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Rieter Perfojet of Montbonnot, France, claims to have improved the design of the pressure manifolds for its hydroentanglement lines.

An implantable hernia repair prosthesis is described by Ethicon in US Patent 6 755 867.

Diolen Industrial Fibers is to increase production capacity for hightenacity polyester yarns at its Companhia Bahiana de Fibras (Cobafi) facility in Camacari, Brazil.

Over the past 20 years, advanced wound care technologies have emerged to become significant products in wound treatment.

The Institute of Nanotechnology will hold a conference entitled "New Technologies and Smart Textiles for Industry and Fashion" on 1-2 December 2004 at the Royal Society, London.

Teijin Twaron, producer of the aramid fibre Twaron, has opened its new Asian regional headquarters in Shanghai, China, effective from 1 November 2004.

Cinte Techtextil China welcomed a record-breaking number of trade visitors to Shanghai from 1-3 September.

A pad and adhesive bandage that prevents peeling off and the intrusion of water is disclosed in US Patent 6 743 964 by Johnson & Johnson of Tokyo, Japan.

A biocompatible soft tissue implant for repairing muscle or tissue wall defects is disclosed by Atrium Medical in US Patent 6 783 554.

Scripture Scrubs has developed a range of medical scrub tops with a blend of scripture and design based on biblical themes.

A liquid-permeable, fluid-management, nonwoven composite fabric for use in disposable absorbent articles, is disclosed by 3M in European Patent 1 379 719.

After concluding research and development, and tests in weaving mills, Picanol has launched two machines for weaving glass fibre yarns:

The European Commission(EC's) Textiles High Level Group met for the first time on 5 March 2004 in Brussels, Belgium.

Saint-Gobain has entered a joint venture agreement with the Chinese company HongFaCo.

DSM Dyneema has opened a new production line in USA to make both fibre and unidirectional bullet-resistant material based on it.

An Italian has invented a nonwoven that develops an electrostatic charge to attract and retain dust, and can indicate when it is saturated.

The association representing the European man-made fibres industry - the International Rayon and Synthetic Fibres Committee (CIRFS) - has appointed Omer Sabanci as its President.

Korea's Glow Yarn Co Ltd has revealed details of its process for making phosphorescent yarns.

Antimicrobial synthetic fibres and fibrous products are disclosed in US Patent 6 723 428 by Foss Manufacturing.

Dilo System Group, working in cooperation with its customer Jacob Holm Industries, says it has developed a completely new solution for fibre opening and cross-laying.