Dr Matthew Tipper, CEO of NIRI.
Dr Matthew Tipper, CEO of NIRI.

Dr Matthew Tipper, CEO of the Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI) and Dr Ross Ward, NIRI’s New Business development manager, will be joining colleagues and clients at Virtual RISE 2021 and INDEX 20 in the next few weeks.

For RISE 2021, taking place in its new hybrid format from 28–30 September, Dr Tipper will be presenting the latest thoughts on a sustainable future for nonwovens with a European perspective.  Over 70% of materials used in the manufacture of nonwovens are synthetic. There is a clear need and demand for more sustainable nonwovens, and key aligning factors include a growing consumer awareness of the use of plastics in products, the impact of the EU directive on single-use plastics, ocean microplastics and the increasing awareness of extended producer responsibility for clothing producers. 

In October, Dr Tipper will be representing NIRI along with Dr Ross Ward, New Business development manager, at INDEX 20, postponed from last year and now taking place 19–22 October. Dr Tipper will be leading a seminar on infection prevention, with a presentation on nonwoven-enabled hand hygiene devices for infection control.