Nonwoven fabrics having reached a high state of technical development are also important to the regionâ€™s economy and are increasingly studied and researched at the University. Huddersfield and its University have a long tradition of excellence in woven textiles. Dr Hewittâ€™s technical textiles background means that he will develop courses in this subject area at the University of Huddersfieldâ€™s Department of Fashion and Textiles. He quoted that, â€œThey can be produced from any fibrous material, including polyesters, cottons, viscoses, carbon fibre, glass fibre or any combination.â€
Dr Hewitt worked at the Leeds-based Nonwovens Innovation and Research Institute (NIRI) for more than 12 years. Dr Hewitt aims to help dismantle disciplinary boundaries, where a high proportion of current students are motivated by the aesthetic rather than technical aspects of textile studies.
â€œThey have been around since early felting, but nonwovens are probably the biggest growth area in UK textiles and they are used in such a wide range of applications, such as filtration, wipes, insulation, wound dressings, nappies and even bullet-proof vests.â€ as told by Dr Hewitt. Dr Andrew Hewitt has a background in Nonwovens. He is teaching students but also concentrates to develop research relationships with industry partners.
Nonwovens to play a more central role in the textile curriculum at the University of Huddersfield.
He said that, â€œThe different skills can be combined,â€ and also that, â€œTechnical people have a lot to learn about design and designers can learn things from the technical guys. By combining our strengths, we all become stronger.â€ He took part in collaborations with a series of blue chip companies. â€œA lot of people have never heard of nonwovens, but they can be found in virtually every facet of life,â€ said Dr Hewitt.
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