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INDEX '90: a timely showcase for worldwide nonwovens.

INDEX '90

A Timely Showcase For Worldwide Nonwovens

the most international of nonwovens shows saw a large number of new products in areas ranging from roll goods to machinery to fibers, chemicals and films; attendance and exhibitor records were once again broken for the triennial gathering A veritable United Nations of the nonwovens industry turned up for the four days of the INDEX '90 Congress and Exhibition in early April in Geneva, Switzerland. The international nonwovens show, sponsored by EDANA, the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association, once again broke all of its previous attendance records while offering perhaps an unparalleled number of new products ranging from roll goods to fibers to production equipment.

Orgexpo, the organizers of the exhibition, reported an almost 25% increase from the more than 8300 visitors who attended the last INDEX in 1987. Attendance has grown steadily from the approximately 2600 people who showed up at the first triennial INDEX in 1973 in Basel, Switzerland. Attendees at this show came from more than 70 countries, including an increasing number from Eastern Europe.

There were 320 exhibitors at INDEX '90, a 30% increase from the 1987 show. Exhibition space was slightly more than 15,000 meters, which, again, was a 31% increase from the previous gathering. There were a number of new exhibitors from Eastern Europe, as well as the regular strong contingent from the Far East and the U.S.

The next INDEX is already scheduled for April 20-23, 1993 in Geneva.

Harley On The Industry

"Many of the European nonwovens companies of today are children of parents in the fiber, chemical, textile or paper industries and if the nonwovens business can be strategically positioned in an early mature stage, there remains for us the challenge of identity and recognition of our relatively young industry standing on its own, providing solutions responding to the needs of the consumer."

Those were the opening comments by EDANA chairman Douglas Harley, of Dominion Textile (Switzerland), who told the large first day gathering that technological evolution, the single European market and the changes in Eastern Europe, the environment and the continuing globalization of the nonwovens industry will be the key themes as the business heads into the 1990's.

"When we speak of identity and recognition," Mr. Harley said," we are not only addressing the matter of our industry's image in the world of consumers, but also our ability as an industry to attract the investment, material and human resources, and hence the markets, that will ensure our survival and growth into the next century."

Mr. Harley pointed out that since the last INDEX in 1987, world production of nonwovens has grown by more than 6% a year and is estimated now to be well over one million tons. Even higher growth has been experienced in Europe, where estimated 9% annual growth has taken place. The three major web forming technologies--spunlaid (the EDANA term for spunbonded), dry laid and wet laid--have all shared in this growth, with spunlaid showing the most activity.

Present forecasts indicate that the amount of nonwovens destined for disposable end uses will grow at a somewhat lower rate than the volume of nonwovens produced for durable and semi-durable applications. Such forecasts, Mr. Harley added, cannot take into account the new end uses that will develop or the continuing development of nonwoven-based materials replacing traditional textiles and papers. One objective of INDEX '90 was to demonstrate some of these new, primarily industrial products and applications.

"The nonwovens industry of today is so dynamic that nothing should seriously interfere with its growth," he said. "Legislation, changing consumer attitudes towards disposables, improvements in competitive technologies and raw material problems, among other things, may bring difficulties to some nonwovens suppliers but will be of benefit to others."

Mr. Harley also said that after more than 40 years of product and market development, the overwhelming portion of the world's nonwovens are still used by less than 20% of its global population. This untapped market in third world countries, where growth has obviously been much slower than in developed regions, is the next great nonwovens opportunity.

"The presence of manufacturing companies with operations in all major world areas will mean that a broader palette of goods is available on the various local markets, either being sourced from within the market itself or from a neighboring country," he added, while calling for harmonized industry standards on a worldwide as well as European basis, particularly in regards to the environment.

In summarizing his main points, Mr. Harley concluded that "technological evolution will bring new opportunities in new market areas and there will be a growing need for our industry to develop its marketing skills to sell its ideas to industry and to the consumer at large. In addition, we should be an industry that is seen to be responsible towards the maintenance and improvement of our environment in both its processes and the products it makes.

"We should affirm our belief," Mr. Harley concluded," that the concept of improving the quality of life in our Common European Home is a key goal of our business."

