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A company dedicated to the research and development (R&D), testing and sale of composite and multimaterial automotive components is to be established in Wuppertal, Germany, by Teijin.

Additive manufacturing (AM) is being widely used to generate human tissues and organs for implantation.

A method for the analysis of microfibre shedding from textiles has been developed by Hohenstein of Bönnigheim, Germany.

An airlaying machine recently purchased by The Nonwoven Innovation and Research Centre (NIRI) in Leeds, UK, will be used in the pilot-scale manufacture of nonwovens from natural fibres.

A tailored fibre placement (TFP) cell has been installed by Carbon ThreeSixty at its facility in Chippenham, UK.

An implantable prosthesis for repairing anatomical defects, such as a tissue- or muscle-wall defect, particularly a groin hernia, has been developed by Bard of Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA.

US researchers have developed a new treatment for glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer, which uses coaxial electrospinning to form drug-containing membranes.

A protective jacket with pockets and removable sleeves for use by professionals in a hospital or healthcare setting has been developed by Nuno Antunes of Matosinhos, Portugal.

Ahead of JEC World 2020, EconCore has announced that it has licensed its technology for the production of lightweight thermoplastic honeycomb cores to two companies; Low & Bonar and Ko

A highly automated demonstrator production line that enables composite parts to be produced from prepregs in cycle times of three minutes has been unveiled by Solvay of Brussels, Belgium.

Nonwovens made from recycled carbon fibre have been launched by Sigmatex of Runcorn, UK.  

SGL Carbon of Wiesbaden, Germany, is to start producing landing skids for air taxis from braided carbon fibre.

A range of superabsorbent fabrics that demonstrate higher strength when wet than conventional superabsorbents is to be shown by Technical Absorbents Limited (TAL) at INDEX 2020.

A cationic-dyeable polyester (PES) yarn and an expanded range of yarns made from plastic bottles recovered from the ocean have been unveiled by Unifi(1) of Greensboro, North Carolina, US

A diaper that detects urine and faeces using electrically conductive fibres has been developed by the Korea Textile Development Institute of Seo-gu, Daegu, South Korea.

Sensor-containing wearables are set to become critical tools in making robots more widely available, an application that is unlikely to have occurred to the early developers of smart fabrics. 

Volkswagen (VW)’s first innovation hub in North America is to be opened at the University of Tennessee (UT) Research Park in Knoxville, USA.

A method for producing dope-dyed antibacterial viscose filament (rayon) for use in the manufacture of medical textiles is disclosed by E. Miroglio of Sliven, Bulgaria.

A nanoporous membrane (called Xpore) for the manufacture of waterproof and breathable textiles has been launched by BenQ Materials of Taoyuan, Taiwan. 

A special nanocoating and advanced colour pigments are being used by ContiTech North America of Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA, to improve the comfort of seating for stadiums.