RISE highlights transformative fabric technologies

1st October 2019, Cary, NC

RISE highlights transformative fabric technologies

Over 170 professionals in materials science, product development, and new technologies participated in the ninth conference edition of RISE – Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics, which took place in Raleigh, NC, from 24-25 September. The event was co-organised by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, The Nonwovens Institute, and North Carolina State University. 

Participants gave high praise for the focus of the three major sessions: Sustainable Additives & PolymersCircular Innovation, and Market Data & Intelligence Trends. “This conference provides valuable new nuggets of information and I always make six to eight strong connections,” commented Darryl Fournier, Vice President, North America, Fibertex Nonwovens.

Highlights of the event included keynote presentations on CiCLO Sustainable Textile Technology, a technology that allows polyester to biodegrade in marine environments, wastewater treatment plants and landfill conditions, by Andrea Ferris, CEO, Intrinsic Advanced Materials; The US Economic Outlook by John Connaughton, PhD, Barings Professor of Financial Economics, UNC-Charlotte; and Biodegradation-Promoting Additions for Plastics – Questions You Should Ask by Susan E. Selke, PhD, Director and Professor – School of Packaging, Michigan State University.

The programme included presentations on sustainable additives, innovations, a poster exhibition presented by The Nonwovens Institute highlighting 15 examples of new research from graduate students, and the presentation of the RISE Innovation Award winner.

The RISE Innovation Award was presented to Surfaceskins, from Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute, for its innovative antibacterial door push pads and pull handles, engineered to kill germs and bacteria in between one user and the next, thus helping prevent the spread of healthcare associated infections.

The 10th edition of the Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) conference will again be held in September 2020 in Raleigh, NC at North Carolina University and co-organised by INDA, The Nonwovens Institute, and NC State University.