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Particle Inclusion for Enhanced Cabin Air Filtration


There has been a great response to NIRI's presentation on 'Particle Inclusion for Enhanced Cabin Air Filtration' at the 'Textile Opportunities at the Changing Automotive Industry' conference last week. Thank you to Adrian Wilson, Nick Butler, Jill Gwinnutt and the rest of the team for such an engaging and interesting conference.

Textile Opportunities in a Changing Automotive Industry



Dr. Ross Ward is presenting 'Particle Inclusion for Enhanced Cabin Air Filtration' at the 'Textile Opportunities in a Changing Automotive Industry' conference tomorrow.
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NIRI expands and welcomes three new members to the team


NIRI welcomes their new team members Clement, Rachel and Kerry (Left to right). Clement is our new Innovation Engineer and has a previously worked for Johnson Matthey and Habasit. He has a PhD in nanoparticles and surface functionalisation from University College London (UCL), a MSc in microsystems and nanotechnology from Cranfield University and a MEng in materials engineering from Universite de Technologie de Troyes (UTT). Rachel is a Innovation technologist and joins us from The University of Manchester where she gained a 1st degree in Textile Sciences and Engineering. As our new PA & Marketing Assistant, Kerry is a key member of the team supporting our administration and marketing activities.

Our new Dan-Web Airlaid Machine is up and running




NIRI has recently invested in a new Dan-Web airlaid machine capable of prototyping pilot scale samples. Airlaying refers to a family of dry-laid web formation processes used in the manufacture of disposable, single-use products and durable products. The general properties of airlaid fabrics are high isotropicity; high loft (if required); high porosity (95-99%); high absorbency and wicking rate; soft handle; adequate tensile strength; good resilience (compression recovery); and high thermal resistance.

These properties make airlaid nonwovens suitable materials for napkins, table cloths, nappies, feminine hygiene, incontinence products, insulation,  wet and dry wipes for domestic and industrial applications, medical textiles (including disposable gowns, curtains, wound-care dressings, bed sheets), filtration media interlinings and shoe linings, wadding, medical and hygiene products, geotextiles and roofing felts, insulation felts, automotive components and filters. In combination with NIRI’s chemical, thermal, hydroentanglement and needlepunch bonding capability, we have the ideal pilot-scale facilities for prototyping all of the products listed above and more.


Hofer Vliesstofftage Conference



Dr. Matthew Tipper, discussing ‘Open Innovation and a human-centred approach for the nonwovens industry’ with some fantastic case studies of how NIRI has developed and fast-tracked commercially viable nonwoven products. Thank you to the Hofer Vliesstoff tage team for such a warm welcome and to all our new business contacts.
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NIA 2019 Conference in Denkendorf


Behind the scenes at the NIA conference in Denkendorf. Helen Rushden from Index
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