Nonwovens Keynote at TAPPICon Addresses Pandemic Response

Very few people were prepared for the global pandemic that swept the population this past year but everyone was affected by it, and so were most industries.

The nonwovens industry, in particular, was greatly impacted as suppliers had to adapt quickly to the growing demand for critical end-use products such as Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and disinfecting wipes, while at the same time deal with the limitations of stay-at-home orders and a recession economy. New markets opened up while other established markets experienced dramatic declines. As the world looks toward new vaccines to help it emerge from the pandemic, the nonwovens industry has an opportunity to examine how well it responded to the crisis. These lessons from the recent past may help ensure the industry thrives in the future.

David Rousse, president of INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, will share insight on the industry’s COVID response during his keynote address as part of the Nonwovens track at TAPPICon VIRTUAL. Rousse’s presentation, The Nonwovens Industry Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: PPE and Wipes, is May 4 at 10am ET.


TAPPICon 2021, developed and produced by TAPPI, is a two-part technical conference offering attendees a chance to learn from experts and engage in in-depth conversations both virtually and in-person. Part one, TAPPICon VIRTUAL, May 4-5, 2021, features four hours of content each day. The virtual program offers topic-specific tracks including nonwovens, coating and graphic arts, maintenance and reliability, management, papermaking, papermaking additives, papermaking fundamentals, process control, recycling, tissue and young professionals. The virtual format allows participants to stay abreast of critical issues and find potential solutions to their unique problems, safely and conveniently from their home, office or mill.

Nonwovens Track

In addition to a keynote presentation, the TAPPICon VIRTUAL Nonwovens track includes a panel discussion, Preparing for Future Pandemics, PPE, featuring five expert panelists. The track also offers multiple presentations addressing Nonwovens Medical Applications/PPE, Novel Materials for Personal Protection, and Assessing Opportunities and Risks in Consumer Wipes Market: Industry Projections and Product Trends. Attendees can even participate in a Functional Nonwoven Textiles for Life Saving and Protecting Environment Course on Wednesday, May 5. View Nonwovens track presentations and speakers.


TAPPICon 2021 part two, TAPPICon LIVE!, October 3-6, 2021 in Atlanta, GA, offers a face-to-face event including a comprehensive technical conference, an exhibit hall, courses, and an awards ceremony recognizing Industry leaders. The event provides professionals from around the world a platform to discuss key issues, new advancements/ technologies and strategies for future success. It also offers multiple networking opportunities for attendees to reconnect with their peers and build new business contacts.

Selfie Shuffle – Runnability 5k Fun Run/Walk

Attendee health and safety is TAPPI’s primary concern, so this year TAPPI's 17th Annual Runnability Fun Run/Walk will be held individually. Participants can safely run or walk on their own schedule, at any location, between May 4-18, 2021 and send TAPPI their results. All proceeds go to support the scholarship funds for TAPPI's Engineering Division, Process Control Division, Process and Product Quality Division, Paper and Board Division, and Coating and Graphic Arts Division. There will be no Fun Run/Walk in the fall. Learn more.

Registration Discount

Attendees can save 15% off their TAPPICon LIVE! registration and receive an Early Bird discount if they register for both the VIRTUAL and LIVE! programs. That’s more than a $600 savings. TAPPICon also offers mills special discounts to send multiple people or teams.

Register Today!