Hygienix Conference held in Scottsdale – Magazine for the nonwoven industry
Highlights of the event included the presentation of the Hygienix Innovation Award 2021 to Kudos, a disposable diaper made from 100% breathable cotton that touches baby’s skin, and the INDA Lifetime Service award to Nick Santoleri, director of the exploitation of Rockline Industries.
As part of its successful post-pandemic comeback as a live event, attendees from 17 countries enjoyed meeting in person at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale for three days of cutting-edge presentations at the conference and networking at the welcome and table display receptions.
“Hygienix is a very well organized event where we can meet industry thought leaders, get updates on the latest developments and make incredible network connections,” said Anil Kirhalli, Director of Sales and Development commercial, Kansan Machinery Company.
The Hygienix conference brought together 28 speakers on interesting topics, including new options for a responsible end of life; Product and process innovation in absorbent hygiene products (AHP); Haptics: four approaches to assess feel and progress in electronic hygiene; Absorbent hygiene products market statistics, trends and information; Women’s care: challenges of the status quo; and New Approaches and Unmet Needs in Infant PSA and Incontinence.
“Hygienix provides an excellent forum for the hygiene industry with valuable information and data, as well as meeting new prospects and maintaining existing customer relationships,” says Mark Steinbrecher, Technical Sales Manager-Nonwovens, Optima.
To kick off the event, nearly 140 attendees attended valuable short workshops on Absorbent Systems for Absorbent Hygiene or Global Trends in Diapers, Baby Pants and Adult Underwear.
Innovation and service acclaimed
Dave Ruse, INDA President, presented the INDA Lifetime Service Award to Santoleri of Rockline for his industry leadership and advocacy for over 20 years. Appointed COO a year ago, he started at Scott Paper as a cooperative student at Drexel University and helped launch the first brand name disposable wipes and refillable baby wipes packs. He has been involved in the installation of 16 new lines and four completely new facilities and the introduction of more than two dozen non-woven products. Santoleri has also served on the board and executive committee of INDA, as well as the chair of several industry event committees.
Amrita Saigal, Founder and CEO of Glory diapers, accepted the Hygienix 2021 Innovation Award for pioneering, environmentally friendly, more natural plant-based diapers for baby’s sensitive buttocks. Other finalists for the prestigious annual award were Expandable Core Wrap from Curt G. Joa, Inc. and GlatPure Back Sheet by Glatfelter.
INDA has announced that Hygienix 2022 will be held November 14-17, 2022 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, LA.