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Advanced Courses

Advanced Nonwovens Training

For industry participants looking for deeper knowledge in specific nonwoven areas.

In-Person Training
Returns in July 2021!

Fiber And Filament Extrusion Fundamentals

October 12 - 14, 2021

INDA/NWI Member: $1,395
Non-Member:    $1,795

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Fabric Property Development And Characterization Course

December 7 - 10, 2021

INDA/NWI Member: $1,795
Non-Member:    $2,295

Register Online »

Nonwoven Product Development And Innovation

INDA/NWI Member: $1,795
Non-Member:    $2,295

Location for all Advanced Training Courses:

The Nonwovens Institute NCSU 1010 Main Campus Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606

Multiple registrants from the same company receive a discount.


Fiber and Filament Extrusion Fundamentals

October 12 - 14, 2021 (2.5 days)

This advanced 2.5-day course is designed for professionals with an engineering or materials science degree, or a minimum of one year’s experience with engineered fabrics.

It provides a comprehensive understanding of fiber and filament extrusion product and processes, including raw material selection, polymer characterization, fiber and fibrous assemblies, fiber to fabric transitions, testing and characterization. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the importance of fiber and filaments as a basic feed stock for advancing nonwoven fabrics processes and products. Attendees will also benefit from hands-on learning with experiments in The Nonwovens Institute’s state-of-the-art fiber science laboratory.

This course is designed for nonwovens professionals who are seeking technical knowledge of fiber and filament extrusion technology including those with:

  • R&D
  • Manufacturing
  • Product Development
  • Production
  • Plant Engineering
  • Technical Sales and Marketing
  • Process Engineering

INDA/NWI Member: $1,395
Non-Member:    $1,795

Multiple registrants from the same company receive a discount.

Nonwoven Fabric Property Development and Characterization

December 7 - 10, 2021 (3 days)

This course provides an in-depth understanding of how the most important nonwoven fabric properties are achieved and how they are measured. Properties such as tensile, basis weight, compressibility, softness, fiber orientation, distribution and diameter, moisture and vapor transmission, and flammability are considered. Learn how nonwoven fabric properties are developed, measured and controlled.

This course is designed for professionals seeking an advanced knowledge of nonwoven fabric properties and measurement involved with:

  • R& D
  • Manufacturing
  • Product development
  • Production management
  • Maintenance and plant engineering
  • Technical sales and marketing
  • Process engineers
  • Quality control

INDA/NWI Member: $1,795
Non-Member:    $2,295

Multiple registrants from the same company receive a discount.

Nonwoven Product Development & Innovation

The most advanced course offered by The Nonwovens Institute & North Carolina State University
Dates TBA (3 days)

The educational crown jewel of the nonwovens industry, with a high-level overview of nonwoven processes, products, and opportunities. This course investigates the corporate tools and methodologies used in implementing a successful product development process from concept to commercialization, integrating the relationships, perspectives and team dependencies between engineering, manufacturing, purchasing and marketing disciplines. Participants will benefit with clear understandings of the successes and barriers within the product development process.

Individuals involved in project teams assigned a product development initiative would gain the maximum benefits of attending this course.

This course is designed for professionals who are - or will be - tasked to contribute on a product development team including:

  • R&D
  • Manufacturing management and engineering
  • Product development
  • Technology scouts

There is no pre-requisite area of study to attend the course.

INDA/NWI Member: $1,795
Non-Member:    $2,295

Multiple registrants from the same company receive a discount.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Stage-gate theory of product development and design of experiment
  • Nonwovens process and product review
  • Nonwovens markets, market research, trends
  • Due diligence: product and market
  • Product viability and abandonment
  • Processes to create a product
  • Product and organization protection
  • Product marketing, branding
  • Allocating appropriate resources
  • Manufacturing strategies/options


Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D.
The William A. Klopman Distinguished Chaired Professor of Materials in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University and Founding Executive Director of The Nonwovens Institute. »

Tom Daugherty
Deputy Director, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) »

Pierre D. Grondin
Product Development Director, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) »

David Nelson
Director, Industry Engagement and Education, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI), 3M, (retired) »