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Centerpulse of Zurich, Switzerland, has sold its Vascutek vascular prosthesis business to Japan's Terumo Corp for $170 million.

A diamond-like coating (DLC) improves the flexural rigidity of aramid fibres and suppresses their low yielding behaviour, according to US inventors.

An abrasion- and wrinkle-resistant finish for fabrics that, its inventor claims, is effectively permanent is the subject of International Patent 01/18304.

A hydrophilic fibre claimed to excel in high-speed processability has been developed by Chisso.

A flexible padded belt adapted to be worn by a person in a horizontal position has been developed by Mary Pearcey of Sarasota, Florida, USA.

A durably wettable liquid-pervious web prepared using a radiation curing process has been developed by Procter & Gamble.

As a result of advances in dye formulation and dyeing technologies, Klopman has developed a range of specially formulated dark colours that can be combined with its range of high-visibility fabrics

Trevira is releasing to the market a multifunctional fibre with bioactive properties. According to the company from Frankfurt, Germany, the fibre also offers protection against fire.

A Japanese firm has patented a fine electrically conductive fibre, as well as a conductive yarn made from the fibre.

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A Japanese inventor (US Patent 6 407 015) has devised a fabric that can control the flow of fluids.

A multilayer thermally bonded nonwoven fabric that has particular application as a liner in a disposable absorbent product is disclosed in US Patent 6 468 931 by BBA Nonwovens Simpsonville (formerl

Santa Clarita, California, is piloting the USA's first recycling programme for diapers.

At a time when many organizations must impose rigorous justifications on all aspects of marketing expenditure, one particular technique is acquiring an even greater importance than usual - namely,

A cord with a diameter that shrinks under tension is the subject of International Patent WO 00/61844.

A stretchable nonwoven web (or a laminate of a stretchable nonwoven web and an elastic sheet) for use in personal care absorbent items is disclosed by Kimberly-Clark.

Comfortable compressive orthoses such as elastic stockings or tights have been developed by Innothera Topic International of Arcueil, France.

Candover, a UK-based private equity firm, is to acquire private label disposable products manufacturer Ontex of Buggenhout, Belgium.

Toray Saehan Inc is to build a production facility for polypropylene spunbonds (PPSBs) in Seoul, South Korea.

Dilo’s three-apron crosslapper technology is distinct from conventional equipment, which uses two aprons.