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Nonwovens Institute to open meltblown pilot line

May 17, 2012

One-meter-wide machine showcases Reifenhauser-REICOFIL’s latest meltblown technology.

The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) at North Carolina State University is hosting its Grand Opening of a new stand-alone one-meter wide Reifenhauser-REICOFIL Meltblown Pilot Line, on May 23, during its research center’s biannual Industrial Advisory Board meeting.

This one-meter-wide machine showcases Reifenhauser-REICOFIL’s latest meltblown technology; NC State University is the only University in North America with Reifenhauser-REICOFIL’s latest technology. The new line enhances NWI’s ability to support industry R&D, new innovations and start-up companies. The products produced on this line will allow NWI to provide industry with commercial quality materials that can be used for prototyping and pre-market launch test marketing.

This unique and state-of-the-art technology will extend the research and development capabilities of NWI into various critical markets such as aerosol filtration, water filtration, bio-separation, medical and hygiene, barrier materials, adsorbents, acoustics and many others. This pilot facility is capable of producing materials from a wide range of polymers such as polyolefins, polyamides, polyesters, elastomers, PLA and others.

During the Grand Opening, NWI will host approximately 150 industry representatives on Centennial Campus including 3M, BASF, Cardinal Health, Exxon Mobil, Johnson and Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, Mann+Hummel, Proctor and Gamble and Reifenhauser-REICOFIL to name a few. A complete list of the center member companies can be found at

The Nonwovens Institute is the world’s first accredited academic program for the interdisciplinary study of engineered fabrics through an innovative partnership of industry, government and academe. NWI combines the expertise of North Carolina State University’s leading colleges of Textiles, Engineering and Natural Resources with the research and development capabilities of its more than 65 member companies. NWI supports more than 30 graduate students and is a global leader in nonwovens research. The Institute also houses state-of-the-art facilities for product development, analytical services, materials testing, analysis and evaluation that is valued at more than $30 million dollars.

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