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INDEX 11 Award Winners

Nonwoven Roll Goods
  • Freudenberg Nonwovens, Germany — Lutraflor® automotive carpet for cars, trucks and buses

Finished Products Made from or Incorporating Nonwovens
  • Polymer Group Inc. (PGI), Charlotte — SafeCover™ Insect Repellent Blanket

Marketing Achievement for the Most Original Marketing Campaign for a Product Made from or Incorporating Nonwovens
  • Colquímica S.A., Portugal — "Creating Happy People" Campaign

Raw Materials or Component: Innovation in a Raw Material - for Example, Fiber, Binder - of Special Relevance to the Nonwovens Industry
  • Dow Europe GmbH, Switzerland — PRIMAL™ ECONEXT™ 210 binder

Machinery: Innovation in Machinery of Special Relevance to the Nonwovens Industry
  • GDM S.p.A., Italy, and AccuSentry Inc., Marietta, Ga. -— Automated Inspection with Single-Diaper Culling Technology

Sustainable Product
The jury felt that entries for the Sustainability awards had very positive aspects and improvements but that no individual submission showed decisive, breakthrough progress toward sustainability understood in a comprehensive way. Several nominated products addressed one element of Sustainability, but none creatively covered all three major Sustainability pillars - environmental, economic and social. The jury recognized that given that many companies have now put in place effective sustainable management practices, truly sustainable products will emerge in the medium term and the jury will look for these in the next edition of the awards, with the benefit of more explicit guidelines on substantiation, comparison with existing products and state of the art, economic, social and environmental criteria and LCA perspective.

However, the INDEX 11 Awards Jury recognized the current achievements and decided to give honorable mentions to the following companies:
  • Ahlstrom Corp., Filtration business unit, Finland — Disruptor® PAC filter media
  • Norafin Industries (Germany) GmbH — spunlaced nonwoven made of flax fiber
  • Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati — Pampers® New Baby and Pampers Active Fit with Dry Max diapers

Sustainable Process or Management Practice
  • Polymer Group Inc. (PGI), Charlotte — PGI Sustainability Process
  • 3M, St. Paul, Minn. — Pollution Prevention Pays (3P) Program
  • Tredegar Corp., Richmond, Va. — Flowertool™ method for measuring environmental impact
July/August 2011

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