RISE® Conference to highlight ‘what’s next’ in sustainability
Posted June 24, 2020
CARY, N.C. – INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announced that registration is now open for the 10th edition of Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE®) Conference on the RISE® website.
RISE® will be held at Talley Student Union at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., Sept. 29-30, and co-organized with The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) and North Carolina State University. Developed for technology scouts and product developers, this insightful two-day conference will focus on visionary technologies, future-needs and market opportunities in material science, forward-looking research in sustainability and critical shifts in nonwovens growth.
Highlights include: sustainability developments in polymers, fibers, additives and fabrics from sourcing and disposal to reuse amid trends that are driving nonwoven advances.
A sampling of speaker presentations include:
Bryan Haynes, Ph.D., senior technical director, Global Nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
John Roberts, strategic marketing executive – Polypropylene-Vistamaxx – Adhesion (PVA), ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Isao Noda, Ph.D., DSc, chief science officer, senior VP of Innovation, Danimer Scientific
Gajanan Bhat, Ph.D., Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, The University of Georgia
Alexander Koukoulas, Ph.D., managing director, A2Z Consulting, LLC
Orlando Rojas, Ph.D., professor, University of British Columbia
Ryan Chan, Ph.D., VP of R&D, Tethis, Inc.
Seth Casden, president, Hologenix LLC
Christian Lenges, business development manager, DuPont Industrial BioSciences, and Kyle Kim, Application Engineer, DuPont
John Layman, Ph.D., section head – Corporate R&D and Chief Technologist/Founding Inventor, PureCycle, The Procter & Gamble Co.
Lee Clapp, Ph.D., director of Market Development and Innovation – Technical Polymer Applications, Omya Inc.
Helmut Lauterbach, business manager textile and nonwoven, Kelheim Fibres GmbH
Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, and executive director, The Nonwovens Institute, North Carolina State University
Steve Sikra, vice president and chief of staff, The Alliance To End Plastic Waste
Paul Harmon, VP of Product Development & Product Marketing – HHS, Berry Global
Jessica Dahle, product development scientist, Fitesa
Robert Green, director of Fibers & Nonwovens, NatureWorks LLC
Thomas Broch-Nielsen, senior scientist, and Mette Due, R&D manager, Fibertex Nonwovens A/S, and Khrum Hussain, supply chain director, Unifi, Inc.
Tristian Kretschmann, manager for R&D Projects, Reifenhauser REICOFIL GmbH & Co. KG
Jon Devine, senior economist, Cotton Incorporated
Brad Kalil, director of Market Intelligence and Economic Insights, INDA
RISE® Innovation Award
Nominations are now being accepted online for the RISE® Innovation Award that recognizes innovation in areas within and on the periphery of the nonwovens industry that use advanced science and engineering principles to develop unique or intricate solutions to problems and advance the use of nonwovens. The finalists will be announced in September and conference attendees will have a vote in selecting the winner that will be announced at RISE® 2020.
In 2019, the RISE® Innovation Award was presented to Surfaceskins, from Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute for its innovative antibacterial door push pads and pull handles, engineered to kill germs and bacteria in between one user and the next, thus helping prevent the spread of healthcare associated infections.
For complete program information and the latest speaker additions, visit the RISE® 2020 website. Hotel accommodations for registered attendees are offered at the nearby State View Hotel Autograph Collection by Marriott. Follow #rise20 and @RISE360.