FiltXPO heads to Miami Beach, co-locating with IDEA for 2022 edition

This year, FiltXPO, will be co-located with INDA's flagship event, IDEA in Miami Beach, Florida.
This year, FiltXPO, will be co-located with INDA's flagship event, IDEA in Miami Beach, Florida.

FiltXPO will take place Mar. 28-31, 2022, in Miami Beach, Florida. As North America’s only regularly scheduled conference and exhibition dedicated exclusively to filtration and separation, the event will provide three days of provocative debates, with five panels covering pressing topics in the world of filtration and separation, as well as a full exhibition and training program.

This year, FiltXPO, presented by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, will be co-located with the organization’s flagship event, IDEA. The decision to collocate the show was made by INDA after FiltXPO was rescheduled from its originally planned dates in 2021 due to ongoing challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the 2022 edition, FiltXPO will return to its originally planned 18-month schedule, next taking place Oct. 10-12, 2023, at Navy Pier in Chicago.

Filter Media Training Course

FiltXPO’s Filter Media Training Course will be presented Mar. 28-29, 2022, led by Chris Plotz, INDA’s director of education and technical affairs. The 1.5-day course provides an overview of existing and emerging nonwoven technologies for filtration.
Participants will learn about:

  • The physics of filtration
  • How nonwoven media are designed and used in air and liquid filtration
  • Expanding nanofiber technology achievements and applications
  • Latest trends in air and liquid filter media technologies
  • Critical unmet needs for nonwovens used as filter media
  • Testing standards for air and liquid filtration

The Filter Media Training Course is an intensive course designed for professionals wanting to learn more about the development, testing and application of nonwovens in filtration.

Industry panels

FiltXPO’s panel sessions are designed to provide a range of perspectives on some of the most pressing issues in the filtration and separation industry today. Each panel will be moderated by a subject matter expert, with a series of panelists participating in the discussion. Panels include:

Panel 1: How do we achieve better indoor air quality (IAQ)?
Mar. 29, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

  • Standards/regulations
  • Acceleration of IoT monitoring and “smart” technologies
  • Room air cleaning/antimicrobial treatments
  • Strategies for IAQ in nonindustrial environments

Moderator: Josh Ayer, President & COO, Hollingsworth & Vose Company
Panelist: William Bahnfleth, Ph.D., Professor, The Pennsylvania State University
Panelist: Phillip Burkholder, Director of Research & Development, NXTNANO, LLC
Panelist: Doug Huntley, Global Laboratory Director, Home Environment Markets, 3M Construction & Home Improvement Markets
Panelist: Nathaniel Nance, Director of Global Research & Development, Flanders AAF
Panelist: Brandon Ost, CEO, Rensa Filtration
Panelist: Eric Sun, Senior Manager, Standard Development, Air and Thermal Comfort Concepts Lead, International WELL Building Institute™

Panel 2: What is the single-use filtration industry doing to improve its environmental footprint?
Mar. 29, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

  • The impact of the environmentally conscious consumer
  • The development of more sustainable materials
  • End-of-life options for single-use filters
  • The challenges/opportunities in improving sustainability
  • Regulatory initiatives like the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive, and similar legislation under consideration

Moderator: Philip Whitaker, CEO, BFC Solutions
Panelist: Kevin Barry, COO, Second Nature Brands, Inc.
Panelist: Andreas Scope, Ph.D., Director Life Science Innovations, MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
Panelist: Scott Tennison, Global Director of Filtration and Protective, Kimberly-Clark
Panelist: Kevin Wood, Vice-President of Sales, Camfil

Panel 3: How can filtration/separation help ensure adequate clean water supply in a changing climate?
Mar. 30, 11:00am – 12:15pm

  • Contaminant Control: PFAS, stormwater, agricultural water treatment
  • Advances in industrial process water treatment and reuse
  • Water/Energy Nexus: Minimizing the energy required to purify water through desalination, water reclamation

Moderator: Mark Siebert, General Manager, Healthcare & Specialties, US & Canada, Berry Global, Inc.
Panelist: Hal Alper, President & Chief Science Officer, MYCELX Technologies Corporation
Panelist: Hervé Buisson, Vice President, Veolia Water
Panelist: Wu Chen, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Dow
Panelist: Jim Lauria, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Mazzei Injector Company, LLC
Panelist: Fred Lybrand, Global Marketing Director for Process Liquids, Hollingsworth & Vose

Panel 4: How did COVID-19 change the perspective on filtration? How prepared is the industry for the next pandemic?
Mar. 30, 2:00pm – 3:15pm

  • Latest research on aerosol transmission and capture
  • Future vulnerabilities: airborne, waterborne, indoor/outdoor
  • Standards & Regulations: Facemasks, HVAC filters, test methods
  • Is the US supply chain for critical filtration materials ready for the next pandemic?

Moderator: Mike Clark, Divisional President, Filtration Solutions, Hollingsworth & Vose Company
Panelist: Wade Conlan, PE, CxA, Commissioning and Energy Discipline Manager, Hanson Professional Services, Inc.
Panelist: Thad Ptak, Ph.D., Principal, Ptak Consulting
Panelist: Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, And Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute, North Carolina State University
Panelist: Jonathan Szalajda, Deputy Director, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) NIOSH

Panel 5: Filter standards – friend or foe? help or hindrance?
Mar. 30, 3:45pm – 5:30pm

Moderator: Tom Justice, President, Zene, LLC
Panelist: Robert Burkhead, President, Blue Heaven Technologies
Panelist: Geoff Crosby, Senior Director/General Manager High Efficiency Filtration, Alkegen
Panelist: Don Thornburg, R&D Manager, HVAC/HPP Product Group, Camfil Americas
Panelist: Kent Williamson, Head of Product Development & Quality, Ahlstrom-Munksjö
Panelist: R. Vijayakumar, Ph.D., President, Aerfil, LLC

The exhibition

Building off its successful 2020 inaugural event, the second occurrence of FiltXPO is expected to attract more than 1,100 filtration industry insiders, exceeding the attendance of the previous edition. Attendees will be involved in the design, manufacture, sales, use and/or study of filtration and separation products, equipment, and services in North America and globally. The co-location with IDEA will enhance the value of attending for all material science scouts and product developers, as a single registration for the exhibition will provide attendees with access to both show floors. If you are attending FiltXPO, we encourage you to stop by the International Filtration News booth and say hello. We will be located at booth #809. We also encourage you to visit our featured partners exhibiting at FiltXPO, which are profiled on the following pages:

  • Beverlin Specialty Tube: Booth #1309
  • Epic Resins: Booth #1104
  • Hifyber: Booth #407
  • Hollingsworth & Vose: Booth #801
  • JCEM: Booth #1204
  • PSE: Booth #415
  • SWM: IDEA Booth #1415

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