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A US inventor has designed underwear to protect wearers from the detrimental effects of electrostatic fields.

Kimberly-Clark has introduced its Huggies Convertibles diaper-pants in a second size in the USA.

A highly moisture vapour-transmissive adhesive composite for use as a medical dressing is disclosed by 3M in US Patent 6 680 113.

Voith Paper Patent GmbH has invented a comparatively simple method of measuring the hardness or compactness of clothing on a paper machine.

Austrian fibre producer Lenzing has acquired for an undisclosed sum the Tencel group of companies, formerly owned by Acordis.

Solvay and Kobekci Eco-Solutions have signed a joint venture agreement with a view to set up an industrial unit of Solvay's Vinyloop(r) polyvinyl chloride (PVC) recycling process in Japan, under th

NORDSON CORP says its UM25 Series Universal modules accurately dispense hot-melt adhesive and have a single-platform design in order to simplify in-house rebuilding and reduce the costs of maintena

BSN Medical has developed a water-resistant plaster of Paris splint cast bandage that avoids the problem of disintegration in damp or wet conditions.

UK FLAME-RETARDANT specialist Firestop Chemicals has reached an agreement with Russian chemical company Vocco for the latter to make commercial quantities of Firestop's latest non-brominated agent-

A fabric containing copper, zinc and silicon threads can protect the wearer from magnetic and electromagnetic fields, as well as providing metallotherapy effects, according to its Italian inventor.

THE IQ TEXTILES GROUP is the result of three UK companies joining forces: Lothian Coated Fabrics, Diffusion Textiles and C-Teq Advanced Performance Textiles.

USA's Prisma Fibers Inc says it has devised a way to combine single colour feed yarns to simulate space-dyed effects, without the need for twisting or heat-setting.

A protective screening that can regulate the amount of daylight is the subject of US Patent 6 672 361.

Johnson & Johnson Wound Management has launched Silvercel antimicrobial alginate dressing.

US Patent 6 660 355 discloses a wear-resistant material, principally designed for use in aircraft brake shoes.

DSM Dyneema has launched a high-performance polyethylene fibre called Dyneema Purity for producing surgical implants and other medical devices, such as sutures.

The incidence of pressure ulcers (bedsores) can be more than halved using a bedding overlay developed by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Japan's Chisso Corp claims to have found a better way to produce a multi-component fibre that can be split.

A composite bandage claimed to solve problems associated with the application and disposal of wound dressings is outlined in US Patent 6 664 435.

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc has patented a stable electret polymeric for filter media.