Roll Goods Lead In New Product Innovations

With the worldwide nonwovens industry maturing technologically, it has fallen to the roll goods producers to carry the load in developing new products and variations of old products to continue the forward surge by the industry. The European roll goods producers, in the midst of vast structural changes as they prepare for the more open market in 1993, used INDEX '90 as a showcase for telling the world they have been active in developing tomorrow's nonwoven fabrics.

Once again leading the way was Freudenberg (West Germany), which, in addition to making news by announcing the purchase of Rhone-Poulenc's spunbonded nonwovens roofing business, for the third show in a row was awarded an INDEX Award for Innovations. The recipient this year was the new spinform nonwovens from its West German Spunweb Div. The new type of nonwoven is a composite of endless filaments and short fibers produced in a one step process that it has labeled "spin-forming." Applications include absorbent products, wipes, chemical absorbers and in agriculture.

The winner of the 1987 Award was Freudenberg's microfiber spunbonded nonwoven, which has succeeded in finding applications in the medical sector based on its properties that range from softness and air permeability to flexibility and tear resistance. The specific properties of the spunbonded nonwovens, which are manufactured from particularly fine filaments (with a fiber diameter of eight microns they are finer than silk), can be adapted to meet a variety of product requirements. A new kind of application on display at INDEX '90 was in wound care, where polypropylene microfiber spunbondeds are hydrophobic backings of combined dressings. Due to their water repellency, exudate strike through is prevented. The use of microfiber spunbonded as an outer layer in surgical face masks, which results in enhanced filtration characteristics, was also a subject of discussion at the show.

Also at INDEX '90 Freudenberg exhibited its "Lutrasil" spunbondeds for sanitary applications, which the company is now offering with enhanced density, softness and dryness in weight ranges from 10 to 23 grams sq. meter. The new Lutrasil spunbonded with an area weight of 16 grams sq. meter is particularly suitable for baby diapers, the 12 or 14 grams sq. meter version for hospital underpads and the 16 or 19 grams sq. meter style for adult diapers.

One other interesting new product (among many others) unveiled to the industry by Freudenberg at INDEX '90 was the newly-developed air intake filter for automobiles. The Freudenberg filter is manufactured from rot-proof nonwoven material and its performance is not adversely affected by temperature fluctuations and moisture. The air intake filter is already installed as standard equipment in the Mercedes Benz Roadster and is now offered by Volkswagen as special equipment for all Golf and Jetta models. From spring, 1990, all BMW models will also be equipped with the Freudenberg filters upon request.

One of the other more active roll goods companies at INDEX '90 was Corovin (West Germany), which announced during the show it will be adding a spunbonded/melt blown production line for multi-denier nonwovens. Although it has announced publicly that its parent company is looking to sell it, Corovin has maintained an extremely high profile in new product development. At the show it presented to the industry its multidenier technology that makes it possible to produce nonwovens with a precisely controlled mix of fiber thicknesses ranging from one to 40 microns (0.1 to 4 dtex), allowing the advantages of coarse and fine fiber nonwovens to be optimized in one product.

The other biggest news at INDEX '90 was the recently-announced purchase of Storalene AB (Sweden) by Dexter Nonwovens (U.S.), news that was revealed just prior to the opening of the show. But in addition to the acquisition news, Dexter Nonwovens was active in the new products area with the introduction to the trade of its "Hydraspun" home furnishing fabrics; the composite wet laid/hydroentangled nonwoven is being made printable, washable, coatable and capable of being treated in-line for durability and flame retardancy. Also new from Dexter was its "ER" environmentally responsive tea bag filter paper, which eliminates chlorine compounds during manufacturing to avoid public concern over dioxin and chlorine-bleached products. Dexter was also talking about its single use, cost effective, breathable and flame retardant industrial apparel fabrics.

Storalene, for its part, introduced its "Storalene 630" wallcovering fabric. It is an apertured wallcovering said to be easy to apply and easy to paint, which gives a textured finish when painted and serves as a wall reinforcement. Storalene also introduced Storalene 920, an environmentally friendly grade of vacuum filter media using unbleached cellulose pulp.

