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COVID-19 Update

We hope that your teams are well and managing to adapt to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this unprecedented situation, NIRI is continuing to deliver clients’ innovation projects, working in-line with UK Government advice. We have put in place strict control measures to protect our staff and customers and will continue to support your innovation and product development priorities to the best of our abilities.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you wish to talk to a member of the NIRI team, discuss collaboration or potential projects. We appreciate this will also be a challenging time for you and your colleagues, and we are grateful for your continued support.

Stay safe and healthy!

Despite the postponement, NIRI continue to support customers prepare for INDEX20


Due to COVID-19 pandemic, INDEX20 has been postponed until 20-23rd October 2020. NIRI is fully intending to attend and will be scheduling meetings with current and new customers in the coming months.

In preparation, NIRI has been busy helping raw material suppliers, roll goods manufacturers, machine manufacturers and converters develop marketing strategies for their products by:
        Identifying performance and cost benefits by prototyping and benchmarking products.
        Identifying new applications for rapid market penetration.
        Introducing potential customers and partners.

Please message Kerry Cawthray for further information or to arrange a meeting and visit us on stand 2061 during the exhibition.

Supporting the effort to deliver infection control during the COVID-19 pandemic

NIRI’s spin-out company, Surfaceskins, is continuing to support the effort to deliver infection control products to clients globally during this time of COVID-19 pandemic. The team has been working around the clock in response to the growing demand and is taking necessary precautions to protect themselves, as well as, their colleagues and customers.

With recent investment and appointment of a new Chief Operations Officer (COO), George Page, Surfaceskins is now ramping up its production capability to supply their global product demand. George has 23 years production, manufacturing and business experience helping drive a start-up business to 80m turnover.

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.