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Japan's Komatsu Seiren Co Ltd has begun the commercialization of a jointly-developed fabric that it claims helps control dusmite allergens.

A nonwoven web/film laminate for use as a fabric in disposable personal care products has been developed by Kimberly-Clark.

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 disposable absorbent product that is readily dispersible in a standard toilet is disclosed in US Patent 6 670 521 by Procter & Gamble.

Polysaccharide fibres formed from alginate are disclosed in International Patent WO 02/36866.

Methods for forming a fluted absorbent composite that includes superabsorbent materials have been developed by Weyerhaeuser.