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Synthetic suede made from microfibres is the subject of European Patent EP 1 353 006.Italian company Alcantara SpA proposes a fabric that is basically a micro-fibrous nonwoven given a special treat

The use of antimicrobials in clothing will increase by more than 15% a year in Western Europe between 2001 and 2005, according to the latest issue of Performance Apparel Markets published by Textil

UK healthcare products manufacturer and distributor SSL International has sold its wound management business for GBP55 million to a new company, Medlock Medical, which is backed by venture capital

A deodorizing absorbent sheet for use in an absorbent disposable article is disclosed in US Patent 6 663 949 by Kao of Tokyo, Japan.

Cell adhesion experiments at Purdue University, USA, have demonstrated that making diagnostic neural probes and prosthetic devices from carbon nanofibre-based composites might be technically and pr

Wound and Skin care products manufacturer Derma Sciences has acquired Kimberly- Clark's wound care assets for US$2.6 million.

A heat-treated nonwoven based on crimped homofilaments is the subject of International Patent WO 02/05725.

A technique for applying a protein sheathing around each fibre in a substrate is disclosed in International Patent WO 02/059413.

Japan's Komatsu Seiren Co Ltd has begun the commercialization of a jointly-developed fabric that it claims helps control dusmite allergens.

A nonwoven web/film laminate for use as a fabric in disposable personal care products has been developed by Kimberly-Clark.

European Patent EP 1 251 202 discloses a fibre that sustainably releases a component that can care for the wearer's skin.

A process for making cork yarn that retains the properties of cork, yet can easily be woven or knitted is the subject of International Patent WO 02/055767.

A pre-shaped headliner designed for use in the interior roofing of automobiles is the subject of US Patent 6 582 639, filed by Johnson Controls Technology Co of Plymouth, Michigan, USA.

UK researchers have developed a fabric construction that can sense pressure.

Switzerland's Michelin Recherche et Technique SA of Granes-Paccot has developed a thermotropic aromatic polyester(amide) monofilament.

US-based ConvaTec, part of Bristol Myers Squibb, has reached an agreement to acquire Acordis Speciality Fibres of Coventry, UK.

Cost-effective elastic articles that have improved elasticity at elevated temperatures are disclosed by Dow Chemical.

A new protection suit developed with the assistance of the European Space Agency (ESA) promises a better life for children with a rare genetic disorder.

Textile surfaces affect a number of performance properties including wetting, friction, dyeing, adhesion and biocompatibility.

DuPont has devised a layered composite claiming the material has improved resistance to penetration by knives and blades.

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