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About The Network

The Network was established in 1997, jointly by the University of Leeds, Adrian Wilson of Nonwovens Report International (now Editor of Sustainable Nonwovens) and the British Textile Technology Group, aided financially with a grant from the European Social Fund.

The initiative was stimulated 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 professional associations throughout the UK industry.

The Nonwovens Network is an association of industry professionals who meet at least twice a year at an annual industry dinner and annual seminar. The Network has developed over the years into a well respected organisation with over 170 members and has held successful seminars and dinners, attended by its members, their guests and associates. The Network brings together manufacturers, researchers, suppliers, converters and product users from across the UK and beyond.

The benefits of Nonwovens Network Membership include:
  • A free place at the annual dinner in December;
  • Concessionary rates at the annual Seminar, which typically takes place in June or July;
  • Access to specialist training courses;
  • Preferential access to nonwovens consultancy.

The Network is also involved in a number of initiatives aimed at signposting financial support for the industry, as well as promoting other beneficial schemes in the interest of its members.


The annual cost of Nonwovens Network membership is currently £50.00.

We will send details of future events and a complementary copy of our newsletter with confirmation of your membership. For membership enquiries please write to:

Dinah Wharton
The Nonwovens Network
c/o Centre for Technical Textiles
School of Design
University of Leeds
West Yorkshire, UK

t: +44 (0)113 343 3758
f: +44 (0)113 343 3704
e: episodevii

Steering Committee

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Christine Wilkinson


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Dinah Wharton


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Dr. Andrew Hewitt
Lecturer in Textiles
University of Huddersfield
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Andrew Leather
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David James
R&D Manager
GAMA Healthcare Ltd
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Prof. Stephen Russell
Professor of Textile Materials & Technology
School of Design, University of Leeds
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Adrian Wilson
Sustainable Nonwovens
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Barry Whitaker
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Rory Wilson
Managing Director
Border Technologies Ltd.