The Nonwovens Institute - NWI

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  • 2401 Research Drive, Campus Box 8301
  • 27695 Raleigh
  • USA

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The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) was launched in 2007 as 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.

The NWI traces its history to 1991, when the Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center (NCRC) was established as a State-Industry-University Cooperative Research Center with matching grants from the National Science Foundation, the State of North Carolina, and several industry partners. In 1998, upon the conclusion of NSF grant funding, the NCRC continued to enhance its technology and research capabilities while growing its membership to become North America’s largest State-Industry-University Cooperative Research Center. The NCRC now serves as the NWI’s core research and discovery arm. 

The NWI plays a key role in development and transformation of the latest innovations into marketable fiber based systems ready for shipment to commercial, consumer and industrial users around the world. The Institute helps nonwovens companies meet product development objectives through access to the Institute’s state-of-the-art pilot and testing facilities at North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. The Institute’s facilities include laboratories dedicated to fiber, fabric, and polymer characterization, spunbond and melt blown pilot lines with bicomponent fiber capability, carding, cross-lapping, needle punching, hydroentangling, thermal bonding, and spun bond/melt blown/carded web composite capability.  Analytical facilities offer the ability to analyze and evaluate materials performance according to many industry specific standard test methods. 

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Basic Research

Product Development

Professional Education and Development

State-of-the-Art Pilot Manufacturing and Testing


  • Filament spinning

  • Meltblown

  • Spunbond

  • Nonwoven Card

  • Crosslapper

  • Calender

  • Needle punch

  • Through-air oven

  • Hydroentangling

  • Wetlay

  • Truetzschler Scanfeed for high loft

  • Coating and lamination

  • Fiber and nonwoven physical testing

  • Filtration testing      


Exhibitor at the following trade fair

Techtextil 2015

04.05.2015 - 07.05.2015 Hall: 3.1 Stand: E 18