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Paris, France-based developer of computer-aided design (CAD) and cutting-room systems, Lectra, has completed the purchase of its competitor, Gerber Technology of Tolland, Connecticut, USA.

Antimicrobial surface wipes made from natural, biodegradable fibres and supplied in recyclable packaging have been launched by Aero Healthcare UK of Horsham. 

A range of filtration media for use in electric vehicles (EVs) has been launched by Ahlstrom-Munksjö of Helsinki, Finland.

Two companies in Clermont-Ferrand, France, have demonstrated that a high-tenacity polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibre produced from recycled bottles could be used to reinforce tyres.

A para-aramid nanofibre (called Kevlar MicroCore) for the production of separators for lithium-ion batteries has been launched by DuPont of Wilmington, Delaware, USA.

An antimicrobial spray that can be applied to textile products such as face masks has been launched by Bio-Gate AG of Nuremberg and Bremen, Germany.

Fibre Extrusion Technology (FET) Ltd has started to build a two-storey research and development (R&D) centre adjacent to its headquarters in Leeds, UK.

A range of high-quality filter media for use in the filter elements of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems and air-purifiers has been launched by Neenah Gessner GmbH of Feldkir

The Andritz Group of Graz, Austria, has received orders for a batt-forming line from Italy and a hydroentanglement line from China.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has rebuilt one of its lines for the manufacture of filtration material at its plant in Binzhou, China—increasing its production capacity and enhancing its capabilities.

Woodspin, a joint venture established by Spinnova and Suzano, plans to be able to produce 1 Mt of fibres each year from cellulosic biomass within the next ten years.

A durable, stretchable and inherently flame-retardant (FR) fabric for the production of protective clothing for workers in such as electric power stations has been launched by Daletec of Dalekvam,

Cocona Labs reports that it can incorporate an additive into its thermoregulating fibres and yarns (called 37.5) that enables them to biodegrade in landfills.

Nonwovens manufacturer, Avgol, and developer of algae-based dyes and fibres, Algaeing, are to develop algae-based products for the dyeing of polyolefin based spunbond and meltblown fabrics.

The US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has passed legislation that will require federal agencies to issue long-term contracts to US manufacturers of personal protective

ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd of Coseley, UK, has divested its business for the recycling and sale of short carbon fibres to Procotex Corp SA, while the balance of the company – which primarily sells nonwov

Ahlstrom-Munksjö is to invest €58 million in a new line for the production of glass-fibre nonwovens for flooring applications at its plant in Madisonville, Kentucky, USA.

A pair of finishes derived from vegetable oils  – a softener and a finish that improves the sweat-wicking performance of fabrics – has been launched by Devan Chemicals of Ronse, Belgium.  

A range of biodegradable threads made from lyocell has been developed for use in apparel by Coats of Uxbridge, UK.

A pilot line for the development of meltblown nonwovens has been installed at the Nonwoven Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI) in Leeds, UK, where it will be used for sampling, prototyping a