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March 2003

Layer materials that prevent or control odour are disclosed in US Patent 6 479 150 filed by Kimberly-Clark.

Unicharm has released an improved version of its Lifree Pants Yoo Nyo Guard urine-absorbing pad designed for use inside pant-style incontinence pads, according to Nonwovens World (December 2002).

The latest study predicts that US demand for geosynthetics will grow at 4.1% a year to reach 72 300 ha (865 million square yards) in 2006.

Three recent case studies highlight the growing importance of geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs), geomembranes and geogrids, says the German manufacturer, Naue Fasertechnik of Lemforde.

BASF and Sawgrass Technologies have reached an agreement that ends their patent dispute over dye sublimation technologies for the digital printing market.

A nonwoven fabric in which the fibre density varies between strips of relatively high density and strips of relatively low density is disclosed in International Patent 01 12888 by First Quality Non

Fabrics for combating and preventing nosocomial infections in healthcare facilities have been developed by MTC Medical Fibers of Jerusalem, Israel, a division of Cupron Inc of New York, USA.

Dow Fiber Solutions has introduced a new generic synthetic fibre.

Superabsorbent fibre and film compositions based on L-aspartic acid are described in US Patent 6 465 536 Solutia.

When the Austrian firm Nordlam GmbH proposed to build a new factory on the former site of a gas factory in Magdeburg-Rothensee in Germany, geologists suspected a huge gas build-up resulting from de

A Japanese company has developed netting that can retain water and serve to assist in re-establishing vegetation on slopes. Such materials are used to help combat the advance of deserts.

Sandler AG says it finished the year 2002 with a turnover of a,not126 million - comparable to the position of the year before.

The largest private-label diaper producer in the USA is to close a diaper production and distribution plant later this year, and move production to other North American plants.

Beiersdorf has developed a nonwoven backing material for orthopaedic dressings and bandages.

A composite nonwoven for use in the topsheet of an absorbent hygiene article has been developed by Swedish group SCA Hygiene Products.

A melt-blowing technique for lyocell is disclosed in US Patent 6 306 334 by the US pulp giant The Weyerhaeuser Co.

A Japanese inventor has developed a simplified bandage for use on the torso of a patient.

BASF AG and Honeywell International have signed definitive agreements for two transactions. In one deal, BASF has agreed to sell its worldwide nylon fibres business to Honeywell.

A biodisintegratable nonwoven with improved fluid management properties is described by Kimberly-Clark in International Patent 01 14621.

The UK's Thames Water has developed a system of lining pipelines for in-situ repairs.

Whitford Plastics Ltd of Runcorn, UK, has developed a coated, waterproof fabric that, it claims, is superior to existing materials.

The European Association For Textile Polyolefins (EATP), will hold its annual Executive Seminar in Barcelona, Spain, on 19-20 May 2003, taking as its theme New Markets, New Opportunities in Polyole

W. L. Gore and Associates has extended its range of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) products for dry filtration uses.

Picanol Group has acquired the French manufacturer of reeds for looms, Lhenry.

Marketing Manager at Acordis Speciality Fibres, Dr Cynara Livera, explores the benefits of exhibiting and explains how including exhibitions in the mix can achieve a wide range of objectives, from

Nexia Biotechnologies Inc of Canada has extended its collaboration agreement with UK-based Acordis Speciality Fibres.

Willie Printie, Operations Director of Ethicon, has been elected as first Chairman of Medical Devices in Scotland (MDIS), which aims to create a medical device institute at Strathclyde Medipark in

Tencel Ltd has won its fight to defend its technology relating to the manufacture of its Tencel(r) brand lyocell fibre.

Textile Enhancements International Inc has developed a technique that it claims improve the appearance, cover and physical properties of woven fabrics.

North America's market for nonwoven filter media will be worth $725 million by 2007, according to the latest study.

ITEMA Group - an Italian group led by Miro Radici has appointed Rolf Kehlhofer as Managing Director of Sulzer Textil, its Swiss subsidiary specializing in the production of high-quality weaving mac

A French inventor has developed garments for children who are enuretic (urine incontinent) or undergoing toilet training, or for incontinent or bedridden adults.

Bristol-Myers Squibb discloses a non-adherent wound dressing comprising fibrous material in US Patent 6 458 460.

A UK-based developer of a material for shelters claims its product is resistant to chemical and biological warfare agents.

The North American market for nonwoven filter media is expected to reach $725 million by 2007, according to the latest report from Business Communications of Norwalk, Connecticut, USA.

Honeywell International has revealed a load-limiting yarn that, it claims, is particularly suitable for use in automobile safety belts.

A multilayered composite for use in an absorbent core of a disposable hygiene product has been developed by Buckeye Technologies.

Workwear specialist Klopman International has developed a protective fabric for use in garments worn by the Italian Red Cross and related voluntary organizations.

W. L. Gore & Associates GmbH has invented a cover to assist in the aerobic treatment of biodegradable waste.

Cargill Dow has branded its polylactide (PLA) fibre as Ingeo. At the recent Heimtextil the fibre, formerly known as NatureWorks, was evident in a number of bedding products.

Huesker Synthetic GmbH & Co has invented a way to quickly and reliably reinforce subsoil.

Nano-scale particles of silver contained in socks are able to prevent bacterial and fungal problems of the feet, according to JR Nanotech plc.

The Oeko-tex 100 certification of product safety has been awarded to Milliken Chemicals for its antimicrobial compound AlphaSan, which is a silver-based inorganic additive.

Melco Embroidery Systems of Denver, Colorado, has upgraded its software for embroiderers in the USA.

Swedish single-use surgical product manufacturer Molnlycke Health Care Klinipro has opened a new production plant in Karvina, Czech Republic.