Nonwovens / Technical Textiles
IDEA16 resounding success with largest turnout in its 45-year history
A total of 555 companies exhibited their products and services at IDEA16, an increase of 15 percent over IDEA13. This year IDEA occupied all 500,000 square feet at the Boston Exhibition and Convention Center, about 25 percent more than in Miami Beach. “With the increase of 6 percent in registrants, this provided the larger crowd with additional space to move about and comfortably interact with each other,” said Rousse.
IDEA will return to a newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center, in Miami Beach, Florida on March 26-28, 2019 with a welcome reception on March 25.
Over 700 attendees at IDEA16’s Welcome Reception were entertained with a live band, energizing dance music, and eclectic Southern cuisine at the House of Blues sponsored by Velcro Companies.
Other event highlights included the presentation of awards for outstanding achievements. Mogul, a Turkish nonwovens producer, and Diaper Recycling Technology/MobiAir, a Singapore manufacturer of modular plug-and-play air handling systems, were both presented with Entrepreneur awards by Nonwovens Industry Magazine.
The IDEA16 Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Leo Cancio, advisor at Clopay Plastic Products.
INDA’s IDEA16 Achievement Awards, presented in partnership with Nonwovens Industry magazine, recognized the brightest innovations from the leading companies, individuals, and new products in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry.
Equipment: ITW Dynatec’s Ultra Strand Coating System – This revolutionary patent-pending strand applicator is specifically designed for the disposable hygiene market.
Roll Goods: Jacob Holm’s SoftLite™ lightweight nonwovens – With basis weights as low as 15 grams, SoftLite™ fabrics are lighter while also providing high performance and soft comfort for hygiene uses.
Raw Materials: BASF’s SAVIVA™ SAP Technology – Based on its round shaped particles, with micro-pores, SAVIVA™ has an innovative liquid distribution mechanism, making it a highly efficient superabsorbent polymer in a diaper core.
Short Life Converted Products: WipeMeWorld’s WipeMe® flushable wipe on a roll – These wipes can be dispensed and flushed the same way as traditional toilet paper.
Long Life Converted Products: Impossible Objects, LLC’s Composite-Based Additive Manufacturing (CBAM) 3D printed pieces – This new, industrial 3D printing technology uses nonwoven fabrics – such as carbon, glass, and aramid – to make strong yet lightweight fiber-reinforced composite parts.
Pic: IDEA16 Exhibit Floor