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Colbond - a producer of industrial nonwovens, and three-dimensional polymeric mats and composites - has increased its prices worldwide for its entire product range, effective from 1 January 2005.

An absorbent thermal pad for use by recovering obstetric or gynaecological patients is outlined in US Patent 6 786 880 by Lisa Wall of Beaverton,Oregon,USA.The device is designed to capture bodily

US Surgical, a business unit of Tyco Healthcare, has been awarded contracts in the USA by Novation, the supply company of VHA and the University HealthSystem Consortium.

A wound dressing for treating injuries to nasal passages has been developed by Ferris Pharmaceuticals.

Ian Holme reports for TechnicalTextiles International from the Second International Symposium in Textile Engineering,which was held at the Natal Convention Centre in Brazil.

SueWaters reports on the success of Advantage Cover Fabrications,a UK manufacturer of marquees whose Managing Director has exploited his engineering skills to tackle challenging customized designs.

Geoff Fisher visited Turkey to learn about some of Rieter Perfojet's local customers,such as AS Nonwovens,who are investing in machinery with the goal of competing with the world's major convertors

Diolen Industrial Fibers will invest in two new spinning lines to increase capacity for its recently introduced one-step polyester tyre yarns.

A longitudinally symmetric arm sling is disclosed in US Patent 6 770 044 by Joslin Orthopedic Gear. The sling is designed to support either a person's left or right arm.

An acrylic fibre with cotton-like properties is the subject of US Patent 6 740 722, assigned to Solutia Inc.

A device for pressure support of a weakened or injured articulating joint, such as an ankle, elbow, knee or wrist, is described in US Patent 6 776 769 by Joseph Smith of Boca Raton, Florida, USA.

US-based Procter & Gamble Co is developing ways of making nonwovens that contain apertures and have high degrees of elongation.

USA's Milliken & Co has developed a composite textile for use as a facer material on cementitious wallboards.

US weaver Bally Ribbon Mills has developed three-dimensional (3D) woven fabrics intended for use in composites, as well as a loom for making them on.

Ireland-based biopharmaceutical company Alltracel Pharmaceuticals has agreed a deal with Nichiban, the largest Japanese consumer wound care company, for the development of Alltracel's m-doc (micro-

In European Patent EP 1 411 160, an Italian inventor describes a method for weaving cashmere.

US-based Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc reports that it has invented a better electret material for use in air filtration systems.

Organized by North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), the Medical Textiles 2004 conference was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, in O

Unicharm has developed an absorbent article with leakage-preventing side walls.

Rieter Ingolstadt Spinnereimaschinenbau AG has patented a novel suspension for the spinning rotor of an open-end machine, claiming its use substantially extends the operational life of the radial b