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Shape-memory materials are being used in medical textiles for their temperature adaptive moisture management features, says Dr Barbara Pause of Textile Testing & Innovation, Longmont, Colorado,

BBA Filtration has extended its range of filter media with the addition of Reemay X-TremeTM.

A heating element for seats is the subject of US Patent 6 531 687.

BBA Nonwovens Simpsonville Inc has devised a way of making waterproof covers that are also stable against ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given market clearance for the Matrix Collagen Particles wound dressing from Collagen Matrix.

Following US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance in 2002 for its adult-size LifeShirt system, VivoMetrics has introduced a paediatric version for children aged 5-17 years.

A polyolefin resin-based nonwoven fabric for the production of sanitary articles, such as disposable diapers, is disclosed by Japanese roll-goods producer Idemitsu Unitech in European Patent 1 275

EXO overmoulding system is a technology that allows the use of real fabrics and leathers in the casings of portable electronic devices, according to developer Inclosia Solutions.

Components of single-use absorbent hygiene items that can be disposed of in municipal and private sewage systems are disclosed by Kimberly-Clark in US Patent 6 515 075.

Annual demand for coated fabrics is projected to increase 2.7% a year, reaching 550 million m2 (660 million square yards) by 2007, according to the latest study.

A polypropylene fibre implant for treating urogynaecological, stress-related incontinence was introduced at April's Techtextil exhibition by Langendorf Textil of Marktrodach, Germany.

The Californian subsidiary of Burlington Industries, Nano-Tex LLC, has granted a licence to American Knits LLC that will allow the company from North Carolina to develop a series of knitted goods t

Absorbent composite materials for use in absorbent personal care articles, such as diapers, training pants and adult incontinence garments, are disclosed in USPatent 6 503 854 by Kimberly-Clark.

A US company has devised a way of extruding a foamed plastic layer into a fabric.

Advanced technology available at the Fabric Objective Measurement Centre at the UK's University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) is being used to measure the softness of ba

A warp-knitted fabric that helps patients with an abnormally enlarged heart is undergoing clinical trials in the USA and Germany.

With a significant increase in the number of advanced woundcare products available on the UK market since the mid-1990s, there is major need for evidence-based information to aid selection of the m

Alpha Pro Tech, a manufacturer of disposable protective apparel for the medical, healthcare and other markets, says the demand for its N-95 Particulate Respirator face-mask has increased dramatical

DuPont Medical Fabrics has introduced Suprel, a bicomponent fabric for surgical apparel comprising polyester and polyethylene made using an advanced composite technology based on nearly 20 new pate

Acordis Industrial Fibers increased it Diolen polyester prices effective 1 April 2003.