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Dr Andrew Hewitt has worked in textile product and process research since 1995 and joined the University of Huddersfield in March 2018, becoming a founder member of the Technical Textiles Research Centre.

Andrew is on the steering committee of WOVEN in Kirklees, a biennial festival initiated and funded by Kirklees Council, connecting a strong heritage with today’s innovative developments in industry, university research, a strong arts and crafts scene and the creative expression of the district’s rich and diverse communities. He is also a Council Member of The Bradford Textile Society, the UK's oldest textile society, and is on the Organising Committee of The 92nd Textile Institute World Conference.

He is a former member of the steering committee of the Nonwovens Network, the UK's largest association for nonwovens and related industries, and EDANA's Sustainability Working Group.

He graduated from Lancaster University with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and MSc in Polymer Science, then began his career working on the development of textile lubricants and finishes at Vickers Oils before undertaking a PhD in Hydroentangled Nonwovens at the University of Leeds.

He was one of the original team of the Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute, founded in 2005, and worked there for 12 years as a Senior Manager as it grew to be a global leader in commercially-focussed nonwoven engineering and product development.

Andrew has an extensive track record in the development of commercially-focussed new textile products and processes using a wide range of nonwoven process routes for many different end applications, including medical, hygiene, geotextiles, construction, apparel, automotive, furnishings, filtration, insulation, agriculture, disease control and cosmetics.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

External positions

Council Member, Bradford Textile Society

Aug 2022 → …

Member of the Sustainability Working Group, EDANA

Jul 2018Jul 2019

Steering Committee Member, Nonwovens Network

Dec 2012Jun 2019

Director & Trustee, Upstagers Theatre Charity Limited

Mar 2008 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Textiles
  • Nonwovens
  • Circular Economy
  • Polymer and Fibre Science
  • Technical Textiles
  • Product Development
  • Sustainable Fashion and Textiles
  • Medical Textiles
  • Textile Engineering
  • Structures and properties of nonwovens
  • Textile product and process development
  • The circular economy relating to textiles
  • Biodegradable and sustainable fibres


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