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August 2003

A radially expandable stent-graft endoprosthesis is described in US Patent 6 540 773 by SciMed Life Systems (now part of Boston Scientific).

An Israeli firm has developed a simple technique for producing an exceptionally fine worsted fabric.

Scientific and technological solutions for problems relating to technical textiles will be the focus of a conference in Manchester, UK, next year.

Kimberly-Clark has introduced three new products and two product improvements to its Kotex range.

A US company has invented a system for spreading a web evenly.

A type of floor covering based on the use of paper yarns has been created by a US company.

International Newsletters Ltd is preparing a major new report - Medical and Hygiene Textiles: Initiatives for Growth.

European Patent EP 1 279 755 suggests that a decorative polyester yarn may be produced undyed and held to be dyed in small lots as and when required.

A team from Georgia Tech Research Institute of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, has developed a process for the production of a one-piece garment that can be converted into a full-body overall or hospital go

Scientific and technological solutions for problems relating to technical textiles will be the focus of a conference in Manchester, UK, next year.

A US company has developed a wear-resistant stitchbonded nonwoven for upholstery.

A surgical cast venting device is disclosed in US Patent 6 547 751 by Alessandro Barberio of West North York, Ontario, Canada.

Garnett Controls Ltd has introduced a new electronically controlled cross-lapper.

German healthcare company Paul Hartmann has acquired the Turin-based trading and service company DAS to broaden its involvement in the Italian patient care and medical business.

A paving material for footways that is strong and lightweight is the subject of European Patent EP 1 277 883.

Afmedica has outlined a biodegradable, drug-impregnated mesh or gauze that deters the formation of post-operative adhesions following abdominal and other surgical procedures.

AcryMed has received the Frost & Sullivan Technological Innovation Award for 2003.

A Dutch invention aims to create a lightweight but opaque fabric for clothing, particularly that used by healthcare workers.

A US-Japanese collaboration has developed acrylic fibres containing chitosan that have long-lasting antimicrobial properties.

Investment bank ABN Amro has emerged as a leading contender to buy the medical division of UK-based SSL International.

Enzyme treatments of textiles, particularly cellulosics, that enhance the properties in ways not previously contemplated by such processes are the subjects of a patent from a UK finisher.

Workwear specialist Klopman International says its Titan range of fabrics is designed to help maintain a smart appearance in garments used in strenuous circumstances and needing frequent laundering

UK researchers have unveiled a new yarn feed system for knitting machines.

Wound dressings made from carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) have been developed by Acordis Speciality Fibres.

Japanese inventor Yuzo Tsuchida has developed silk fabrics that protect body parts affected by, for example, cuts, burns, tumours or bedsores.

To reduce inertial forces, the yarn guides on highspeed winders are often made using carbon fibres.

A US Bankruptcy Court judge has ruled in favour of USdiaper maker Paragon Trade Brands, allowing it to proceed with a trial against Weyerhaeuser to recover damages of more than US$400 million, rela

The global market for woundcare products aimed at treating skin ulcers exceeded US$2.5 billion in 2002, according to a new study from Kalorama Information.

A custom-moulded orthopaedic impression shirt is disclosed in US Patent 6 533 971 by Synthetic Tubular Socks (STS).

In an effort to help stop the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), DuPont has increased the supply of its Tyvek protective disposable garments in China and Hong Kong.

Kimberly-Clark has found a way to sterilize a nonwoven sterilization wrap that minimizes malodours.

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