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Strong braided multifilament sutures that contain cross-linked filaments formed using click chemistry have been developed by Covidien, a subsidiary of Medtronic.

An absorbent wound dressing for wrapping around curved or irregularly shaped parts of the body, such as jointed limbs, has been developed by Brightwake of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, UK.

A series of raschel machines for bonding nonwoven webs while permitting characteristics, such as elasticity and high volume, that are not possible when using chemical bonding has been launched by K

NXTNano of Kansas City, Missouri, USA, has started to install its third line for the production of nanofibres, which will increase its annual capacity for the manufacture of high-efficiency air-fil

A carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) moulding compound from Hexcel of Stamford, Connecticut, USA, has been used to produce an automotive transmission cross-member using what the company claims

IBM has announced partnerships with a number of companies, including Mitsufuji Corp, to further develop wearable technologies for monitoring worker safety in hazardous environments, .

A prosthesis for the laparoscopic repair of an inguinal hernia is described by Sofradim Production of Trévoux, France, a subsidiary of Medtronic.

A mesh for the repair of defects in muscular structures, particularly for repairing hernias, has been developed by Insightra Medical of Clarksville, Tennessee, USA.

A unidirectional (UD) carbon fibre fabric that can be used to create the thick laminates necessary for the production of long wind turbine blades has been developed by Ahlstrom-Munksjö of Stockholm

At the international exhibition and conference for the printed electronics industry LOPEC, the increasing use of sensors for medical applications, smart textiles and organic light-emitting

A self-adhesive band for use in a compression stocking or sock has been developed by Ganzoni & Cie of St Gallen, Switzerland, a subsidiary of Sigvaris.

The first centre in the world designed to carry-out large-scale fatigue testing of composite tidal turbine blades is to be built in the UK as part of a partnership between the University of Edinbur

A lightweight textile-reinforced flexible hose has been developed by FITT of Sandrigo, Italy. In particular this could be a garden hose or irrigation hose.

A UK company has moved into new laboratory and office facilities to support plans to bring its graphene coatings for water filtration media to market.

The developer of a polymer (vitrimer(1)) that demonstrates the strength of a thermoset, but can be re-melted when heated above its glass transition temperature (Tg) like a the

An electrically conductive yarn that can be used to create heating elements in textiles has been developed by Inuheat, a manufacturer of wearable heating solutions based in Hovås, Sweden. 

An acoustic plasterboard has been developed by Saint-Gobain Placo.

An abdominal hernia repair system has been developed by US inventors Aubrey Woodroof of Carlsbad, California, and Lipton Laverne Martin of Fork, South Carolina.

A dressing for absorbing exudate from a wound is disclosed by IWMT Intellectual Property Holdings of Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

A Hong Kong-based group of fashion designers, health professionals and a knitting mill have co-developed an award-winning therapeutic support for people with knee injuries or chronic knee condition