Held every four years, INDEX is one of the largest international non-woven events in the industry. Predicted figures for INDEX 2008, which took place from 15 April at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, suggest that this year’s event attracted nearly 12,500 visitors, an increase on the 12,024 that attended INDEX 2005.
The exhibitors count also exceeded that of 2005, with 520 companies and organisations, attending the show, up from a figure of 465 in 2005. The halls covered a space of 50,000 m2 with a total net surface area of stands in excess of 21,500 m2.
Hollingsworth & Vose are just one of the many companies who understand the benefits in attending the event. Jean-Paul Francois, managing director of Hollingsworth & Vose Europe commented: “This year INDEX 08 has really been the filtration show for us and the right place to be, particularly for business contacts. Never before have we seen so many customers and prospects in the filtration area. It is quite obvious that nonwovens are being considered more and more for filtration applications, whether they be new or for glass media replacement.”
The INDEX awards took place on the first day of the exhibition, where five awards were presented to the winning companies during a special ceremony.
The INDEX awards jury, which was compiled of former company marketing and R&D experts, the media, and academics, met earlier in the year to select the nominees and winners. According to INDEX, the jury struggled to breakdown the large number and high quality of nominees to only three per category and were then faced with choosing a winner.
Amongst the winners were Ahlstrom, who were chosen for the Nonwoven Roll Goods category for its DisruptorTM Technology. On accepting the award, Rod Komlenic, vice president of Ahlstrom’s Filtration Business Development, commented: “We at Ahlstrom gratefully accept this award as acknowledgement by the nonwovens community of the benefits Disruptor(TM) technology can provide to people and the environment, through low cost purification of drinking water and waste water streams.”
Fiberweb’s Reemay® Liberty® with Microban® anti-microbial was nominated in the Raw materials or component – innovation in a raw material category. Commenting on the event, Pieter Meijer, vice president of sales & marketing for Fiberweb said: “During INDEX 08 the interest from the filtration business was enormous. There are several reasons for this: ongoing growth in filter systems and media; the fact that more and more nonwovens companies focus on the filtration business leading to a wider product range and innovation in nonwovens that leads to fabrics that better meet new requirements in filtration.”
Winners and nominees at Index
Category: Nonwoven roll goods
The winner: Ahlstrom for Ahlstrom DisruptorTM Technology, its nanofibre based filter media that uses the combination of two mechanisms: electrokinetics and mechanical entrapment.
E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company
Category: Finished products made from, or incorporating, nonwovens
The winner: Johnson & Johnson GmbH for Johnson’s Baby Extracare Wipes
Georgia Pacific – Clinell Sporicidal
Category: Marketing achievement for the most original marketing campaign for a product made from, or incorporating nonwovens.
The Winner: J.H. Ziegler GmbH & Co, for its ‘Zinno’ campaign, a short animated movie aimed at combining company logo with product features, as well as company philosophy.
J.H. Ziegler GmbH & Co
Category: Raw materials or component – innovation in a raw material (eg fibre, binder), of special relevance to the nonwovens industry.
The Winner: ExxonMobil Chemical for its VistamaxxTM, melt spinnable elastomer, highly elastic, processable on conventional polymer-to-web machinery.
Eastman Chemical Company
Category: Machinery – innovation in machinery of special relevance to the nonwovens industry.
The winner: Andritz Küsters GmbH for neXdetect, a measuring system for the detection of invisible chemical applications on nonwovens
Martin Automatic Inc.