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May 2004

A composite bandage claimed to solve problems associated with the application and disposal of wound dressings is outlined in US Patent 6 664 435.
European Patent EP 1 251 202 discloses a fibre that sustainably releases a component that can care for the wearer's skin.
A process for making cork yarn that retains the properties of cork, yet can easily be woven or knitted is the subject of International Patent WO 02/055767.
A pre-shaped headliner designed for use in the interior roofing of automobiles is the subject of US Patent 6 582 639, filed by Johnson Controls Technology Co of Plymouth, Michigan, USA.
UK researchers have developed a fabric construction that can sense pressure.
Switzerland's Michelin Recherche et Technique SA of Granes-Paccot has developed a thermotropic aromatic polyester(amide) monofilament.
US-based ConvaTec, part of Bristol Myers Squibb, has reached an agreement to acquire Acordis Speciality Fibres of Coventry, UK.
Cost-effective elastic articles that have improved elasticity at elevated temperatures are disclosed by Dow Chemical.
A new protection suit developed with the assistance of the European Space Agency (ESA) promises a better life for children with a rare genetic disorder.
Textile surfaces affect a number of performance properties including wetting, friction, dyeing, adhesion and biocompatibility.
DuPont has devised a layered composite claiming the material has improved resistance to penetration by knives and blades.
Alltracel Pharmaceuticals of Dublin, Ireland, has appointed Neoplast, based in Bangkok, Thailand, as its manufacturing and business development partner in the Asia-Pacific wound care market.
US glass fibre maker Owens Corning Inc says it will add glass fibre knitting capability at the Taloja, India, plant of Owens Corning India Ltd (OCIL).
Koch Industries subsidiary Koch Cellulose is to acquire Georgia-Pacific's non-integrated fluff and market pulp operations for US$610 million.
Sweden's SCA has acquired the tissue and fluff operations of New Zealand-based Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) for a purchase price on a debt-free basis of SEK5 billion.
Buckeye Technologies is to discontinue producing airlaid nonwoven materials at its single-line facility in Cork, Ireland, by August 2004.
A nonwoven web/film laminate for use as a fabric in disposable personal care products has been developed by Kimberly-Clark.
Japan's Komatsu Seiren Co Ltd has begun the commercialization of a jointly-developed fabric that it claims helps control dusmite allergens.
A technique for applying a protein sheathing around each fibre in a substrate is disclosed in International Patent WO 02/059413.
Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc has patented a stable electret polymeric for filter media.
Pierre Wiertz has been appointed General Manager of the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA).
Collagen Matrix has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of three collagen-based products for use in the areas of wound healing/management and oral/dental surgery.
Vascular Solutions of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, has received 510(k) clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its D-Stat Dry 3x3 haemostatic bandage.
A fabric in sheet form that consists of warp and weft made from rovings of continuous technical filaments is disclosed in US Patent 6 655 416.
Smith & Nephew has completed the first phase of a manufacturing expansion plan at its advanced woundcare plant in Largo, Florida, USA, and is also at the construction phase of a facilities expansi
The decision of the organizer of IDEA - the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) - to explicitly include technical textiles as part of this major nonwovens exhibition, as well as the si
A disposable absorbent product such as a diaper with a low-to-moderately breathable inner laminate and a more breathable outer cover has been developed by Kimberly-Clark.
Synthetic suede made from microfibres is the subject of European Patent EP 1 353 006.Italian company Alcantara SpA proposes a fabric that is basically a micro-fibrous nonwoven given a special treatmen
The use of antimicrobials in clothing will increase by more than 15% a year in Western Europe between 2001 and 2005, according to the latest issue of Performance Apparel Markets published by Textiles
UK healthcare products manufacturer and distributor SSL International has sold its wound management business for GBP55 million to a new company, Medlock Medical, which is backed by venture capital gro
A deodorizing absorbent sheet for use in an absorbent disposable article is disclosed in US Patent 6 663 949 by Kao of Tokyo, Japan.
Cell adhesion experiments at Purdue University, USA, have demonstrated that making diagnostic neural probes and prosthetic devices from carbon nanofibre-based composites might be technically and pract
Wound and Skin care products manufacturer Derma Sciences has acquired Kimberly- Clark's wound care assets for US$2.6 million.
A heat-treated nonwoven based on crimped homofilaments is the subject of International Patent WO 02/05725.
A disposable absorbent product that is readily dispersible in a standard toilet is disclosed in US Patent 6 670 521 by Procter & Gamble.