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July 2004

A fibrous absorbent article, such as a tampon, for absorbing body fluids is disclosed by Playtex Products.

A low-density nonwoven offering good thermal and acoustic insulation is the subject of US Patent 6 579 396.

A novel process for preparing a solution of silk or silk-like protein from a variety of sources, such as silk waste, to create high-quality filaments is the subject of International Patent WO 02/08

Korea's Kolon Industries Inc has developed a system for producing ultra-fine count yarns and fabrics made with them.Additionally, in International Patent WO 02/088444, the company claims that these

A US company has patented a system it describes as "temporary" camouflage.

The US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) based in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, has signed a contract to use VivoMetrics' LifeShirt Technology to monitor the respiratory hea

How to make elastic fabrics without the inclusion of relatively expensive elastomeric yarns is the subject of US Patent 6 668 598.

An innovative type of self-healing bandage that uses the patient's own cells is being developed by CellTran, a spin-out company from the University of Sheffield, UK.

An absorbent garment that features an absorbent pad that is shifted forward for containing and absorbing body waste has been developed by Kimberly-Clark.The device is said to provide improved absor

An absorbent garment that includes an extensible backsheet and a minimally attached retention portion is disclosed in US Patent 6 702 801 by Kimberly-Clark of Neenah, Wisconsin, USA.

Microtek Medical Holdings of Columbis, Mississippi, USA, has announced that its newly formed Netherlands-based subsidiary, Microtek Medical BV, has acquired certain businesses of International Medi

An orthopaedic casting material that is claimed to significantly reduce the size and weight of the resultant cast structure is disclosed in US Patent 6 673 029 by Spheric Products of San Antonio, T

Two US inventors claim to have found a way to meltspin high-viscosity fluoropolymers at high speeds to produce single or multifilament yarns.

A process for applying microcapsules to textiles that results in a more thorough and even penetration, as well as an increased adherence, is disclosed by USA's Sara Lee Corp.The company from Winsto

With a production of 280 000 tonnes in 2003, medical textiles is one of the fastest developing technical textile markets in China.

Three US inventors claim they have found a way to make multi-layered braid on a machine without any winding between the layers.

Absorbent articles that feature an extensible back waist are described in US Patent 6 706 028 by Procter & Gamble.

The Flushaway range of flushable and biodegradable panty liners and sanitary napkins developed by Canadian firm Consolidated Ecoprogress Technology is being piloted at a "major US retailer" in more

A transparent film dressing for wounds and intravenous catheter sites is disclosed in US Patent 6 706 940 by George Medical of Wheaton, Illinois, USA.

A simple method for making blankets with a high pile density is the subject of US Patent 6 647 601.

Gosta Wiking will resign as Chairman of Swedish-based surgical procedure and wound care product manufacturer Molnlycke Health Care in May 2005.

Polymer Group Inc (PGI) has developed a multi-layered nonwoven with barrier properties.

A German company claims to have found a way to create special false-twist spiral filaments.

Two Belgian inventors have proposed a way to make reinforced cut-resistant fabrics designed to thwart attacks by vandals.