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According to Frost & Sullivan, the European advanced wound management market was valued at US$544.4 million in 2004 and is forecast to grow by an average of 12.4% a year to US$1.23 billion in 2

The European Centre for Nonwovens (CENT) has opened a pilot-scale laboratory line in Tourcoing, France.

After a 20-Year hiatus from northeastern US venues, IFAI Expo returned with to hold its annual event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 27-29 October 2004.

The increasing incidence of surgical site infections (SSIs) among hospital patients in Europe has led to a call to action for cost-effective preventative measures to be put in place by hospitals to

Elk Technologies Inc has developed a cotton-based fire barrier fabric, VersaShield(r) II, expanding its VersaShield product family and broadening its range of applications.

Colbond - a producer of industrial nonwovens, and three-dimensional polymeric mats and composites - has increased its prices worldwide for its entire product range, effective from 1 January 2005.

An absorbent thermal pad for use by recovering obstetric or gynaecological patients is outlined in US Patent 6 786 880 by Lisa Wall of Beaverton,Oregon,USA.The device is designed to capture bodily

US Surgical, a business unit of Tyco Healthcare, has been awarded contracts in the USA by Novation, the supply company of VHA and the University HealthSystem Consortium.

A wound dressing for treating injuries to nasal passages has been developed by Ferris Pharmaceuticals.

Ian Holme reports for TechnicalTextiles International from the Second International Symposium in Textile Engineering,which was held at the Natal Convention Centre in Brazil.

SueWaters reports on the success of Advantage Cover Fabrications,a UK manufacturer of marquees whose Managing Director has exploited his engineering skills to tackle challenging customized designs.

Geoff Fisher visited Turkey to learn about some of Rieter Perfojet's local customers,such as AS Nonwovens,who are investing in machinery with the goal of competing with the world's major convertors

Diolen Industrial Fibers will invest in two new spinning lines to increase capacity for its recently introduced one-step polyester tyre yarns.

A longitudinally symmetric arm sling is disclosed in US Patent 6 770 044 by Joslin Orthopedic Gear. The sling is designed to support either a person's left or right arm.

An acrylic fibre with cotton-like properties is the subject of US Patent 6 740 722, assigned to Solutia Inc.

A device for pressure support of a weakened or injured articulating joint, such as an ankle, elbow, knee or wrist, is described in US Patent 6 776 769 by Joseph Smith of Boca Raton, Florida, USA.

US-based Procter & Gamble Co is developing ways of making nonwovens that contain apertures and have high degrees of elongation.

USA's Milliken & Co has developed a composite textile for use as a facer material on cementitious wallboards.

US weaver Bally Ribbon Mills has developed three-dimensional (3D) woven fabrics intended for use in composites, as well as a loom for making them on.

Ireland-based biopharmaceutical company Alltracel Pharmaceuticals has agreed a deal with Nichiban, the largest Japanese consumer wound care company, for the development of Alltracel's m-doc (micro-

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