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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.

The continuing success of the Techtextil family of shows - the latest of which takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on 30 March to 1 April (see pages 29-44) - and the significant growth in interes

An improved abdominal hernia device has been developed by FLA Orthopedics.

A nonwoven material with absorbency and elastic properties is described in US Patent 6 605 552 by Kimberly-Clark.

A method of enhancing blood absorbency of superabsorbent materials used in disposable hygiene products is disclosed by Weyerhaeuser.

PodiAxis is the name of a dynamic orthopaedic sole that acts on posture to regulate muscles so that the body corrects its position during walking.

The use of vegetable matter as cement reinforcement has generally proved to be unrewarding as such fibres tend to prevent the delay of the hydration reaction and inhibit hardening of the cement.

A pants-type absorbent garment claimed to adapt to the non-symmetric nature and leakage demands of the anatomy of the human body has been developed by Kimberly-Clark.

A bicomponent fibre for use in medical implants has been developed by Solutia.

Coloplast Group Director Maxwell Stringer is to retire on 31 March 2004 after 23 years with the company.

BSN Medical, the German-based 50/50 joint venture between Beiersdorf and Smith & Nephew, has acquired the casting and splinting business of DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company.

Vanson HaloSource of Redmond, Washington, USA, has licensed its HaloShield N-halamine technology to US medical supply group Medline Industries.

An implantable prosthesis for repairing and/or reinforcing anatomical defects, such as tissue and muscle wall hernias, has been developed by C.R. Bard of Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA.

A bandage for the ankle joint is described in US Patent 6 617 485 by Beiersdorf.

German dyestuffs manufacturer DyStar Textilfarben GmbH & Co has created a range of dyestuffs specifically for nylon fibre.

Developed by ILC Dover Inc, an arrangement for fastening a fabric to a metal is the subject of US Patent 6 612 360.

Canadian researchers have patented a method of making structural composite members based on hemp.

A fibrous absorbent structure that is wet stable is described in US Patent 6 603 054 by Kimberly-Clark.

Ulcers treated with Oasis Wound Matrix may be more likely to heal, according to the results of two studies presented at a recent clinical symposium held in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

A subsidiary of American Israeli Paper Mills is facing a class action suit for allegedly misleading Israeli consumers about the number of diapers in a package.

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