Hyatt Regency Minneapolis   |   Minneapolis, Minnesota   |   June 17-20, 2024

Conference Schedule

Monday, June 17

WIPES Academy

WIPES Academy

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Instructor: Heidi Beatty, Chief Executive Officer, Crown Abbey, LLC

From wipes design and production to cost implications and packaging, the two-day WIPES Academy is centered on every facet of the multibillion dollar wipes product and marketing sector­ from raw materials, converting, wet and dry wipes to medical, industrial, and consumer wipes. The course is essential for technical and management professionals interested in learning the research, development, and manufacturing of wipes.

Separate registration fee. Pre-registration is required.
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Welcome Reception

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Lumber Exchange
10 S 5th Street #300
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Tuesday, June 18

WIPES Academy

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instructor: Heidi Beatty, Chief Executive Officer, Crown Abbey, LLC
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Networking

Breakfast Connections
8:30 am - 9:00 am

Start your day with a continental breakfast each morning before the conference and engage face-to-face connections with your customers, business prospects and peers. INDA’s staff can help make any introductions you need – just ask us.

Welcome

9:00 am - 9:05 am

Moderator: Tony Fragnito, President, INDA

Sparkle & Shine: How Wipes Became WOW

9:05 am - 10:05 am

Moderator: Kyra Dorsey, Ph.D., Principal, Glory Group LLC

Wipevolution: Unveiling the 60-Year Journey from Arthur Julius' Vision to Nice Pak's Innovation Transforming Wipes into a 'Wow' Experience
John Iarocci, VP, R&D and Quality, Nice-Pak
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Inside Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
Tim Audiss, Senior Scientist, The Clorox Company
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Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
10:05 am - 10:30 am

Wiping Smart: The Rise of Sustainable Practices in the Institutional and Industrial Wipe Markets

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Moderator: Weini Girmai, Sales Director - Hygiene, Americas, Indorama Ventures

Divergent Paths: Unraveling the Dynamics of Sustainability in Industrial/Institutional Versus Consumer Settings
Jonathan Fast, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist, Ecolab
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Better Care for a Better World - Unite for Action in Wipes & Sustainability
Daniel Locke, Sr. R&D Manager, Kimberly-Clark
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Revolutionizing Wipe Technology: An Innovative 100% Cellulosic Nonwovens
Ashish Gandhi, Senior Director, Lenzing Fibers Inc.
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Nourish & Knowledge: Skin Formulations Workshop 101

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Moderator: Doug Cole, VP - Global Product Development, Rockline Industries

Nourish & Knowledge: Skin Formulations Workshop 101
Doug Cole, VP - Global Product Development, Rockline Industries
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Sarah Lopez, Technical Manager, Rockline Industries
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Lunch (On your own)

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Transformative Trends in Wet Wipe Formulations: A Dual Focus on Skin Health and Sustainability

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Moderator: Pavan Maheswaram, Ph.D., Market & Product Development Manager - Fibers, Americhem, Inc.

Skin Care Trends and Wet Wipes: Manifestations of Change?
Abhijit Bidaye, Applications Manager - Personal Care, Croda Inc.
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A Skin Care Approach for Wipes: Efficacy Beyond Cleansing
Pascal Yvon, PharmD, General Manager - Americas, Sharon Personal Care
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Natural Preservation Gaining Acceptance & Credibility in the World of Wipes
David Koehl, Director - Global Marketing, Arxada
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Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

2024 World of Wipes Innovation Award® Presentations

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

WOW Innovation AwardThe World of Wipes Innovation Award® recognizes and rewards innovation within the entire wipes value chain that utilizes nonwoven fabric/technology in a way that expands the usage of nonwovens.

Moderator: Eva Welsh, Evolon Market Manager - North America, Freudenberg Performance Materials

OC-Biobinder®
Maria Wennman, Ph.D., R&D Director, OrganoClick
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INDA Lifetime Service Award

4:30 pm - 4:40 pm

Moderator: Tony Fragnito, President, INDA

The INDA Lifetime Service Award is given to individuals who have a long-established record of service to INDA, specifically, and the Nonwovens Industry as a whole. Recipients of this award have maintained an active partnership with INDA. This individual would have held a key role in planning and executing the long-term success of at least one of INDA's major events or services. This person is an avid supporter and spokesperson for the nonwovens industry. In summary, the Lifetime Service Award is given to the individual who has given his or her best both personally and professionally to the service of INDA and the Industry.

INDA Lifetime Service Award Recipient
David Powling, Program Leader, Kimberly-Clark Corp
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INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award

4:40 pm - 4:50 pm

Moderator: Tony Fragnito, President, INDA

The INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award will recognize an individual whose technical achievements, over a career of 20 years or more, have meaningfully contributed to the growth of the nonwovens industry. This technical professional will have a long history of innovation, INDA involvement, and/or commercial success.

INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award Recipient
Paul Latten, Director of Research & Development & New Business, Southeast Nonwovens, Inc.
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WOW Lightning Talks

4:50 pm - 5:20 pm

Moderator: Jay Roth, Director of Sales, Elsner Engineering Works, Inc.

