The three finalists for the award were selected from over 20 contenders by INDA’s Technical Advisory Board of technical professionals from member companies. The finalists are:
RegaliteUltraPure from Eastman Chemical: a new innovative hydrocarbon resin with low odor, low VOC properties, and low trace chemicals. This new product gives formulators the freedom to formulate with SBS, SIS or APO while getting the lowest odor and trace chemicals content for every hot melt chemistry used, and SBS/partially hydrogenated resin hot melt chemistry.
SMS Bico Fabric from Fitesa: a cutting-edge PE/PP spunbond and PE meltblown nonwoven imparting the softness of PE and the strength of a PP for hygiene applications in a SMS construction. The innovative fabric offers drapeability and liquid barrier properties as a transformative solution for the hygiene markets.
The FEUR System by Vemarei: a unique fecal incontinence protection system features a discreet innovative pouch and pull cord design that is easy to remove after a bowel movement, providing continued cleanliness to the wearer. The FEUR System’s interior pad core is made from a highly absorbent nonwoven placed between two outer nonwoven layers welded together to create a channel for a pull cord that the wearer can pull at first sign of a bowel movement, thus creating an absorbent pouch container.
Finalists will present their innovations to over 500 industry professionals at Hygienix on Tues., Nov. 12, for a conference participant vote. The Hygienix Innovation Award winner will be announced on Thurs., Nov. 14.
Hygienix will also feature the presentation of the INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award on Nov. 12 to recognize an individual whose technical achievements have significantly contributed to the growth of the nonwovens industry. The event will also present the INDA Lifetime Service Award on Nov. 13 to recognize an individual possessing a long-established record of service to INDA and the nonwovens industry as a whole.
Hygienix will open on Nov. 11 with an optional three-hour Workshop: Global Trends in Diapers, Baby Pants & Adult Underwear led by Carlos Richer, CEO/Director, Richer Investment SA de CV. This year’s event will be highlighted by presentations from 26 industry experts, 13+ hours of networking, tabletop displays, receptions, coffee breaks, and a welcome reception at the Houston Downtown Aquarium.