Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA)
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens / engineered fabrics industry doing business globally. Since 1968, INDA networking events have helped members connect, innovate and develop their businesses. INDA educational courses, market data, test methods, consultancy and issue advocacy help members succeed by providing them the information they need to better plan and execute their business strategies.
Founded in 1968, INDA member companies represent the entire nonwovens value-chain. From raw materials and roll goods producers, to machinery manufacturers and converters, to brand owners, we work each day to fulfill our mission of “fostering member and industry success through its activities.” We do this by providing thought-leadership in Innovation & Technology through conference content, recognition awards and industry reports; protecting markets that are important to our members through focused Product Stewardship; advocating for industry sectors impacted by regulatory or consumer driven issues; organizing face-to-face interaction through industry expositions and events to facilitate the advancement of each participants’ interests; recruiting, educating and training industry members through strengthened outreach and broadening of on-site and on-line courses relevant to experience levels and market segments; and enhancing access to new markets through international activities.
Who We Are
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
INDA serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry doing business globally. Since 1968, INDA networking events have helped members connect, innovate and develop their businesses. INDA educational courses, market data, test methods, consultancy and issue advocacy help members succeed by providing them the information they need to better plan and execute their business strategies.
INDA’s Team has over 100 years of combined industry experience and is dedicated to serving their members. Sourcing, new product application, strategic planning and business development are some of the consulting services the INDA Team offers their members. For answers to how INDA can best serve you, please contact one of the INDA Staff.
The Beginnings of INDA
On April 16, 1968, the formation of “The Disposables Association” was announced at a press gathering held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The Association was founded as a non-profit organization of company membership to collect and develop factual information, while providing a legally sanctioned and supervised forum for the industry in which common problems could be discussed and programs to solve them devised.
In July, 1972, the group effected a name change to more accurately reflect the scope of its interests and the membership it serves. The organization’s name became International Nonwovens and Disposables Association, otherwise known as “INDA”. This change would help communicate that nonwoven fabrics could be manufactured and used in many end products, of both durable and disposable natures.
The International Disposables Exposition and Assembly (IDEA)
It was INDA who first determined there was a need for a worldwide event to act as a meeting ground where all levels of the nonwovens industry – users, suppliers, manufacturers – could learn from each other. The first International Disposables Exposition and Assembly, otherwise known as IDEA, took place in October of 1971 at the Philadelphia Civic Center, Pennsylvania. The conference program, featuring sessions of learning and interest to users, manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of nonwoven fabrics, and an exposition gave an opportunity for the entire industry to showcase products. With over 3,000 attendees, the success of the event led to more expos including IDEA 74 in October at the New York Coliseum in New York, New York.
Growth in the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
As the global nonwovens industry grew, it became clear that one association could not adequately serve the needs of the world, thus EDANA (The European Disposables and Nonwovens Association) and several Asian Nonwovens Associations were formed. The Association’s name, “INDA”, was officially changed to “The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry” in 1976. However, after years of use the word “INDA” remains as an identifiable acronym for the official title of the Association.
Today, INDA is still well known for its conferences, expositions and training courses as well as monitoring government policies affecting the industry, while managing issues affecting the industry’s worldwide standards and image. The IDEA Conference and Exposition continues to successfully serve the worldwide nonwovens industry. The event is now held every three years in the United States on a rotation schedule between EDANA’s European show and an Asian show.
The nonwoven fabrics industry is ever-changing, from the names and owners of the companies to new technologies dealing with chemicals, equipment and processes. However, INDA’s purpose remains the same: “INDA brings companies of the nonwoven fabrics industry together to address and resolve the issues affecting their business and serves as the voice sending the message as directed by its members.”
INDA/EDANA Joint Mission Statement
Recognized within the global nonwovens and engineered fabrics and related industries as the associations that consistently provide products, services and events of the highest value to members and industry participants worldwide.
EDANA and INDA foster member and industry success through their activities to:
- Provide thought-leadership and industry competitiveness through the stimulation and innovation and sustainability, recognition of excellence and recording of industry activity.
- Create positive awareness and trust for the industry and its products by speaking with one voice in active product stewardship, protecting markets that are important to our members.
- Facilitate industry consensus on issues of common interest and be the industry’s voice in representing the industry’s position.
- Promote free and fair trade for the benefit of members and consumers through involvements in, and shaping of, the regulatory and market enviornments with special emphasis on the harmonization of global standards.
- Advance member’s commercial interests via face-to-face interaction through industry expositions and events.
- Enhance member access to new markets through actionable data, international cooperation and outreach.