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Global hygiene and health group Essity is investing SEK400 million (US$42 million) in a facility for the production of pulp from fibre derived from plant-based agricultural by-products.

The digitization of the supply chain for the production of textiles and the impact of the textiles industry on the environment will be key themes at the Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress (Dornbirn

Two novel, lightweight wing designs have been tested by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR)  as part of a European Union (EU)-funded project.

An efficient weaving machine feeder designed for use in the production of reinforcements for composites has been launched by IRO AB of Ulricehamn, Sweden.

Glass fibre-reinforced polyamide (PA) 6s from Lanxess are being used in the high-volume manufacture of lightweight shells for the electronically adjustable rear seats in Audi’s A8 sedan.

Hospitals are supposed to put a patient on an antibiotic drip within an hour if sepsis is suspected, but research by BBC News suggests a quarter of patients in England wait longer.

A prototype electronic patch has been produced using breathable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films by researchers at the Holst Centre and Covestro. 

A wearable patch based on a soft and stretchable piezoelectric polymer could make heart health monitoring easier and more accurate than is possible using existing electrocardiograph (ECG) machines—

Novel approaches to the recycling of wind turbine blades are to be developed through a newly formed partnership between a trio of industry associations based in Brussels, Belgium.

A production plant for lyocell fibres with an annual capacity of 100 kt is to be built in Thailand, at a cost of €400 million, by Lenzing Group of Lenzing, Austria.

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) to foster the researc

Teijin Ltd is to buy tier one composite parts supplier Benet Automotive sro from Jet Investment. The terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Covestro, together with the Institute of Textile Technology (ITA) at RWTH Aachen University and various textile manufacturers, have succeeded in making elastic fibres from carbon dioxide (CO2

Automotive technology company Faurecia is to create a facility for hydrogen storage systems at its research and development (R&D) centre in Bavans, France.

Composite hydrophobic insulation in which glass fibres and a fluoropolymer are interspersed has been developed by Lewis Dill and Chengjun Zhou of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.

ELG Carbon Fibre is working with sailing team INEOS Team UK to ensure sustainable materials and practices are incorporated into its build programme for the 2021 America’s Cup.

Hexcel, Progen and Future Aerospace have opened a joint-venture laboratory and materials testing facility in Shanghai, China.

Hyosung Corp of Seoul, South Korea, and Saudi Aramco of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the building of carbon fibre plants.

HP Inc (formerly Hewlett-Packard) of Palo Alto, California, USA, has opened a three-dimensional (3D) printing and digital manufacturing centre in Barcelona, Spain.

A tufted floor mat or carpet with a reduced tuft profile on its back surface has been developed by Milliken & Co of Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA.

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