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Bonar Technical Fabrics of Zele, Belgium, has invented a type of screening with an adjustable effectiveness.

DuPont has patented a system for forming a fabric (US Patent 6 579 815).

Belgium-based Picanol has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vietnam's 8 March Textile Co regarding an investment programme for 150 weaving machines.

A compression bandage that can be adequately tightened over a bleeding wound is described in US Patent 6 593 508 by Robert Harder of Bena, Virginia, USA.

Playtex Products has launched Beyond tampons to the US retail trade and will begin shipping the product in the first quarter of 2004.

An International Patent (WO 01/06054) assigned to Avant-Garb LLC (now Nano-Tex) of Emeryville, California, USA, describes a system that is based on using nanoparticles to apply permanent finishes t

An absorbent article for use in sanitary protection, hygiene and bandage applications has been developed by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products.

A wearable article that incorporates a spacer to maintain a void space is disclosed by Procter & Gamble.

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) says it has discovered an incredibly simple way of reducing the threat of cholera.

An Austrian company, Borealis GmbH of Schwechat-Mannsworth, has found a way of making strong polyolefin fibres without post-stretching.

A US bankruptcy judge has ruled in favour of the bankruptcy estate of Paragon Trade Brands in its indemnity action against Weyerhaeuser.

Demand for nonwoven roll goods in the USA is expected to increase 3.9% a year to reach $4.9 billion in 2007, according to the latest survey.

Ossur has developed an elasticized sleeve suitable for orthotic or prosthetic applications.

A sock-type compressive orthosis for treating circulatory diseases of the lower limbs is disclosed in US Patent 6 572 574 by Innothera Topic International.

Kimberly-Clark has developed an absorbent article that features a breathable outer cover with reduced perceived dampness on the outer surface.

ASTM Subcommittee D35.10 on Geomembranes, part of Committee D35 on Geosynthetics, is developing standard test methods for the strip and grab tensile properties of reinforced geomembranes.

A system for making microfibres from otherwise difficult-to-process polymers was revealed at ITMA 2003 in Birmingham, UK.

French laboratories and manufacturers have teamed up to develop a T-shirt claimed to be an advance in the field of telemedicine.

Polymer Group (PGI), the world's fifth largest nonwovens producer, has announced new mission and vision statements as well as a strategic plan to guide the company's future operations.

Sales of wound care products used to treat traumatic injury and surgical wounds were expected to reach US$4.3 billion in 2003, according to a study released by Kalorama Information.