INDEX 14 Retrospective

INDEX 14 – More exhibitors than ever before!

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.

INDEX 14 Retrospective
INDEX 14 Retrospective
INDEX 14 Retrospective
INDEX 14 Retrospective

A record number of 586 exhibitors were present at INDEX™14 – an increase of over 10% on the previous event in 2011 – showing just how highly the nonwovens industry and its suppliers value the exhibition. Exhibitors from 41 countries from all regions of the world homed-in on Geneva in April 2014, to display the very best of nonwovens innovations.

Taking place only once every three years, in 2014 the dynamism of this event brought together over 12,500 trade visitors from more than 100 countries, who came to see how the very latest advances in nonwovens could help build their businesses.

INDEX is the leading event where senior industry professionals from around the world come together to seek competitive insights, discover the latest technologies, and network for four days of intensive and sociable business activities.

Four days in which to discover new opportunities, identify markets and applications and exchange experiences with like-minded professionals, focusing exclusively on the very best that the nonwovens industry and its suppliers have to offer.


Special features programme

A rich programme of free special features was offered to all INDEX™14 attendees. A comprehensive range of conferences, tutorials and workshops in key nonwovens application areas provided exhibition participants with an opportunity to learn more about the diverse properties of nonwovens in developing markets.

Automotive Nonwovens Forum

The Automotive Nonwovens Forum featured five presentations from leading companies in applications for this particular field, covering topics as broad as the sustainability benefits of nonwovens in automotive applications, recyclability, the use of nonwovens as sound insulation, interior trim and car seats, and the contribution nonwovens are making to innovation in the European automotive industry.

Geotextiles Workshop

The Geotextiles Workshop, moderated by Dr. Daniele Cadzuffi, past-President of the IGS, was an intensive half-day workshop with six talks from industry professionals, demonstrating innovative uses of nonwovens in Geotextile applications, ranging from glacier protection to transportation applications.

Both of these events were videoed and posted on the INDEX™14 website where they can still be seen.

Nonwovens in Packaging Workshop 

The Nonwovens in Packaging Workshop, headed by industry expert Dr. George Kellie, was a session dedicated to the increasing use of nonwovens in packaging applications, featuring nine presentations discussing new uses of nonwovens in the field.

Research & Innovation Showcase

The Research & Innovation Showcase focused on creativity and provided a platform for representatives of the leading global nonwovens research establishments, to show their capabilities and latest innovative projects incorporating nonwovens.

Nonwoven Tutorials

Five ‘taster’ Nonwoven Tutorials were given by an EDANA expert, Technical Director Jean-Michel Anspach. These free hour-long tutorials covered topics such as general nonwovens, nonwovens in Filtration & Absorbent Hygiene Products.

Designed to give newcomers to the industry an insight into the content of EDANA’s full training courses and provide a brief overview of the richness and diversity offered by nonwovens, the courses were very well attended, and will be repeated at INDEX™17.

Exhibitor Product Presentations

The popular Exhibitor Product Presentations enabled exhibitors to highlight their latest products and services to visitors, in over 30 free presentations over three days.

INDEX 14 Awards

The highly-appreciated INDEX™14 Awards for innovation and sustainability, organised by EDANA, reward the nonwovens and supplying industries’ most creative new products and services.

Seven awards, ranging from categories such as new products to marketing creativity, were judged by a jury comprised of EU representatives, industry professionals, researchers, marketing and sustainability experts, the media and academics.

Award-winning companies at  INDEX™14 included, Ahlstrom, T.J. Beall, Eastman, Imeco, ITW Dynatec, Sandler and Lenzing, who were presented with a specially-commissioned bronze sculpture in recognition of their achievements.

The rich programme of events taking place during INDEX™17 will be available on this site closer to the opening date. Add the page to your ‘Favourites’, and sign up for the INDEX newsletter to be kept informed of progress on the exhibition as it develops.

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In the meantime, why not take a look back at INDEX™14, for a preview of the atmosphere that awaits you in Geneva in 2017!


For further information on exhibiting at the event please contact:

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