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US Patent 6 780 489 describes a pad for absorbing motor fluids, especially those leaking from a motor or engine.

An apparatus for needling fancy yarns by the needlinginduced extraction of fibre loops from a structure without endangering the yarn guidance on the surface of the stitch base is described in US Pa

A low-friction sheath that facilitates the donning and wearing of a prosthesis on a residual limb is described by Knit-Rite in US Patent 6 790 238.

Panaz has extended its range of flame-retardant upholstery fabrics for the healthcare sector with the introduction of Panvelle Stretch and Vyflex.

Dow Corning has developed a new range of highperformance materials using silicone technology to add antimicrobial and aroma-therapeutic properties to fabrics.

DuPont has developed a weather-resistant building material intended to offer protection from wind-blown debris such as may be encountered in a tornado.

A fibre-reinforced, polymeric implant material for use in tissue engineering is disclosed in US Patent 6 783 712 by OsteoBiologics.

A non-adhesive antiseptic compress used to promote the healing of highly exudative, infected skin wounds or wounds susceptible to infection is described in US Patent 6 794 555 by Laboratoires d'Hyg

Kimberly-Clark has designed pants-like disposable absorbent garments suitable for use in low-capacity, late-stage toilet training.

A technique for revealing when an industrial fabric, such as those used in papermaking, has reached the end of its useful life has been found.

Micromuscle AB of Linkoping,Sweden, has developed microactuators based on a bi-layer polymer and a carrier substrate.

Biodegradable polymers are niche market materials that have the potential to provide a solution to a range of environmental concerns, such as decreasing availability of landfill space and declining

A conference on Opportunities and Markets for Medical Textiles and Biomedical Polymer Materials will be held at the Westin Poinsett Hotel,Greenville, South Carolina, USA, on 23-24 March 2005.

The next Outlook Personal Care Products Conference will be held from 28-30 September 2005 at the Melia Gran Sitges Hotel in Barcelona (Sitges), Spain.

Behind every successful product,there are many others that have been discontinued -- either during development or at a commercial stage.

First held in 1974, this year's Index exhibition promises to be another hugely successful show. The event is expected to attract around 12 000 visitors from more than 100 countries worldwide.

Consultant Helena Engqvist reviews current applications of nonwovens in domestic furnishing and decorations.She also predicts significant increases in use,as nonwoven developments help the material

Mohsen Miraftab and Elias Siores of the Centre for Materials Research and Innovation,University of Bolton,UK,make a passionate plea for the engagement of the next generation of students with textil

In the second of a three-part series reviewing the test methods applicable to fibrereinforced composites, M.Subramanian Senthil Kannan and R.Geethamalini of India's PSG College of Technology consid

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