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Multinational industrial conglomerate 3M has completed the acquisition of Acelity and its KCI subsidiaries from a consortium of investors for US$6.7 billion, including the assumption of US$2.4 bill

Supplier of composite components to the automotive industry, Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) has broken ground on a new manufacturing facility in Seguin, Texas, USA.

Reifenhäuser Reicofil GmbH & Co KG has announced that the first RF5 line for the production of spunbond, meltblown and composite nonwovens has started operation.  

A new technology acquired by Freudenberg of Weinheim, Germany, could create applications for advanced nonwovens in automotive powertrain and chassis components, particularly in electric vehicles.

A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany has developed sensors and control algorithms that have enabled it to create an autonomous humanoid robot with full-body artificial skin

An elastic cross-linkable elastomer film that can revert to its original shape and size after folding and rolling has been developed by Toray Industries of Tokyo, Japan.

A single-layer surgical gauze has been developed by B-ReS of Borgosatollo, Italy.

Flexible, biocompatible and potentially biodegradable nanocellulose sensors that can be worn on the skin are being developed by researchers in Switzerland and Canada. 

The global nanofibre market is expected to post a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 28% during 2019–2023, according to the latest market research report by Technavio of London, UK.

Three Guinness World Records have been awarded to the University of Maine (UMaine)’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center for the world’s largest prototype additive manufacturing (AM) machine

Collaborative research into the design and manufacture of strong and lightweight materials for use by the automotive sector will be undertaken in the USA by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and

A drape for use in cranial surgical procedures has been developed by Medline Industries of Northfield, Illinois, USA.

A flame-retardant (FR) compound that forms high levels of non-combustible char bodies on its surface rapidly when exposed to flames has been launched by Dynamic Modifiers LLC of Atlanta, Georgia, U

Henkel of Düsseldorf, Germany, has reached a strategic material supply agreement with manufacturer of one-piece carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) wheels Carbon Revolution of Geelong, Victoria,

A knitted barbed prosthetic fabric for the repair of abdominal hernias has been developed by Medtronic Sofradim Production of Trévoux, France.

A resorbable polymeric mesh implant for use in the reconstruction of soft-tissue defects has been developed by Novus Scientific of Uppsala, Sweden.

An aerogel-filled thermal insulation fabric designed to release less dust than other aerogel fabrics during and after installation has been developed by Microtherm of Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.

Computationally controlled knitting machines are being used by researchers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, to create soft toys and other objects that are actuated by tendons—an approach that they

A binder for the fabrics used in roofing felts and exterior insulation finishing systems (EIFSs) that does not emit formaldehyde as it cures has been developed by​ Synthomer Deutschland of Marl, Ge

Low-profile implantable textiles for aneurysm repair and transcatheter aortic-valve replacement procedures have been developed by the Secant Group.