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Nonwovens Innovation Academy combines research and industry

EDANA, the global association and voice of the nonwovens and related industries, closed the

Nonwovens Innovation Academy event, which was hosted from November 5-6, 2015 by the University of Leeds in England, one of Europe’s largest specialist groups in nonwovens science and technology. The 2015 edition of the Academy

delivered a programme with contributions from the academic world and nonwovens and related industries. Sessions covered new materials, emerging technologies, processing recycled carbon fibres, modelling and performance enhancement.

Starting with a visit of the Nonwovens

Research Group’s facilities at the University of Leeds, the Academy’s presentations began with a keynote speech: ‘From incremental to breakthrough innovation – moving nonwovens innovation forward’, by Dr Bryan Haynes, director of global nonwovens research and engineering from

the Kimberly-Clark Corporation. “The 2015 edition of the NIA has

delivered an outstanding opportunity for individuals to meet and exchange ideas and information,” said Marines Lagemaat, scientific affairs director, EDANA. “Attendees were inspired by the lab tour, the many papers, the product showcase and the fashion exhibition. With its mix of students, researchers and representatives from the industry, this event continues to promote the understanding and knowledge of the nonwovens science and technology, leading to new processes and applications.” Some of the 120 participants attending the two-day conference said:

“It is my fifth participation in the NIA and each time I appreciate the variety of topics.” “I liked the keynote, very inspirational. It definitely highlights the potential of nonwovens in the field of innovation.” “The modelling session was challenging for me, but it did help to improve my

understanding of nonwovens.” At the event, delegates also had the opportunity to visit a poster session showcasing academic projects and studies. The authors (students and researchers from a number of centres of excellence) were selected to present their latest work, with awards given to Robabeh Zohreh Gharaei (University of Leeds) and Tarun Kumar Agrawal (University of Lille/ENSAIT) for their outstanding presentation.

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