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INDA and NC State to offer professional development courses for nonwovens

The new portfolio of six courses will unify each organisations’ separate nonwovens training courses into a single series.

23rd September 2014

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Cary, NC

Medical/Hygiene, Industrial, Packaging

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, and North Carolina State University’s Nonwovens Institute (NWI) have jointly organised series of nonwovens short courses entitled The Professional Development Series.

The new portfolio of six courses will unify each organisations’ separate nonwoven training courses into a single series starting with the nonwovens  basics, increasing to intermediate and capping with an advanced series of product development, nanofibres and microfibres, fabric property development, and spunbond and meltblown technology.

Starting in 2015, the series are expected to give industry professionals targeted and flexible short course opportunities to impart knowledge of nonwovens and advance career development goals, organisations believe.

Professional Development Series

Since 1998, INDA has been offering its one-and-a half day Elementary Nonwovens Training Course and its three-day Advanced Nonwovens Training Course to INDA members and industry participants. Simultaneously, NWI has been offering a series of advanced training courses from three to five days, with one course quite similar to the INDA Advanced course, INDA reports. 

The Professional Development Series starts on 21 January 2015 and offers continuing education units to intermediate and advanced series participants. The full series includes:

  • Elementary – with a focus toward professionals who are new to nonwovens, this course  conducted by INDA, in Cary, NC, reviews the basic nomenclature, production processes, fabric attributes, market uses and trends of nonwovens.
  • Intermediate Nonwovens Training – designed for industry professionals familiar with nonwovens or those with a more technical background, this new course combines INDA’s Advanced Course with elements of NWI’s Introduction to Nonwoven Products & Processes.
  • Advanced Series – created for industry participants looking for deeper knowledge in specific nonwoven areas, the Advanced Series will be located at the NWI at NC State University and be taught by NWI instructors. The Advanced Series will consist of three-and-a-half day courses in fabric property development and characterisation, introduction to spunbond and meltblown technology, and nonwoven nanofibre and microfibre fundamentals and characterisation.

Enriching the experience

“We are delighted to partner with the Nonwovens Institute at NC State University to combine our training course offerings into a single Professional Development Series that is easily understandable for members of INDA, members of NWI, and industry participants from the nonwovens and related industries,” commented Dave Rousse, President of INDA.

“Combining INDA’s course content with NWI’s pilot lines and labs enriches the experience for attendees.  This collaboration removes doubt and confusion about which courses fit best, and should enable more efficient and assured use of these well designed courses to meet the professional development needs of our industry.”

Behnam Pourdeyhimi, PhD, Executive Director of The Nonwovens Institute and Associate Dean of the NC State University College of Textiles, said that combining the strengths of each and eliminating duplication would result in a superior experience for all. “This harmonised series of courses will appeal to a broad group and well serve a significant need in this industry. We are very excited to be able to do this together”, he commented.

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