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NIRI can develop world changing products
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The last two years have not been the easiest climate in which to grow a new business focused purely on innovation; however the Nonwoven Innovation & Research Institute Ltd. (NIRI) has done just that.

Formed as a University of Leeds spin-out company in 2005, the NIRI team includes leading materials engineers providing a unique knowledge of nonwoven materials, technology, products and business.

The company which started with four staff now employs fifteen and has seen turnover more than treble. NIRI has expanded its office and laboratory facilities and works with many of the world's leading companies and organisations helping them to develop new products.

Prof. Stephen Russell, co-founder says “As specialists in fibrous materials we help organisations develop new or better performing products and our business experience ensures that they are commercially viable.”

NIRI provides innovation expertise in four different ways:

• Providing product development consultancy across many industries including medical and healthcare, automotive, energy and construction.

• Forming joint-ventures; NIRI has spun out three other companies which are developing a slash-resistant lightweight blind; a new infection control device that aims to prevent the spread of pathogens and an early detection system for petrochemical leaks.

• Licensing of NIRI's own intellectual property (IP) such as HydroSpace which is a novel patented system for storing and controlling the release of active ingredients held within a fabric.

• Working with government agencies and charitable foundations to develop world changing products that will hopefully prolong life and help reduce negative environmental impact. One example is the partnership with Yorkshire Forward and a leading blood pack manufacturer to develop a novel blood filter.

Of NIRI's future Chris Fowler, MD says “We continue to invest the majority of our income in expansion and new IP which we believe will enable us to grow significantly in the future and we are proud to be continuing the great British innovation tradition.”

Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute Ltd - NIRI is project leader of NATCOM, a commercially-led academic-industry consortium focused on developing natural fibre composite materials.

Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute Ltd

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