INDEX17 was the largest ever, according to its organizers, nonwovens association EDANA and OrgExpo. Held April 4-7 at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, the event featured 666
exhibitors who attracted 12,758 visitors, making it a true“global
meeting point” for the nonwovens industry.
“With more exhibitors and visitors than ever, INDEX truly
stands as the flagship exhibition of the nonwovens industry and
a vital business development tool for industry players of all sizes,”
says Martin Rapp of Glatfelter and chairman of EDANA.
Those in attendance could engage with a larger portion of the
industry than ever before and avail of a wide variety of presentations, demonstrations and tutorials. Additionally, the sector
seminars on transportation, medical and geotextile nonwoven
products were popular throughout the exhibition, with several
editions offering standing room only.
“Our industry has evolved to a great extent,”says Pierre Wiertz,
general manager of EDANA. “Nonwovens and related materials
are increasingly used in the automotive, filtration and construc-
tion sectors for example, illustrating how the sector offers inno-
vative solutions for a wide range of purposes. This evolution was
also reflected in the makeup of the visitors to this year’s show,
with a wider range than ever before. The products and services
they saw throughout the exhibition provide a snapshot of how
our industry is developing—and it is a privilege to witness this
first-hand and know that the success of our sector is in safe
hands. Looking ahead to INDEX20, we are reminded of how
both resilient and innovative the nonwovens industry really is.”
EDANA announced at INDEX that INDEX 2020 will again be
held at PalExpo March 31,-April 3, 2020. EDANA’s board chose
the Geneva location after considering proposals seeking to host
the event in a total of six European cities.
“In general, outstanding ideas were brought forward, with valid proposals to take INDEX20 to another high after the resounding successes of the 2014 edition and INDEX17, which is already
now confirmed as the largest ever nonwovens exhibition.EDANA
has chosen Palexpo because we trust the new Palexpo team to
ensure continuity, innovation and competence” says Pieter Mei-jer, director of sales, McAirlaid’s and chairman of EDANA’s Exhibition Advisory Board.
Reifenhäuser Launches New Technology
Reifenhäuser launched its next generation Reicofil spunmelt
technology at INDEX. The German technology provider announced it was commercializing Reicofil 5 technology, more than
15 years after introducing its Reicofil 4 line technology and more
than three decades after first developing Reicofil technology for
the nonwovens industry.
Markus Müller, sales director at Reicofil says: “Venturing into
the market with a new technology after 15 successful years is always an exciting moment. For me personally the launch of RF5
is especially exciting because we are making a big step forward
with the new performance data and the new and fascinating possibilities that arise from digitalization. RF5 enables our customers
to produce nonwovens on the next quality and productivity level.
And the best is: even customers with existing Reicofil lines will
have the possibility to benefit from some of the new advantages.
We are developing amazing upgrades for RF3 and RF4 lines.“
One of the highlights of RF5 is the significant reduction of failures within nonwovens. When running standard raw materials,
hard pieces will be reduced by up to 90% in comparison to RF4
Nonwovens companies launch new products, form partnerships in Geneva.
INDEX ‘17: The Biggest Ever