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USA's Prisma Fibers Inc says it has devised a way to combine single colour feed yarns to simulate space-dyed effects, without the need for twisting or heat-setting.

A protective screening that can regulate the amount of daylight is the subject of US Patent 6 672 361.

Johnson & Johnson Wound Management has launched Silvercel antimicrobial alginate dressing.

US Patent 6 660 355 discloses a wear-resistant material, principally designed for use in aircraft brake shoes.

DSM Dyneema has launched a high-performance polyethylene fibre called Dyneema Purity for producing surgical implants and other medical devices, such as sutures.

The incidence of pressure ulcers (bedsores) can be more than halved using a bedding overlay developed by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Japan's Chisso Corp claims to have found a better way to produce a multi-component fibre that can be split.

A composite bandage claimed to solve problems associated with the application and disposal of wound dressings is outlined in US Patent 6 664 435.

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc has patented a stable electret polymeric for filter media.

Pierre Wiertz has been appointed General Manager of the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA).

Collagen Matrix has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of three collagen-based products for use in the areas of wound healing/management and oral/dental surgery.

Vascular Solutions of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, has received 510(k) clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its D-Stat Dry 3x3 haemostatic bandage.

A fabric in sheet form that consists of warp and weft made from rovings of continuous technical filaments is disclosed in US Patent 6 655 416.

Smith & Nephew has completed the first phase of a manufacturing expansion plan at its advanced woundcare plant in Largo, Florida, USA, and is also at the construction phase of a facilities expa

The decision of the organizer of IDEA - the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) - to explicitly include technical textiles as part of this major nonwovens exhibition, as well as the

A disposable absorbent product such as a diaper with a low-to-moderately breathable inner laminate and a more breathable outer cover has been developed by Kimberly-Clark.

Synthetic suede made from microfibres is the subject of European Patent EP 1 353 006.Italian company Alcantara SpA proposes a fabric that is basically a micro-fibrous nonwoven given a special treat

The use of antimicrobials in clothing will increase by more than 15% a year in Western Europe between 2001 and 2005, according to the latest issue of Performance Apparel Markets published by Textil

UK healthcare products manufacturer and distributor SSL International has sold its wound management business for GBP55 million to a new company, Medlock Medical, which is backed by venture capital

A deodorizing absorbent sheet for use in an absorbent disposable article is disclosed in US Patent 6 663 949 by Kao of Tokyo, Japan.