Groz-Beckert KG

Newsletter 2 | 2011

First student exchange a success –
Groz-Beckert and the NCRC Research Centre, USA enter the future together

Two students from the study course in Textiles Technology, on a monthly scholarship financed by Groz-Beckert, were allowed to go on a trip recently - into a special world of everything to do with nonwovens. That's to say they were able to spend their practical semester at the Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center (NCRC) in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

NCRC and NCSU

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Groz-Beckert places very high importance on textile technology study courses. To obtain qualified graduates for Groz-Beckert early on, the company sponsors students with a scholarship for the duration of their entire studies. The practice phases are spent either at Groz-Beckert or at cooperation partner companies.

One of these cooperation partners is the Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center (NCRC) in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. The research centre was founded in 2007 and offers numerous opportunities for research and training, with a large and diverse machine park.

The institute is integrated into North Carolina State University (NCSU), which has over 34,000 students and 8,000 employees at eleven different colleges. Students from 117 countries are enrolled there.

The NCRC works closely with the faculty of the College of Textile. This is currently providing 1,250 students with all kinds of study possibilities, and also boasts a state-of-the-art, very well equipped machine park. It covers the entire world of textiles and also features a textile testing laboratory. Professor Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, one of the world's most renowned nonwovens specialists, also works at the NCRC.

Two scholarship students – countless experiences

Two textile scholarship students - Daniel Resch and Christian Weber - have now benefitted from the cooperation between the NCRC and Groz-Beckert. They spent their practical semester at the research centre in Raleigh and developed profound expertise there. The two students had the opportunity during their stay to carry out research and experiments, to analyse complex issues in the nonwovens sector and to elaborate suitable solutions.

The NCRC staff took really good care of them: they were always ready to help with any queries or problems. Daniel Resch and Christian Weber were able to take full advantage of everything a renowned university has to offer. That included state-of-the-art facilities plus a very modern and comfortable library, even with a special textiles section. The two students lived in a residence on the campus and, with lots of different sports on offer, it was easy to decide how to spend their free time.

Daniel Resch and Christian Weber certainly gained a great deal of invaluable experience for their professional as well as personal futures. Apart from developing expertise in their subject they also improved their language skills, and could also exchange views and opinions about cultural and professional matters with fellow students from numerous different countries worldwide.

Groz-Beckert and NCRC are eager to continue pursuing this fruitful cooperation as intensively as possible. That means that for textile scholarship students at Groz-Beckert, and also for other graduates of the "Textile Product Technology - Technical Textiles" and Apparel Technology study courses at the University of Albstadt-Sigmaringen, the chance to go on a student exchange at the NCRC is still very much on offer. It can be done as a practical semester or as part of a Bachelor or Master thesis.