9:00 am - 10:30 am
Issue: Unwanted Chemicals in AHPs
Focus on Megatrends: Substances of Interest (SOI)
Safety and transparency are growing areas of interest among consumers who want to better understand what is in the products they buy. Recently, concerns relating to an array of chemical substances have surfaced in the disposable hygiene industry. In most cases, these substances are present in baby diapers or femcare products as impurities and often at trace levels. According to many toxicologists and scientists, as well as based on most government agency reports, at this level of concentration, these substances should not cause the final baby diaper or feminine protection product to represent any health or safety concern. These substances, which now are attracting public interest, are commonly referred to as substances of interest (SOI).
How much has this recent event “shaken” the core of the AHP industry and its whole supply chain? The presentation will definitely demonstrate that the clear answer to the question above is: “immensely.”
This presentation will review:
• Market information on how the topic has been perceived and approached, particularly in Europe
• The challenges that it poses to the Industry
• How some within the supply chain have embraced this, looking at a challenge like a better opportunity
• The role raw material suppliers, like Bostik, can play in helping producers mitigate SOI risk and help with SOI response
» Christophe Morel-Fourrier, Ph.D.
Global Technical Marketing Manager, Bostik, Inc.
BIOGRAPHYAs the needs of disposable hygiene manufacturers and consumers evolve, Bostik’s Global Technical Marketing Manager Dr. Christophe Morel-Fourrier remains at the forefront of researching, reporting and refining information about the latest trends in article manufacturing and the role adhesives play. Over the last 20 years, Christophe has acquired an incredible amount of disposable hygiene knowledge and is known as a trusted subject matter expert industry wide. From articles in trade publications to speaking events such as RISI’s Asia Pacific Hygiene Products Symposium, the EDANA Outlook personal care products conference and more, Christophe is often asked to share his valuable insights with other hygiene professionals around the world. In his current role with Bostik’s Global Nonwovens Business Unit, Christophe works closely with the global product development team to innovate and create new technologies to help the hygiene industry continue to advance. Additionally, his years of experience in product development, technical support and R&D management, as well as his doctorate in organic chemistry from Marseilles (France), make Christophe a global thought leader within the hygiene industry.