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Tencel has announced that the additional lyocell production capacity at its SL2 plant in Mobile, Alabama, USA is now operational ahead of schedule.

Paul Dewingaerden, Secretary General of the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA), will join DuPont in the third quarter of 2003 as Business Manager, DuPont Medical Fabrics - Europ

A method for the continuous manufacture of single-use drapes or compresses is outlined by Laboratoire Hydrex in US Patent 6 520 184.

Germany's Dystar has introduced ten acid dye inks for the piezo printing of textiles.

Biocompatible adhesive protective dressings for use on moist tissues, such as gingival tissue in the mouth, have been developed by a researcher from Westport, Connecticut, USA.

A US company has invented a system for converting a thick web of nonwoven fabric into a contoured material.

Israeli inventors have developed a type of knitted netting for use in baling agricultural products and securing cargo.

Commercial Director at Acordis Speciality Fibres, Jim Edmonds, offers his insight into creating commercial success from technical innovation.

In US Patent 6 521 087, Weyerhaeuser discloses polymeric and non-polymeric binders for binding particles, such as superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) and antimicrobials, to fibres used in hygiene produc

A politician in California, USA, has withdrawn a proposed diaper-tax bill after critics claimed it solely benefited the diaper recycling company that contributed to the campaign.

An elastic strand around which is wrapped a continuous filament of adhesive has been developed by Kimberly-Clark.

Mogul has begun production of a polyester spunbond nonwovens under the name of Mopet.

Under the Plouf brand, Greystone SA of Caros, France, is marketing a floating bathing costume. This has been made possible thanks to Eliotex, a fibre with exceptional flotation properties.

US orthopaedics company Zimmer has launched a US$3.2 billion bid for the Swiss-based Centerpulse, challenging Smith & Nephew's earlier offer of US$2.3 billion.

Sanitized AG of Burgdorf, Switzerland - one of the world's leading providers of anti-microbial products for 50 years - has launched a new additive for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyurethane (PU)

US Patent 6 453 789 discloses an improved drive system for braiding machines.

International Newsletters is preparing a major new report - Medical and Hygiene Textiles: Initiatives for Growth.

A Spanish company has developed a kind of needlepunched fabric that it believes will be suitable for automobile carpet, and for lining the trunk or boot and wheel arches of vehicles.

EDANA, the European trade association for the nonwovens and hygiene products industries, has announced the programme for Outlook 2003, the second hygiene conference to be held in Monaco from 8-10 O

Rhodia Technical Fibers will begin production of high-tenacity polyamide 6.6 yarns for the airbag market.