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Meltspinning system upgrade for NIRI

Most flexible and adaptable technology available.

5th August 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Leeds, United Kingdom


Fibre Extrusion Technology (FET) has installed a new meltspinning system to upgrade research facilities at NIRI, the Nonwovens Innovation and Research Institute, based in Leeds, UK.

The installation comprises an FET-102 series laboratory meltblown spinning system and an FET-103 monofilament meltspinning system. This advanced equipment enhances NIRI’s extensive pilot facilities and analytical laboratory for fast tracking innovation. The technology will be utilised for R&D, pilot projects, sampling and prototyping, proof of concept testing and for designing cost-effective, sustainable and innovative products.

NIRI helps global manufacturing companies to identify new opportunities for meltblown nonwovens, develop their next generation of products and accelerate their commercialisation activities. Its new upgraded laboratory and pilot system from FET can process a wide range of polymer types, including chemically recycled polymers, biopolymers and many difficult-to-process materials.

“We are delighted to secure this order with NIRI, a reflection of much hard work and a sign that FET is moving in the right direction in a fast-changing world of textile development,” said FET MD Richard Slack. “In particular, NIRI had a requirement to invest in the most flexible and adaptable meltspinning technology available and FET was able to satisfy this priority.”

Established in 1998, FET is a leading supplier of laboratory and pilot meltspinning systems with installations in over 35 countries and has now successfully processed almost 30 different polymer types in multifilament, monofilament and nonwoven formats.


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