May 23: Tours

The following tours are available to registered participants of the FEDTex Summit.

  • You must indicate your participation in the respective tours on your registration in order to participate.
  • Transportation is not provided, you must provide your own transportation to each tour.

Tour 1: North Carolina State University, The Nonwovens Institute

The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) is the world’s first accredited academic program for the interdisciplinary study of engineered fabrics through an innovative partnership of industry, government, and academe. NWI engages experts from industry and higher education in building next-generation nonwoven applications while also providing training and guidance to the field’s future leaders. NWI plays a key role in the development and transformation of the latest innovations into marketable fiber-based systems through access to state-of-the-art pilot and testing facilities.

The tour will focus on these facilities within NWI’s Labs:  large- and small-scale units for Spunbond, Bonding (including hydroentanglement, thermal calendar, and through air), Meltblown, Carding (crosslapping, Needlepunch, and heated oven), Filament Spinning, Coating and Lamination, Filtration Testing, and Analytical.

Time: 2:15-3:30 PM
The tour will end at the Wilson College of Textiles Atrium, the location for the second tour to begin at 3:30.

Address:1010 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606

Closed toed shoes are required.

COVID protocols: TBA

Tour 2: North Carolina State University, Wilson College of Textiles

Tour the North Carolina State University Wilson College of Textiles lab facilities, including the Weaving Lab, Knitting Lab, Short-Staple Spinning Lab, Physical Testing Lab, and Dyeing and Finishing Lab, which are managed by Zeis Textiles Extension for Economic Development. These fully functioning labs are used for both educational purposes and contracted projects with industry partners for product testing and production.  In addition to the Zeis Textiles Extension, tour the Textile Protection and Comfort Center and ASSIST Center's labs for innovation and testing. These facilities are more closely related to heat and flame protection, chemical resistance, and comfort performance research, and wearable and implantable systems, respectively.

Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm
The tour will end at the Wilson College of Textiles Atrium, location for the Welcome Social that begins at 5:00 pm.

Address: North Carolina State University, Wilson College of Textiles
1020 Main Campus Drive
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606

Closed toed shoes are required.

COVID protocols (subject to change): TBA


Welcome Social

Following the above tours, join FEDTEX participants at the Welcome Social hosted by Burlington at the North Carolina State University, Wilson College of Textiles, 1020 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606.  For more information, visit:

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