WELCOME TO TECHNICAL-TEXTILES.NET, the web's most comprehensive source of information about the world of performance and technical textiles. Full membership gives access to: unique feature articles; relevant, edited and verified news; events and more, to keep you up to date with the latest developments in materials, technologies, processes, patents and research, and business and markets

June 2003

A polypropylene fibre implant for treating urogynaecological, stress-related incontinence was introduced at April's Techtextil exhibition by Langendorf Textil of Marktrodach, Germany.
A form of building component based on the geodesic concept is disclosed in US Patent 6 457 282. Edwin D.
Consumption of advanced technology nonwovens made with microdenier synthetic fibres will grow rapidly, according to the latest study.
Eastman Chemical Co has patented a method of producing advanced chemicals using corn fibre as a raw material.
At a time when other major exhibitions were announcing their postponements in the face of growing concerns about international travel, Techtextil in Frankfurt continued to break attendance records, an
The programme has been announced for Medtex03, the third conference and exhibition on healthcare and medical textiles, which will be held on 8-9 July 2003 at the Moat House Hotel, Bolton, UK.
A UK company claims to have developed an antistat treatment that is good enough to meet a proposed European standard.
A new highly absorbent lyocell fibre highlighted at April's Techtextil exhibition could have applications in the medical and hygiene/sanitary sectors.
Japan's Shimadzu Corp has developed a spontaneously degradable fibre that offers high bulk, soft handle and stretch.
Thailand's Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group and UKbased BBA Group have invested $25 million to expand their nonwoven fabric production line in Rayong, Thailand.
A refinement in drafting systems now allows for the fine adjustment of gauge, according to European Patent EP 1 251 193.
The TechniTex Faraday Partnership has established the Healthcare and Medical Textiles Network as a forum for discussion and networking opportunities for textile manufacturers and medical professionals
Sultex Ltd says it has decided to outsource some of the manufacturing operations at its facility in Zuchwil.
The programme has been announced for Medtex03, the third conference and exhibition on healthcare and medical textiles, which will be held on 8-9 July 2003 at the Moat House Hotel, Bolton, UK.
Jiangsu Hengli Chemical Fibres Ltd of China has awarded a contract to Germany's MG Technologies AG (a member of the Zimmer Group) to build a direct spinning plant for polyester.
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recognized a completely new generic group of fibres.
US healthcare alliance Premier has extended until July 2005 its agreement with Medline Industries for speciality silver woundcare products including Medline's SilvaSorb antimicrobial silver wound dres
Charcoal Cloth International (CCI) has introduced a disposable nuisance-vapour mask.
Elastic fibres and fabrics developed by Dow Chemical could find use in the gathering means and stretchable sidepanels of disposable diapers or incontinence garments.
The Californian subsidiary of Burlington Industries, Nano-Tex LLC, has granted a licence to American Knits LLC that will allow the company from North Carolina to develop a series of knitted goods trea
Absorbent composite materials for use in absorbent personal care articles, such as diapers, training pants and adult incontinence garments, are disclosed in USPatent 6 503 854 by Kimberly-Clark.
A US company has devised a way of extruding a foamed plastic layer into a fabric.
Advanced technology available at the Fabric Objective Measurement Centre at the UK's University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) is being used to measure the softness of baby
A warp-knitted fabric that helps patients with an abnormally enlarged heart is undergoing clinical trials in the USA and Germany.
With a significant increase in the number of advanced woundcare products available on the UK market since the mid-1990s, there is major need for evidence-based information to aid selection of the most
Alpha Pro Tech, a manufacturer of disposable protective apparel for the medical, healthcare and other markets, says the demand for its N-95 Particulate Respirator face-mask has increased dramatically
DuPont Medical Fabrics has introduced Suprel, a bicomponent fabric for surgical apparel comprising polyester and polyethylene made using an advanced composite technology based on nearly 20 new patents
Acordis Industrial Fibers increased it Diolen polyester prices effective 1 April 2003.
DuPont Medical Fabrics is to supply advanced medical fabrics for Medline Industries' Proxima line of disposable protective surgical apparel and protective products.
The antimicrobial technology behind the Purista brand has been accepted by Oko-Tex for inclusion on its list of active chemical products.
Gerber Technology has expanded its service operations in Australia through the shared resources of its sister company, Gerber Coburn.
US researchers are developing a system for constantly monitoring a human body.
A German company has invented a system for applying large numbers of reinforcing threads equidistantly to lengths of tubing.
W. L. Gore & Associates has announced that its GoreTex Intering vascular graft is now available in 4-6, 4-7 and 6 mm sizes specifically configured for vascular access.
Kimberly-Clark has developed a disposable waste containment garment.
PPT has announced that Aegis Microbe Shield technology is now included on the Oko-Tex list as an "approved active chemical product".