The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, INDA, Cary, NC/USA, wrapped up its 15th annual World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference, held from July 12-15, 2021, with the highest attendance record in 6 years.
This year’s WOW conference welcomed 475 professionals from 14 countries to its in-person event to advance their wipes business. Held in Atlanta, GA/USA, the conference was notable as the first in-person conference in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry in 500 days due to the corona pandemic.
Industry professionals from 33 global companies delivered presentations and answered questions in sessions that included wipes and the growing plastics debate, regulatory requirements for disinfecting and sanitizing wipes, and trends in the wipes markets, among others.
Highlights included the announcement of Kimberly-Clark Scott 24-Hour Sanitizing Wipes as the winner of this year’s World of Wipes Innovation Award. The annual award recognizes the product that most expands the use of nonwovens and demonstrates creativity, novelty, uniqueness, and technical sophistication within the entire nonwovens wipes value chain. The pre-saturated wipes by Kimberly-Clark Corp., Dallas, TX/USA, disinfect and maintain surface sanitization for 24 hours, killing 99.9% of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus. The patented formulation is found to be effective for disinfecting on hard, non-porous surfaces against several strains of bacteria and viruses.
Other highlights included the presentation of the 2021 INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award to John Poccia, now an independent consultant after retiring from Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ/USA, in 2018.