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ETS to participate in Tissue World 2019
Presenting latest scientific evidence on the importance of hygienic hand drying and its relevance in relation to single use towels vs jet air dryers
13 Mar 2019

Brussels (Belgium) – 13 March, 2019 – The European Tissue Symposium, ETS, will take part in Tissue World Milan, at Fieramilanocity Milan from 25-27 March. In addition to its presence at Stand G804, ETS will also speak at the Senior Management Symposium.

ETS chairman Fanis Papakostas will present during the session Sustainability – Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk. His presentation Hand drying is a serious businesswill take place from 14:35-15:00 on Monday 25 March. Delegates will learn about ETS’s activities and future plans, and there will be a special focus on the findings of the latest scientific studiesundertaken by leading microbiologists and published in scientific journals.

The presentation showcases two studies: a single site pilot study which showed that microbial contamination levels in hospital washrooms are associated with hand drying methods; and the findings of a new, real life multi-site study undertaken in hospital washrooms in France, Italy, and the UK. In all three countries, bacterial contamination was significantly higher in washrooms with jet air dryers than in washrooms equipped with paper hand towels dispensers.

Both laboratory and real-world studies have demonstrated multiple examples of significant differences of surface bacterial contamination, including faecal association and antibiotic resistant bacteria with higher levels seen in washrooms using jet air dryers,” explains Fanis Papakostas. “WHO warns against jet air dryers in healthcare settings and advises using paper towels to prevent pandemic flu. These results suggest that jet air dryers are unsuitable for use in settings where cross-infection risk is increased.”

The world’s largest trade fair specifically dedicated to the tissue business, Tissue World is a truly global event attracting over 3000 visitors with tissue makers, converters and suppliers from 100 countries around the world. Established for over 20 years, it features the very latest innovations and technological advancements in tissue manufacturing, and offers an excellent opportunity for networking with industry decision makers.

With the theme: Smart and Sustainable – Strategies to Stay Sharp as a New Decade Dawns, this year’s 3-day conference explores the sustainable future of the tissue industry, including key drivers and areas of growth. ETS welcomes this focus on sustainability, and Mr Papakostas’ presentation will also touch on some of the Symposium’s key initiatives in this area.

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About ETS

ETS is the European Tissue Paper Industry Association. The members of ETS represent the majority of tissue paper producers throughout Europe and around 90% of the total European tissue production. ETS was founded in 1971 and is based in Brussels. For more information:

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