Commercialization and partnership: a look at the Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute

LEEDS, UK, July 31, 2019-

Established in 2005, and spun out of the University of Leeds, The Nonwovens Innovation and Research Institute (NIRI), is a world-leading centre for applied research, industrial innovation and project development across the nonwovens industry.  This profile offers an overview of some of the Institute’s recent projects and how these fit with NIRI’s experience of the developing nonwovens marketplace, together with thoughts on opportunities for commercialisation and partnership within a changing landscape, with insights from Dr. Matthew Tipper, business director at NIRI.

Human-centered approach for nonwovens. In advance of next month’s RISE 2019, where the conference will focus on “what’s next” and “what’s needed” from engineered fabric industries, Matthew will be exploring a human-centred approach for nonwovens, utilising Human Centred Innovation (HCI) methodology, in his conference paper.  One of the case studies from Matthew’s forthcoming presentation – Surfaceskins - has been featured in Nonwovens Markets, previously, and this together with the Institute’s groundbreaking Sanguis collaboration is considered in some detail, here, particularly as to how these projects demonstrate NIRI’s collaborative approach to identifying, developing and commercialising technologies and the Institute’s capabilities and expertise at all stages of the new product development lifecycle.

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