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The European glass fibre-reinforced plastic (GFRP) market will grow by around 2% in 2017 (compared with 2016) with production forecast to total 1.118 Mt (for thermosets and long fibre-reinforced th

An antioxidant wound dressing material that provides controlled release of a wound-healing therapeutic compound when placed in contact with a wound fluid is described in US Patent 9 687 581 by KCI

A low-cost patient-warming device that can be configured as a blanket, drape or surgical drape has been developed by Medline Industries.

The Composite Recycling Technology Center of Port Angeles, Washington, USA, and ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd of Coseley, UK, have manufactured an automotive seatback from recycled carbon fibre.

A graduated compression garment is highlighted in US Patent 9 724 260 by Compression Dynamics.

Carrington Textiles is to launch a flame-retardant (FR) fabric (Flametech 300AS) in multiple high-visibility colours at this year’s A+A in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 17–20 October. 

Textile odour control and prevention specialist Microban International Ltd of Huntersville, North Carolina, USA, has appointed textile chemical manufacturer Texchem of Rochdale as a UK distributor.

Solvay of Brussels, Belgium, is to sell its integrated polyamide (PA) business to BASF of Ludwigshafen, Germany. 

A storage-stable wood fibre-reinforced composite for the manufacture of furniture that can be processed via hot moulding has been developed by BASF and Sonae Arauco.

A medical device for reconstructive surgery that includes a suture mesh has been developed by Avinash Kumar of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, USA.

An absorbent article that includes superabsorbent yarn as part of the absorbent portion is described in US Patent 9 675 501 by Kimberly-Clark.

A method for embedding unidirectional carbon fibres in carbon fibre sheet-moulding compound (SMC) can be used to produce lightweight structural components in under three minutes, according to the U

A suture that features a reinforced loop with a polymeric coating is described by Covidien in US Patent 9 687 228.

Mould technology from Roctool of Le Bourget Du Lac, France, has been installed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, USA. 

An epoxy prepreg (HexPly M77HF) developed for a quick three-minute cure cycle using low-pressure processing techniques is to be launched by Hexcel of Stamford, Connecticut, USA.

An absorbent article that includes an acquisition and distribution layer (ADL) arranged between the topsheet and the absorbent core, is disclosed by SCA Hygiene Products of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Matrix World Group (MWG) Chile has launched its first-ever collection of treated flame-resistant clothing, all manufactured using fabric from Mount Vernon FR. 

The Lenzing Group is opening an application innovation centre (AIC) in Hong Kong. 

Hexcel is launching a UK Government-backed £7.4-million research and development project on multiaxial fabrics for composites and is expanding its manufacturing facility in Narborough, UK. 

Novel absorbent fibres made from regenerated low-substituted carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) are described in US Patent 9 610 379 by FPInnovations.