The Nonwovens Institute – North Carolina State University, USA
The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) is the world’s first accredited academic program for the interdisciplinary field of engineered fabrics. Based at the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, the NWI is an innovative global partnership between industry, government and academe. Operating on an “Open Innovation” platform, the Nonwovens Institute engages experts from industry and higher education in building next-generation nonwoven applications while also providing training and guidance to the field’s future leaders.
NWI receives its support in the form of membership dues, private research and product development, and analytical and pilot manufacturing services. NWI supports over 50 graduate students and is a global leader in nonwovens education, research and service. The Institute also houses extensive state-of-the-art facilities from fiber formation to fabric formation, coating and lamination and analytical facilities. These capabilities are available for product development, analytical services, materials testing, as well as training programs.
“The Institute will be the global leader in research, education and outreach for nonwovens and affiliated industries.” — Nonwovens Institute Industrial Advisory Board, 2009.
The Institute for Nanomaterials, Advanced Technologies and Innovation – Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic
Over the last 10 years, the Technical University of Liberec has become well-known due to its international patent for the industrial manufacture of nanofibers and patented industrial technology for nanofibre production, which has been successfully commercialized by the company Elmarco under the name Nanospider. This was an important impetus for the creation of a regional center for nanomaterials, advanced technologies and innovation known as CxI. Through the provision of high-tech infrastructure and highly qualified staff, CxI aims to provide the potential for innovative research by our industrial partners, thereby increasing their competitiveness. This cooperation is realized through mutual research projects, contractual research and services in two main areas: material research focused on progressive materials such as nanomaterials and competitive engineering with emphasis on advanced engineering constructions and technologies.
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry in global commerce. Since 1968, INDA events have helped members connect, learn, innovate and develop their businesses. INDA educational courses, market data, test methods, consultancy and issue advocacy help members succeed by providing them the information they need to better plan and execute their business strategies. For more information, visit www.inda.org, or download the INDA mobile app for immediate updates.