RISE 2023 Conference to Highlight Sustainable Innovations in the Nonwoven Fabric Sector

The upcoming Research, Innovation, and Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) conference, scheduled for September 26-27, 2023, at NC State University, is poised to become a pivotal event for the nonwoven fabric industry. With a strong focus on sustainability and technological advancements, RISE 2023 aims to explore cutting-edge solutions for waste reduction, energy conservation, recycling, and business strategies within the sector.

Organized by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, RISE 2023 will gather industry experts and thought leaders to share insights into the future of nonwovens and sustainable applications. Participants can expect a diverse range of sessions covering topics such as recyclability, sustainability, and efficiency-enhancing technologies. The conference will also host awards for technical achievement, recognizing notable contributions in the field.

One of the key objectives of RISE 2023 is to address the challenge of minimizing nonwoven waste while maintaining productivity and quality. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge on techniques for downgauging materials without compromising their essential properties. Energy conservation will also be a significant focal point, with discussions on how businesses can cut costs while improving their environmental footprint.

Moreover, the conference will showcase expert sessions dedicated to transforming discarded materials into new needlepunch fabrics, providing insights into the opportunities offered by recycling in the nonwoven industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from industry stalwarts, such as Tobias Wagner from Reifenhauser REICOFIL GmbH and Co KG, who will discuss cost-efficient sustainability and softness. Johann-Philipp Dilo, CEO of Dilo GmbH, will delve into the breakthrough technology of ‘micropunch’ needling, which offers energy-saving benefits. Lothar Kaierle, VP Sales Nonwovens at American Truetzschler, Inc, will bridge the gap between needlepunching and recycling.

RISE has established itself as a pioneer in sustainable technologies and global innovations, featuring presentations from scientific leaders who will present thought-provoking research and intelligence. The conference will explore next-generation materials and applications that have the potential to shape both short-term and long-term product strategies. INDA emphasizes that the event will offer transformative solutions to help reconfigure supply chains and update legacy processes.

Designed for technology scouts, senior scientists, development engineers, product managers, and business developers, RISE 2023 promises to deliver valuable insights across a wide range of areas. These include the future of nonwovens, advances in filter media, rPolymer demand, sustainable applications, and industry market statistics and data trends.

In addition to the wealth of knowledge and networking opportunities, RISE 2023 will feature the prestigious RISE Innovation Award and the Lifetime Technical Achievement Award. Early registration with savings is available until August 14, 2023, offering delegates the chance to be part of this influential event that aims to drive sustainable change in the engineered fabrics industry.


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