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EDANA releases figures, names new leadership.

According to figures released by EDANA, the Brussels, Belgium-based trade association for the nonwovens and hygiene products industries, European production of nonwovens grew 7.8% in 2002 to reach 1.2 million tons. This compares with growth of 4.3% in tons in 2001. Meanwhile North America production levels increased 4.9% and Japanese production decreased 1%.

In square meters, growth was similar in 2002, reaching 32.3 million square meters. The fastest growing production processes were spunlace and spunlaid/SMS. By end use, hygiene is the largest market with a 32.8% share of consumption, amounting to 390,500 tons.

Polypropylene, either in fiber or granule form, continues to be the most important polymer used in the European nonwovens industry, accounting for 592,800 tons or 46.3% of the total fiber and polymer chip consumption. EDANA estimates that the nonwovens roll goods industry in Europe employs some 17,000 people.

In other news EDANA has elected its leadership next year. Rolf Altdorf, vice president and managing director EuMEA, PGI Divisional Headquarters Europe was named chairman of EDANA for one year. Two vice chairmen Luc Maes, chairman of Libeltex Group and Krzysztof Malowaniec, senior vice president of Strategic Development of Paul Hartmann AG, were also elected. Paul Eevers, global supply manager of Unilever Bestfoods, was named treasurer.

Following the resignation of Paul Dewingaerden as Secretary General of EDANA, the association's board of governors has approved a number of changes aimed at better meeting member's needs. Pierre Wiertz, deputy secretary general, has been entrusted to run the day-to-day aspects of the association.

Mr. Wiertz is well known throughout the nonwovens and hygiene products industries and has held various positions during his 20-year career at EDANA. He has been responsible for EDANA's public affairs strategy and management and for the highly acclaimed nonwovens production statistics. Additionally, Jean-Michel Anspach has been appointed technical and education director, replacing Jean-Luc Wertz who has left the association. Mr. Anspach brings nonwovens and management experience to this position, having worked as research and development director at both Johnson & Johnson and at PGI Nonwovens as well as as a consultant.
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Date:Sep 1, 2003
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