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A disposable absorbent article, which includes an absorbent chassis and a fastening system that creates a refastenable pant, has been developed by Kimberly-Clark.

The smart textiles team at Canesis of Christchurch, New Zealand, is currently involved in several projects to develop wearable medical devices.These include:

A study by the UK's Nottingham Trent University has revealed that Amicor fibres could help fight the spread of the "superbug", methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is responsib

An apertured nonwoven composite is disclosed in US Patent 6 849 319 by Tredegar Film Products.

Polyester fibre specialist Trevira will feature new filament yarns for medical applications at this month's Techtextil trade fair in Frankfurt am Main,Germany (7-9 June 2005).

A method of forming leak-proof, peripherally sealed absorbent pads, such as compression sponges for wound care, using a pre-cut overlay is disclosed in US Patent 6 849 775 by Jeffrey Klein of San J

Paul Hartmann of Heidenheim,Germany, is selling its Fixies baby diaper brand to French hygiene product manufacturer Novacare.

The European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA) has announced the programme for the 4th Outlook Personal Care Products Conference to be held from 28-30 September 2005 in Barcelona (Sitge

Borealis has upgraded its range of Borflow low viscosity polypropylene (PP) homopolymers for meltblown nonwoven applications, such as diapers and medical gowns.

Keratec of New Zealand has entered into an agreement with US-based Keraplast Technologies for the commercialization of keratin-based biomedical technologies for orthopaedic and wound care products.

Ontex, Europe's largest private-label disposable hygiene products manufacturer, is reported to be expanding or building factories in four countries in the greater Europe region.

Nordic Capital and other major shareholders have agreed to sell Molnlycke Health Care to funds advised by Apax Partners.

Alltracel Pharmaceuticals of Dublin, Ireland, has signed a technology and product development agreement with nanofibre technology specialists Elmarco of Liberec, Czech Republic.

The European Disposable and Nonwovens Association (EDANA) is planning a conference on medical nonwovens and infection prevention in spring 2006.

Invista Performance Fibers is to increase its capacity for hightenacity, low decitex per filament (dpf) yarns at its plant in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Having made significant inroads with respect to the use of nanotechnology in traditional textile markets,senior executives at Nano-Tex explain to JohnW.

FiberVisions, a business unit of Hercules Inc, has announced a 10% price increase globally on all polypropylene and polyethylene fibres.The increase was effective from 15 March for all new customer

Teijin Twaron BV is to expand production of the high-performance para-aramid fibre (Twaron(r)) at its plants in Emmen and Delfzijl, The Netherlands.

With effect from 1 March, BASF has increased its prices for polyamide 6 extrusion and spinning grades and caprolactam by Euro100-150 a tonne.

Geoff Fisher reviews some of the key developments and announcements from Index 05.