Bonded Fibre Fabrics (U.K.), whose sale was also announced during the week preceding INDEX '90, also remained active in new product introductions. The company introduced its spunlaced and thermally bonded nonwovens at the show. With the growing importance of ecological issues, BFF also exhibited both spunlaced and thermally bonded fabrics incorporating viscose fibers for sanitary protection products to complement its new range of lightweight polypropylene and polyester fabrics. BFF is placing a major emphasis on its spunlaced fabrics for coating substrates and automotive applications, as well as on wet wipes for its chemical bonded nonwovens.

Making a major push into the European nonwovens business is Reemay (U.S.), which exhibited at an INDEX show for the first time. While presenting its range of nonwoven spunbonded polyester ("Reemay") and polypropylene ("Tekton" in Europe, "Typar" in the U.S.) nonwovens to the European market, Reemay was primarily concentrating, however, on spreading its name and reputation in its newest market. One new product was a polypropylene-based packaging material that is extremely puncture and tamper proof. Based on the Tekton (Typar) technology, it does compete somewhat for the same packaging markets as DuPont's "Tyvek."

Speaking of DuPont (U.S.), the newest materials from the world's second leading nonwovens producer were its "Sontara Kevlar" fireblocking fabric and a high temperature resistant "Sontara Nomex." The blending of its Sontara spunlaced capabilities with the high performance expertise of its parent fiber company has long been a goal of the Fibers Div. Sontara gives the high performance Kevlar and Nomex fibers the characteristics of softness, conformability, strength and bulk due to its means of interlacing of fibers.

Vliesstoffwerk Christian Heinrich Sandler (West Germany) was on hand with a number of the more interesting new roll goods at the show. Sandler has been focusing on composite fabrics and has developed a line of protective apparel in varying degrees of efficacy. Its multi-layered nonwovens under its "Sawabond" tradename utilize thermal bondeds, spunbondeds and laminated/coated fabrics.

A new name for established nonwovens producer Societe Francaise des Non Tisses was unveiled at INDEX '90. The wet laid nonwovens producer, under the same management and still 100% owned by The Group Sibille Dalle, is officially changing its name to Lystil, effective July 1. With sales of about 81 million FF ($14 million), the company specializes in wet laid nonwovens for vacuum bags, roofing material and medical products.

A major capacity expansion was announced during the show by Don & Low Nonwovens (U.K.), the U.K.'s only manufacturer of spunbonded polypropylene. The company, which offers spunbonded nonwovens in a weight range of 15 to 150 grams sq. meter, also said it is examining the possibility of manufacturing spunbonded polyester fabrics as well.

Another capacity expansion that served as the subject of one exhibit was J.W. Suominen's (Finland) announcement that its new spunlaced line is now on-stream and commercial quantities should be available in late summer. Product from the new line will target medical gowns and value added wipes.

Also in the spunlaced area, Fiberduk (Sweden) presented a new spunlaced interlining that has a very soft hand, good drapability and compatibility with a range of fabrics, has good absorption of dyes and finishes, is non-pilling and is washable and dry cleanable. The spunlaced interlining of Modal viscose/PES is produced in a range of 25 to 60 grams sq. meter. Fiberduk was also showcasing its spunlaced nonwovens for automotives. The excellent elasticity and stretchability of this nonwoven allows it to cover and follow surfaces in complicated deepdrawn insulating parts in a manner not possible with dry laid nonwovens; these products are available in 25 to 150 grams sq. meter and are treated in-line for flame retardancy as well as oil and water repellency.

Air Laid Tissue (Denmark) was talking about its most recent plan to add a thermal bonding line to its air laid nonwoven capabilities for the manufacturing of "dry papers." The new production line can produce multi-layered products that can be bonded with heat treatment utilizing an array of fibers. The new thermal bonding line will more than quadruple the plant's capacity to 130 million sq. meters a year.

