Outlook Plus Latin America was held in Brazil fro, March 7 to 9, 2017. This event covers the nonwoven personal care industry. There were presentations on market, product, and technology intelligence for hygiene and personal care. Market leaders in the nonwoven and film markets for these products shared their vision of the future. Regional demographic and consumer trends of relevance to the industry were highlighted. A session was dedicated to the use of nonwovens in healthcare and infection prevention applications and future opportunities.
More than 270 participants joined the conference and more than 25 companies took the opportunity to promote their products and services through tabletop exhibits. Nonwoven fabrics are broadly defined as sheet or web structures bonded together by entangling fiber or filaments (and by perforating films) mechanically, thermally, or chemically. They are flat, porous sheets that are made directly from separate fibers or from molten plastic or plastic film. They are not made by weaving or knitting and do not require converting the fibers to yarn.
Nonwoven fabrics provide specific functions such as absorbency, liquid repellency, resilience, stretch, softness, strength, flame retardancy, washability, cushioning, filtering, bacterial barriers and sterility. These properties are often combined to create fabrics suited for specific jobs. They can mimic the appearance, texture and strength of a woven fabric, and can be as bulky as the thickest paddings.