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Will the withdrawal of Saurer, Rieter and, more latterly, Suessen from the ITMA 2003 show (see also, page 4), because of apparent fears of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), be just a minor

Charter Medical, a subsidiary of nonwovens producer Lydall, is to expand its biomedical operations in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA, adding 50 jobs to the facility.

A radially expandable stent-graft endoprosthesis is described in US Patent 6 540 773 by SciMed Life Systems (now part of Boston Scientific).

A Dutch invention aims to create a lightweight but opaque fabric for clothing, particularly that used by healthcare workers.

A US-Japanese collaboration has developed acrylic fibres containing chitosan that have long-lasting antimicrobial properties.

Investment bank ABN Amro has emerged as a leading contender to buy the medical division of UK-based SSL International.

Enzyme treatments of textiles, particularly cellulosics, that enhance the properties in ways not previously contemplated by such processes are the subjects of a patent from a UK finisher.

Workwear specialist Klopman International says its Titan range of fabrics is designed to help maintain a smart appearance in garments used in strenuous circumstances and needing frequent laundering

UK researchers have unveiled a new yarn feed system for knitting machines.

Wound dressings made from carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) have been developed by Acordis Speciality Fibres.

Japanese inventor Yuzo Tsuchida has developed silk fabrics that protect body parts affected by, for example, cuts, burns, tumours or bedsores.

To reduce inertial forces, the yarn guides on highspeed winders are often made using carbon fibres.

A US Bankruptcy Court judge has ruled in favour of USdiaper maker Paragon Trade Brands, allowing it to proceed with a trial against Weyerhaeuser to recover damages of more than US$400 million, rela

The global market for woundcare products aimed at treating skin ulcers exceeded US$2.5 billion in 2002, according to a new study from Kalorama Information.

A custom-moulded orthopaedic impression shirt is disclosed in US Patent 6 533 971 by Synthetic Tubular Socks (STS).

In an effort to help stop the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), DuPont has increased the supply of its Tyvek protective disposable garments in China and Hong Kong.

AcryMed has received the Frost & Sullivan Technological Innovation Award for 2003.

Afmedica has outlined a biodegradable, drug-impregnated mesh or gauze that deters the formation of post-operative adhesions following abdominal and other surgical procedures.

A paving material for footways that is strong and lightweight is the subject of European Patent EP 1 277 883.

An Israeli firm has developed a simple technique for producing an exceptionally fine worsted fabric.