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April 2013

Textile products that are enhanced by carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are the goal of a two-year agreement between an Israel-based specialist in nanotechnology, Fulcrum SP Materials Ltd of Rehovot, and a UK c
A wound care device capable of one-way, directional flow of fluids and contaminants has been developed by Milliken of Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA.
An absorbent article, for instance a sanitary napkin, that allows liquid such as menstrual fluid to permeate quickly is described by Unicharm in US Patent 8 304 600.
Reassure, of Ollivette, Montana, USA, has developed a range of Premium Cotton Pads featuring a 100% pure Cotton Core to offer comfortable and absorbent performance.
AMSilk has produced Biosteel, described as the world's first competitive man-made spider-silk fibre and made entirely from recombinant silk proteins.
The University of Leeds, UK, has received GBP1.75 million to fund textile research to help create new healthcare products.
A high-strength surgical suture material with improved tie-down characteristics and tissue compliance is described in US Patent 8 383 188 by the University of Connecticut, USA.
Sweden-based Duni is to close one of the three production units of its subsidiary Rexcell Tissue & Airlaid. The unit produces and sells material focused on the hygiene products sector.
A state court jury in New Jersey, USA, has awarded US$3.35 million to 47-year-old Linda Gross, who developed problems in 2006 after she received a Prolift vaginal mesh implant manufactured by Johnson
Servizi Ospedalieri is now supplying several hospitals in Italy with surgical clothing made from Smartcel Sensitive fibre.
Chinese researchers have succeeded in making highly porous solids consisting of a three-dimensional (3D) network of carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
Mitsubishi Rayon of Tokyo, Japan, has merged two of its subsidiaries in the USA - Grafil of Sacramento and Newport Adhesives and Composites of Irvine, both in California - to form Mitsubishi Rayon Car
AGY of Aiken, South Carolina, USA, has expanded its range of sizing systems in order to enable its glass fibres and yarns to be used with a wider variety of polymers.
Fabrics that can convert movement into electrical energy are a step closer to reality thanks to the work of scientists in the USA.
A European project aims to develop a non-intrusive sensing system embedded in the seat cover and the safety belt of a car to monitor a driver's heart and respiration rhythms in order to warn of growin
A European project called Powerweave has begun its quest to develop fibres and fabrics for harvesting and storing energy.
AGY of Aiken, South Carolina, USA, has introduced two ultra-fine glass yarns, called BC2250 and BC3000, in response to demand from the manufacturers of substrates for printed-circuit boards (PCBs).
A stocking with integrated sensors that monitor the retention of fluid in the legs could help patients at risk from heart failure and pregnant women prone to preeclampsia, according to the Danish comp
A range of cheap reinforcements made from jute fibre was launched by Composites Evolution during the JEC Composites exhibition, held in Paris, France, 12-14 March 2013.
Two US companies have formed a partnership to develop and manufacture the next generation of highperformance separators for energy-storage devices, such as lithium-ion batteries and ultracapacitors (s
Owens Corning of Toledo, Ohio, USA, will join the partnership set up by BASF of Ludwigshafen, Germany, and TenCate Advanced Composites of Nijverdal, The Netherlands, to develop thermoplastic composite
Italy-based hygiene nonwovens producer Texsus is to invest Euro25 million at its plant in Pistoia, Italy, as part of a strategic plan to expand European production.
Kimberly-Clark's GoodNites and Poise brands have been honoured as 2013 Product of the Year in their respective Children's Care and Feminine Wellness categories, it is reported.
"Smart" disposable diapers being developed by Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute are likely to be launched later this year.
The three year Euro1.3 million Harken EU7 project, which began during 2012, is aiming to combat road accidents and casualties caused by fatigue with a non-intrusive sensing system of a driver's heart
Porous Power Technologies, in which nonwovens major Ahlstrom acquired a 59% stake at the end of 2011, has launched a new range of ceramic-filled battery separators designed to significantly improve th
Runware, a designer of devices for smartphones based in Sainte-Clotilde, France, is launching the Runalyzer blue chest strap for iPhone 5 for measuring and improving sports activity.
While many adhesive users have been underwhelmed by water based products in the past, new 1000NF fast tack adhesive will change perceptions, according to its maker 3M.
Puma's new ACTV and RCVR training tights, shorts and tops are the first products to employ both athletic taping and enhanced compression and received a Gold Award at the recent Ispo sports exhibition
A research team from the Technical University of Eindhoven and Hong Kong Polytechnic University have discovered that coating the cotton fabrics with temperature responsive PNIPAAm (Poly(N-isopropylacr
Fibertect, the nonwoven decontamination wipe created by researchers at Texas Tech University, has been improved and proven itself more viable at cleaning up a nerve chemical surrogate than the deconta
Danish electronic textiles specialist Ohmatex, Professor Michael Gratzel, the inventor of dye sensitized solar cells and printed battery researchers from Brunel University are among an EU 7th Framewor
A 3D printing technique employing human stem cells could pave the way to purpose-built replacement organs for patients, eliminating the need for organ donation, immune suppression and the problem of t
Alexium's nylon flame retardant (FR) products trademarked Ascalon will be introduced over the coming months and the company expects revenues to grow rapidly in mid-2013 from its exclusive commercial a
In December 2012, the Product Development Center at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) executed a test-bed agreement with firefighting gear manufacturer Globe Manufacturing, based
Coats of Uxbridge, UK, has launched Coats Insectiban anti-bed-bug sewing thread and zips.
TissueGen is partnering with Biomedical Structures (BMS) to develop a finished textile platform for drugeluting medical device applications, such as smalldiameter vascular grafts and stents, tissue an
An improved wound dressing that exhibits absorbability, but does not adhere to the wound has been developed by inventors from Tokyo, Japan.
Composites containing aerogels for building insulation applications received the Award for Product Innovation at the recent BAU 2013 trade fair for architecture, materials and systems held in Munich.
The Puma men's athletic apparel line inspired by world record sprinter Usain Bolt now incorporates patented Celliant mineral fibre technology developed by Hollogenix LLC, of Santa Monica, California.
Heart failure patients and pregnant women at risk from pre-eclampsia could soon benefit from a new electronic stocking for monitoring fluid retention in the legs.

DreamWeaver International has announced a new partnership with wetlaid and airlaid nonwovens major Glatfelter, to develop and manufacture the next generation of high performance and affordable sepa

Germany's SGL Group has developed a new type of carbon fibre reinforced graphite material designed for industrial heat treatment applications.
At the JEC Composites show in Paris from March 12-14, Hexcel has been providing details of its work on the Airbus A350 XWB, which takes carbon composites to a new level and represents the largest cont
Working with Benteler SGL Composite Technology GmbH of Ried im Innkreis, Austria, Henkel AG of Dusseldorf, Germany, has developed a process for the resin transfer moulding (RTM) of glass fibrereinforc