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Palexpo to Host Index 20

March 20, 2017

13th edition of the exhibition will be held March 31 to April 3, 2020 in Geneva

After a six-month long process, EDANA has signed an agreement for the organization of Index 20 in Geneva with Palexpo SA, the winner among three shortlisted professional exhibition organizers out of the five originally invited to submit a proposal.

Altogether, the three finalists were proposing to host Index 20 in a range of exhibition halls located in six different European cities. The proposals were subjected to a wide range of evaluation criteria, which included the value, quality and services for the exhibitors; the quality, originality and comprehensiveness of the proposed marketing plans; the ease of access by the 12,000+ visitors and exhibitors; the quality of the facilities, and the support to EDANA’s mission and vision.

Palexpo’s offer to host Index 20 in Geneva was declared the winner by the Board of Governors of EDANA.

“In general, outstanding ideas were brought forward, with valid proposals to take Index 20 to another high after the resounding successes of the 2014 edition and INDEX 17, 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 Meijer, director of sales, McAirlaid’s, and chairman of EDANA’s Exhibition Advisory Board.

“It is with great pleasure that we learned that our proposal had met the approval of EDANA’s Board, and we are most honored to continue working hand-in-hand with EDANA to make the 13th edition of this exhibition in Geneva, which is the world’s leading event in its field, a great success,” adds Claude Membrez, general manager, Palexpo.

Most importantly, ongoing benchmarking comparing the exhibition rental costs at Index with similar industry fairs continues to confirm the excellent position of Index, both vis-à-vis other European trade shows as in comparison with IDEA and ANEX, which are the only U.S. and Asian nonwoven exhibitions in the traditional three-year cycle rotation between the three continents.

“EDANA is committed to continue to offer its member companies a wide range of high level services and benefits. Organizing successful industry events is clearly in line with our mission to provide global leadership in creating an environment beneficial to the nonwovens and related industries’ sustainable and profitable growth,” says EDANA’s chair Martin Rapp, senior vice–president & Composite Fibers Business Unit president, Glatfelter.

INDEX 20 will take place in Geneva, Palexpo on March 31 to April 3, 2020. For more information, visit

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