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Rhodia Polyamide has hiked the price of its polyamide 66 (PA 66) base resins and PA 6 and PA 66 compounds (Technyl(r)) in Europe by Euro200 a tonne, effective 13 September.

Polymer Group (PGI) is to more than double the spunbond fabric capacity of its Bonlam Andina facility in Cali, Colombia, to meet growing demand for its products in Latin America, where the company

An adhesive bandage offering improved comfort and fit has been developed by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products.

A flocked surface of superabsorbent fibres on a substrate is the subject of US Patent 6 692 811.

Sheets and pillowcases containing HaloShield technology are now available from Medline Industries for use in hospitals, nursing homes and managed care facilities in the USA.

A woven fabric consisting of synthetic yarns with at least two different deniers that is laminated to a solid polymeric film makes a more effective material for airbags, according to US Patent 6 73

A haemostatic multilayer bandage is described in US Patent 6 762 336 by the American National Red Cross based in Washington DC, USA.

Rieter Perfojet of Montbonnot, France, claims to have improved the design of the pressure manifolds for its hydroentanglement lines.

An implantable hernia repair prosthesis is described by Ethicon in US Patent 6 755 867.

Diolen Industrial Fibers is to increase production capacity for hightenacity polyester yarns at its Companhia Bahiana de Fibras (Cobafi) facility in Camacari, Brazil.

Over the past 20 years, advanced wound care technologies have emerged to become significant products in wound treatment.

The Institute of Nanotechnology will hold a conference entitled "New Technologies and Smart Textiles for Industry and Fashion" on 1-2 December 2004 at the Royal Society, London.

Teijin Twaron, producer of the aramid fibre Twaron, has opened its new Asian regional headquarters in Shanghai, China, effective from 1 November 2004.

Cinte Techtextil China welcomed a record-breaking number of trade visitors to Shanghai from 1-3 September.

A pad and adhesive bandage that prevents peeling off and the intrusion of water is disclosed in US Patent 6 743 964 by Johnson & Johnson of Tokyo, Japan.

A biocompatible soft tissue implant for repairing muscle or tissue wall defects is disclosed by Atrium Medical in US Patent 6 783 554.

Scripture Scrubs has developed a range of medical scrub tops with a blend of scripture and design based on biblical themes.

A liquid-permeable, fluid-management, nonwoven composite fabric for use in disposable absorbent articles, is disclosed by 3M in European Patent 1 379 719.

After concluding research and development, and tests in weaving mills, Picanol has launched two machines for weaving glass fibre yarns:

The European Commission(EC's) Textiles High Level Group met for the first time on 5 March 2004 in Brussels, Belgium.