February 29, 2024

Windsor Locks, CT, US


Suominen Sustainability & Innovative Fibers Seminar brings together professionals from across the nonwoven production value chain. Based on the excellent feedback on the first edition of the Seminar in Europe, we are now eager to host Suominen Sustainability & Innovative Fibers Seminar in Windsor Locks, CT, US.


Dr Manuel Clauss

R&D Director
Fibers365 GmbH

Manuel is responsible for all corporate research and development activities of Fibers365. This encompasses the development of corporate development relationships with clients and public research institutions and the public and private funding of these projects. Manuel holds a PhD in polymer and fiber chemistry and has a decade of experience in industrial and results-driven R&D in sustainable materials and engineering.

Jürgen Eizinger

Senior Commercial Director EU/AM/MEA
Lenzing Group

As Senior Commercial Director EU/AM/MEA, Jürgen Eizinger is in charge of securing Lenzing’s success of Nonwovens business in the biggest region. Jürgen has been working with the Lenzing Group since the year 2001. During that time he was not only located in multiple locations around the world but also had the opportunity to dive into different areas across the Lenzing Group ranging from various commercial roles to engineering and Technical Customer Service. Being part of the fiber industry for almost 20 years, he has experienced the increasing importance of sustainability related issues in convenience products such as wipes first-hand and is an advocate for strong collaboration and partnership to shape the future of nonwovens.

George Joncas

VP, Fibers Sales, Americas
Indorama Ventures Hygiene Fibers, Inc.

As VP of Fiber Sales in the Americas Region for Indorama Hygiene Group, George has P&L responsibility for Bico, mono-PP, and PET fibers sales in the Americas regions. George joined FiberVisions in 2007 and has held various positions in sales, marketing, corporate account and Director functions. George holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.S. in Pulp & Paper Technology from North Carolina State University.

Celine Moreira

Global Key Account Manager
Polymateria Limited

Celine Moreira combines a passion for sustainability with a strong background in environmental engineering. With five years expertise in sustainable packaging and currently enrolled in an MBA at Imperial College Business School as a Key Account Manager, she's implementing a joint market strategy with Indorama Ventures, focusing on Polymateria's biotransformation technology to address the fugitive plastic crisis. Her role underscores her dedication to fostering strategic partnerships in pursuit of a greener and more sustainable future.

Matthew (Matt) O’Sickey

Ph.D., Director of Education, Technical Affairs, and Events

Matt O'Sickey has prior experience leading operations, R&D, marketing, and product management with RKW North America and the Tredegar Corporation. He holds a deeply rooted belief that innovation is the result of the intersection of marketing and technology, and this is reflected in his career path, which has encompassed both disciplines. His career has entailed developing and bringing to market a range of films and nonwoven laminates for hygiene, medical, food and packaging applications. He has multiple patents, received industry innovation awards, provided innumerable presentations, is a training course instructor, is a contributing columnist for the International Fiber Journal and International Filtration News, and takes particular pride in having developed and then commercialized products that were adopted across six continents. Matt has a doctorate and masters from Virginia Tech and a bachelors from Purdue University.  His field of study was Chemical Engineering with a heavy emphasis on the processing-structure-property relationships of polymeric materials. 

Noora Rantanen

Manager, Sustainability & Marketing
Suominen Corporation

As a Manager, Sustainability & Marketing, Noora drives various corporate level sustainability projects and initiatives, develops product sustainability and coordinates Suominen’s sustainability agenda. She is also responsible for Suominen’s marketing communications, company brand and corporate level events. Noora works together with sales and other functions in diverse marketing and sustainability related topics. Noora holds a M.Sc. (Tech) degree in Environmental Management and is specialized in climate change related solutions.


Fibers365 GmbH

The Fibers365 concept is a unique, state of the art process to provide functional, carbon negative, competitive non-wood virgin fibers for nonwoven, paper and packaging purposes as well as high value side streams for bio-fermentative processes. It is based on an exclusive and IP protected, chemical free pulping technology for straw and other non-wood biomass. Fibers365 GmbH is dedicated to the development and operation of a network of licensed and proprietary steam fiber units.





Today, INDA serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry to achieve business growth. INDA’s conferences, expositions, training courses, market data, test methods, consultancy, and advocacy on issues affecting nonwoven products help members and the industry succeed. INDA Media is the business-to-business publishing arm of INDA and publisher of International Fiber Journal and International Filtration News, which reach a vast network of professionals who employ fibers, filaments, and filtration systems to optimize their application environments. The nonwoven fabrics industry is ever-changing, from the names and representatives of the companies to new materials, equipment, technologies, 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 advocates for the industry as directed by its members.




Indorama Ventures

Indorama Ventures is a world-class sustainable chemical company with a global integrated lead in PET and fibers, serving major customers in diversified end-use markets. Following our core strategies, we develop innovative products for customer needs, making great products for society.




Lenzing Group

The Lenzing Group stands for ecologically responsible production of specialty fibers made from the renewable raw material wood. As an innovation leader, Lenzing is a partner of global textile and nonwoven manufacturers and drives many new technological developments.

The Lenzing Group’s high-quality fibers form the basis for a variety of textile applications ranging from elegant clothing to versatile denims and high-performance sports clothing. Due to their consistent high quality, their biodegradability and compostability Lenzing fibers are also highly suitable for hygiene products and agricultural applications.

The business model of the Lenzing Group goes far beyond that of a traditional fiber producer. Together with its customers and partners, Lenzing develops innovative products along the value chain, creating added value for consumers. The Lenzing Group strives for the efficient utilization and processing of all raw materials and offers solutions to help redirect the textile sector towards a closed-loop economy. In order to reduce the speed of global warming and to accomplish the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement and the “Green Deal” of the EU Commission, Lenzing has a clear vision: namely to make a zero-carbon future come true.


Suominen Sustainability & Innovative Fibers Seminar in Windsor Locks was a great success

The seminar brought together professionals from across the nonwoven production value chain, providing a much-needed platform for meaningful discussions, knowledge exchange, and networking opportunities. The Seminar gathered around 50 participants and received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

Frontrunner for nonwovens innovation - Leveraging piloting possibilities and excellent know-how

Suominen has unique piloting and testing possibilities and excellent know-how in a variety of fibers. Close collaboration with our partners enables us to bring new sustainable nonwovens to the market.

Suominen to host a new edition of Sustainability & Innovative Fibers Seminar in the US

Sustainability & Innovative Fibers Seminar in the US is scheduled to take place in Windsor Locks, CT, US, on February 29, 2024.


Maria Thielbar
Manager, R&D