Pierre Wiertz

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Pierre Wiertz 
General Manager, EDANA

Talk WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

Inventing the Future of Performance Nonwovens for Health and Personal Care

EDANA’s Sustainability Journey with the Global Nonwovens Industry: More Transparency, More Circularity and Greater Stakeholder Trust

Based on over 30 years of mostly inward-oriented product stewardship, gained through experience-sharing between member companies in support to the nonwovens and related products industries, EDANA is now engaged in a more radical journey. Facing requests for more transparency about product composition and raw materials, and the renewability and/or recyclability of these, the nonwovens supply chain should have no hesitation anymore to publicly share its demonstrated record of product safety and to engage in stakeholder dialogue on its drive and transition towards new models for delivering the numerous benefits of nonwoven-based products. The industry has a strong case of responding to global challenges and meeting essential needs from personal, healthcare, protection and air filtration, to sustainable mobility, agriculture, building and civil engineering.

About Pierre Wiertz

Pierre Wiertz is General Manager of EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries. Pierre started at EDANA in 1982 and has held the position of General Manager since 2004. As head of the organisation, he is responsible for the Association’s strategy delivery and operations, and has initiated a new business orientation for its activities and membership benefits and given impetus to the geographic expansion and leadership of the Association, as outlined in its Vision and Mission. Pierre regularly speaks at European and international conferences on topics related to the nonwovens industry trends and sustainability.

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