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INDEX™ 17 and Geotextiles Workshop – Geneva, Switzerland, 4 – 7 April 2017)

The second edition of the INDEX™ Geotextiles Workshop was a success, confirming the interest of the nonwovens community in geotextiles and their contribution to the development of Geosynthetics engineering.

INDEX™ 17, the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition, held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 4 – 7 April 2017, closed its doors on the largest ever global nonwovens exhibition, and certainly one of the most successful ever. With representation from across the nonwovens and related industries, displaying a diverse range of products and services, INDEX™ has again delivered on its commitment to be the ‘global meeting point’ for our industry.

12,758 visitors made their way through the doors of the Geneva Palexpo exhibition centre (a rise of over 2% on the 2014 edition), eager to see the 666 exhibitors (an increase of over 13% INDEX™ 2014) from 41 countries in nearly 24,000 m2 of stand space.

Visitors attending the 2017 exhibition could engage with a larger portion of the industry than ever before, as well as take advantage of specialised events organised during the exhibition, including a Geotextiles Workshop, which ran alongside workshops dedicated to applications for nonwovens in the transport and medical sectors.

Brilliantly introduced by Daniele Cazzuffi, who also moderated the session, this workshop covered a broad range of application areas for nonwoven geotextiles including: construction of roads, railways, canals, water reservoirs and dams, tunnels and other underground structures; retaining structures and other geotechnical works; storage and disposal of liquid and solid waste; drainage and erosion control systems.

The second edition of the Geotextiles Workshop featured an impressive speaker line-up. IGS President, and Director at Golder Associates, Russell Jones kicked off the session with an inspiring keynote on the contribution of geotextiles to the global sustainability agenda. Further presentations included technical contributions on durability of water and soil-related works with geotextiles and the proper design and application of geocomposite drainage systems, covered respectively by Jean Pierre Gourc of UJF Grenoble and Philippe Delmas of CNAM Paris, Francesco Fontana of AssINGeo and Piergiorgio Recalcati of Tenax. Strategic developments and key market trends in the geotextiles and related industries were illustrated by Pete Stevens of Berry Global and George Papagiannis of Thrace Nonwovens.

Dr. Russel Jones presenting his Keynote Lecture Dr. Daniele Cazzuffi presenting his Speach
Group Photo of the Speakers,
from left to right: Philippe Delmas, JP Gourc, Russell Jones, Daniele Cazzuffi, Pierre Conrath, George Papagiannis,         
front row: Piergiorgio Recalcati, Francesco Fontana, Pete Stevens

Videos of the presentations can be found on the website:

The success of the Geotextiles Workshop, reinforced by the annual meetings of CEN TC 189 on Geosynthetics and also of WG 3 of ISO TC 221 on Mechanical Testing on Geosynthetics, prompted the organisers, EDANA and PALEXPO, to announce the development of a further series of events focused on Geotextiles and Geosynthetics during INDEX, with the ongoing support of Daniele Cazzuffi, during the next edition of INDEX™ in 2020.

Reported by

Pierre Conrath, EDANA’s External Relations and Sustainability Director, Brussels