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April 2003

CardioTech has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to produce and market an antibiotic hydrogel wound and burn dressing, which is indicated for venous stasis ulcers, diabetic ulce
Harodite Industries Inc has developed a process for making a composite headliner for automobiles.
A wave of technical fibre innovations is helping fibre companies in higher cost economies carve out a strategy for survival.
Ahlstrom FiberComposites has introduced a new range of advanced nonwoven sterilization wraps.
Precision Fabrics Group (PFG) Inc has licensed one of Procter & Gamble's (P&G's) advanced technologies for woven and nonwoven textiles.
Based on the use of a synchronization motor controlled through an inverter, Japan's KK Toyota Jidoshokki has invented a system of controlling single spindle drives on spinning frames.
UK company Charcoal Cloth International (CCI) has chosen Zorflex as the brand name for its activated charcoal cloth, which is used in medical, industrial, conservation and military applications.
An economical cut-resistant yarn for knitting into safety gloves is the subject of US Patent 6 467 251.
Humatro Corp has invented a radically new type of fibrous structure.
An inventor from Merthyr Tydfil, UK, has developed a therapeutic cap that allows a migraine sufferer to block out the light as well as surround their head with a cold press.
Kimberly-Clark describes an absorbent article claimed to maintain or improve skin health.
UK researchers have developed a process in which a polymer can be depolymerized into macrocyclic oligomers that can subsequently be repolymerized at high molar mass.
A feasibility study to examine the potential of woolbased medical textiles is to be carried out by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) in conjunction with a leading international pharmaceutical company.
Sara Lee Corp discloses a process for making softer handling open-end spun yarns in US Patent 6 477 826.
Kimberly-Clark has developed a biodegradable material with improved fluid management properties for use in disposable absorbent products.
Managing Director of XeBusiness Ltd David Cullis argues the case for investing in information technology, but warns that doing so effectively requires a real will to manage and implement change in a b
Treating hydrophobic fibres with a glow discharge plasma improves the ability to dye them, according to US researchers.
A two-layer acquisition/distribution layer (ADL) with improved protection against leakage has been developed by Buckeye Technologies.
A durable building panel is the subject of an International Patent (WO 01/36191).
Mccleeryyarns Yarns, Ciba Specialty Chemicals and Constab Additive Polymers (UK) Ltd have cooperated to produce a polypropylene yarn that is resistant to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and offers protecti
A medical wrap for the promotion of diabetic and similar wound healing has been developed by Kinetic Concepts of San Antonio, Texas, USA.
BBA Filtration has introduced a filter media designed for use in spas and swimming pools.
A yarn that expands when heated is the subject of US Patent 6 460 320.
Dupont textiles & Interiors has launched a range of socks designed for people who spend a lot of time on their feet or long periods in seated positions.
A technical symposium on materials and composites in health and wound management will be held on 29-30 April at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Accrington, UK.
Advanced wound management therapies, especially dressings containing active ingredients, are driving the market for wound management products, according to a recent issue of MedMarkets (February 2003)
Scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) of Richmond, Virginia, USA, have created a nanofibre mat that could eventually become a natural bandage.
A US company has revealed a way to reduce the electrostatic hazard associated with filling flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs).
A medical bandage for orthopaedic use and based on a tubular knitted substrate has been developed by BSN Medical.
Spain's Aitex now has a geotextile laboratory offering tests and consultancy on different types of materials.
A team of scientists from Portland, Oregon, USA, has developed a combat-ready, military field dressing based on chitosan.
A conference on Healthcare and Medical Textiles held in January 2003 in Belfast, UK, brought together professionals from a wide range of disciplines - from textile manufacturers to nursing staff.