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Waste-containing protective apparel that prevents soiling by domestic dogs or cats has been developed by Eileen Milligan of Ellicott City, Maryland, USA.

Unicharm has launched a brightly coloured diaper featuring the children's character Winnie the Pooh ("Kuma No Pooh" in Japanese).

Zimmer has won its takeover battle for the Swiss-based Centerpulse after the directors of Europe's biggest orthopaedics company recommended the US$3.2 billion cash and shares offer from Zimmer ahea

US medical product supplier Medline Industries has added two gauze sponge products to its range of traditional and advanced woundcare products.

Liftport Inc has been formed in the USA with the aim of developing a so-called "space elevator"--described as an economically attractive means of accessing space.

A combination of plasma treatment and microwave radiation creates an undulating surface on fibres that improves their mechanical interlocking in resin matrices and so enhances the strength and inte

The Brussels-based European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA) has elected Dr Rolf Altdorf, Vice-president and Managing Director EuMEA, PGI Divisional Headquarters Europe, The Netherland

A compression glove for pain relief from rheumatoid arthritis, oedema, primary lymphoedema and other disorders is disclosed in US Patent 6 554 783 by Bunty McEvoy.

Japan's Sumitomo Chemical Co Ltd reports it has found a way to produce monofilaments of titania.

Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) has established a new business group - SCA Hygiene Growth Markets - to further exploit growth potentials in the hygiene sector outside Europe and North America.

Elk Corp of Dallas, Texas, USA, has invented a sophisticated type of roofing felt.

Particles coated with resin and fibrous material can prop open subterranean formations, according to Borden Chemical Inc of Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Scientific and technological solutions for problems relating to technical textiles will be the focus of a conference in Manchester, UK, next year.

A synthetic nonwoven for use in acoustic and/or thermal insulation is the subject of US Patent 6 514 889.

A composite fabric that incorporates an electrical resistance heating system is the subject of US Patent 6 548 789.

DuPont has devised a way of using polymer fibres to support plant growth and act as a substitute for soil.

Carl Freudenberg has developed a method for making lightweight triboelectrically charged nonwovens for use in filter media.

Chemopetrol, the Czech Republic's leading supplier of polyester and polypropylene, has launched a new range of polypropylene resins clarified with Millad 3988 from Milliken Chemical.

An elongated elastic bandage that is used to provide support, compression and/or immobilization is described in US Patent 6 545 193 by Michael Morgenstern of Flushing, New York, USA.

DuPont has confirmed it has entered exclusive negotiations with subsidiaries of Koch Industries Inc, Wichita, Kansas, USA, regarding the sale of DuPont Textiles & Interiors (DTI).

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