EDANA held its most recent Indian-based training courses, also with BCH as a partner, in December 2007. These two-day training courses provided an opportunity for India’s newcomers to the industry to quickly gain a complete understanding of the various technologies, processes, raw materials and market aspects of nonwovens and absorbent hygiene products.
Pierre Wiertz, general manager of EDANA, said, “With the training courses we offer our member companies the opportunity of training their local staff and enable potential investors to understand the distinct character of nonwovens as a capital-intensive industry, as well as highlighting opportunities and options in nonwovens technologies. In turn this allows them to make a more enlightened choice, thereby possibly avoiding mistakes that can negatively impact markets, for example. lead to overcapacities etc... in the development of nonwovens in India.”
India, with a population of over a billion people, of which above 300 million are middle class with high living standards and significant purchasing power, has the potential to develop a healthy, competitive and open nonwovens market that provides opportunities to both domestic and foreign direct investments. EDANA has already seen a growth in nonwovens applications such as automotive, interlinings, agriculture and medical nonwovens. Geotextiles, especially, are expected to grow rapidly since over the next five years.