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German healthcare company Paul Hartmann has acquired the Turin-based trading and service company DAS to broaden its involvement in the Italian patient care and medical business.

Kimberly-Clark has found a way to sterilize a nonwoven sterilization wrap that minimizes malodours.

A US judge has ordered Procter & Gamble to stop advertising that its tampons are in any way better than those made by rival Playtex Products.

French company Protechnic has developed a range of copolyamide and co-polyester web adhesives for use in the automotive industry.

Annual demand for coated fabrics is projected to increase 2.7% a year, reaching 550 million m2 (660 million square yards by 2007, according to the latest study.

Johns Manville has revealed plans to enlarge its production capacities with an investment of about $100 million in a glass fibre operation at its location in Trnava, Slovakia.

Tencel has announced that the additional lyocell production capacity at its SL2 plant in Mobile, Alabama, USA is now operational ahead of schedule.

Paul Dewingaerden, Secretary General of the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA), will join DuPont in the third quarter of 2003 as Business Manager, DuPont Medical Fabrics - Europ

A method for the continuous manufacture of single-use drapes or compresses is outlined by Laboratoire Hydrex in US Patent 6 520 184.

Germany's Dystar has introduced ten acid dye inks for the piezo printing of textiles.

Biocompatible adhesive protective dressings for use on moist tissues, such as gingival tissue in the mouth, have been developed by a researcher from Westport, Connecticut, USA.

A US company has invented a system for converting a thick web of nonwoven fabric into a contoured material.

Israeli inventors have developed a type of knitted netting for use in baling agricultural products and securing cargo.

Commercial Director at Acordis Speciality Fibres, Jim Edmonds, offers his insight into creating commercial success from technical innovation.

In US Patent 6 521 087, Weyerhaeuser discloses polymeric and non-polymeric binders for binding particles, such as superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) and antimicrobials, to fibres used in hygiene produc

A politician in California, USA, has withdrawn a proposed diaper-tax bill after critics claimed it solely benefited the diaper recycling company that contributed to the campaign.

An elastic strand around which is wrapped a continuous filament of adhesive has been developed by Kimberly-Clark.

Mogul has begun production of a polyester spunbond nonwovens under the name of Mopet.

Under the Plouf brand, Greystone SA of Caros, France, is marketing a floating bathing costume. This has been made possible thanks to Eliotex, a fibre with exceptional flotation properties.

US orthopaedics company Zimmer has launched a US$3.2 billion bid for the Swiss-based Centerpulse, challenging Smith & Nephew's earlier offer of US$2.3 billion.

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