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Japan's Howa Textile Industry Co Ltd has developed a sunshade for a vehicle's sunroof, as well as a way of making this component.

DuPont claims its latest roofing material is tougher but softer handling than earlier types.

Disposable absorbent articles with superior liquidhandling performance in combination with improved skin aeration, such as improved breathability performance, have been developed by Procter & G

An apparatus for making a laminate designed as an adjustable covering for architectural openings is the subject of US Patent 6 712 311.

A side-curtain airbag with at least two spaced apart inflation chambers is described in International Patent WO 02/092335.

A simpler and more effective means of lining large diameter pipes is the claim of a USA-based inventor.

An absorbent article, such as a disposable diaper, with an absorbent core made of multiple absorbent layers is outlined in US Patent 6 710 223 filed by Kimberly-Clark.

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has signed an 18-month distribution agreement worth US$30 million with a newly established nonwovens supplier.

A US company has developed a floor covering that it claims is highly resilient.

A fabric in which the joining of the warp and weft threads is improved without the need for additional fixing threads is the subject of US Patent 6 706 376.

A braided arterial prostheses made using polyester and polyurethane yarns is disclosed by Latvian researchers in US Patent 6 709 467.

Biopharmaceutical research and development company Alltracel Pharmaceuticals, which specializes in medical devices and compounds, has announced the launch by a "leading medical device company" of a

A flame-resistant fabric made with acrylic-based chenille yarns is the subject of European Patent EP 1 369 509.

Smith & Nephew's Endoscopy division has launched Ultrabraid, a high-strength polyethylene suture for attaching soft tissue to bone.

Invista's Personal Care segment is expanding beyond the hygiene sector and is now marketing its range of branded products to the medical textiles industry.

A winding head for a cheese-producing textile machine is the subject of US Patent 6 702 223.

International Patent WO 02/075041 describes a system for making the grinding elements used to de-fibre wood.

A process for producing a coated braided suture with improved knot strength is disclosed by Ethicon in US Patent 6 712 838.

A fibrous absorbent article, such as a tampon, for absorbing body fluids is disclosed by Playtex Products.

A process for applying microcapsules to textiles that results in a more thorough and even penetration, as well as an increased adherence, is disclosed by USA's Sara Lee Corp.The company from Winsto