Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute - News

Merry Christmas from NIRI

From the NIRI team, we wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Our offices will be closed over the Christmas break, from 22nd December, and will reopen on 2nd January.

Surfaceskins on Radio Leeds

Today NIRI's Quality Manager, Dr Andrew Hewitt and co-founder of Surfaceskins, Adam Walker were interviewed by Liz Green on BBC Radio Leeds about 'Surfaceskins' self-disinfecting, antibacterial door push pads. To learn more about Surfaceskins please visit

We have moved!

NIRI is excited to announce that we have moved to new, larger premises - less than one mile from our former home on the University of Leeds campus. The new site has larger offices and meeting rooms and expanded laboratories, as well as on-site parking.

Our new address is:
169 Meanwood Road

Our new telephone number is 0113 3503829, but the old number will still forward to our new home for the next several months.

NIRI at the Nonwovens Network

NIRI's Business Director, Dr Matthew Tipper, will be presenting at the annual Nonwovens Network seminar on 29th June. The event takes place at the Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford.

The Nonwovens Network is an organisation of industry professionals with a remit to develop improved mechanisms for the dissemination of knowledge, the exchange of ideas and the development of professional association ns throughout the UK nonwovens industry. The Network has developed over the years into a well respected organisation with over 170 members and hosts an annual seminar, attended by its members, their guests and associates. The Network brings together manufacturers, researchers, suppliers, converters and product users from across the UK and beyond.

Full details can be found at

Open for business at INDEX17!

NIRI is at INDEX17, the World's leading Nonwovens event. If you are in Geneva this week then it would be great to meet you at Stand 4150.

Surfaceskins nominated for award

NIRI's Surfaceskins antibacterial pushpads have been nominated for an award the prestigious INDEX17 awards, in the category 'Finished or composite products made from, or incorporating nonwovens'.
EDANA’s INDEX17 Awards are the highest accolade for the best examples of excellence in the industry, highlighting creativity and innovations from businesses of all sizes, and from all parts of the nonwovens supply chain. The Awards ceremony will take place on the EDANA stand at 10 am on Tuesday 4th April, the opening day of the exhibition.

INDEX17, the largest global meeting place between the players in the nonwovens supply chain and their customers, will again showcase the INDEX™ 17 Awards for “Excellence in the nonwovens and related industries”.

For more information on Surfaceskins, please visit

For more information on the INDEX17 award, please visit


NIRI will be exhibiting at INDEX17, the World's leading nonwovens exhibition, which runs from 4th to 7th April at Palexpo, Geneva.

Taking place only once every three years, INDEX event brings together over 12,500 trade visitors from over 100 countries to see the products and services displayed by 586 exhibitors (an increase of 10% on the previous edition), from 41 countries, in more than 22,000m2 net of stand space.

INDEX is the premier industry platform, where senior industry professionals from around the world come together to seek competitive insights, learn about the latest technologies, and network, for four days of intensive and rewarding business activities.

Four days in which to discover new commercial opportunities, identify new markets and applications and exchange experiences with like-minded professionals, focusing exclusively on the very best that the nonwovens industry and its suppliers have to offer.

Surfaceskins antibacterial door pushpads launched to market

NIRI are pleased to announce the launch of Surfaceskins from October 2016 and we are now taking orders for Surfaceskins door pushpads. 

Surfaceskins are unique patented, self-disinfecting door pushpads which help prevent cross contamination and the spread of germs between individuals. 

Each time the Surfaceskins pad is pressed, the surface self-disinfects almost immediately, by releasing a small quantity of antibacterial gel via the micro-valved top sheet. This kills most of the common harmful germs in the crucial moments after passing through the door, reducing the risk of cross infection between individuals. 

Studies by the Centre for Disease Control have shown that up to 80% of hospital infections are spread through hands, including touching contaminated surfaces such as door handles and push plates. Surfaceskins were designed to tackle this issue, and independent tests in NHS laboratories have verified they kill germs in seconds -  breaking the contamination chain between door users, helping to keep staff, patients and customers infection-free, whilst working in, or visiting your facility. 

Each Surfaceskins door pushpad is effective for 7 days or 1000 activations, (whichever occurs sooner), and is easily and quickly replaced in the permanent door holster.

To learn more about Surfaceskins, please visit or email 

A job opportunity at NIRI

As NIRI continues to grow, we are looking for intellectually enthusiastic candidates to join our team. NIRI has a proven reputation for developing innovative, commercially viable products and delivering results on time and to budget. To date we have completed over 350 successful projects for many global, market leading companies across many sectors. If you are a talented textile engineer with a PhD or a Masters qualification in Textile Science and Technology, Materials Science or an engineering discipline with a minimum of three years industrial product management experience then we would be happy to discuss the opportunities NIRI can offer. 

Technical Project Manager 

NIRI the Company:

We work with dynamic prestigious global organisations who wish to develop innovative products to drive their business growth. NIRI has a highly successful record of utilising our in-house expertise to develop commercially viable state-of-the-art products across many sectors including; medical, automotive, military, high performance activity wear, filtration, geo textiles, cosmetic, food and beverage and many more.

The existing multi-disciplinary team provides a unique knowledge of nonwoven materials, process technology, products and business strategy. We are now seeking to recruit an additional team member to assist in meeting the demands of this rapidly growing organisation.

The Position:

We are looking for a talented textile engineer capable of managing multiple commercially focused R&D projects. The role involves managing research, experimentation, prototyping, testing, analysis, scientific report writing and client interaction with many of the world’s leading companies.   

The Person:

The role would suit a nonwoven or textile engineer with a PhD or a Masters qualification in textile science and technology, materials science or an engineering discipline with a minimum of three years industrial project management experience. The successful candidate will be intellectually enthusiastic and able to show evidence of excellent technical, scientific, analytical and problem-solving capabilities. We also require the successful candidate to possess excellent written and oral communication skills and be able to work closely with international clients.

The Package:

The package will include salary, bonus, pension, healthcare and expenses. 


Please contact Business Director, Matthew Tipper at

NIRI at Eco TLC General Assembly

NIRI's Dr Andrew Hewitt will be participating at the 2016 Eco TLC General Assembly in Paris on June 10th. The event looks to share technical innovations with the organisation's members in apparel, household textiles and footwear.

NIRI will be discussing wear2, a novel sewing thread co-developed with C-Tech Innovation, which can be triggered to disassemble on command. This allows sewn textiles to be partially or completely disassembled quickly, easily and cheaply at end-of-life or for remanufacture or repair.

More information about wear2 can be found at

Event details can be found at