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A flushable fibrous structure for use in absorbent articles such as diapers and incontinence pads has been developed by Procter & Gamble.

Acordis Industrial Fibers in Arnhem, The Netherlands, makes two completely different types of tyre cord: Diolen polyester and Cordenka high-tenacity rayon.

A method for making superabsorbent-containing diapers has been developed by Weyerhaeuser.

A new range of wound dressings is being introduced into key European markets by Coloplast of Humlebaek, Denmark.

A system for simultaneously winding a series of rovings on to a support has been developed in France.

Tampon manufacturer Playtex Products of Westport, Connecticut, USA, is looking at strategic growth options for the company, including the possible sale of a part or all of the company.

A US company claims to have found a way to make polypropylene fibres with lower shrinkage.

Medical devices company Smith & Nephew is hoping to acquire Advanced Tissue Sciences' 50% share of the Dermagraft joint venture for $12 million.

Centerpulse of Zurich, Switzerland, has sold its Vascutek vascular prosthesis business to Japan's Terumo Corp for $170 million.

A diamond-like coating (DLC) improves the flexural rigidity of aramid fibres and suppresses their low yielding behaviour, according to US inventors.

An abrasion- and wrinkle-resistant finish for fabrics that, its inventor claims, is effectively permanent is the subject of International Patent 01/18304.

A hydrophilic fibre claimed to excel in high-speed processability has been developed by Chisso.

A flexible padded belt adapted to be worn by a person in a horizontal position has been developed by Mary Pearcey of Sarasota, Florida, USA.

A durably wettable liquid-pervious web prepared using a radiation curing process has been developed by Procter & Gamble.

As a result of advances in dye formulation and dyeing technologies, Klopman has developed a range of specially formulated dark colours that can be combined with its range of high-visibility fabrics

Trevira is releasing to the market a multifunctional fibre with bioactive properties. According to the company from Frankfurt, Germany, the fibre also offers protection against fire.

A Japanese firm has patented a fine electrically conductive fibre, as well as a conductive yarn made from the fibre.

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A Japanese inventor (US Patent 6 407 015) has devised a fabric that can control the flow of fluids.

A multilayer thermally bonded nonwoven fabric that has particular application as a liner in a disposable absorbent product is disclosed in US Patent 6 468 931 by BBA Nonwovens Simpsonville (formerl

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