Lifetime technical achievement award for Ralph Moody

Moody holds eleven patents in the nonwovens field and has been involved in the design and startup of ten nonwoven production lines (six in the USA, two in Europe, and two in China). During his career, he held critical roles in Johnson & Johnson (Chicopee), PGI Nonwovens, and now Berry Global, Inc.

(left to right) Ralph Moody, PE, Senior Director of R&D, Berry Global, Inc. with Dave Rousse, President, INDA

Moody has been an active INDA Member for over 25 years. He has also been an active member in The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) at NCSU for over 20 years, is the current Scientific Advisory Board chair at NWI, and participates as an Industrial Technical Advisor to Graduate students.

INDA’s Lifetime Technical Achievement Award honours those individuals with long established technical careers in the nonwovens industry and an accomplished history of technical innovation.

Moody was recognized for his critical expertise in process development and R&D in several commercially successful substrates and their production processes.

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, recognized Ralph Moody, PE, Senior Director of R&D, Berry Global, Inc. with its prestigious 2018 Lifetime Technical Achievement Award November 6, 2018 before 500 nonwoven and engineered fabric professionals November 6, 2018 during at the association’s annual Hygienix Conference, in Orlando, FL.

Dave Rousse, INDA President during his presentation of the award said that, “Ralph was selected by INDA’s Technical Advisory Board, a group of technical professionals from member companies, as most deserving for this year’s Lifetime Technical Achievement Award based on an evaluation of his career accomplishments and the Award criteria. Certainly, they were impressed with Ralph’s eleven patents, multiple machine start-ups, and leadership role on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University. He is truly deserving of this prestigious award recognizing his career of service to the nonwovens industry.”

Over Moody’s three-decade career, his key major product contributions, and multiple product commercializations over the years, include: Installation & Commercialization of the first MEF (Modified Entangled Fibre) spunlace line for Chicopee Food Service wipes, Commercialization of APEX® technology for NuGauze® – J&J’s first Nonwoven “gauzelike” sponge, Miratec® Durable APEX® nonwoven material for textile replacement applications, Swiffer®, joint development with P&G and PGI to produce an imaged scrim reinforced dry dusting nonwoven substrate, Kirkland® brand APEX® imaged scrim reinforced Cotton enriched baby wipe, Spinlace®, Berry’s spunmelt based wipes substrate, Arium™, Berry’s submicron fibre technology, Nuvibond® Berry’s Ribbon shaped spunmelt fibre substrate for barrier.


Coloreel wins the largest innovation award in Sweden

This year’s winner of the prestigious Innovation award, the SKAPA prize is Joakim Staberg and his Coloreel who has developed a unique machine for digital thread coloring that will revolutionize the textile industry. This places Coloreel as one of the most innovative companies in the world since Sweden is ranked as the 2nd most innovative country in the world according to 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index.

Joakim Staberg received this year’s award of SEK 500 000  from the Foundation SKAPAs chairman Minoo Akhtarzand and one of Sweden’s most well-known innovator, Håkan Lans. The award was handed out at the SKAPA innovation gala, which was held in Stockholm on 8 November. The SKAPA award is established in memory of the famous inventor Alfred Nobel.

”This year’s prize winner shows great innovation spirit and that the Swedish textile industry is at the forefront. COLOREEL, as the innovation is called, revolutionizes the technological possibilities for industrial embroidery. The innovation shortens production times and allows for embroidery in the precise colours you want. Also, for the first time, it is now possible to produce gradients in the embroidery” says Minoo Akhtarzand, Chairman for the foundation SKAPA. She is the governor of Västmanlands county and deeply engaged in innovation.

Coloreel has put in more than nine years of hard work and dedication in developing their now heavily patented technology. Despite facing hard circumstances and overcoming the complexity of this technology, Coloreel has transformed their unique idea into a unique product.

”It feels inspiring that we can now call ourselves Swedish champions of innovation after so many years of hard work. It is strong proof that the whole Coloreel team has accomplished something beyond the ordinary. We are now in the middle of a strong expansion and are fully focused on bringing our first thread colouring product to the market” says an exited Joakim Staberg, Innovator & Founder of Coloreel.

On September 17, this year, Coloreel launched their first thread colouring unit at the fair Avantex Paris, which focus on innovations for the textile and fashion industry. The market response is very strong and the company has a large number of business inquiries from well-known companies ranging from the sports and lifestyle segments to exclusive fashion and haute couture. The first thread colouring units will be delivered to the first customers early 2019.

Jury’s motivation

“Today’s thread dyeing plants can only colour thread in a single solid colour. With the Coloreel technology, you can get a fast and high-quality colouring of a textile thread while using the thread in production. The first product based on this technology is a ground-breaking thread colouring attachment that will be used in existing embroidery machines. By colouring a white thread during embroidery production, Coloreel gives you complete freedom to create unique embroideries without any limitations in the use of colours. This technique not only contributes to increased efficiency, but also in an innovative way to the efficiency of the Global textile industry, development and growth.”

The national jury of SKAPA consist of Maroun Aroun, ALMI Företagspartner AB, Inyang Eyoma Bergenstråle, chairman of the Swedish innovation society , Lars Filipsson and Ylva Ryngebo. Agne Johanssons Minnesfond, Björn Florman, Stockholmsmässan AB, Helena Linden, Stockholmsmässan AB, Göran Lundwall, CEO Almi Företagspartner.