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SIA Abrasives Industries AG of Frauenfeld, Switzerland, has developed an abrasive material based on a nonwoven and claims its fabric has a number of unique physical characteristics and properties.

A therapeutic medical compression garment, such as a stocking, with an integral knitted anti-slip portion has been developed by BSN-Jobst, a subsidiary of BSN Medical.

An inventor in the USA has devised an inflatable system for restraining a prisoner or detainee.

A comprehensive survey, Smart and Interactive Textiles--a Market Study, has been published by International Newsletters Ltd.

Contract textile manufacturer Panaz has introduced a new collection of printed fabrics on a range of basecloths for hospitals, nursing and care homes, halls of residence and other such accommodatio

A way of making high-tenacity polyethylene yarns has been revealed by the Korean company Hyosung Corp.

US demand for infection-prevention products is expected to increase by 4.6% a year to US$11.8 billion in 2009, according to a new report by the Freedonia Group.

A radiation-shielding gown for use in the treatment of fibromyalgia is outlined by Frieder Kempe in US Patent 6 868 854.

Kimberly-Clark,manufacturer of Huggies disposable diapers, is to sell or close 20 of its production sites by 2008 and reduce employee numbers by 6000 -- 10% of the current workforce.

A flexible composite offering ballistic protection is the subject of US Patent 6 861 971.

The global market for products to treat burn wounds is valued at more than US$1.5 billion and will exceed US$2 billion within the next few years, according to a study by Kalorama Information.

Malden Mills Industries Inc claims to have developed an electrically conductive fabric able to shield its wearer from electromagnetic radiation.

USA's Auburn University reports a further refinement in the construction of impact-absorbing materials.

Drug delivery dressings that can control or transport fluids using a fluid control film are disclosed in US Patent 6 867 342 by 3M.

Since the advent of stitch-bonding there has been a problem of adding design to fabrics which, essentially, are plain structures.Now a technique that offers the possibility of introducing a pattern

A new design for the needles used to make tufted carpets is the subject of US Patent 6 886 477.

US researchers have developed a heart stent from polyester that is claimed to be cheaper and more effective than metal stents currently used in vascular surgery.

The Bair Paws Patient Adjustable Warming System from Arizant Healthcare is a new single-use gown claimed to eliminate patient modesty concerns that occur with traditional cotton gowns.

One of the most important and rapidly advancing sectors of the textile industry was the subject of debate at The 6th Nonwovens Network Seminar held in Bradford,UK.

Groz-Beckert has introduced HyTec precision jet strips for use in spunlace (hydroentanglement) processes.