Dominion Textile (Canada) was represented at INDEX '90 by three European companies belonging to its Technical Fabrics Group. Nordlys (France) employs both thermal bonded and chemical bonded manufacturing processes and it was focusing on the products it has developed for bookbinding, electrical insulation and cable wrapping, floppy disks, filtration, interlinings and medical drapes. Senfa, an industrial coater, has developed a line of glass fiber fabrics colored on one side and coated with adhesives on the other to permit point bonding of the decorative fabric onto ceiling panels. Senfa also exhibited coated and film laminated nonwovens used as linings in breathable sportswear. The ENS Div. of DHJ Industries presented its current range of "multi source" industrial application nonwovens and upgraded protective clothing fabrics.

New Range From Amoco Fabrics Europe

Amoco Fabrics Europe (West Germany) launched a new range of products at INDEX '90, including developments for industrial applications in agriculture, automotive applications, leather goods, carpets and furnishings. The new range, which encompasses its "MyPex," "Amocor," "ProPex" and "PowerBac" lines, complements its "ProFleece" range of hygiene products.

Thanks to a planned doubling of its hydroentanglement capacity, Veratec (U.S., Belgium) was promoting the increased availability of its spunlaced nonwovens for traditional applications such as coating substrates, wipes and towels, apparel interlinings, home furnishings and textile replacements. One of its new products was "Veratuf TM," a high performance wet laid nonwoven engineered to provide high surface integrity needed for fine detail printing; the nonwoven adds high tensile and tear strengths to fine printing capabilities normally reserved for spunbonded nonwovens. Initial applications are for high strength tags and labels and book coverings. Veratec also had on display fluff pulp from its International Pulp Sales sister company, silicone release liners from its Akrosil Europe sister company and bleached cotton from its U.K. natural fibers subsidiary.

Neuberger (Italy), was primarily talking about its proprietary spunbonded nonwovens marketed under the "Base" tradename. Specific efforts have been undertaken to develop the use of Base in agriculture, with UV stabilized nonwovens in the range of Base UV 13 to Base UV 100, in widths up to 14.20 meters achieved by a special ultrasonic welding system. Neuberger reported that a new R&D department of 1200 sq. meters is under construction and a semi-industrial pilot line will be completed this fall for the production of very lightweight spunbonded nonwovens with improved distribution.

Unitika (Japan) introduced a thermally bonded nonwoven fabric comprised of a low denier bicomponent fiber utilizing an experimental .6 denier sheath/core fiber. The polypropylene core is enclosed in a sheath of Dow Chemical's (U.S.) "Aspun" resin. Unitika claims the fabric offers soft hand, good strength and very good stretch in the machine direction.

Latin America's largest nonwovens producer Milyon (Mexico) is making a concerted effort to expand into the European market and used INDEX '90 to tell the trade about its new U.K. subsidiary, Milyon U.K., which was formed officially in January. It is the exclusive U.K. agent for the Mexican dry laid nonwovens producer and also represents companies such as Kayserburg SA for its "Homecel" air laid paper, Tenotex for its thermal bonded and resin bonded nonwoven coverstock, Poligof for its blown and cast polyethylene backing film and Biplast for its diaper packaging.

Of course there was the new Fiberweb group of companies formed under the Holzstoff umbrella. With Sodoca (France), Fiberweb North America (U.S) and Fiberweb AB (Sweden) now operating as a single group following the Holzstoff purchase of James River Nonwovens a few weeks before the show, officials from all three companies spent most of INDEX '90 explaining to the trade how the group will function and how supply and distribution will be handled.

Ergon Nonwovens (U.S.) brought its expanding European presence to INDEX '90 in the form of its new generation of lightweight polypropylene melt blown nonwovens. At the show Ergon was focusing on its new five to eight grams sq. meter fabrics, as well as its traditional 25 to 50 grams sq. meter polypropylene melt blowns for filtration applications. Ergon also now has the capability of coloring and embossing textures in its 50 grams sq. meter fabrics.

Orsa S.A. (Italy) introduced a spunlaced nonwoven fabric for surgical drapes, gowns, dressings, wipes, sanitary napkins, interlinings, automotive parts and synthetic leather at INDEX '90. These are marketed under the "Jettex" trade name. The company was also showing samples of its spunlaced cotton nonwovens, destined for the hygiene area.