Whatever your role within the wipes industry, then the WOW Lightning Talks are your opportunity to connect with a wide range of industry professionals. Lightning talks are “supersized elevator speeches” covering new trends, products and ideas in rapid-fire succession with speakers rotating every five minutes. Five minutes – that’s it. WOW Lightning Talks are a limited-space, first-come, first-reserved added opportunity for tabletop exhibitors to present their latest innovations just ahead of the networking reception. To reserve one of these 5-minute timeslots on either Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon, please contact Joe Tessari at jtessari@inda.org or 919-459-3729.

Tabletop & Reception

Tabletop Displays and Reception
5:20 pm - 7:20 pm

Get in front of wipe leaders, innovators, and prospective customers from all over the world. You won't just meet potential clients. You'll meet potential collaborators.

A World of Wipes® tabletop display has proven to be one of the most cost effective ways to reach out to hundreds of wipes senior leaders in one place at one time to promote your brand, products, and yourself.

Wednesday, June 19

Networking

Breakfast Connections
8:30 am - 9:00 am

Leading Alternatives to Traditional Plastics Used in Wipes

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Moderator: Matt O'Sickey, Ph.D., Director of Education & Technical Affairs, INDA

Exploring Natural Fibers in Nonwoven Wipes
Paul Latten, Director of Research & Development & New Business, Southeast Nonwovens, Inc.
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A Wet Wipe Made with Recycled PET Fiber
Yash Jaipuria, CEO, Ginni Filaments Ltd
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Evolving Nonwoven Product Development for a Sustainable Future
Jerry Snider, Director of Innovation, Berry Global
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Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Panel Discussion: Leading Alternatives to Traditional Plastics Used in Wipes

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Moderator: Phil Mango, President, Philip Mango Consulting

Wes Johnson, Technical BD Americas, Lenzing Fibers, Inc.
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Jason Finnis, Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, Bast Fibre Technologies, Inc.
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Richard Knowlson, Principal, RPK Consulting
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Charles Miller, Ph.D., Global Technical Director - Helix Fiber, International Paper
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DeeAnn Nelson, Ph.D., NA - R&D and Innovation Manager, Avgol Nonwovens
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Octavius Davies, Sr. Account Manager, CJ Biomaterials, Inc.
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Lunch Around

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Take advantage of this extra networking opportunity to enhance your conference experience over lunch at one of Minneapolis’ amazing restaurants. Expand your network and get to know your fellow attendees over the lunch break. Lunch Around opportunities will be available on Wednesday, June 19. Space is limited; please register in advance. Details regarding your table will be available onsite at registration. The 2024 Lunch Around tables will be hosted by members from two rising wipes brands. John Milligan, VP – R&D, The Honey Pot Company and Sam Nebel, Co-Founder, Goodwipes, will each host a table at an area restaurant. $65/person. Space is limited.

Lunch Around: John Milligan, VP - R&D, The Honey Pot Company
John Milligan, VP - R&D, The Honey Pot Company
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Lunch Around: Sam Nebel, Co-founder, Goodwipes
Sam Nebel, Co-Founder, Goodwipes
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Lunch (On your own)

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Eclectic Perspectives: Unraveling the Threads of I&I Wipes and Scaling Strategies

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Moderator: Olivia Reiber, Key Accounts Manager, Wipes & Specialties, Berry Global

I&I Cleaning Wipes: Market Statistics and End-User Insights
Kristy Altenburg, Director of Sales, Kline & Company
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From Clicks to Bricks: A Real-life Story
John Milligan, VP - R&D, The Honey Pot Company
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Networking

Coffee & Networking Break
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Putting $$ in Your Pocket

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Moderator: Marc Morin, Principal Technical Manager, Rockline Industries

Revolutionizing Spunlace Production: Sustainable, High-Speed Products with Innovative Technology
Maximilian Speiser, Head of R&D, Autefa Solutions Germany GmbH
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The Characteristics of Micropunch-needled Lightweight Nonwovens
Rebekka Dilo, Head of Technology, Dilo Inc.
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WOW Lightning Talks

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Moderator: Heidi Beatty, Chief Executive Officer, Crown Abbey, LLC

Tabletop & Reception

Tabletop Displays and Reception
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday, June 20

Networking

Breakfast Connections
8:30 am - 9:00 am

Recycling & Regulations

9:00 am - 11:15 am

Moderator: Jeff Willis, Principal, Nonwovens By Design

Navigating Sustainability in the Wipes Landscape: A Global Perspective on EPR Legislation, Retail Requirements, and Innovative Packaging Solutions
Desmond VanHouten, Ph.D., Sr. Marketing Manager, Amcor Flexibles North America
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The Regulatory State of Play in 2024 and Beyond
Wes Fisher, Director of Government Relations, INDA
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US Environmental Policy and Circularity
Shannon Pinc, Sr. Circular Economy Manager, NatureWorks LLC
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What's America Flushing? A Deep Dive into the Largest Sewage Collection Study Conducted
Jessica Gauger, Director of Legislative Advocacy & Public Affairs, CASA
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Lara Wyss, President, Responsible Flushing Alliance
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Matt O'Sickey, Ph.D., Director of Education & Technical Affairs, INDA
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2024 World of Wipes Innovation Award® Announcement

11:15 am - 11:30 am

Moderator: Tony Fragnito, President, INDA

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