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IDEA13 To Host Record Turnout

A record-setting number of exhibitors at IDEA13 will present the latest technologies for the global nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry.

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The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), Cary, N.C., will assemble the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry in Miami Beach, Fla., in late April for IDEA13, the International Engineered Fabrics Conference & Expo. The 2013 edition of the triennial event will be held Monday through Thursday, April 22-25, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, which has hosted the last four IDEA events.

As of Textile World's press time, the exposition floor was 98-percent filled, and was expected to sell out for the first time. INDA reports a record 450-plus companies — 188 of which will be first-time exhibitors — from 26 countries will be exhibiting their products and services to approximately 6,000 attendees from more than 70 countries.

"IDEA 2013 is proving to be an event not to be missed," said INDA President Dave Rousse. "We have a record-breaking number of exhibitors from up and down the entire nonwoven value chain and every market segment. We welcome key executives from all over the world to join us this April and see the latest in innovations and technologies that IDEA exhibitors have to offer."

IDEA10 saw 379 exhibiting companies and approximately 5,500 attendees.

IDEA10 attracted 379 exhibiting companies from 22 countries and approximately 5,500 attendees. According to INDA, half of the exhibitors at that show and more than one-third of attendees came from outside the United States.

At the expo, attendees will be able to see everything from raw materials to finished products, and observe manufacturing processes in operation. Targeted sectors include automotive/transportation, construction, consumer products, filtration, geotextiles, home and office furnishings, healthcare, hygiene, medical, personal care, protective apparel, technical textiles and wipes, among others.

The expo will begin with a welcome reception Monday evening, April 22, at the Nikki Beach Club in Miami. The reception will be sponsored by Eastman Chemical Co., Kingsport, Tenn. Other sponsors include Texel Inc., Quebec; Stein Fibers Ltd., Albany, N.Y.; and Xerium Technologies Inc., Raleigh, N.C.


Conference Program
INDA has organized the IDEA13 conference with a focus on select nonwovens industries by region. Seven speakers with industry expertise will present statistics, trends and forecasts for the industries in China, India, the Asia Pacific, North America, Europe and South America.

Speakers on Tuesday include Ian Butler, a principal with Apex, N.C.-based International Nonwovens Consultant, who will discuss the industry in China; Kays Chinai, a principal partner with Elkton, Md.-based Chapas, Chinai & Associates, who will discuss nonwovens in India; and Ian Bell, a tissue and hygiene research manager at London-based Euromonitor International, Ltd., who will discuss Asia Pacific. On Wednesday, former INDA President Rory Holmes will discuss the North American industry. On Thursday, Bell will speak again, about the industry in Europe; and Rick Jezzi, a principal with Bala Cynwyd, Pa.-based A.D. Jezzi & Associates LLC, will discuss the South American industry.

Achievement Awards
The IDEA13 Achievement Awards will recognize product and technical developments within the global nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry that have been introduced since IDEA10. The awards will be presented in five categories: Short-Life Converted Product; Long-Life Converted Product; Equipment; Raw Materials; and Roll Goods. A total of 15 products have been nominated as finalists.

There are a variety of registration options for IDEA13 attendees, including registration for the full conference and expo; expo only; a daily conference/expo pass; and a daily expo pass. A separate fee is required to attend the IDEA13 reception. Early-bird discounts are offered through March 31.

"The IDEA exhibition for us is one of the most important on our events calendar," said Massimo Michelini, director, sales and marketing, Italy-based A. Celli Nonwovens S.p.A. "It has never failed to provide an excellent opportunity to meet and network with our customers, friends and industry professionals from all over the world at a super venue."

For more information about IDEA13, visit idea2013.com.

March/April 2013

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