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High performance fibre-based materials producer Ahlstrom has introduced a fabric for medical gowns that is claimed to provide a high level of viral-barrier protection and enhanced comfort.

Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon claim to have found a way to spin open-end yarns without the inherent harshness that has characterized such textiles since the process was

Quill Medical has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Quill Barbed Polydioxanone Suture, which is used to close wounds in skin tissue.

Saint-Gobain Vetrotex, has recently outlined its plans to construct a glass reinforcement manufacturing plant with Owens Corning in Tlaxcala, Mexico.

An ionizing wipe for removing static electricity from an insulating surface is disclosed in US Patent 6 750 164.

Fabrics containing active yarns, such as shape-memory fibres or those made from electro-active polymers, that are intended for reinforcing composites are the subject of European Patent EP 1 420 094

The Italian polyester maker Novamont SpA has bought the Eastar Bio copolyester business and technology from Eastman Chemical Co, USA.

Broad-spectrum protection is claimed for a garment developed in Israel by Jeffrey Gabbay of Jerusalem.

Carbon fibre reinforced plastics have been used to strengthen a service subway that carries both power and signal cables for the underground railway system in London, UK.

Lindstrand Technologies Ltd (LTL) will use Tenara(r) M 1000 sewing thread from Donisthorpe & Co Ltd for its latest project, an inflatable airship hangar.

Honeywell has agreed to sell its Performance Fibers business to Sun Capital Partners Inc.

Japanese company Showa Denko KK (SDK) has developed a grade of carbon nanofibre for addition to electrically conductive resins.

Lenzing's Board of Management says it will fight the decision of the Higher Regional Court of Vienna, an Austrian anti-trust authority, to block its proposed takeover of Tencel.

A US company has invented a hybrid cable cord comprising at least two yarns with different properties.

In US Patent 6 749 929, a company from the Republic of Ireland describes a material for thermally insulating and sound-proofing the engine compartment of an automobile or truck.

PPG Industries, USA, and its joint venture partner in China, Nan Ya Plastics Corp, are to build a second manufacturing furnace for glass fibre reinforcements at their facility in Kunshan, China.

Premix Thermoplastics Inc, USA, had added carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics to its Pre-Elec range of electrically conductive composites.

An 'oxygen bandaging system' is described in US Patent 6 767 342.

The French glass fibre maker Saint-Gobain has developed several reinforcement grades.

Michelin, France, has developed a composites-based, airless tyre. As the tyre it is not dependant on pressurized air to remain inflated, it cannot be punctured.