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May 2005

Polyolefins- polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) - are the leading polymers used for textiles in Europe, according to the latest study.

Talking to the world's leading producers of textile dyes and chemicals,Phil Owen has identified patterns of change in the industry: a growing focus on technical uses, accompanied by significant rel

Speculation of a takeover bid led to BBA Group's shares climbing 15% in a matter days at the end of January 2005, but no such announcement was made when the company issued its 2004 results in Febru

P2i, a spin-out company from the UK's Ministry of Defence, has been formed to exploit plasma processing originally designed to enhance military garments.

Beginning TechnicalTextiles International's comprehensive coverage of Techtextil, Editor Nick Butler looks at the innovations being introduced to the show for 2005,in particular the co-location of

A highly conformable and absorbent polymeric foam wound dressing is disclosed in US Patent 6 787 682 by Hollister.

According to Finn Johnsson, Chief Executive Officer of Molnlycke Health Care, the global healthcare market is rapidly changing as a result of large public spending deficits, an ageing population, n

A prosthesis dressing aid has been developed by Susann Wilson of Twins Burg, Ohio, USA.

A US court of appeal has affirmed the Federal District Court's decision in favour of Playtex Products in its suit against Proctor & Gamble (P&G) for false advertising.

ConvaTec has been presented with the 2005 Advanced Wound Management Technology Innovation & Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan.

A bandage for closing a wound or incision is described in US Patent 6 822 133 by ClozeX Medical.

In the first of a series of articles on the TechniTex Core Research programme, George Stylios of Heriot-Watt University's Research Institute for Flexible Materials (RIFleX) considers the optimizati

Spurred by product innovation, rising acceptance by healthcare decision-makers and the prospect of enhanced clinical and cost efficiencies, the European advanced wound management market is expandin

Lenzing has announced it will build its own viscose fibre production plant in China.

The above-average growth in the market for industrial textiles has created opportunities for those able to design suitable machinery to meet the diverse demands.

UK-based Bridport Engineered Textiles, a division of Bridport Aviation, has won a contract to manufacture QinetiQ's a sophisticated vehicle arrest system, XNet , which in turn has been adopted for

Rieter says it has succeeded in increasing the productivity of its R 40 rotor-spinning machine.

In the final article of a three-part series reviewing the test methods applicable to fibre-reinforced composites, M.Subramanian Senthil Kannan and R.Geethamalini of India's PSG College of Technolog

On the second day of a conference held at the prestigious Royal Society in London, UK,speakers talked about smart textiles and anticipated their future uses.

TWI's Ian Jones says that greater automation,increased productivity and higher quality will all result from the use of laser welding to replace traditional processes for seaming fabrics.

Polymer Group (PGI) has announced it will install a new spunmelt line at its Mooresville,North Carolina, USA, facility to meet customer demand for its products in North America.

Nanophase Technologies has announced two new nano-engineered products targeted at textile and nonwoven applications.

A system for collecting and managing the air discharged during a melt-spinning process is the subject of US Patent 6 799 957.

High-visibility reflective wear is becoming common among people working in hazardous conditions and now a US inventor proposes a novel type of reversible reflective sleeve.

A US-based inventor claims a decorticated bast fibre, such as from flax, is particularly suitable as a reinforcement for a range of polymer-based composites and that he has found a way to overcome

Adding an amount of C8 to C12 fatty acid monoglyceride to polypropylene as a melt additive produces meltextruded fibres that are both hydrophilic and antimicrobial, according to 3M.

Holding offshore installations exactly in position requires ropes that can withstand long-lasting strains and will resist lengthy immersion in sea-water.

A nonwoven designed specifically as an ink-absorber for ink-jet printers has been developed in the USA.

A US-based inventor has proposed a novel way of making chenille yarns.

A Japanese company has developed a nonwoven based on fluoro-resin fibres that it claims displays excellent mechanical characteristics.

USA's Milliken has developed a low-permeability construction for airbag cushions that uses only low add-on amounts of coating.

Biodegradable nonwovens that are easy to process, have fluid-management properties and are absorbent are the subject of Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc's latest patent.

Syntacoll of Herisau, Switzerland, a subsidiary of USbased Innocoll, has developed non-occlusive composite dressings to treat deep wounds, such as second- and third-degree burns or acute and/or chr

In US Patent 6 827 806, Kimberly-Clark describes a method for creating elasticized areas in a nonwoven web, such as the waistbands or leg openings of disposable absorbent pants or cuffs on sleeves

An elastically stretchable composite sheet is disclosed in US Patent 6 821 372 by Unicharm.

A multi-ply dressing used to cover wounds or to prevent or treat blisters has been developed by Beiersdorf.

A method of forming shaped components, such as absorbent cores, for use in disposable absorbent articles is outlined in European Patent 1 448 371 by Rayonier.

Biocompatible adhesive protective dressings are disclosed in US Patent 6 818 801 by A. Enterprises.

It is well known that textile fibre surfaces play a key role in textile processing and application technology.

An inventor proposes a novel type of camouflage in US Patent 6 811 835.

An electrically heated blanket that also contains a phase-change material (PCM) is the subject of US Patent 6 723 967.