New developments in nonwovens technology will be featured at an international event this spring in Minneapolis, Minn. The Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) is organizing the Innovative Nonwovens Conference (NET Inc.), held April 23-26, 2017.
The conference provides a mix of market information and technology. Two keynote addresses feature Andrew Willis, technology director at filter media manufacturer Hollingsworth & Vose, who will speak on “New Trends in Filtration;” and David Allan, editor for Nonwovens at RISI Inc., will provide a market report.
A special feature of the conference is that it is co-located with PaperCon, the premier pulp and paper conference of TAPPI. This offers an opportunity for nonwoven professionals to learn about allied fields.
The conference will offer two workshops aimed at educating the workforce in the nonwovens field and will feature, “Technical Textiles: 101,” and “Nonwovens Testing.” An added benefit to the participants will be the tutorials offered by PaperCon, such as “Fiber Preparation for Tissue.” Technical sessions will focus on several emerging topics, such as cellulose nanofibers for nonwoven use, polyimide nanofibers for Li-ion battery applications, hemp fibers for wipes, nonwoven cotton substrates for separating oil from oil-water mixture and others. Given the growth in smart textiles, another presentation will focus on fiber devices for energy harvesting.
TAPPI is a 100-year-old professional association that provides a platform for nonwoven industry professionals to interact with peers and exchange technical information. More information is available at http://netincevent.org.