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A warp-knitted mesh fabric for repairing hernias has been developed by German companies Rokona Textilwerk of Tubingen and GfE Medizintechnik of Nurnberg in cooperation with specialists in hernia su

Viz Reflectives has signed a five-year agreement and secured a substantial interest in Zhejiang Fangyuan Yeshili Reflective Material Co Ltd, China.

A Danish inventor has developed - International Patent WO 02/42562 - a type of paving that incorporates cast stones and a mesh.

Clubtex, an association of technical textiles producers in the North of France, has extended its influence to the Rhone-Alpes region.

A mechanism for supporting and relieving pain of an abdominal incision is outlined in US Patent 6 629 942.

Production of technical polyester yarns in Obernburg, Germany, will be boosted by Diolen Industrial Fiber's investment in a new process technology.

BSN Medical has announced its intention to acquire the casting and splinting business of DePuy Inc.

Woolmark (Europe) Ltd, Ilkley, UK, has developed a process designed to promote fibrillation of natural fibres.

Weaving high-density and high-bulk texturized filament yarns of polyester and then coating the fabric uniformly on both sides with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) produces a cheap awning with improv

The ITEMA GROUP has sold its weaving machine factory in Schio, Italy - formerly Sulzer Tessile. The divested unit is now an independent company called SMIT SpA.

Lenzing AG has filed a legal action with the Regional Court Frankfurt against Zimmer AG, as well as Zimmer's subsidiary, Alceru Schwarza GmbH, for infringement of the German part of a European pate

Two subsidiaries of Koch Industries Inc have reached a definitive agreement with DuPont to purchase Invista, formerly DuPont Textiles & Interiors, for $4.4 billion in cash.

The continuing success of the Techtextil family of shows - the latest of which takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on 30 March to 1 April (see pages 29-44) - and the significant growth in interes

An improved abdominal hernia device has been developed by FLA Orthopedics.

A nonwoven material with absorbency and elastic properties is described in US Patent 6 605 552 by Kimberly-Clark.

A method of enhancing blood absorbency of superabsorbent materials used in disposable hygiene products is disclosed by Weyerhaeuser.

PodiAxis is the name of a dynamic orthopaedic sole that acts on posture to regulate muscles so that the body corrects its position during walking.

The use of vegetable matter as cement reinforcement has generally proved to be unrewarding as such fibres tend to prevent the delay of the hydration reaction and inhibit hardening of the cement.

A pants-type absorbent garment claimed to adapt to the non-symmetric nature and leakage demands of the anatomy of the human body has been developed by Kimberly-Clark.

A bicomponent fibre for use in medical implants has been developed by Solutia.