Good Hygiene Conference held in New Delhi


The 5th edition of the “Right” Hygiene Conference was one of the largest and most successful events ever held for the Indian industry and the entire absorbent hygiene industry in South Asia, hosting praise from industry stalwarts in India and abroad. Attracting 320 delegates from 20 countries and 155 companies, it was held in New Delhi on June 2-3 and took over from previous editions in terms of numbers, content and participating companies and countries. The affected products were sanitary napkins, baby and adult diapers, mattress pads and wipes.

The aim of the conference was to bring together global and Indian experts with their latest innovations in products, processes, raw materials and machinery and share their knowledge with Indian industry stakeholders under one roof for interactions face-to-face, focused networking and deliberations on the key issues facing the industry today.

A lot has happened in the last couple of years in India regarding the absorbent hygiene industry. New players have arrived and existing ones are in expansion mode. The supply of raw materials is gradually becoming indigenized and import substitution is therefore on the rise. As India gears up for the next hygiene revolution, it is witnessing new market trends coupled with a shift in production dynamics. A never-before-seen “user awareness” makes the whole framework very exciting. In this context, the event witnessed an excellent program and attendance.

The two day one keynotes; the first one was from Mr. R. Senguttuvan, Operational Partner at Premji Invest, focused on “What Private Equity Looks for in Beneficiary Companies” and the second one was from Mr. Akhil Meshram, Senior Director, Category Head ISC Feminine Care , Procter & Gamble Hygiene & Health Care Ltd. on the latest trends and innovations in the Indian hygiene industry. Later in the program, there was a keynote speech on market trends delivered by Mr. Kanav Gupta, Associate Director, BCH on “Hygiene in India – Vision 2030”. These three speeches set a high and optimistic tone to the two-day conference. The second day had another very interesting keynote speech by Mr. Pierre Wiertz, Advisor, EDANA on “AHP’s Scalable Value Proposition Across Three Generations”, which gave listeners food for thought.

With an expert panel of speakers from all industry segments, the two days saw presentations covering a myriad of areas such as improvement and alternative solutions in raw materials, machinery and components, new packaging solutions for hygiene products to more technical aspects, including emerging technologies. and a futuristic way forward. The issue of sustainability was part of most presentations.

Besides the companies mentioned above, other speaker companies included A.Celli Nonwovens, Andritz Nonwoven, Avgol, Cellulose Converting Solutions, Fitesa, HB Fuller, Inviya (Indorama), Mondon, Nobel Hygiene, Nordson, Optima, Osprey Corporation , Reifenhauser Reicofil , SB Packagings, SDP Global Co., Swara Baby Products and Teknoweb Converting.

Adjacent to the room was a dynamic tabletop exhibit where 32 companies displayed their latest product offerings over the two days of the conference.

A very exciting highlight of the event was the 3rd Annual ‘Right’ Hygiene Awards Ceremony to celebrate significant successes and significant contribution within the industry. The recipients of these awards were Niine for the CSR award, for playing a vital role in supporting hospitals, NGOs and local bodies during the Covid-19 pandemic in India; Inviya (Indorama) for the Trendsetter Award for its “first made in India” hygienic grade spandex which offers solutions for the hygiene industry; and Avgol Nonwovens for the Innovation Award for their Nonwovens Bioprocessing Technology. There was also a special BCH Legend Award which was given to Mr. Wilfried Laser, Key Account Manager, Optima Nonwovens.

Another interesting feature was the panel discussion which aimed at an interaction between the panelists and the audience in which key questions and issues as well as futuristic and visionary attributes of the industry were presented and discussed. A panel comprised of eight experienced industry leaders from different parts of the industry value chain interacted with the audience and shared their knowledge on various topics of concern.

“We are very happy to receive such positive feedback. After more than two years of isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the industry was quite eager to meet and do business as normal. We have seen great support from global and Indian stakeholders through delegates, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors. We take this opportunity to thank everyone and urge you to stay tuned as India enters a golden decade for the absorbent hygiene industry. At BCH, we have always strived to be a catalyst for growth and invite you all to be part of this journey,” said Mr. Samir Gupta, Managing Director of BCH.

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