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Nanofiber Conference Will Return to Raleigh for 2011: Strong Attendance Drives Commitment


At Nanofibers for the Third Millennium (“N3M”), held from August 30 – September 1, 2010 in Raleigh, NC, co-hosts Elmarco and the Nonwovens Institute at NC State University announced that the N3M conference would return to Raleigh in 2011. N3M 2011 will be held August 29 through August 31, 2011.

Nearly 200 leading academic, research and commercial attendees made the journey to Raleigh for the N3M 2010 event which concluded with the unveiling of Elmarco’s US show room on September 1, 2010.  The show’s focus on bringing together leading academic and commercial users of nanofibers provides a unique venue to accelerate the commercialization of nanofibers.  “It really is a great experience to see this event move concepts from the lab into production just through facilitating the right introductions,” said Ken Donahue, CEO of Elmarco’s US operations.

The 2010 N3M conference was the third such event, this is the first time it was held out of Elmarco’s home country of the Czech Republic.  “We are very fortunate to have a partner with the strength of the Nonwovens Institute – without them this show would not have been possible,” said Elmarco founder, Ladislav Mares.  “Dr. Pourdeyhimi and his team were instrumental in Elmarco’s US offices coming to Raleigh, and their continued support helped create a great atmosphere for discussing the pressing trends in technical textiles and nanofibers.”

 “The Nonwovens Institute has always had a commitment to bringing together fundamental science, new product concepts and leaders in industry.  We’re very excited to co-host this conference with Elmarco and we appreciate that Mr. Mares and his team hosted it here in the US,” said Dr.Behnam Pourdeyhimi, the Institute’s Executive Director.
The program committee members reflected the blending of academia and industry – including top electrospinning institutions like the University of Akron and the University of Illinois at Chicago with large industrial players such as Flanders Corporation, Freudenberg Nonwovens, and Hollingsworth and Vose.  Commerical atendees included Donaldson Company, Pall Corporation, Millipore, Ahlstrom, Cummins Filtration, and many others.  Dupont was also in attendance and recently announced a $20 MM nanofiber production facility for use in lithium-ion battery separators in Richmond, VA.

“The success of this conference clearly demonstrates the primacy of North Carolina and NC State in this burgeoning, technologically driven industry.  North Carolina has historically been at the forefront of textile innovation; the cutting edge research demonstrated at this conference reasserts North Carolina’s and NC State’s leadership in this vital industry sector,” said Wayne Watkins, Project Manager with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

John Hardin, Executive Director at the Office of Science and Technology at the North Carolina Department of Commerce stated, "North Carolina has long been a leader in the technical textile field - these fabrics are crucial to the development of new pharmaceuticals, batteries, automotive components and other industrial needs.  Bringing this event back to the area is a tribute to NCSU and the greater Research Triangle Park area to develop this industry."

To learn more about the conference and the roster of presenters, visit www.nano3millennium.com.

About Elmarco:

Elmarco is the industry's first supplier of industrial scale nanofiber production equipment. Partnerships with global industrial leaders and universities form the foundation for success of the company. Elmarco's unique NanospiderTM technology is designed for ease of use, scalability, modularity and flexibility in producing the highest quality nanofibers. In addition Elmarco uses its logistic and engineering knowledge, as well as the favorable location, to offer cost effective, high-end manufacturing outsourced services for equipment and subsystems, with a focus on the semiconductor industry. The global headquarters are in Liberec, Czech Republic, with two sales and services offices in Raleigh, NC, USA, and in Tokyo, Japan. Elmarco employees about 250 people worldwide, including 45 R&D specialists. For further information, please visit www.elmarco.com. 

About The Nonwovens Institute at NC State University:

The   Nonwovens Institute   (NWI) is the world’s first accredited academic program for the interdisciplinary study of engineered fabrics through an innovative partnership of industry, government, and academe.  NWI engages experts from industry and higher education in building next - generation nonwoven applications while also providing training and guidance to the field’s future leaders.  The Institute is home to the Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center (NCRC), one the first five State/Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (State-I/UCRC) established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1991.
The Nonwovens Institute serves the nonwovens and affiliated industries through research, training, product development, and test-bed facilities.  The state-of-the-art facilities include laboratories dedicated to fiber, fabric, and polymer characterization, spunbond and melt blown pilot lines with bicomponent fiber capability, carding, cross-lapping, needle punching, hydroentangling, thermal bonding, and spun bond/melt blown/carded web composite capability.  Analytical facilities offer the ability to analyze and evaluate materials performance according to many industry specific standard test methods.   Email us at nonwovens@ncsu.edu.

Kelly Allen, Elmarco
(919) 334.6495