In the powder bonding area, Bonar Carelle (Scotland), along with sister company Bonar Fabrics (U.S.), was demonstrating the post bulking features of its "Ultraloft" powder bonded nonwoven, along with the composite capabilities of its other powder bonded fabrics.

Machinery Suppliers Provide Innovations

The advances being made by the roll goods suppliers around the world have been spurred by the earlier advances offered by the machinery and equipment suppliers from Europe, the U.S. and the Far East. These innovations, too, were on display at INDEX '90.

One of the worldwide leaders in developing advanced equipment for the production of nonwovens is Fleissner (West Germany), which was highlighting the development of its High Tech Through-Air Dryer at INDEX '90. The High Tech Dryer, with a 96% open area, is suitable for use in nonwovens for the drying and bonding of dry laid, wet laid and hydroentangled fabrics, for heat setting and bonding of spunbonded nonwovens as a carrier medium for carpets and roofing felts. High capacity dryers for interlinings, medical nonwovens, sanitary absorbent products and technical textiles are also part of the Fleissner range. In addition, Fleissner continues to offer thermal bonding lines for superabsorbent products, combined lines for thermal and chemical bonding, foam impregnating lines for light, medium and heavy weight webs, needle felt lines for the automotive industry and thermal bonding lines for bulky products and interlinings.

At INDEX '90 Kusters (West Germany) primarily promoted its full thermal bonding calender program and the heated "Swimming Rolls Kuster" range for thermal bonding of nonwovens made of melting point polymers. The primary focus continued to be on its Kusters "Hot-S-Roll," which meets the needs of thermally bonded nonwovens that require linear nip pressure to be absolutely uniform and infinitely adjustable.

Honeycomb Systems (U.S.) was at an INDEX show for the first time under its new Valmet Paper Machinery (Finland) ownership. In addition to talking about its equipment for drying, curing and bonding of nonwovens and about its hydroentanglement technology, Honeycomb displayed a number of spunlaced samples with a pattern of its new logo as an example of the patterning that can be done on various products. Company officials pointed out that a number of manufacturers of dry laid and wet laid nonwovens in both Europe and the U.S. have recently placed orders with Honeycomb for drying and curing systems.

A relative newcomer to the nonwovens business, EyeTec (West Germany) was at INDEX '90 to present its complete system solution for optoelectronic-based, non-contact length, thickness, width and speed measurement of nonwoven rolls. In addition to its "Video Speed Master" and the "Delta Master," as well as its Intelligent Line Sensor for width measurement, EyeTec presented its measuring technique for on-line, non-contact expansion measurement for the first time.

Earlier this year Caratsch (West Germany) introduced a Paste Dot Screen Printing Machine for nonwovens that fulfills the demands for lighter and more heat sensitive materials. The paste dot technique enables the use of individual paste consistencies. Adjustment of the coordinates in this model for the inner doctor blade in the template takes place in the hardened guides. Movements are executed by threaded ball track spindles, while Swiss link rings compensate any differences in the internal diameter of the templates.

The Needlepunchers Were Out In Force

The K 21 high performance random card from Dr. Ernst Fehrer (Austria) and the products being made from it were the focus of the company's discussions at INDEX '90. The main fields of application for the totally random web nonwovens made from this process are lightweight coverstocks, medical, hospital and surgical products, wipes, interlinings and technical nonwovens. Fehrer also exhibited a number of heavier weight products made from its V 21/K 21 nonwovens equipment line; these products range from geotextiles to filtration applications. The Fehrer needlepunching program was also part of the company's display, including information of the NL 11/SE machine, which incorporates computer aided carpet patterning and the new Fehrer NL 21/RV "Superlooper" for random velours.

Special emphasis was placed on structured "Di-Loop" and "Di-Lour" technologies by Oskar Dilo (West Germany). Its new high speed Di-Loop DS structuring machine was among its featured equipment. The use of a high speed servo-hydraulic unit has resulted in a multiplication of the system's design capabilities, according to the company. Also discussed was the progress being made with the Di-Lour technique. This specialty machine, which was originally designed for needling lightweights and fine velours, allows, through the new high speed Di-Lour II version, the use of fine fork needles that widen the range of possible weight areas. The Di-Lour technique discussed at INDEX '90 is used worldwide for the production of automotive interior linings. Another subject of discussion at the show was the needling of inorganic fibers, such as glass, ceramics and basaltic fibers for use in producing insulating materials and as a replacement for asbestos.

