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INDA webinar series to address N. American nonwovens issues

Posted February 3, 2021


CARY, N.C. – INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, is taking the lead to inform the nonwovens/engineered materials industry with three one-hour webinars on the toughest issues facing the North American Nonwovens Industry.


These critical issues include face mask performance standards, single-use plastics (SUP) legislative policy issues and industry impacts from recent capacity announcements in Spunbond/Spunmelt/”Spunlace” caused by COVID-19 demand for wipes, medical gowns and facemask materials.


The one-hour webinars will be held at 11 a.m. EDT on March 16, 25 and April 6, and include subject matter experts in face mask standards, plastics legislation and nonwoven supply/demand analysis. Topics include:


The New ASTM Performance Standard for General Public Facemasks and Resultant Design/Product Opportunities
Tuesday, March 16, 11 a.m. EDT

Presenters: Dave Rousse, president, INDA; and Jeff Stull, president, International Personnel Protection, Inc.


To conserve meltblown fiber for the healthcare sector while using other nonwoven media to provide protection to the general public, INDA worked with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) to develop a performance standard for general public face masks. Stull, consultant to NIOSH and steward of the ASTM process, will discuss the purpose and development of the upcoming standard, its two performance levels, and test methods.  Rousse will discuss design opportunities created for makers of facemask filter media and face mask designers.


Plastics Concerns and the Nonwovens Industry
Thursday, March 25, 11 a.m. EDT

Presenters:  Dave Rousse, president, INDA; Jessica Franken, director of government affairs, INDA; and Tom Carlyle, nonwovens commercial manager–Americas, Lenzing AG.

Legislative initiatives on Single Use Plastics introduced in California, Canada and the U.S. Congress will be harmful to nonwovens, especially those that use viscose. All businesses involved in nonwovens should know of these impending impacts on nonwoven products and the unintended consequences to their business.  Franken will review the current legislative status in states, Congress and Canada and INDA’s engagement with other plastic industry associations to address the challenges of the European Union’s approach should it be incorporated in North America.  Carlyle will discuss the viscose/lyocell supply and interchangeability realities.

Spunbond/Spunmelt/”Spunlace” Capacity/Demand Scenarios Prompted by COVID-19
Tuesday, April 6, 11 a.m. EDT

Presenters: Brad Kalil, director of market intelligence and economic insights, INDA; and Dave Rousse, president, INDA 


The COVID-19 pandemic and the U.S. federal government response to it has quickly upped the North American footprint for meltblown production. Tightness now is being seen in Spunbond/Spunmelt and in the hydroentangled wipes substrate, often called “Spunlace.” Several new capacity announcements have been made in nonwovens.


Kalil had been tracking developments in these sectors and will present the 2021 North American Supply Report data and analysis with his insights on developments caused by the pandemic response in wipes, medical gowns, and facemask material supply sectors.


“The COVID-19 Pandemic has generated many challenges to the nonwovens industry in North America and around the world,” said Rousse. “INDA has been active in tracking, leading and advocating on several relevant policy issues enabling our members to run their businesses with confidence that INDA is on alert, looking around corners and positioned to inform and lead in supporting our members’ ability to conduct business with the facts they need and  unimpeded by policy development challenges. These webinars deliver on those points.”


Each webinar is $99 for a single INDA member, $250 for up to eight INDA members from the same company and $500 for up to 15 INDA members from the same company. Nonmember fees for the three categories are $130, $325 and $650, respectively. There is a 15% discount for Members and non-members purchasing all three webinars at one time. Visit to learn more.


Source: INDA

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