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Forthcoming events

21st Annual Christmas Dinner
Thursday 7th December 2017
The Holiday Inn, Brighouse


Details to follow.

Past events

21st Annual Seminar - 29th June 2017
Sustainable Strategies
Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford

The 2017 Nonwovens Network seminar explored some of the many routes that are being taken by manufacturers to exploit existing and new markets.

It is interesting to note that the Nonwovens Industry is the fastest growing area in the field of Textiles. As engineered materials, Nonwovens are in a prime position to allow new efficiencies in so many different areas: automotive manufacturing, insulation, packaging, furniture, beds and bedding, sports wear and shoes, medical applications and wipes, geo applications and horticulture to name but few.

The adoption of pioneering raw materials and technologies is making this possible, and the seminar touched on all of these bases in the drive for more efficient and ultimately, sustainable products.
20th Annual Christmas Dinner
Thursday 1st December 2016
The Holiday Inn, Brighouse


The pre-dinner speaker was Carl Chambers Llb, Chartered Accountant and Barrister, Chairman Yorkshire & Humber Regional Council, Business for Britain.
19th Annual Seminar
Thursday 25th June 2015
Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford

Our 19th Annual Seminar, entitled ‘Network to Network’, was held on Thursday 25th June 2015 at The Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford.

We chose the theme ‘Introducing the Network to the Network’ for this year’s seminar, because we realised that, while we’ve been in existence since 1997 and have over 170 members, not all of them are aware of the full range of services offered by their fellow members. So we decided that this year we’d invite as many of them as possible to introduce their companies.

We had member companies representing the complete UK supply chain from fibre producers, technology specialists, converters and end product users. Industry specialists covered topics including apprenticeship training and the latest R&D developments. The Nonwovens Network was originally formed by a number of companies who were keen to develop improved mechanisms for the dissemination of knowledge, the exchange of ideas and the development of a professional association for the UK industry. Add to this the R&D and Apprentice Training actvities, we are currently endeavouring to nurture give the full scope of the networks pursuits in this rapidly growing sector of textile manufacturing.
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18th Annual Dinner
Thursday 4th December 2014
The Holiday Inn, Brighouse

The pre-dinner Speech was ‘Rethink what you think you know about Bioplastics’ by Eamonn Tighe, Natureworks LLC.
September Supper
Thursday 4th September 2014
Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford

Our first speaker, was Adrian Wilson, Editor of Sustainable Nonwovens, who reported on INDEX 14 and give a preview of Techtextil 15, the two most important exhibitions for the Nonwovens Industry in its widest sense.

Lynne Webster gave an update on the forthcoming Fashion in Nonwovens work at the University of Leeds. Lynne showed what has already been achieved in this area, and a taster of what is to come. All the students’ new work, which will be completed by Spring next year, is to be shown at the EDANA Nonwovens Innovation Academy which is being hosted by the University of Leeds in November 2015.

David Martin gave us a new perspective on recycling and energy recovery.

Sue Clay, a textile artist, showed her unbelievable art work made to decorate the Yurt (a large Mongolian tent-like structure) in Holmfirth at the Tour de France, along with her clothing and accessories using nonwoven materials.

Lastly we had John McSweeney, specialist textile advisor, from the Manchester Business Growth Hub, shared his experience and expertise in gaining access to funding.
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17th Annual Dinner
Thursday 5th December 2013
The Holiday Inn, Brighouse

The pre-dinner Speech was ‘Social Media for Business’ by Tom Mallens, Director of Fibrecore Ltd.
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‘The Other Side of the Coin’ - Seminar Thursday 11th July 2013
Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford


Some of the biggest issues currently impacting on the global nonwovens industry were analysed and discussed at the 2013 Nonwovens Network UK conference.

A keynote from European MEP Timothy Kirkhope addressed the Euro Crisis, how it is affecting business for the UK’s industries and what opportunities are still out there that might just be being missed.

As far as processing is concerned, the potential of 3D printing – precisely building up materials in layers – is currently exciting manufacturers worldwide. UK company Tamicare has developed a new technology for nonwoven end-products based on its principles – with startling implications for cutting both costs and waste.

At the other end of the spectrum, another growing UK company, Knowaste, is implementing radical measures for dealing with the waste from medical and consumer nonwoven-based products which have gained strong support from councils across the UK.

And Harrison Spinks, a traditional manufacturer of high-quality mattresses, also had an interesting story to tell about how its technology has been adapted for car seating by the leading automotive supplier, Johnson Controls.