Originally introduced at ITMA '87 but substantially updated since then, the DCIN batt compression apron system was among the featured products at INDEX '90 from Asselin (France). The system, already being run commercially in Europe and just being introduced to the U.S., is DC driven, so the speed can be controlled going into the needle zone. The manufacturer can thus force the fibers into the zone at a higher rate of speed than it can deliver, allowing for adjustments in the fiber delivery speed. This operation takes the place of a cylinder pre-needling machine.

All of its new and established needle designs were profiled by Groz-Beckert (West Germany), including its F barb needles, which are needles with extremely narrow barb spacing that have been used for many years where intensive needling is required, such as in papermaker felts. Another needle concept is the specially designed Crown needle, produced specifically for the Di-Lour needling process.

In addition to its array of needle styles, Foster Needle (U.S.) was introducing to the European industry the Foster/Mor Engineering automatic needle changing machine. The Foster machine, the first of which was recently delivered to Hoechst Celanese in the U.S., has modules for needle removal, needle insertion, row sensing, broken needle sensing and empty hole sensing.

Nordson and Meltex: Together for the First Time

With INDEX '90 falling only a few months after what was perhaps the major nonwovens supplier acquisition in recent history, the two principal companies--Nordson (U.S.) and Meltex (West Germany)--were presented together for the first time in Geneva. Company officials spent much of the time explaining the organizational and sales set-up of the combined companies, which were presented at "Nordson and Meltex, Partners for Progress."

The new equipment from the combined companies reflected the changes underway in the worldwide organization. One new product was the "Helix" controlled fiberization system. The newest component of it is a control panel for hot melt spray guns that ties them into whatever hot melt units the customer chooses. Another newer product, the Nordson HM640, is a smaller capacity, two pump, two drive system with a 40 pound holding capacity that also complements other Meltex equipment. "We are taking the best technology of both companies and marrying them," was the simple explanation offered by Nordson Nonwovens Business Group general manager John Raterman.

Another hot melt equipment supplier, Acumeter (U.S.) highlighted its "Acu-Fiber" system, which is capable of producing applications of "micro" filament coatings of hot melt pressure sensitive adhesive to nonwovens and to film materials. The system, according to the company, demonstrates improved aesthetic quality, breathability and adhesive cost savings for disposable products.

A new stretch film wrapping technique for the packaging of nonwovens was introduced at INDEX '90 by Mechadyne Machine (U.S.). The HTW Roll Packaging System, designed and built by Mechadyne and distributed worldwide by FiTech (U.S.), automatically applies stretch film to nonwoven roll goods in a unique, spiral wound pattern to create a tight package. The system uses stretch film, an extremely strong, puncture resistant plastic that requires less material for better protection than traditional methods, the company said.

Schober (West Germany) reported a very active INDEX '90, with interest centered on its "TC" die cutting cylinder made of tungsten steel for the production of sanitary towels, panty shields and baby diapers; this concept was introduced to the nonwovens industry at the show. The company claims the cylinder lasts 10 times longer than standard die cutting cylinders. Also shown for the first time at the exhibition was a full rotary cosmetic pad production machine with single row, in-line delivery for easy packing. The machine has an output of 2500 pads a minute.

GFM (West Germany), a designer and developer of sophisticated machinery for folding and packaging of operating room drapes and other types of nonwovens, introduced a tape applicator for pre-fabricated or shop-made (hot melt) adhesive sheets. The equipment is designed to straddle existing production lines.

Calemard (France), which offers two ranges of machines for converting of nonwovens, featured an ultrasonic press type HS 20 1200 W at INDEX '90. It also had a special ultrasonic tool for making eye pads from nonwovens.

PHOTO : Douglas Harley, chairman of EDANA, speaking at the INDEX '90 opening session in Geneva.

PHOTO : A microphotograph of this microfiber spunbonded from Freudenberg shows the homogeneous

PHOTO : distribution of the uniform filaments in the nonwoven structure.

