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Honeywell plans to expand production of its Beltec fibre to meet the growing need for tyre cap plies.

Production of Lenzing Lyocell resumed on 29 November after an incident at Lenzing's plant in Heiligenkreuz, Austria, on 23 September (see also, Technical Textiles International, November 2003, page

A fabric for use in surgical garments is disclosed in US Patent 6 617 487 by Chou Su Jen of Chang Hua, Taiwan.

North American medical technology group C.R. Bard and mnemoScience of Aachen, Germany, have entered into a strategic alliance for the development of innovative shape memory polymers.

A knitted surgical mesh made from a biocompatible yarn is described in US Patent 6 638 284 by Ethicon.

US Patent 6 475 320 reports a development in composite design from Japan: a method of fabricating a composite wing based on superposed textiles placed on mandrels and processed in a closed jig.

International Patent WO 02/052086 describes aerogel composites reinforced by lofty fibrous batting in combination with one or both of short randomly oriented microfibres and conductive layers.

Rhodia is relaunching its phos- phonate-based textile flame retardants under the trade name of Amgard(r).

A warp-knitted mesh fabric for repairing hernias has been developed by German companies Rokona Textilwerk of Tubingen and GfE Medizintechnik of Nurnberg in cooperation with specialists in hernia su

Viz Reflectives has signed a five-year agreement and secured a substantial interest in Zhejiang Fangyuan Yeshili Reflective Material Co Ltd, China.

A Danish inventor has developed - International Patent WO 02/42562 - a type of paving that incorporates cast stones and a mesh.

Clubtex, an association of technical textiles producers in the North of France, has extended its influence to the Rhone-Alpes region.

A mechanism for supporting and relieving pain of an abdominal incision is outlined in US Patent 6 629 942.

Production of technical polyester yarns in Obernburg, Germany, will be boosted by Diolen Industrial Fiber's investment in a new process technology.

BSN Medical has announced its intention to acquire the casting and splinting business of DePuy Inc.

Woolmark (Europe) Ltd, Ilkley, UK, has developed a process designed to promote fibrillation of natural fibres.

Weaving high-density and high-bulk texturized filament yarns of polyester and then coating the fabric uniformly on both sides with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) produces a cheap awning with improv

The ITEMA GROUP has sold its weaving machine factory in Schio, Italy - formerly Sulzer Tessile. The divested unit is now an independent company called SMIT SpA.

Lenzing AG has filed a legal action with the Regional Court Frankfurt against Zimmer AG, as well as Zimmer's subsidiary, Alceru Schwarza GmbH, for infringement of the German part of a European pate

Two subsidiaries of Koch Industries Inc have reached a definitive agreement with DuPont to purchase Invista, formerly DuPont Textiles & Interiors, for $4.4 billion in cash.