Thursday 18 January 2007

EDANA Outlook 2004 Personal Care Conference People

Rolf Altdorf - PGI Nonwovens and EDANA Chairman, opened this Monte Carlo meeting

Professor Dr Elgar Fleisch, Director of the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St Gallen (Switzerland) indicated how the next generation of computer chips would be capable of communicating wirelessly despite being less than 0.5mm square.
Prof Fleisch admitted the RFID tags could be counterfeited and chips which were harder to fake had to be developed. Viruses would always be a problem.

Krys Malowaniec of Hartmann after his talk on fully synthetic absorbent cores, with Prof Fleisch and Peter Meijer of Fiberweb.

Finn Johnsson, CEO of M├Âlnlycke Health Care AB catalogued the problems of keeping Europe competitive. Its population was living too well and had lost the desire to work and save money.

Peter Williams, P&G’s VP Product Supply CEEMEA reminded us that while his region (Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa) had five times the population of North America, it had a fifth of the income, and suffered from more wars and natural disasters than other regions. So, why should P&G be putting so much effort in such a high risk and volatile area?

Helena Engquist (Consultant) said the ageing baby-boomers were creating a demand for lifestyle products which promised youthfulness, fitness and the ability to remain active into old-age.

Guy Goldstein (recently retired from Georgia Pacific and now a consultant) listed some major failures which succeeded when reintroduced years later. The Kroyer Process for dry papermaking, scrim reinforced tissue, wet-wipes and the P&G "Rely" tampon

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