In addition, Bill Macbeth, CEO at the Textile Centre of Excellence outlined the implications of the new Employer Ownership for Apprenticeship Training Bill.


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The Dynamics of Progress - Seminar Thursday 12th July 2012
Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford, UK


The UK Nonwovens Network held its summer seminar, which examined The Dynamics of Progress, on Thursday July 12 at Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

We were delighted that The Rt. Hon. Baroness Warsi, co-Chairman of the Conservative Party and Minister without Portfolio, accepted our invitation to open the 15th Anniversary Seminar of the Nonwovens Network.

The Network has grown progressively over the past 15 years, but it does need continued support to ensure its future. The industry is the fastest growing sector of the textile industry in the UK and it is becoming more and more diverse in its applications with the growing awareness that these fabrics offer a highly cost effective, frequently superior form of fabric formation for an ever increasing variety of end uses.

In order to keep up, we invited speakers from as many facets of the business that we could accommodate. This ranged from the lightweight fabric end use of the industry in the form of medical textiles, wipes and disposables to those used in the heavier end including wool products and carpets.

Prof. Andrew Day from the University of Bradford will be looking at a business model for supply to the automotive industry and Matthew Tipper of NIRI revisited last year’s ITMA for an update on new developments in the machinery world.

Our expansion into the fashion industry is now well established and our ‘fashionistas’ from the University of Leeds, Lynne Webster and David Backhouse displayed garments as they have progressed throughout the years.


Summer Event 2011
Thursday 30th June 2011
Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford

With INDEX, Techtextil and ITMA all taking place within 2011, this is a busy year for major exhibitions and trade shows. With this in mind we decided to replace our usual full day seminar with a compact evening event. The invited keynote speakers dealt with some of the most important issues affecting the long-term development and sustainability of the UK nonwovens industry.

John Mowbray - Material Change: Textiles Take a Sustainable Path.

Dr. Parik Goswami - What are the Most Sustainable Fibres for Nonwoven Applications?

Colin Purvis - Perfect Storm in the Global Fibres Market: The Impact on Nonwovens.


13th Annual Nonwovens Network Seminar
‘Nonwovens Revisited’
Thursday 24th June 2010
Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford


For our 13th Annual Seminar we decided to take a second look at our previous events and to expand on many of the embryonic papers that have been given in the past to see how they have progressed and the impact they have today. We therefore revisited our involvement in fashion, recycling, geotextiles, extrusion machinery, online measurement, needles, nanotechnology and the all important carbon footprint reinforced by our new look at wool in nonwovens.

We also invited Bill Macbeth from the Textile Centre of Excellence to speak about the finance available for development of Hi-Tech Textiles. Bill was also at lunch to talk to individuals about the programme.

The Nonwovens Network is aware of the ongoing economic climate, we are therefore presenting this year’s seminar at last years reduced cost to all who attend, attributing any deficit to the Network’s reserves.


12th Annual Nonwovens Network Seminar
‘21st Century Nonwovens’
Thursday 25th June 2009
Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford


The 12th Nonwovens Network UK conference – ‘21st Century Nonwovens’ – took place in Bradford, West Yorkshire on 25th June 2009.

A special guest was Dr Niall Finn of CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering in Australia.

As a specialist in advanced fibrous materials, Dr Finn explained that the Materials Science and Engineering division formed last year is one of the organisation’s largest, spread over six sites and with a focus on a wide range of manufacturing industries.

Mike Nunney of the BTTG provided information on the labrinthine nature of fire testing, with between 20-30 different kinds of cigarette tests alone.

Eamonn Tighe of NatureWorks spoke of the company’s progress in doubling capacity for the production of its Ingeo bio-based PLA fibre at its plant in Blair, Nebraska, USA.

Asif Shah of Shirley Technologies spoke of ethics and sustainability in conventional textile chains, detailing a number of case studies of the pitiful earnings of cotton pickers, spinners and hand weavers in poorer regions of the world.

Tim Gibson of Scensive Technologies introduced the Bloodhound E-Nose range of instruments for the detection of the mixtures of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) that produce smells and odours in fabrics.

Bloodhound technology is based on chemical sensor technology developed  at the University of Leeds over the last 18 years.

Professor Subhash Anand MBE, of the Centre for Materials Research and Innovation at the UK’s University of Bolton spoke of the future significance of three-dimensional nonwoven fabrics and their applications.

Also speaking at the event was John Millar, R&D grants manager for Yorkshire Forward, who outlined a number of options for companies seeking sources of finance, and Mark Pedley of SmartLife Technologies.
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