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John W.McCurry explains how Bob Mckinnon and his partners are using their long experience of the US textile and furnishing markets,coupled with increasing regulation,to exploit the potential of the

In total more than 850 exhibitors from 36 countries took part in ITMA Asia--the first major textile equipment trade fair since the abolition of textile quotas at the beginning of 2005, reports Geof

US Patent 6 875 711 discloses a textile-based friction material said by its inventor to offer improved design and manufacture of brakes and clutches for automobiles.

A wrap to protect drains from accidental damage, air pollution and potentially destructive build-up of moisture is the subject of US Patent 6 869 901.

A printable bandage system has been developed by Hewlett-Packard. Outlined in US Patent 6 924 411, the system (20) includes a non-stick sheet (22) to which bandages (24) are removably secured.

A Swedish company has patented a process for producing airborne fibres for subsequent conversion to nonwoven fabrics.

Hinspergers Poly Industries Ltd has developed a cover for the protection of swimming pools in winter, claiming its invention is light weight and easy to handle.

A plasma treatment for materials, particularly all kinds of textiles, has been developed in Italy by Universita' Degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca and Stazione Sperimentale per la Seta, both in Milan.

TyRx Pharma has announced the filing of a 510(k) application with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new bioresorbable polymer coated surgical mesh product.

An adhesive bandage disclosed in US Patent 6 916 967 has been developed for protecting blisters or wounds, or for preventing chafing or the formation of blisters.

An Australian company claims to have found a way to exploit cellulosic fibres as reinforcements for cement.

A sleeveless vest that includes an arm sling is outlined in US Patent 6 918 885 by Kenneth and Shirley Moore of Osborn, Missouri, USA.

Molnlycke Health Care, Regent Medical and Medlock Medical have merged to form a new corporate organization, the Molnlycke Health Care Group.

A method and equipment for making hydroentangled nonwovens is the subject of US Patent 6 842 953.

A skin barrier strip for use in ostomy appliances and wound dressings is described in US Patent 6 919 492 by Hollister.

The first Biodegradable Hygiene Products conference will be held on 13-14 December 2005 at Leatherhead Food International, Leatherhead, Surrey, UK.

A disposable absorbent article with a means for alerting the wearer to the release of liquid body waste,such as urine,has been developed by Kimberly-Clark.

A multi-layer absorbent wound dressing has been developed by 3M.

What appears to be a contradiction in terms is the invention of reusable, launderable water-soluble coveralls by Microtek Medical Holdings Inc.

Albany International Corp claims to have found a simple but effective way of revealing wear in industrial fabrics such as papermaker felts.