INDEX 05, scheduled for April 12-15 in Geneva, Switzerland will include event organizer EDANA's INDEX Awards Competition, which recognizes innovation in nonwovens, their raw materials and the machinery used to make nonwovens. New to this year's award categories is student/young researcher idea, which will reward a promising idea from a student for a product made from or incorporating nonwovens or applied research idea. Other areas include disposable end use, durable end use, disposable finished products, durable finished products, marketing achievement, raw materials and machinery. The awards are open to any company making or converting nonwovens or exhibiting at INDEX 05 as well as manufacturers of raw materials and machinery for the nonwovens industry.
In other news, EDANA will launch the Nonwovens R&D Academy Forum at INDEX 05. The aim of this forum is to highlight and promote academic research in the science and technology of nonwovens processes, products and performance. The event, which will be held in conjunction with INDEX, will offer academics, students, researchers, scientists and engineers an exceptional opportunity to present and disseminate pre-competitive and post-competitive research studies relevant to the nonwovens industry. Beyond INDEX, the forum will rotate between centers of nonwovens excellence, with a particular emphasis on the center's area of expertise and current research projects, according to reports.