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For Members

The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) is a membership-based research institute serving leading companies/organizations across the nonwovens value chain, from raw material to end-use. NWI research aims to enable strategic R&D efforts by member companies who are seeking to forge next-generation fiber- and polymer-based materials and products. At the end of this value-added research pipeline are revolutionary and often life-enhancing products for both industrial and consumer markets. Research results are considered proprietary to the Institute and its member companies.

NWI Labs

NWI member companies receive priority access and discounted rates to use the Institute’s world-class pilot and testing labs. Our facilities include lab-scale systems dedicated to polymer characterization, fiber extrusion and meltblown, with pilot facilities for bicomponent spunbond and meltblown, staple fiber, needle punching, hydroentangling, thermal bonding and web composite capability. Our analytical and filtration testing facilities offer the ability to analyze and evaluate material performance according to a wide range of industry-specific standard test methods.

The Industrial Advisory Board

NWI member companies are represented on the NWI Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) and vote on the selection of new fundamental research projects annually. The IAB is currently supported by a 10-member board of directors who serve on the Executive Committee of the IAB.  The Executive Committee meets regularly with the NWI leadership team and provides guidance on policy decisions, strategic planning, etc. 

NWI also has a Strategic Scientific Advisory Board (SSAB), elected by the IAB, which provides guidance to the NWI leadership team and the IAB with respect to the research portfolio and priorities in terms of research direction and research infrastructure. The SSAB Chair also sits on the IAB Executive Committee.

Research programs are developed jointly by NWI’s faculty, staff and the IAB. Representatives of NWI member companies have a shared voice in IAB proceedings.

The IAB is a forum for a candid discussion of the economic and scientific significance of NWI’s current and prospective research initiatives. The IAB also provides a venue where student, faculty and industry researchers can remain apprised of emerging challenges and opportunities facing the nonwovens industry.

Our Next IAB Meeting: Nov. 7-9, 2023

  • Executive Committee Meeting In-person: Tue. Nov. 7, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • IAB student presentation In-person: Tue. Nov. 7, 12:00 pm – Wed. Nov 8, 5:00 pm (Zoom link will be provided for online attendees)
  • IAB Student Poster Session In-person: Tue. Nov. 7, 4:45 pm – 6:30 pm
  • IAB Business & Project Review In-person:  Thur. Nov. 9, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm (Zoom link will be provided for online attendees)

NWI Bylaws and Associated Materials

NWI Bylaws – October 2022

NWI IAB Approved Policies – May 2022

NWI Membership Agreement Template – May 2022

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NWI’s Current Members

Full Members

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Partner Organizations

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Emeritus Members

  • Subhash Batra, Founder, Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center
  • John Flood, former Kraton Polymers
  • Don Gilliespie, Fi-Tech Inc.; former Fleissner Inc.
  • John Roberts, former ExxonMobil
  • Thomas Theyson, TensTech Inc.
  • Ed Thomas, former First Quality and Fiberweb Inc.
  • Carl Wust, former FiberVisions

NWI Member Benefits

NWI members enjoy a number of benefits, including:

  • Research Cost Avoidance and Research Amplification
    • Access to core research programs
    • Access to students, faculty and staff
    • Voting rights to determine NWI’s research agenda
    • Members get access to more than 50 research projects
  • Technology Transfer
    • Option to any IP developed through core research programs
    • Access to online research archives
    • Training programs at a discount
    • Free online training materials
    • Priority access to NWI’s world-class fabrication and testing facilities
  • Service/Economic Development
    • Product development and analytical services at a discount
  • Networking
    • New members showcase at semi-annual Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) meetings
    • Marketing exposure on NWI website and social media
    • Industrial networking at the IAB meetings
    • Networking with various faculty, students and staff

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