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2016 IDEA Achievement Awards Presented

May 5, 2016

Seven categories recognized innovation in nonwovens.

Roll Goods - Jacob Holm SoftLite lightweight spunlace nonwovens

SoftLite fabrics cater to the need for lighter and softer hygiene products. With basis weights as low as 15 grams, SoftLite fabrics are not only lighter, but they also provide the high performance and soft comfort end users need. Pictured from L to R: Rodman Zilenziger, president, Rodman Media; Eric Mariani, Jacob Holm Group; INDA president Dave Rousse.

Converted Product Short-Life - WipeMeWorld flushable wipes system

WipeMeWorld’s flushable moist toilet paper is on a roll within a sealed wrapper. The wipes can be dispensed and flushed the same way as traditional toilet paper. Pictured from L to R: Rodman Zilenziger, president, Rodman Media; Ronen Cojocaru, WipeMeWorld; INDA president Dave Rousse.

Machinery & Equipment - ITW Dynatec, Ultra Strand Coating System

Ultra SCS is a revolutionary patent-pending strand applicator that is specifically designed for the disposable hygiene market. SCS technology brings the highest level of efficiency to the application of adhesive coatings on elastic strands for enhanced manufacturing line efficiency and superior end product performance. Gina Powers, vice president/general manager, ITW Dynatec, (pictured center) accepted the award during the ceremony.

Raw Material - BASF 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. Pictured from L to R: Rodman Zilenziger, president, Rodman Media; John Putro, BASF’s marketing manager for superabsorbents in North America; INDA president Dave Rousse.

Entrepreneur – Mogul

Turkish nonwovens producer Mogul won one of two Entrepreneur awards. Pictured from L to R: Rodman Zilenziger, president, Rodman Media; Enver Kayali, president, Mogul; INDA president Dave Rousse.

Entrepreneur – Mobi-Air

Singapore based Mobi-Air, maker of modular plug-and-play air handling systems, also received an Entrepreneur award. Pictured from L to R: Rodman Zilenziger, president, Rodman Media; Diaper Industry Consultant Carlos Richer; Martin Scaife, Mobi-Air managing director; James Barton, president, Mobi-Air Europe; INDA president Dave Rousse.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Leo Cancio of Clopay Plastic Products won this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Pictured from L to R: Rodman Zilenziger, president, Rodman Media; Leo Cancio, Clopay Plastic Products; INDA president Dave Rousse.

Converted Product Long-Life - Impossible Objects 3D printed pieces.

Impossible Objects has developed a new, industrial 3D printing (aka “additive manufacturing”) technology that uses nonwoven fabrics – such as carbon, glass and aramid – to make strong yet lightweight fiber-reinforced composite parts. Its technology is called CBAM, which stands for Composite-Based Additive Manufacturing. CBAM technology makes parts that are up to ten times stronger than plastic parts made from other 3D printing technologies. This is because CBAM uses strong nonwovens such as carbon fiber fabric.

The winners of the 2016 IDEA Achievement Awards were announced on May 4 as part of the exhibition’s conference program. The competition, which honors innovation across the entire nonwovens supply chain were jointly sponsored by IDEA organizer INDA and Nonwovens Industry.