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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.
SCA of Sweden has acquired the Asian baby diaper producer Drypers for a purchase price on a debt-free basis of US$87 million.
Cellulosic fibres, which once would have been disposed of as waste, may be used in different matrix materials to create organic composites.
The 2nd World Union of Wound Healing Societies' Meeting will be held at the Palais des Congres, Paris, France, from 8-13 July 2004.
US-based ConvaTec, part of Bristol Myers Squibb, has reached an agreement to acquire Acordis Speciality Fibres of Coventry, UK.
An absorbent dressing that holds and lifts exudate from a wound is disclosed in US Patent 6 653 520 by Innovative Global of Tortola, Virgin Islands.
Two US companies have developed a fabric coated with phase-change material.
Most artificial playing surfaces are tufted but now Southwest Recreational Industries Inc has proposed a knitted construction for simulated turf.
For years there has been a persisting problem with nylon carpet pile yarns that have tended to soil more rapidly than is acceptable.
Fluorescent polyester and polypropylenes have been developed in Korea by the Glow Yarn Co Ltd, under the brand names Glow Polyester Fiber, Glow Yarn and Glow Fabric.
A process for making hybrid boron-reinforced polymer matrix composites is the subject of US Patent 6 514 170.
A method of making what is described as a "shrink" fabric for use on drum filters is revealed in US Patent 6 658 709.
Previous attempts to incorporate durable and semi-durable scents in fabrics have had little success.
A system for introducing resins into cellulosic fibres so that they can be activated by radiation has been developed by Procter & Gamble.
Multifabs Survival Ltd of Aberdeen, UK, has designed a protective garment to be worn beneath conventional clothing.