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Gurit of Zurich, Switzerland, has won a contract for the production and supply of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) exterior car body panels from an Italian premium carmaker. 

Solvay of Brussels, Belgium, is launching a grade of polyarylamide (PARA) reinforced at 55% by weight with a hybrid of glass and carbon fibres. 

A way to investigate the properties high-performance fibres used in modern body armour has been developed by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of Gaithersburg

A flexible nonwoven supercapacitor that could power wearable devices has been developed by researchers in the USA and South Korea using a simple layer-by-layer nanocoating technique.

Microphones small enough to be almost invisible to the naked eye are being knitted into the fabric covering army helmets to reduce the risk of soldiers developing hearing injuries.

A technique for creating electrically heated fabrics based on a vapour deposition nanocoating process is being developed at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in he USA.

A range of reactive inks that are said to deliver outstanding light- and weather-fastness has been launched by Huntsman Textile Effects of Singapore for the digital printing of polyester fibres. 

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the USA have developed nanofibre fabrics that are non-toxic and can be used in medical, environmental, personal care and food packaging app

An electrospun nonwoven electrode that could help make energy storage devices such as batteries and supercapacitors faster and less susceptible to leaks or disastrous meltdowns has been developed a

Researchers working under the European Union (EU)'s Graphene Flagship have demonstrated that graphene-based materials can be used to boost the properties of spider silk.

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) of Cary, North Carolina, USA, has launched its Directory of Pilot Lines for Nonwoven/Engineered Materials Product Development in pri

Engineered biomaterials such as scaffolds derived from plant products have been developed by researchers from Drexel University of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Fibres and textiles manufacturer Asahi Kasei has opened a research and development (R&D) centre in Dormagen, Germany. 

Absorbent articles such as sanitary napkins that utilize multiple absorbent cores have been developed by Procter & Gamble.

Product- and application-specific reference cleaning processes for high-visibility clothing are being developed by researchers at the Hohenstein Group in Boennigheim, Germany.

A uniform for firefighters incorporating a wearable device that monitors body heat has been developed by Teijin of Tokyo, Japan. 

Gurit of Zurich, Switzerland, is to transfer its UK prepreg business to its Spanish prepreg production facility in Albacete by the middle of 2018. 

Porcher Industries has completed the acquisition of technical fabrics manufacturer Interglas Technologies from the Preiss Daimler Group. 

A multilayered absorbent article in the form of a thin absorbent composite has been developed by DSG International of Kwai Chung, Hong Kong.

Hexcel Corp of Stamford, Connecticut, USA, has completed the acquisition of Structil SA, a producer and supplier of high-performance composites based in Vert-le-Petit, France.