The 11th annual Outlook Conference was the biggest ever with over 450 pre-registered delegates.
· The era of Cheap-China is over. Cost and wage inflation in the industrial regions cannot be corrected by opening up the interior.
· Chinese diaper consumption and production is surging and a baby-boom is expected. Exports are increasing.
· Per Capita spend on diapers in the developed economies will be static or even decline though 2016.
· Adult Incontinence products are set to grow rapidly and spunbond nonwoven production for their core-wrap, topsheet and backsheet will benefit.
· Cloth diapers are growing from a tiny base for the wrong reason: babies are keen to get out of them so they’re good for potty training.
· Super-soft topsheets are available in non-bico form in Asia.
· Numerous sustainability initiatives are underway and there is a growing belief that sustainability and efficiency are one and the same.
· EU regulation of nanomaterials appears to be getting bogged down by lack of definition and in product safety and product liability issues.
· The new EU Biocidal Products Regulations are “a cow to be milked by lawyers”.
· Eastern Europe and Latin America will see rapid growth in wet-wipes and incontinence products through 2020.