PHOTO : The Nordson and Meltex merger was illustrated by the new logo being sported by the two

PHOTO : companies.

PHOTO : Illustrating the unique characteristics of its superabsorbent for the disposables industry

PHOTO : is Starchem's (Belgium) Dr. Walburga Dederichs, project manager.

PHOTO : The Cotton Challenge presented by Edward Hall (U.K.) attempted to show the benefits of the

PHOTO : natural fiber for the nonwovens industry.

PHOTO : INDA marketing director Peggy Blake stopped for a minute with Wayne Hays, of Freudenberg

PHOTO : Spunweb (U.S.) and a former INDA chairman to talk about the U.S. end of the nonwovens

PHOTO : business.

PHOTO : At Acumeter Laboratories (U.S.), (l-r) Ladislaus Nemeth, of Procter & Gamble GmbH; David

PHOTO : Redfern, Acumeter European operations manager; Donald McIntyre, president; and Fred

PHOTO : McIntyre, vice president.

PHOTO : Looking casual at the end of a long day at INDEX '90 are Richard Knowlson, Steve Hutcheon

PHOTO : and Tony McCormack, all of Pira's (U.K.) Fibramerics Programme.

PHOTO : Representatives from both the U.S. and European sides of the business handled the Veratec

PHOTO : activity (l-r): Jeremy Oakhill, technical development manager; Neil White; Philip Hull;

PHOTO : Robert Starski, European operations manager; Dick Hehemann, European business manager; and

PHOTO : William Duncan, vice president and general manager-Europe/Africa/Far East.

PHOTO : The Fameccanica (Italy) contingent remained busy for all four days speaking on the latest

PHOTO : diaper machinery developments (l-r): Luciano Busacchio, sales area manager-Far East; Mario

PHOTO : Varrasso, service engineer; Giuseppe Imbastaro, sales engineer; Donato Carriero, sales

PHOTO : director; Giampiero DeAngelis, sales technical service manager; and Mirko Sciascia, sales

PHOTO : area manager-Europe.

PHOTO : In between operation of their equipment, the Tekma (Italy) group pauses just for a moment.

PHOTO : Tekma president Pierangelo Mandotti (standing, third from right) is surrounded by the

PHOTO : technicians and staff that kept one of the busier INDEX '90 booths running smoothly all

PHOTO : week.

PHOTO : New partners met at INDEX '90 for the first time under the Nordson (U.S.) and Meltex (West

PHOTO : Germany) logos (l-r): Thorsten Schmidtke, Meltex; Linda Gabbard, Nordson; Andreas

PHOTO : Broasthaus, Nordson; and Gregory Smith.

PHOTO : John Crain, vice president-sales for Paper Converting Machine (U.S.), meets with Jiro

PHOTO : Yamada, of Marubeni Machinery (Japan).

PHOTO : In the middle of a discussion of needling filtration products are (l-r) John Foster, vice

PHOTO : president, and Perk Foster, president, Foster Needle (U.S.), and consultant Lutz Bergmann,

PHOTO : of Filter Media Consulting (U.S.).

PHOTO : At the Maartens Kleinmetaal (The Netherlands) booth (l-r): Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Maartens stop

PHOTO : for a moment to pose for a photo.

PHOTO : Also talking needles at INDEX '90 was Groz-Beckert (West Germany) (l-r): Hans Gunter

PHOTO : Mittermeier, sales manager; Gustav Wizemann, technical applications service manager; and

PHOTO : Sabine Richter, sales engineer-felting needles.

PHOTO : Always willing to talk about the problems of and solutions to adult incontinence is John

PHOTO : Bouda (right), of MB Products (U.S.), along with Karlheinz Bohm, sales assistant for

PHOTO : Muller Elastics, West Germany.

PHOTO : At INDEX '90 to sell disposable absorbent products equipment was the contingent from Fibre

PHOTO : Converting Machinery (Sweden) (l-r): John Andrews, manager-marketing and sales; Barry

PHOTO : Hogarth, managing director; and Par Ola Wiberg, sales engineer.
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Author:Jacobsen, Michael
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Date:May 1, 1990
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