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BASF and Sawgrass Technologies have reached an agreement that ends their patent dispute over dye sublimation technologies for the digital printing market.

Three recent case studies highlight the growing importance of geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs), geomembranes and geogrids, says the German manufacturer, Naue Fasertechnik of Lemforde.

The latest study predicts that US demand for geosynthetics will grow at 4.1% a year to reach 72 300 ha (865 million square yards) in 2006.

Unicharm has released an improved version of its Lifree Pants Yoo Nyo Guard urine-absorbing pad designed for use inside pant-style incontinence pads, according to Nonwovens World (December 2002).

A Japanese company has developed netting that can retain water and serve to assist in re-establishing vegetation on slopes. Such materials are used to help combat the advance of deserts.

Sandler AG says it finished the year 2002 with a turnover of a,not126 million - comparable to the position of the year before.

Whitford Plastics Ltd of Runcorn, UK, has developed a coated, waterproof fabric that, it claims, is superior to existing materials.

The UK's Thames Water has developed a system of lining pipelines for in-situ repairs.

A biodisintegratable nonwoven with improved fluid management properties is described by Kimberly-Clark in International Patent 01 14621.

BASF AG and Honeywell International have signed definitive agreements for two transactions. In one deal, BASF has agreed to sell its worldwide nylon fibres business to Honeywell.

A Japanese inventor has developed a simplified bandage for use on the torso of a patient.

A melt-blowing technique for lyocell is disclosed in US Patent 6 306 334 by the US pulp giant The Weyerhaeuser Co.

A composite nonwoven for use in the topsheet of an absorbent hygiene article has been developed by Swedish group SCA Hygiene Products.

Beiersdorf has developed a nonwoven backing material for orthopaedic dressings and bandages.

The largest private-label diaper producer in the USA is to close a diaper production and distribution plant later this year, and move production to other North American plants.

Layer materials that prevent or control odour are disclosed in US Patent 6 479 150 filed by Kimberly-Clark.

BASF AG is developing multicomponent superabsorbent fibres containing at least one acidic waterabsorbing resin and a basic water-absorbing resin.

Icopal GmbH has devised a technique for making bituminous roofing membranes and joining them.

New York-based private equity firm Castle Harlan has purchased Australia's second largest manufacturer of disposable diapers and adult incontinence products in a transaction valued at $53 million.

Luckenhaus Techische Textilien GmbH & Co has invented a grid structure for reinforcing roads.

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