This week, NC State welcomes movers and shakers from a global, multibillion-dollar industry as part of the grand opening for a new nonwovens facility on campus.
“Nonwovens may be the best hidden industry we have,” says Behnam Pourdeyhimi, executive director of the Nonwovens Institute. “We’ve been using advanced manufacturing and automation for 60-plus years.”
However, an understanding of the finer points of SpunMelt and hydroentangling technologies isn’t necessary to appreciate the power of nonwovens.
Tom Daugherty, deputy director of the Nonwovens Institute, points out that engineered fabrics are not only an economic force but also a part of our daily lives through consumer products, medical and hygiene supplies, soil-stabilizing geosynthetics, automotive components, filtration systems, wipes and many other products. Daugherty is a new addition to NC State after many years at Procter & Gamble.