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July 2003

A US judge has ordered Procter & Gamble to stop advertising that its tampons are in any way better than those made by rival Playtex Products.

Innothera Topic International has developed a method and device for pulling a tubular compressive orthotic device on to a limb.

Milliken & Co has devised a laminate for absorbing sounds in motor vehicles.

A relatively simple and inexpensive composite designed for reinforcing bituminous roofing is the subject of US Patent 6 524 980.

A European consortium has developed types of reusable surgical barrier fabrics based on trilaminates.

Shape-memory materials are being used in medical textiles for their temperature adaptive moisture management features, says Dr Barbara Pause of Textile Testing & Innovation, Longmont, Colorado,

A heating element for seats is the subject of US Patent 6 531 687.

BBA Nonwovens Simpsonville Inc has devised a way of making waterproof covers that are also stable against ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given market clearance for the Matrix Collagen Particles wound dressing from Collagen Matrix.

Following US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance in 2002 for its adult-size LifeShirt system, VivoMetrics has introduced a paediatric version for children aged 5-17 years.

A polyolefin resin-based nonwoven fabric for the production of sanitary articles, such as disposable diapers, is disclosed by Japanese roll-goods producer Idemitsu Unitech in European Patent 1 275

Components of single-use absorbent hygiene items that can be disposed of in municipal and private sewage systems are disclosed by Kimberly-Clark in US Patent 6 515 075.

Yorkshire Forward of Leeds, UK, is supporting a system for the decortication of flax.

EDANA, the European trade association for the nonwovens and hygiene products industries, has announced the programme for Outlook 2003, the second hygiene conference to be held in Monaco from 8-10 O

A Spanish company has developed a kind of needlepunched fabric that it believes will be suitable for automobile carpet, and for lining the trunk or boot and wheel arches of vehicles.

Paul Dewingaerden, Secretary General of the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA), will join DuPont in the third quarter of 2003 as Business Manager, DuPont Medical Fabrics - Europ

A method for the continuous manufacture of single-use drapes or compresses is outlined by Laboratoire Hydrex in US Patent 6 520 184.

Biocompatible adhesive protective dressings for use on moist tissues, such as gingival tissue in the mouth, have been developed by a researcher from Westport, Connecticut, USA.

A US company has invented a system for converting a thick web of nonwoven fabric into a contoured material.

Israeli inventors have developed a type of knitted netting for use in baling agricultural products and securing cargo.

In US Patent 6 521 087, Weyerhaeuser discloses polymeric and non-polymeric binders for binding particles, such as superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) and antimicrobials, to fibres used in hygiene produc

A politician in California, USA, has withdrawn a proposed diaper-tax bill after critics claimed it solely benefited the diaper recycling company that contributed to the campaign.

An elastic strand around which is wrapped a continuous filament of adhesive has been developed by Kimberly-Clark.

US orthopaedics company Zimmer has launched a US$3.2 billion bid for the Swiss-based Centerpulse, challenging Smith & Nephew's earlier offer of US$2.3 billion.

US Patent 6 453 789 discloses an improved drive system for braiding machines.

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

Annual demand for coated fabrics is projected to increase 2.7% a year, reaching 550 million m2 (660 million square yards) by 2007, according to the latest study.