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October 2003

German textile companies Pharetra and Eschler Textil, in collaboration with knitting machine manufacturer Karl Mayer, have developed a knitted liquid barrier fabric.

Italian knitting machine manufacturer Matec, part of Lonati group, has developed a small-diameter circular machine for the production of medical hosiery.Called the Pendolina-Super, the machine is d

A method and device for determining the liquid reten- tion of absorbent articles, such as diapers, sanitary nap- kins and adult incontinence items, has been developed by SCA Hygiene Products.

Perceptive Informatics of Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, part of Parexel International, is to market the LifeShirt system developed by VivoMetrics.

All Nippon Airways Co (ANA) and Osaka Gas Chemical Co Ltd, both of Japan, have jointly developed a safer and more environmentally friendly seat cushion for passenger aeroplanes.

A UK technology centre has created its own test rig to evaluate gloves and clothing that may come into con- tact with molten metal or welding sparks.

Danish fibre Manufacturer FiberVisions has introduced a polypropylene staple for use in high-temperature environments.

Great Lakes Chemical Corp has launched Anox FiberPlus polymer stabilizer blends, for the process stabilization of polypropylene fibres.

Perceptive Informatics of Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, part of Parexel International, is to market the LifeShirt system developed by VivoMetrics.

Sam Gwynne, Marketing Executive at Acordis Speciality Fibres, discusses the importance of a global business strategy and the role information technology can play in taking products to a wider audie

A new reinforced plastic helmet that simulates the action of the human scalp on the skull in deflecting tan- gential force has been developed in the UK.

German textile companies Pharetra and Eschler Textil, in collaboration with knitting machine manufacturer Karl Mayer, have developed a knitted liquid barrier fabric.

Italy's Pantex Group is to cease production of spunlaced nonwovens to concentrate on its core feminine hygiene business.

Waste-containing protective apparel that prevents soiling by domestic dogs or cats has been developed by Eileen Milligan of Ellicott City, Maryland, USA.

Unicharm has launched a brightly coloured diaper featuring the children's character Winnie the Pooh ("Kuma No Pooh" in Japanese).

Zimmer has won its takeover battle for the Swiss-based Centerpulse after the directors of Europe's biggest orthopaedics company recommended the US$3.2 billion cash and shares offer from Zimmer ahea

The Woolmark Co has introduced the WoolscienceTM Technology branding programme for products containing wool that possess key technical performance benefits.

DuPont has confirmed it has entered exclusive negotiations with subsidiaries of Koch Industries Inc, Wichita, Kansas, USA, regarding the sale of DuPont Textiles & Interiors (DTI).

DuPont Nonwovens has acquired the nonwoven-based cleanroom apparel line from White Knight Engineered Products, a manufacturer of reusable and disposable textile products based in Charlotte, North C

Greengauge Group Ltd, a supplier of classic indoor and outdoor bowling surfaces has installed a high-performance bowling green using the Tenara(r) sewing thread from Donisthorpe Ltd and Co Ltd.

Beiersdorf has developed a supporting material for medical purposes, in particular orthopaedic dress- ings and bandages.

Composites engineering technology, developed for the aerospace industry, has helped Brookhouse Composites create a motorcycle helmet that, the company from Darwen, UK, claims, could save 3000 lives

Kimberly-Clark has extending its Huggies baby diaper and wipes brand with the launch of Huggies Disposable Changing pad.

DuPont Textiles & Interiors (DTI) has announced a $15 million investment over three years, beginning in 2003, to support the growing need for industrial nylon 6.6 fibres in automotive and other

Hercules Inc has agreed an undisclosed price for the purchase of Meraklon SpA.

Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club will be exploiting a revolutionary shirt in the forthcoming season, 2003-2004.

An improved absorbent structure that provides a dry liquid-accepting surface after receiving a quantity of liquid is described by Buckeye Technologies.

Following the success of the first ApliMatec International Fair of Technical Applications of Textile Materials, the organizer has begun working on the next exhibition, to be held on 1113 May 2004 i

Lectra has expanded its laser cutter range with the introduction of the FocusAirbag-VHP and the FocusTechTex-HP.

According to figures released by the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA), production of nonwovens in Europe grew 7.8% in 2002 to reach 1.2 Mt.This compares with a growth in 2001

SCA's European hygiene operations have undergone a number of organizational changes.

Owens Corning and Saint-Gobain have announced plans to form a joint venture to construct a state-of-the-art, innovative manufacturing facility to deliver high-quality glass fibre reinforcements to

Acordis Industrial Fibers has created two separate organizational business units within the company--Diolen Industrial Fibers and Polyamide High Performance respectively.

US medical product supplier Medline Industries has added two gauze sponge products to its range of traditional and advanced woundcare products.

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