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February 2005

A printing technique capable of producing retroflective fabrics is described in European Patent EP 1 431 449.
The US market for smart and interactive textiles,estimated at US$64.4 million in 2004,is expected to rise by an average of 36% a year to US$299.3 million in 2009, according to a new report from Busine
DFB Pharmaceuticals has acquired the EpiSource wound management activities of IsoTis OrthoBiologics for an undisclosed amount.
Absorbent structures made of chemically treated fibres are disclosed in US Patent 6 770 576 by Buckeye Technologies.The structures are said to allow increased concentrations of superabsorbent polymer
Index 05, the world's largest exhibition for the nonwovens sector, will highlight novel applications of nonwovens in the medical and other markets.
A nonwoven surge material for personal care products is described in US Patent 6 781 027 by Kimberly-Clark.
Healthcare and hygienic products maker Lohmann & Rauscher is to build a new plant in South Moravia, Czech Republic.The company is investing more than EUR41.5m into expansion and modernization of i
According to Frost & Sullivan, the European advanced wound management market was valued at US$544.4 million in 2004 and is forecast to grow by an average of 12.4% a year to US$1.23 billion in 2010
The increasing incidence of surgical site infections (SSIs) among hospital patients in Europe has led to a call to action for cost-effective preventative measures to be put in place by hospitals to he
An absorbent thermal pad for use by recovering obstetric or gynaecological patients is outlined in US Patent 6 786 880 by Lisa Wall of Beaverton,Oregon,USA.The device is designed to capture bodily flu
US Surgical, a business unit of Tyco Healthcare, has been awarded contracts in the USA by Novation, the supply company of VHA and the University HealthSystem Consortium.
Kimberly-Clark has developed disposable absorbent dressings with skin health treatment additives for the treatment and prevention of Stage I-IV partial and full thickness pressure wounds.
Procter & Gamble has developed a process for forming an activated carbon fibre filter for removing contaminants such as viruses from liquids.
US Patent 6 754 918 is for the design of an insulation system for use in such as sleeping bags.
US Patent 6 649 547 describes a sandwich laminate filter medium developed by Kimberly-Clark International Inc.
An Austrian company has a fabric that, it says, is particularly suitable providing pockets in curtains.
A textile designed for use as the outer shell of a firefighter's garment is the focus of International Patent WO 03/016604.
An Israeli inventor,Akiva Pinto of Jerusalem, claims to have invented a better way of forming fibre webs.
In US Patent 6 684 618,DuPont describes polyester carpets with excellent stain-resistance, texture retention and resistance to crushing.
A warp-knitted fabric intended for use as a shading net is the subject of US Patent 6 745 599.
A method of making antibacterial nonwoven fabrics for use in lightweight healthcare textiles is disclosed in US Patent 6 780 799 by Poly-Med.
Harbor Healthcare Inc of Gibbsboro,New Jersey, USA, has patented a system for producing weft-knitted blankets with over-fed loop yarns.
A new report by the European Association for Textile Polyolefins (EATP) says that polyolefins (polypropylene and polyethylene) are now the leading polymers used for textiles in Europe.
A wound dressing for treating injuries to nasal passages has been developed by Ferris Pharmaceuticals.