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The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) has announced that from 2004 its flagship event will be expanded to include technical textiles as well as nonwovens.

Two Texans have invented a safety restraint for children travelling in automobiles. Tana Wade and Lucia Cook Queen disclose their development in US Patent 6 383 130.

Polyster specialist Trevira is now offering bioactive products in its filament yarn range.

Toyo Boseki KK has developed hydrophilic polyester supplied as an aqueous dispersion that is intended for making nonwovens.

A method for preparing an absorbent article with a reduced likelihood of superabsorbent shifting is described by BASF Corp in US Patent 6 417 425.

Denmark-based medical product maker Coloplast is adding another 9500 m2 to its manufacturing facility in Tatabanya, Hungary, where it plans to double the workforce and extend products made there to

Web Dynamics has secured a major innovation award from the UK Government's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to enable a consortium of UK companies to develop a revolutionary energy-efficient

A Swiss company has developed a way to reinforce thermoplastic bands by using pressure impregnation of a fibre strand.

A flushable fibrous structure for use in absorbent articles such as diapers and incontinence pads has been developed by Procter & Gamble.

Acordis Industrial Fibers in Arnhem, The Netherlands, makes two completely different types of tyre cord: Diolen polyester and Cordenka high-tenacity rayon.

A method for making superabsorbent-containing diapers has been developed by Weyerhaeuser.

A new range of wound dressings is being introduced into key European markets by Coloplast of Humlebaek, Denmark.

A system for simultaneously winding a series of rovings on to a support has been developed in France.

Tampon manufacturer Playtex Products of Westport, Connecticut, USA, is looking at strategic growth options for the company, including the possible sale of a part or all of the company.

A US company claims to have found a way to make polypropylene fibres with lower shrinkage.

Medical devices company Smith & Nephew is hoping to acquire Advanced Tissue Sciences' 50% share of the Dermagraft joint venture for $12 million.

Centerpulse of Zurich, Switzerland, has sold its Vascutek vascular prosthesis business to Japan's Terumo Corp for $170 million.

A diamond-like coating (DLC) improves the flexural rigidity of aramid fibres and suppresses their low yielding behaviour, according to US inventors.

An abrasion- and wrinkle-resistant finish for fabrics that, its inventor claims, is effectively permanent is the subject of International Patent 01/18304.

A hydrophilic fibre claimed to excel in high-speed processability has been developed by Chisso.