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December 2003

Linden Industries, a polyurethane (PU) machinery maker, located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA, is introducing a new process for manufacturing leather instrument panels and interior components for th

A hybrid-mesh cast sleeve used to build a cast around a part of the body has been developed by Kun Young Rhee of Seoul, Korea.

US Patent 6 586 351 describes the latest refinement in stab-resistant materialsSone that includes a carrier coated with solid particles.

A highly absorbent composite yarn is the invention of Koreas Silverstar Corp.

Paul Hartmann is selling its diaper production plant in Recklinghausen, Germany, to Ontex of Buggenhout, Belgium.

Toray Industries has developed a treatment for fibres that, the Japanese company claims, provides durably deodorant, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-soiling characteristics.

More than 285 delegates attended Outlook, the second Hygiene Plus Conference, which was held from 8Oe10 October 2003 in Monaco.

A US company has developed a process that it claims improves the uniformity of the application of yarn finish to individual filaments.

YSL Reflective Technology (YSL) says it has successfully broken into the reflective tape and clothing market with a turnover of GBP599 000 in its first six months and a modest profit.

A net that protects plants from excessive direct light is the subject of US Patent 6 586 350.

DuPont Engineering Polymers and Wuxi Xingda Nylon Co Ltd of Wuxi, China, will form a joint venture for the production and distribution of filaments used in toothbrush, paint brush, cosmetic and ind

A launderable fluid-containment composite that can be used as a component of an incontinence pad has been developed by Tietex International.

Members of the first Swedish expedition to climb Dhaulagiri - at 8167 m (26 794 feet) the world's seventh highest mountain - used Gore-Tex(r) fabrics.

BWF Tec is building a new needlefelt production line at its plant in Offingen, Germany.

Demand for nonwoven roll goods in the USA is expected to increase 3.9% a year to US$5 billion in 2007, according to Nonwovens, the latest study published by the Freedonia Group.

The FiberComposites division of Ahlstrom has announced changes at its nonwovens manufacturing facility in Stalldalen, Sweden.

An adhesive bandage that incorporates a soft, three-dimensional toy is outlined in US Patent 6 586 651 by John Sullivan of Weston, Connecticut, USA.

Europe's two biggest suppliers of spinnerets have joined forces.

Much of the industry's thinking in 2003 was dominated firstly by Techtextil in Frankfurt and then by ITMA in Birmingham.

An Italian inventor describes a process for making che- nille yarn in European Patent EP 1 323 854.

A device for affixing a patients limb to the surgeons body during arthroscopic examination or surgery is described by Barry Henry of Lubbock, Texas, USA.

An energy-absorbent composite laminate for mechanical joints is the invention of Canadas Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics.

Orthopaedic supports that can be configured to body parts, such as the knee, wrist or ankle, are disclosed in US Patent 6 582 382 by Beiersdorf.

Organizer Messe Frankfurt has extended its Techtextil brand to the capital of the largest country in the world, the Russian Federation.

A post-operative wound dressing for bandaging a penis following, for instance, circumcision is described in US Patent 6 580 011 by Barbara Jennings-Spring.

A technique for joining and laminating fabrics sheets made from materials previously thought of as unsuitable for such treatments, such as aramids and fleeces, is disclosed in International Patent

A high bulk fibre with greater abrasion resistance is the subject of International Patent World Patent WO 02/16682 from Honeywell International Inc.

Russian company BASK has chosen UK-based Perseverance Mills Ltd to be the main supplier of fabrics for its range of down clothing and sleeping bags from 2004.

A three-dimensionally braided covered stent has been developed by Boston Scientific/SciMed.

A flexible matrix of pyrolysed carbon fibres is suitable for use as the substrate for a fuel cells electrode, according to its US inventor.

A method for making infection-resistant textile articles has been developed by researchers at the Department of Textiles, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, USA.

Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics America has acquired the assets and technology of Gividi USA of Ridgeway, South Carolina.

At a meeting in Huddersfield, UK, Messe Frankfurt's Director for Techtextil Michael Janecke described the market for technical textiles in the Russian Federation and made the case for the need to e

A nonwoven structure that incorporates stabilized filament assemblies is the subject of International Patent WO 00/63479.

A German inventor has proposed the use of a dye with chlorophyll-like reflectance in the infra-red (IR) region of the electromagnetic spectrum for fibres intended to produce camouflage fabrics for

National Presto Industries of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA, has purchased the assets of privately owned NCN Hygiene Products, a small manufacturer of adult incontinence products and housetraining pad

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