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A low-density nonwoven offering good thermal and acoustic insulation is the subject of US Patent 6 579 396.

A novel process for preparing a solution of silk or silk-like protein from a variety of sources, such as silk waste, to create high-quality filaments is the subject of International Patent WO 02/08

Korea's Kolon Industries Inc has developed a system for producing ultra-fine count yarns and fabrics made with them.Additionally, in International Patent WO 02/088444, the company claims that these

A US company has patented a system it describes as "temporary" camouflage.

The US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) based in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, has signed a contract to use VivoMetrics' LifeShirt Technology to monitor the respiratory hea

How to make elastic fabrics without the inclusion of relatively expensive elastomeric yarns is the subject of US Patent 6 668 598.

An innovative type of self-healing bandage that uses the patient's own cells is being developed by CellTran, a spin-out company from the University of Sheffield, UK.

An absorbent garment that features an absorbent pad that is shifted forward for containing and absorbing body waste has been developed by Kimberly-Clark.The device is said to provide improved absor

An absorbent garment that includes an extensible backsheet and a minimally attached retention portion is disclosed in US Patent 6 702 801 by Kimberly-Clark of Neenah, Wisconsin, USA.

Microtek Medical Holdings of Columbis, Mississippi, USA, has announced that its newly formed Netherlands-based subsidiary, Microtek Medical BV, has acquired certain businesses of International Medi

Two Belgian inventors have proposed a way to make reinforced cut-resistant fabrics designed to thwart attacks by vandals.

A pre-fastened disposable absorbent article, such as a diaper, that can, if unsoiled, be pulled on or off like pants is described by Kimberly-Clark in US Patent 6 667 085.

Taiwanese inventor Michael Lu of Packy Poda Inchas developed a mat for use in vehicles.

A compliant wound dressing that is suitable for cost effective mass production on assembly lines is disclosed in US Patent 6 689 931 by collaborative product and technology development company Tiax

Outlook 2004, the personal care products conference organized by the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA), will be held from 29 September-1 October 2004 in Monaco.

HONEYCOMB CORE flooring based on a para-aramid fibre played an important role in the overall weight management that made possible a milestone Singapore Airlines non-stop flight from Singapore to Lo

Polymer Group (PGI) has introduced MediSoft spunmelt fabrics that combine softness and barrier properties with drapability and breathability.

Bristol-Myers Squibb has completed the acquisition of Acordis Speciality Fibres of Coventry, UK, from the Acordis group. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

KERMEL, has developed an aramid fibre, Kermel(r) Tech, designed to meet the increasingly demanding technical requirements for industrial hightemperature air filtration.

TREVIRA says it has found a new application for its antimicrobial fibre--Trevira Bioactive (see also, Technical Textiles International, November 2001, pages 17-22).