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NIA 2019 Conference in Denkendorf

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Behind the scenes at the NIA conference in Denkendorf. Helen Rushden from Index
hashtagand the edana team are doing an excellent job hosting the event and industry experts. Dr Matthew Tipper discussing how NIRI can help organisations grow their business by reducing risks and providing faster innovation.


NIRI’s US representative, Dr. Alex Koukoulas, speaking about Circularity and the future of renewable materials at OUTLOOK in Athens

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NIRI’s US representative, Dr. Alex Koukoulas, speaking about Circularity and the future of renewable materials at OUTLOOK in Athens. The expanded role of biorefineries and the production of bio-based plastics are major themes for producers of personal care and hygienic products. Companies will need to develop strategies for meeting the demands of consumers and government legislators. It was a pleasure to provide status and future outlook.

NIRI win RISE® Innovation Award

Dave Rousse, INDA President, presented the RISE® Innovation Award to Alexander Koukoulas, NIRI’s Director, Strategic Partnerships for their Surfaceskins product. Surfaceskins, antibacterial door push pads and pull handles, are engineered to kill deposited germs and bacteria in the vital seconds between one user and the next passing through the door, thus helping prevent the spread of some of the germs and bacteria associated with healthcare-associated infections.

Dr. Ross Ward at DSEI2019

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It was great catching up with some of NIRI's clients last week at DSEI 2019 and there were lots of new collaboration opportunities within defence & security applications.

Mass Customisation of Nonwovens for a Stratified Marketplace

Dr. Matthew Tipper is presenting at the 58TH DORNBIRN Global FIBER CONGRESS on Thursday, 12 September 2019. His presentation is titled 'Mass Customisation of Nonwovens for a Stratified Marketplace'. Exciting times for nonwovens innovation...

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Dr. Ross Ward to attend DSEI Show

NIRI's New Business Development Manager, Dr. Ross Ward, will be attending #DSEI show next week. NIRI has helped companies develop a wide range of #Defence & #Security products, including covert stab protection and #ballistic #protection for dismounted soldiers, vehicles, and equipment. #textiles Please contact rossw@nonwovens-innovation for further information.

ITMA2019 - Research Centre Expert Panel, Dr. Matthew Tipper and Prof. Stephen Russell

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NIRI's Business Director, Dr. Matthew Tipper and Technical Director, Prof. Stephen Russell were invited onto the expert panel at the recent Nonwovens Forum at ITMA in Barcelona. They debated 'Nonwoven Processes of the 2030s' - exciting and challenging times ahead for the industry ...

ITMA is the trendsetting textile and garment technology platform where the industry converges every four years to explore fresh ideas, effective solutions and collaborative partnerships for business growth.

#niri #innovation #sustainability #EDANA #ITMA #nonwovens

Thanks to ITMA Services & EDANA, the voice of nonwovens hashtag
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Dr. Matthew Tipper attends the International Nonwovens Symposium 2019

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NIRI's Business Director, Dr. Matthew Tipper recently attended the International Nonwovens Symposium 2019 in Vienna. Excellent presentations so far covering industrial innovation & sustainability - areas of expertise for NIRI 

#sustainability #innovation #niri #EDANA the voice of nonwovens

NIRI presents the latest flushable wipe technology at WOW

Dr Matthew Tipper presented 'Approaches for Improving the Wet Strength and Dispersibility of Wetlaid-hydroentangled Wipes' at the World of Wipes (WOW) conference in Chicago last week. The work presented addresses the need for wet wipe products that are strong enough during use but which break up sufficiently when disposed of in the sewer network, preventing blockages. The conference was attended by over 400 industrial representatives, thanks to INDA for allowing us to present!

Happy 13th Birthday to NIRI!

It's been an amazing experience growing a global consultancy business from humble beginnings with 4 people in a lab at the back of an old University building to 24 people in a purpose-designed building full of nonwoven prototyping equipment. Having now completed over 450 projects for 150 different companies, through nonwoven science and product development we have helped to:

• Make wounds heal faster
• Reduce hospital infections
• Make tea and coffee taste better
• Make air and liquids cleaner
• Protect soldiers from threats
• Reduce environmental impact and decrease plastic use
• Make hygiene products perform better
• Provide safer blood transfusions
• Saved people from malaria

Thank you to all those industrial clients who have done business with us over the years, who’ve grown with us and enjoyed the journey!
#business #nonwovens #filtration #infectioncontrol

Success at the International Nonwovens Symposium

A great conference in Rome at the EDANA International Nonwovens Symposium. Business Director, Dr. Matthew Tipper presented 'Adding functionality and value to nonwovens' which detailed two new technologies for incorporating functional particles to fabrics without the need for adhesives. Rome wasn't bad either....

Nonwoven in Wipes - Complete Technical Training

NIRI is delighted to be helping to deliver a new training course 'Nonwoven in Wipes - Complete Technical Training', 9-13th July 2018 at the Cevahir Hotel Asia in Istanbul. The training will be delivered in English with translation into Turkish. Course details can be found in the weblink.

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'.
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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