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Natural fibre production was perfected in the Industrial Age (1775-1850). Synthetic fibre production fuelled developments in the textile industry during the Chemical Age (1870-1980).

Following the success of the first ApliMatec International Fair of Technical Applications of Textile Materials, the organizer has begun working on the next exhibition, to be held on 11-13 May 2004

Bristol-Myers Squibb of New York, USA, has developed a multi-layered wound dressing.

Shelter-Pro LLC of Stearns, Kentucky, USA, has developed camouflage clothing intended for sportsmen, hunters and photographers.

US inventors have disclosed a method based on hydroentanglement for forming durable nonwovens with patterns and images.

Scapa Medical has developed a new foam tape for medical dressings.

A compression bandage for the treatment of lymphoedema has been developed by Neopress of Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK.

A method for making a continuous strip of fabric for use in the production of paint roller covers is disclosed in US Patent 6 502 779.

Three major machinery manufacturers have announced their withdrawal from the forthcoming ITMA 2003.

DuPont Textiles & Interior (DTI) has announced a $15 million investment over three years, beginning in 2003, to support the growing need for industrial nylon 6.6 fibres in automotive and other

A hollow fibre membrane with superior selectivity for use in gas separation is the subject of US Patent 6 521 025.

US researchers have modified conventional cotton gauze bandage rolls into highly absorbent, carboxymethylated dressings that can absorb large amounts of exudate similar to that of more expensive ca

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

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