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In an age where industrial, even cross-sector, collaboration is creating significant opportunities for businesses, Darren Mitchell, a specialist patent attorney for the law firm Potter Clarkson, offers advice to would-be participants on how to protect their assets and avoid subsequent court battles while negotiating partnership deals.

Gaining significant clues to the kinds of developments textile manufacturers can expect to see at next year’s ITMA, Adrian Wilson visited this year’s precursor event, ITMA Asia + CITME, and discovered enthusiasm among machine builders for a future based on automation and data exchange.

Major opportunities for textile manufacturers supplying reinforcements to the composites industry are anticipated, with those working in the markets for transportation standing to gain most, as Adrian Wilson learned during the recent Global Fibers Congress.

From camouflage for daytime and night-time operations in a variety of environments to flame-retardant materials, the latest developments in textiles and textile technologies remain key factors in providing protection and reasonable comfort for military personnel, reports Adrian Wilson.

Following a series of acquisitions over the past few years, Lydall has grown to be a leader in high-performance nonwovens and related materials, according to Adrian Wilson.

FilSpec, a spinner specializing in high-technology yarns wants to harness its propensity for innovation to expand into growth markets around the world, particularly Europe. Senior managers for the Canadian company revealed their plans to John McCurry.

IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries, a body representing the electronics industry’s supply chain, has taken up the challenge of developing standards for electronic textiles (e-textiles). IPC’s Chris Jorgensen describes the progress to date and makes an appeal for more companies involved with e-textiles to contribute.

A New England, USA-based dye house specializing in technical textiles hopes to take its production to a higher level by raising funding through the Internet to hire specialists, upgrade its equipment and investigate new applications, reports John McCurry.

Time is running out for the negotiators to reach agreements about the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) and the nature of any subsequent trade deal between these two significant economies. David McGowan, Counsel at law firm Dentons, explains in detail how the possible outcomes might impact on how manufacturers continue to do business in this region.

IDTechEx predicts that the global market for advanced wound care products will grow to a value of US$20 billion a year by 2028. The market analyst recently shared its insights into the drivers behind this growth, reports Nick Butler, who also looks at the variety of medical textiles being developed to address these needs.

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