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January 2003

Belfast is to host the UK's first Healthcare and Medical Textiles Network Conference on 23-24 January 2003.

A diamond-like coating (DLC) improves the flexural rigidity of aramid fibres and suppresses their low yielding behaviour, according to US inventors.

An abrasion- and wrinkle-resistant finish for fabrics that, its inventor claims, is effectively permanent is the subject of International Patent 01/18304.

A hydrophilic fibre claimed to excel in high-speed processability has been developed by Chisso.

A flexible padded belt adapted to be worn by a person in a horizontal position has been developed by Mary Pearcey of Sarasota, Florida, USA.

A durably wettable liquid-pervious web prepared using a radiation curing process has been developed by Procter & Gamble.

As a result of advances in dye formulation and dyeing technologies, Klopman has developed a range of specially formulated dark colours that can be combined with its range of high-visibility fabrics

A Japanese firm has patented a fine electrically conductive fibre, as well as a conductive yarn made from the fibre.

A Japanese inventor (US Patent 6 407 015) has devised a fabric that can control the flow of fluids.

A multilayer thermally bonded nonwoven fabric that has particular application as a liner in a disposable absorbent product is disclosed in US Patent 6 468 931 by BBA Nonwovens Simpsonville (formerl

Santa Clarita, California, is piloting the USA's first recycling programme for diapers.

A cord with a diameter that shrinks under tension is the subject of International Patent WO 00/61844.

A stretchable nonwoven web (or a laminate of a stretchable nonwoven web and an elastic sheet) for use in personal care absorbent items is disclosed by Kimberly-Clark.

Comfortable compressive orthoses such as elastic stockings or tights have been developed by Innothera Topic International of Arcueil, France.

Centerpulse of Zurich, Switzerland, has sold its Vascutek vascular prosthesis business to Japan's Terumo Corp for $170 million.

A US company claims to have found a way to make polypropylene fibres with lower shrinkage.

Tampon manufacturer Playtex Products of Westport, Connecticut, USA, is looking at strategic growth options for the company, including the possible sale of a part or all of the company.

A three-dimensional knitted prosthetic fabric has been developed by Sofradim of Trevoux, France.

Belfast is to host the UK's first Healthcare and Medical Textiles Network Conference on 23-24 January 2003.

A three-dimensional knitted prosthetic fabric has been developed by Sofradim of Trevoux, France.

Two Texans have invented a safety restraint for children travelling in automobiles. Tana Wade and Lucia Cook Queen disclose their development in US Patent 6 383 130.

Toyo Boseki KK has developed hydrophilic polyester supplied as an aqueous dispersion that is intended for making nonwovens.

A method for preparing an absorbent article with a reduced likelihood of superabsorbent shifting is described by BASF Corp in US Patent 6 417 425.

Denmark-based medical product maker Coloplast is adding another 9500 m2 to its manufacturing facility in Tatabanya, Hungary, where it plans to double the workforce and extend products made there to

A Swiss company has developed a way to reinforce thermoplastic bands by using pressure impregnation of a fibre strand.

A flushable fibrous structure for use in absorbent articles such as diapers and incontinence pads has been developed by Procter & Gamble.

Acordis Industrial Fibers in Arnhem, The Netherlands, makes two completely different types of tyre cord: Diolen polyester and Cordenka high-tenacity rayon.

A method for making superabsorbent-containing diapers has been developed by Weyerhaeuser.

A new range of wound dressings is being introduced into key European markets by Coloplast of Humlebaek, Denmark.

A system for simultaneously winding a series of rovings on to a support has been developed in France.

Candover, a UK-based private equity firm, is to acquire private label disposable products manufacturer Ontex of Buggenhout, Belgium.

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