Academic research work in nonwovens is conducted by The Nonwovens Research Group
(NRG) at the University of Leeds. The NRG was formed in 1995 by Prof. Stephen J.
Russell. Both fundamental and applied research is conducted on the formation, structure
and properties of nonwoven fabrics, which involves the development of process-structure-property
relationships and modelling of nonwoven materials. The NRG directs a large PhD research
programme and also contributes to professional education in nonwovens for industry.
The NRG has multi-disciplinary collaborations with other University Departments and
research organisations across the globe.
In 2005 NIRI was spun-out of the NRG by the University of Leeds to manage the growing
portfolio of confidential industrial projects, product development initiatives and
technology transfer projects working in partnership with the global nonwovens industry