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A continuous process for the manufacture of multilayered wound dressings comprising an apertured wound contact layer, an absorbent material layer and a backing layer is disclosed in US Patent 6 765

A technique for applying a shrink-resist treatment to textiles that also provides water-, oil- and stain-repellency has been developed by Precision Processes Textiles Ltd of Ambergate, UK.

The Newport School of Art, Media and Design at the University of Wales, Newport, UK, has opened a Smart Clothes and Wearable Technology Research Unit.

An inflatable linear hollow bandage cuff has been developed by Stanley and Mikhail Boukanov of Beltsville, Maryland, USA.

Scientists at Australia's CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology (CTFT) working with the NanoTech Institute at the University of Texas, Dallas, USA, have adapted textile technologies used to spin wool

Disposable absorbent articles with refastenable side seams are disclosed in US Patent 6 761 711 by Kimberly-Clark.

Intended for making material for the automobile industry, outerwear fabrics and furniture manufacture, Germany's Viktor Achter GmbH & Co KG claims to have improved the process for making imitat

High performance fibre-based materials producer Ahlstrom has introduced a fabric for medical gowns that is claimed to provide a high level of viral-barrier protection and enhanced comfort.

Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon claim to have found a way to spin open-end yarns without the inherent harshness that has characterized such textiles since the process was

Quill Medical has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Quill Barbed Polydioxanone Suture, which is used to close wounds in skin tissue.

Saint-Gobain Vetrotex, has recently outlined its plans to construct a glass reinforcement manufacturing plant with Owens Corning in Tlaxcala, Mexico.

An ionizing wipe for removing static electricity from an insulating surface is disclosed in US Patent 6 750 164.

Fabrics containing active yarns, such as shape-memory fibres or those made from electro-active polymers, that are intended for reinforcing composites are the subject of European Patent EP 1 420 094

The Italian polyester maker Novamont SpA has bought the Eastar Bio copolyester business and technology from Eastman Chemical Co, USA.

Broad-spectrum protection is claimed for a garment developed in Israel by Jeffrey Gabbay of Jerusalem.

Carbon fibre reinforced plastics have been used to strengthen a service subway that carries both power and signal cables for the underground railway system in London, UK.

Lindstrand Technologies Ltd (LTL) will use Tenara(r) M 1000 sewing thread from Donisthorpe & Co Ltd for its latest project, an inflatable airship hangar.

Honeywell has agreed to sell its Performance Fibers business to Sun Capital Partners Inc.

Japanese company Showa Denko KK (SDK) has developed a grade of carbon nanofibre for addition to electrically conductive resins.

Lenzing's Board of Management says it will fight the decision of the Higher Regional Court of Vienna, an Austrian anti-trust authority, to block its proposed takeover of Tencel.