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Index will once again play host to an awards ceremony dedicated to excellence in the nonwovens and related industries, which is being organised by EDANA of Brussels, Belgium.

A lightweight seatback for a sportscar has been produced from a combination of carbon fibre-reinforced prepreg and wood fibre-reinforced plastic by Hexcel and NaCa Systems.

Pharr has completed the sale of its Fibers & Yarns and Phenix Flooring divisions to Mannington Mills.

A wristwatch-sized device that can monitor its wearer’s body chemistry to help improve their athletic performance and identify potential health problems has been developed by researchers in the USA

International Fibres Group (IFG) of Danderyd, Sweden, is to exhibit at Index for the first time.

Adient and Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems are to make changes to their existing relationships, one of which will see the former sell its 30% stake in Yanfeng Global Automotive Interior Systems (YF

A study by Empa – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology has shown how a material’s auxetic behaviour can be enhanced and used to regenerate human tissue following injuries

A highly adsorptive carbonous material called Triporous, invented by Japanese electronics giant Sony of Tokyo, could be widely employed in high-performance fabrics for the filtration industry.

A quick, cheap and highly productive process for the conversion of a wide variety of carbon sources – including coal, food waste and plastic –  into flakes of graphene is being developed by researc

A company dedicated to the research and development (R&D), testing and sale of composite and multimaterial automotive components is to be established in Wuppertal, Germany, by Teijin.

Additive manufacturing (AM) is being widely used to generate human tissues and organs for implantation.

A method for the analysis of microfibre shedding from textiles has been developed by Hohenstein of Bönnigheim, Germany.

An airlaying machine recently purchased by The Nonwoven Innovation and Research Centre (NIRI) in Leeds, UK, will be used in the pilot-scale manufacture of nonwovens from natural fibres.

A tailored fibre placement (TFP) cell has been installed by Carbon ThreeSixty at its facility in Chippenham, UK.

An implantable prosthesis for repairing anatomical defects, such as a tissue- or muscle-wall defect, particularly a groin hernia, has been developed by Bard of Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA.

US researchers have developed a new treatment for glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer, which uses coaxial electrospinning to form drug-containing membranes.

A protective jacket with pockets and removable sleeves for use by professionals in a hospital or healthcare setting has been developed by Nuno Antunes of Matosinhos, Portugal.

Ahead of JEC World 2020, EconCore has announced that it has licensed its technology for the production of lightweight thermoplastic honeycomb cores to two companies; Low & Bonar and Ko

A highly automated demonstrator production line that enables composite parts to be produced from prepregs in cycle times of three minutes has been unveiled by Solvay of Brussels, Belgium.

Nonwovens made from recycled carbon fibre have been launched by Sigmatex of Runcorn, UK.