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Smith & Nephew has launched a $2.3 billion bid to acquire its Swiss rival Centerpulse.

Kimberly-Clark has developed an absorbent article with improved leakage prevention.

Medical Textile company Smith & Nephew plc announced strong growth in its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2002.

The Department of Textile and Clothing Design at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland, is conducting a project that aims to investigate the healing properties of wool from Finnish Landrace

Bundles of specially designed fibres can transport liquids rapidly in products such as diapers, according to USPatent 6 497 955.

In US Patent 6 512 160 Innova discloses a bandage on which a graphic image can be printed using a home inkjet printer.

A way of continuously making a complicated nonwoven is the subject of European Patent EP 1 246 958.

Consolidated Ecoprogess Technology of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has announced it is taking steps to get its biodegradable feminine hygiene products into the $1.3 billion US market.

Rhodia Filtec AG, Emmenbrucke, Switzerland, has found a way to improve polyester fibre spinning.

The Aderans Research Institute of Beverly Hills, California, USA, has developed synthetic bioabsorbable fibres for use in making reinforced composites for surgical implants USA.

DuPont has announced the reorganization of its worldwide Personal Protection business.

By combining extrusion and thread wrapping, a Spanish company has developed a system for producing artificial grass.

For the financial year 2002 (ended 31 December 2002), the consolidated turnover of the Picanol Group rose by almost 30.0%, to U.K. Pound 519.4 million. At the same time, profits doubled.

CardioTech has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to produce and market an antibiotic hydrogel wound and burn dressing, which is indicated for venous stasis ulcers, diabetic u

A two-layer acquisition/distribution layer (ADL) with improved protection against leakage has been developed by Buckeye Technologies.

A durable building panel is the subject of an International Patent (WO 01/36191).

Mccleeryyarns Yarns, Ciba Specialty Chemicals and Constab Additive Polymers (UK) Ltd have cooperated to produce a polypropylene yarn that is resistant to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and offers prote

A medical wrap for the promotion of diabetic and similar wound healing has been developed by Kinetic Concepts of San Antonio, Texas, USA.

BBA Filtration has introduced a filter media designed for use in spas and swimming pools.

A yarn that expands when heated is the subject of US Patent 6 460 320.