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December 2004

Saint-Gobain Vetrotex, has recently outlined its plans to construct a glass reinforcement manufacturing plant with Owens Corning in Tlaxcala, Mexico.
Cross-over hygiene products -- absorbent articles that sit at the crossroads between lifestyle/convenience and traditional product features -- are the new battlegrounds for major hygiene product compa
Two hygiene products are among six finalists competing for the 2005 Visionary Award presented by the US-based Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA).
Surfactant systems for personal care products are disclosed in US Patent 6 727 196 by Kimberly-Clark.
A knitted therapeutic medical compression stocking for the prevention of venous disease and/or embolism is disclosed in US Patent 6 725 691 by BSN-Jobst, a subsidiary of BSN Medical.
A padded cushioning device designed to be worn with a leg brace is outlined in US Patent 6 726 646 by Neil Bacheldor of Sebago, Maine, USA.
A radially expanding, cylindrical tampon claimed to have improved ability to prevent early leakage has been developed by McNeil-PPC, part of Johnson & Johnson.
US companies White Knight Engineered Products and CNS have jointly developed Breathe Right luxury allergen barrier bedding encasements for mattresses and pillows, which are being sold exclusively in t
A workshop on Personalised Health: The Integration of Innovative Sensing, Textiles, Information & Communication Technologies will be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, on 13-15 December 2004.
Disposable absorbent pants with fluid-handling characteristics useful for encouraging toilet training have been developed by Kimberly-Clark.
An "oxygen bandaging system" is described in US Patent 6 767 342.
An improved bandaging system for use in the treatment of venous leg ulcers has been developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Biopharmaceutical research and development company Alltracel of Dublin, Ireland, has announced an agreement with Pharm-a-care Laboratories for the launch of five first-aid products in Australia under
A moisture vapour-permeable composite structure is disclosed in US Patent 6 749 923 by Procter & Gamble.
A prosthesis for the repair of thoracic or abdominal aortic aneurysms is described by Ethicon in US Patent 6 767 359.
Michelin, France, has developed a composites-based, airless tyre. As the tyre it is not dependant on pressurized air to remain inflated, it cannot be punctured.
The French glass fibre maker Saint-Gobain has developed several reinforcement grades.
An ionizing wipe for removing static electricity from an insulating surface is disclosed in US Patent 6 750 164.
Fabrics containing active yarns, such as shape-memory fibres or those made from electro-active polymers, that are intended for reinforcing composites are the subject of European Patent EP 1 420 094.
The Italian polyester maker Novamont SpA has bought the Eastar Bio copolyester business and technology from Eastman Chemical Co, USA.
Broad-spectrum protection is claimed for a garment developed in Israel by Jeffrey Gabbay of Jerusalem. International Patent WO 00-75415 says the product is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-yeast.
Carbon fibre reinforced plastics have been used to strengthen a service subway that carries both power and signal cables for the underground railway system in London, UK.
Lindstrand Technologies Ltd (LTL) will use Tenara(r) M 1000 sewing thread from Donisthorpe & Co Ltd for its latest project, an inflatable airship hangar.
Honeywell has agreed to sell its Performance Fibers business to Sun Capital Partners Inc.
Japanese company Showa Denko KK (SDK) has developed a grade of carbon nanofibre for addition to electrically conductive resins.
Lenzing's Board of Management says it will fight the decision of the Higher Regional Court of Vienna, an Austrian anti-trust authority, to block its proposed takeover of Tencel.
A US company has invented a hybrid cable cord comprising at least two yarns with different properties.
In US Patent 6 749 929, a company from the Republic of Ireland describes a material for thermally insulating and sound-proofing the engine compartment of an automobile or truck.
PPG Industries, USA, and its joint venture partner in China, Nan Ya Plastics Corp, are to build a second manufacturing furnace for glass fibre reinforcements at their facility in Kunshan, China.
Premix Thermoplastics Inc, USA, had added carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics to its Pre-Elec range of electrically conductive composites.
An 'oxygen bandaging system' is described in US Patent 6 767 342.
A new report, The Adult Incontinence Market Opportunity -- North American and Western European Outlook 2003 to 2008, has been published by Engqvist Consulting of Switzerland and John R.