24, 2026 and look forward to welcoming the nonwovens community here again at Palexpo, in Geneva, and discovering how much further our dynamically evolving industry has progressed,” said Magali Fakhry Dufresne, director of Index.
The event’s success is a clear indication that the nonwovens industry is back in business and is shaping the future of the global textile machinery industry.