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Geotextile Session at the Middle East & North Africa Symposium – Dubai, 6 – 7 February 2018

Opening Session

On 6 & 7 February 2018 EDANA, the leading global association serving the nonwovens and related industries, welcomed over 200 delegates from more than 100 companies to Dubai for the fourth edition of the region’s premier conference for the nonwovens industry.

The symposium and exhibition featured expert analysis on market outlook, product innovation, demographic trends and sustainability initiatives over the two-day event, with dedicated sessions on geotextiles, raw material trends and nonwovens applications in different sectors.

The significant potential for global development of the geotextiles market was highlighted and confirmed by the level of interest in the companies attending. Presentations covered a wide range of topics related to nonwoven geotextiles including market developments, raw materials, innovations in nonwoven bonding technologies and the application of geosynthetics in construction, road infrastructure, coastlines, environmental protection, ground stabilization, improving the durability of con-crete and roofing.

Keynote Lecture given by Daniele Cazzuffi

Among different sessions, there was a well-at-tended afternoon session on geotextiles in the Middle East, moderated by Daniele Cazzuffi, IGS Past President, CESI SpA (Italy), who also presented the Keynote Lecture:
Geotextiles in the geosynthetics world: reinforcement, filtration and mechanical protection functions and applications.
The featured presentations were the following:
• The use of geosystems in coastline protection, by Edwin Zengerink– Tencate (the Netherlands)
• Ground stabilization with geogrids and geotextiles:the Rabab Harweel integrated project case study’by Puthiya Veettil Jayakrishnan– Maccaferri Middle East (United Arab Emirates
• Nonwovens Controlled Permeability Formwork liners improve lifetime of the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad cause-way in Kuwait by Michael Moeller – Fibertex (Denmark)
• Use of nonwoven geotextiles for the protection of geomembranes in basement construction and roofing: differ-ent case histories in UAE by Arcangelo Mariano – Edilfloor (Italy).
Feedback from participants throughout the event emphasised satisfaction with the support provided to the industry and the many opportunities to meet with peers. EDANA General Manager, Pierre Wiertz, was very satisfied with a hosting another successful event in a key region for geotextiles and nonwovens in general “In addition to providing another successful platform for business development in the region, EDANA concurrently held its first ever board meeting outside of Europe here in Dubai, a testament to our reach and commitment to cater to the needs of our members and their markets”.

Further information on the symposium, including the detailed programme and the complete updated participation list, is available on the following link:

Geotextiles Sessions Speakers and EDANA Organisers


Reported by
Seán Kerrigan, Communications & Media Relations Executive, EDANA, Brussels