Discover INDEX™20

where nonwoven successes happen

Key facts Welcome to INDEX™20,
the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition

INDEX™ is the largest global meeting place for the nonwovens market. Taking place once every three years, it is a unique opportunity to explore the industry’s latest innovations and connect with like-minded professionals.


  • Over 12,700 visitors from 100+ countries
  • Over 660 exhibitors from 41 countries
  • 50,000m² of exhibition space
  • Free industry workshops, seminars, tutorials and presentations

Benefits for you and your business

  • 98% of exhibitors satisfied with the business results achieved
  • 9 out of 10 visitors actively seeking new suppliers
  • 7 out of 10 visitors stay for two days or more
  • 70% of all attendees are senior decision-makers



From clean air to safe drinking water

Geotextiles & Civil Engineering

Building the future

Hygiene & Cleaning

Meeting demand through innovation

Medical : Infection Prevention

For a better tomorrow


Driving innovation forward


Thinking outside the box


From clean air to safe drinking water
Filtration is one of the most dynamic sectors for nonwovens. Thanks to their adaptability, these materials play an essential role in filtering both gases and liquids. Nonwovens can be used to improve indoor air quality and to provide safe drinking water by removing viruses and bacteria. They can even play a part in applications as diverse as blood dialysis, vacuum cleaning and oil filtration.They can even play a part in applications as diverse as blood dialysis, vacuum cleaning and oil filtration.

Today, sustainability and well-being concerns are driving filtration suppliers to develop more sophisticated and efficient solutions at competitive prices. As a result, nonwovens can now compete more effectively with other materials.

In future, nonwovens look set to become a vital tool in tackling major issues such as air pollution or stopping the spread of water-borne diseases.

Find out more
» Download this PDF from EDANA about water filtration
» Download this PDF from EDANA about automotive filtration
» Watch this short video showing the role nonwovens can play in providing potable water


Building the future
Nonwovens are providing cost-effective and efficient solutions to a number of challenges faced by the construction industry, such as ensuring sustainability and reducing carbon footprints. Their uses include thermal insulation, sound insulation and roofing or flooring underlays.

Geotextiles are speciality nonwovens in the civil engineering field. Light and easy to handle, yet extremely strong and tough, these infinitely ’engineerable’ materials are used for separation, reinforcement and as filters in the construction of:

• Motorways
• Airfields
• Railways
• Sports fields
• Drainage trenches
• Dams and dykes

As the world’s population grows, infrastructural development is booming. Nonwovens are playing a role in reducing this sector’s carbon footprint, for example by helping to achieve:

• Longer-lasting roads
• Control of surface erosion
• Improved water conservation

Find out more
» Watch this short video showing how nonwovens help protect homes


Meeting demand through innovation
Nonwovens play a leading role in many areas of hygiene and cleaning, thanks to their high-performance qualities and their ability to satisfy the requirements of authorities, retailers and consumers.

Nonwovens are also helping to meet the rising demand for more discreet adult incontinence products, suitable for the differing needs of an ageing population. Features such as coloured or decorated products, more garment-like material and a more tailored fit, together with specific functions including bacterial barrier, absorbency, cushioning and durability, make nonwovens the material of choice in this field.

The demand for increased sustainability throughout the life-cycle of hygiene products continues to grow, particularly with regards to disposable wipes. Although products currently marketed as “green alternatives” account for a minor share of the market, environmental issues actually affect the whole supply chain, from raw material extraction and manufacturing to disposal. The entire industry is working towards providing sustainable solutions for the future, focusing on the cyclical economy or closed loop systems in which the raw materials can be recovered.

Find out more
» Watch this short video showing how nonwoven qualities developed for diapers are now helping to provide safe drinking water


For a better tomorrow
Nonwovens are already used extensively in the healthcare industry, from absorbent pads to surgical gowns, and their usage is set to grow further still in future.

In an ageing population, reducing healthcare costs while maintaining a high quality of care has become a crucial challenge. The cost of medication and equipment has risen, as has the prevalence of chronic conditions. In addition, more and more people need treatment at home due to the increasing pressure on hospitals to discharge patients early and free up hospital beds.

Nonwovens can help us to resolve these issues in various ways. They deliver reliable protection against infections and diseases for health care staff and patients in surgery. They are also used in the post-surgical recovery of patients by preserving a sterile environment and reducing the risk of transmission. And superabsorbent nonwoven dressings – sometimes incorporating ‘smart’ additives to promote faster healing – are helping to increase the time between dressing changes and ensure more effective wound care. This helps to improve patients’ quality of life and limit costs, both in hospitals and at home.


Driving innovation forward
Did you know that over 40 separate parts made with nonwoven materials are found in every car?

The use of nonwovens in the transportation field has risen considerably. These materials are not only used in cabin air filtration or thermal and acoustic insulation but also increasingly, due to their tactile and aesthetic appeal, as surface materials for interior panels or seating components. Thanks to their infinitely-engineerable properties and qualities such as dyeability, biological stability and even electro-conductivity, nonwovens are increasingly present in both production models and concept cars of the future.

Lightweight materials, lower fuel consumption and recyclability are key requirements today for the automotive industry, as it strives to reduce emissions, respect new regulations and limit production costs. Nonwovens are contributing to these efforts by using recycled and environmentally-sustainable products, including natural fibre-based nonwovens, recycled and recyclable nonwovens.

Nonwovens help to make cars and other vehicles (including aeroplanes, trains, boats, spacecraft and satellites):
• Lighter in weight
• More cost-effective
• More recyclable

Find out more
» Download this PDF from EDANA showing the role of nonwovens in auto filtration and reducing vehicle weight
» Watch the video about nonwovens and vehicle seating
» Watch the video illustrating how nonwovens are used in automotive applications


Thinking outside the box
Both in-store and online, shoppers are becoming increasingly interested in sustainable packaging and demand is at an all-time high. Nonwovens are proving to be an ideal solution, as their many benefits include:
• Easier recycling or even composting
• Enhancing aesthetic appeal
• Improving packaging functionality
• Extending shelf-life (particularly for food packaging)

In particular, demand for durable nonwoven alternatives to disposable shopping bags is booming, as customers and governments call for change. More exciting industry developments are to be expected, as more and more packaging designers start working with nonwoven materials and more brands turn away from traditional packaging options.

Find out more
» Watch this video about nonwovens in luxury packaging

INDEX™17 – another record-breaking edition

Bringing together key players from every dimension of the innovative world of nonwovens, INDEX™ is the largest global meeting place for the nonwovens market, its suppliers and customers. The last edition in Geneva in April 2017 was our most successful yet.

Over 660 exhibitors (over 13% more than the previous edition in 2014) from 41 countries and over 12,700 visitors were present, showing just how important this event is.

With more exhibitors and visitors than ever, INDEX™ truly stands as the flagship exhibition of the nonwovens industry and a vital business development tool for industry players of all sizes
Martin Rapp, chairman of EDANA


A rich program of conferences, workshops and tutorials was offered free of charge to all INDEX™17 attendees, enabling participants to exchange ideas and learn more about the diverse properties of nonwovens.

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INDEX™20 Awards

Organised by EDANA (the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries), the INDEX™20 Awards are the highest accolade for excellence in the nonwovens industry. The six winning companies in 2017 – Berry Plastics, GDM, Glatfelter, Hassan Group, Magic and Suominen – each received a specially commissioned bronze sculpture in recognition of their achievements.

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