Nonwovens Innovation - what does the future hold? Expert insight from NIRI's Matthew Tipper on how the industry is evolving and responding to the changing landscape

Matthew Tipper has been interviewed by Pierre Wiertz, the General Manager of EDANA in readiness for the International Nonwoven Symposium, 23-24th May in Rome. Matthew will be presenting  'Adding Functionality and Value to Nonwovens'

TAPPI Netinc Nonwovens Conference

It's been great to attend the TAPPI Netinc Nonwovens Conference in Charlotte, NC. Presented "Human Centred Approach to Nonwoven Product Innovation" including details of our Sanguis and Surfaceskins technologies. Thanks to Prof. Seshadri Ramkumar for organising and making me so welcome.

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