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April 2005

A personal care absorbent article for absorbing bloodcontaining fluids has been developed by Kimberly-Clark.
A wound dressing that is topographically self-stabilizing, dynamic pressure-evening and pressure-applying is described by inventors from Oregon, USA.
Germany's W. Schlafhorst AG continues its research into vortex spinning and, in US Patent 6 792 744,now proposes a system for converting a drawn sliver into a yarn by means of airflow.
An absorbent article that is said to increase wearer comfort has been developed by Unicharm of Tokyo, Japan.
Lauffenmuhle of Lauchringen,Germany, has introduced an extensive range of fabrics that is being used by European suppliers to the healthcare industry.
A system for treating yarns that makes them less likely to unravel or shed lint is disclosed in US Patent 6 796 115.
A Japanese inventor has developed socks that protect the instep or Achilles tendon during walking or exercising.
A development in the production of reflective materials for roof linings is the subject of US Patent 6 797 356.
US demand for wipes, both consumer and industrial, is forecast to increase nearly 6% a year to US$1.9 billion in 2009, propelled by further segmentation of the market and continued new product introdu
A flexible and absorbent alginate wound dressing is disclosed in US Patent 6 809 231 on behalf of the US Department of Agriculture.Developed especially for the treatment of burns wounds, the woven or
Costa Rica-based Elcom has signed an agreement with US company Healthpoint for exclusive rights to distribute Oasis wound dressings in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Panama.
A system for improving the rub fastness of dyed polyester fabrics and yarns has been introduced by Precision Processes Textiles (PPT) of Belper, UK.
Unicharm of Tokyo, Japan, has developed a disposable absorbent hygiene product that can be adhered to a crotch portion of an undergarment without directly touching a top layer with fingers during remo
A modified adhesive gauze for absorbing excess discharge from wounds as part of an adhesive bandage package is outlined by Arlene Wood in US Patent 6 812 374.
US-based personal care product manufacturers Procter & Gamble and Kimberly-Clark have reported an increase in sales of nonwoven-based baby care products in recent months.
With the advent of poly(trimethylene terephthalate) fibres - Corterra - for use as carpet pile there is a need for possible after-treatments.Now DuPont has developed a treatment that is intended to re
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) of Madison, Wisconsin, USA, has developed a refinement in the use of fibre-reinforced plastics to strengthen such things as pillars, girders and even br
North Sails Group says it has developed an improved construction for sailcloth fabric.
Lockheed Martin Corp claims to have developed a material that is suitable for use in lighter-than-air craft at high altitudes.
The European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA) and the US Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) have jointly published Worldwide Outlook for the Nonwovens Industry, a histori
A lightweight mesh for the repair of hernias may prove to be the material of the future for these operations, according to Dr Todd Heniford, Chief of Minimal Access Surgery and Director of the Carolin
A US company has invented a system for creating a composite in which a glass fibre mat is impregnated with a thermoplastic polyurethane.
An Australian company claims its cement composite reinforced with cellulosic fibre shows improvements in both rot resistance and durability.
Trevira CS Bioactive, a speciality polyester fibre, is being used to produce antibacterial and flame-retardant fabrics for the hospital and healthcare sectors.
France's Lainiere de Picardie BC has developed a yarn that is designed to reinforce fabrics or technical textiles that will be incorporated into another textile; for instance, one suggested use is in
The global market for absorbent products, including disposable diapers, training pants, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products, exceeded 319 billion units in 2004.However, demographic factor
Tex Tech Industries Inc claims to have developed a fireblocking fabric that meets US Federal Government regulations for the aviation and space sectors.