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CARY – INDA, the US-based Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has called for presentations for the ninth annual RISE (Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics) Conference.

The two-day conference is scheduled for September 24-25, 2019, at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

RISE 2018 explored forward-looking technologies, concepts, and ideas that offered innovative solutions for current and future industry needs. The program content included bio-innovations in nonwovens, market dynamics and trends, e-textiles and standards, medical nonwoven developments, web formation and technologies, material science developments and microfibers in the marine environment.

INDIA is encouraging industry professionals to submit their innovative, technical abstracts by Monday, March 18, 2019 for RISE 2019. "It is a tremendous opportunity to share ground-breaking work with senior-level nonwoven/engineered materials professionals looking for new technologies, processes, and materials," INDA said.

Topics currently under consideration are:

Raw Materials

  • Developments in polymer technology
  • Sustainable materials development, or novel uses of existing renewables
  • Fiber development or utilization
  • Nano- and micro-fiber innovations
  • Peripheral material technologies, including elastomeric materials, films, adhesives, among other technologies
  • Market Dynamics 

Equipment and Processing

  • New processing technologies
  • Novel processing techniques or combinations thereof
  • New or novel converting processes
  • Process control and optimization
  • Product Related Technologies

New or novel solutions for existing technical problems

  • Use of composite materials as solutions
  • Technologies specifically aimed at flammability, acoustic and thermal properties, moisture management
  • New testing methodologies or equipment
  • Global trends in standards regulations


  • Medical and hygiene
  • Filtration
  • Geofabrics and building construction
  • Automotive
  • Smart materials

Presentation abstracts of approximately 300 words should be emailed to Deanna Lovell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by Mar. 18, 2019 and include contact information and the relationship of the research to nonwovens or engineered fabrics. Authors will be notified of the abstract’s status within 30 days after confirmed receipt.

RISE Innovation Award

INDA is also seeking nominations for innovative nonwoven products and technologies for its prestigious RISE Innovation Award. INDA will consider various categories such as raw materials, roll goods, converting, packaging, active ingredients, binders, additives and end products for nominations. Products should exhibit one of more of the following characteristics: creativity, novelty of approach, uniqueness and technical sophistication. The submission deadline is July 15th.

Three finalists will be chosen to present their innovations to technology scouts, scientists, researchers, and next level industry professionals on September 24th.

Last year, the 2018 RISE Innovation Award was presented to DiviDiaper for its innovative design helping to prevent and reduce both infant and incontinence-associated dermatitis in adults, urinary tract infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections and other infections and pressure sores.

Award nominations are being accepted online until July 15th: www.inda.org/awards/rise-innovation-award.html


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