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A compression glove for pain relief from rheumatoid arthritis, oedema, primary lymphoedema and other disorders is disclosed in US Patent 6 554 783 by Bunty McEvoy.

Japan's Sumitomo Chemical Co Ltd reports it has found a way to produce monofilaments of titania.

Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) has established a new business group - SCA Hygiene Growth Markets - to further exploit growth potentials in the hygiene sector outside Europe and North America.

Elk Corp of Dallas, Texas, USA, has invented a sophisticated type of roofing felt.

Particles coated with resin and fibrous material can prop open subterranean formations, according to Borden Chemical Inc of Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Scientific and technological solutions for problems relating to technical textiles will be the focus of a conference in Manchester, UK, next year.

A synthetic nonwoven for use in acoustic and/or thermal insulation is the subject of US Patent 6 514 889.

A composite fabric that incorporates an electrical resistance heating system is the subject of US Patent 6 548 789.

DuPont has devised a way of using polymer fibres to support plant growth and act as a substitute for soil.

Carl Freudenberg has developed a method for making lightweight triboelectrically charged nonwovens for use in filter media.

Chemopetrol, the Czech Republic's leading supplier of polyester and polypropylene, has launched a new range of polypropylene resins clarified with Millad 3988 from Milliken Chemical.

An elongated elastic bandage that is used to provide support, compression and/or immobilization is described in US Patent 6 545 193 by Michael Morgenstern of Flushing, New York, USA.

DuPont has confirmed it has entered exclusive negotiations with subsidiaries of Koch Industries Inc, Wichita, Kansas, USA, regarding the sale of DuPont Textiles & Interiors (DTI).

Directors David Lamb and Chris Burhop have bought out BFF Nonwovens of Bridgwater, Somerset, UK, from parent company Lamont Holdings plc, which went into receivership earlier this year.

The 4th International Filtration Conference will take place in Osaka, Japan, from 7-8 October 2003.

A German company has developed a synthetic rigid bandage especially for splinting or supporting a diseased or injured limb.

Over the past year, the microbiological department of the Spanish Textile Research Institute (AITEX) has made a significant investment in equipment for its microbiology laboratory for the control o

With the organization of Medtex 03, the third international conference and exhibition on healthcare and medical textiles held in July 2003 in Bolton, UK, Bolton Institute's Centre for Materials Res

Inelastic backing material for use in orthopaedic dressings and bandages is disclosed by Beiersdorf in US Patent 6 544 910.

Natural fibre production was perfected in the Industrial Age (1775-1850). Synthetic fibre production fuelled developments in the textile industry during the Chemical Age (1870-1980).