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A nonwoven that has been made from the bark of the Mutuba tree (Ficus natalensis) by the Baganda people of Southern Uganda since the thirteenth century could be used in the treatment of wo

A fibre-based implant (called OccluTex) that reduces the risks associated with the treatment of brain aneurysms is being developed by the RWTH Aachen University Clinic in Germany.

Essity of Stockholm, Sweden, has acquired the distribution rights to the woundcare technology Sorbact in Australia and New Zealand from the Australian company Bayport Brands of Mornington, Victoria

A bandage that that can detect the presence of infections in a wound and monitor its condition has been developed by researchers at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, USA.

A prototype circular-knitted vascular graft that can serve as a replacement for a damaged or blocked coronary artery is being developed by researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in R

While short-term demand for surgical masks remains unprecedented owing to the human coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, growing awareness of their effectiveness will lead to steady sales growth in the

Commercialising, validating and supplying a vital treatment

From the beginnings of the current pandemic in China in late 2019 to the present, our industry has responded swiftly to provide the vital personal protective equipment (PPE) needed by frontline workers and the public. By forming partnerships, increasing production and developing new products, it has contributed significantly to help prevent the uncontrolled spread of the virus responsible. Editor Nick Butler picks the as-yet unfinished story of HeiQ’s commercialisation of a new anti-viral textile treatment as a prime example among many impressive achievements.

US industry adapts rapidly to pandemic challenges

As the  covid-19 pandemic began to take its toll in the USA from late February 2020, medical facilities rapidly became overwhelmed with patients, existing stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) were exhausted and global supply chains broke down. Happily, local textile manufacturers were able to adapt their output to compensate for shortages. John McCurry tells the stories of a few of them.

Electrospun membranes of cellulose that, when used as wound dressings, kill bacteria in a highly efficient manner are being developed by researchers at Empa in St Gallen, Switzerland.

Colback nonwovens are being used in efforts to solve the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in healthcare institutions in The Netherlands.

Cotton-based dressings that are highly effective for the treatment of diabetic wounds and burns injuries have been developed by engineers from the UK’s University of Sheffield.

A German hospital group says it has developed a treatment that allows the re-use of high-quality face masks worn to protect medical workers at risk of exposure to the virus (SARS-CoV-2) responsible

Hollingsworth & Vose, a manufacturer of nonwovens and engineered papers used in filtration, energy and industrial applications, has developed a nonwoven fabric for the production of non-surgica

Medical device manufacturer, Medi USA has launched an addition to its range of flat-knitted compression products for the management of oedema.

The minimum requirements for the design, production and performance assessment of community face masks (barrier masks) intended for consumers in Europe has been published.

An antiviral and antimicrobial treatment for textiles has been proven effective against the strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, according to its developer.

Berry Global Group Inc is to spend US$8 million on the installation of new equipment and upgrades to existing lines to increase capacity for meltblown nonwovens at its plant in Statesville, North C

Apex Mills explores the potential of trailblazing knitting technology

Specialising in state-of-the-art knitted technical textiles currently offers incredible challenges as well as numerous opportunities. As competitors fail, for instance, manufacturers can acquire new capabilities and new customers. One such company, reports John McCurry, is Apex Mills, which made its first acquisition in 2019.

The developer of an antimicrobial textile treatment shown to be effective against one of the seven known human coronaviruses has given free licences for the formulation to three of its competitors.

A German company claims just one of its textile machines will now be able to produce 240 000 complete face masks a month thanks to an innovative design that allows the product to be made in a singl

NatureWorks has donated enough of its biopolymer (Ingeo) as is needed to produce ten million re-usable face masks.

Promethean Particles (Promethean) of Nottingham, UK, is working with textile companies and research facilities to explore the anti-viral effects of its copper nanoparticles, which it has developed 

Industry responds urgently and rapidly to the global pandemic

The global covid-19 pandemic has resulted in shortages of disposable face masks and triggered manufacturers to ramp-up their production urgently. In addition, the development of new products that could offer greater protection than existing ones – or be cheaper and faster to produce – continues at a rapid pace, reports Adrian Wilson.

An antiviral and antimicrobial treatment for textiles that is proven effective against the 229E strain of human coronavirus has been launched by HeiQ of Zurich, Switzerland.

Working with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Cardinal Health has voluntarily recalled 9.1 million surgical gowns that may have been contaminated at a manufacturing plant in China.

Researchers from ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and the National University of Singapore have developed a bandage that helps blood to clot and does not stick to the wound: the first time that both proper

Research into the development of therapeutic textiles to prevent lower limb disorders is being undertaken by Spanish textile research institute AITEX of Alcoy.

A team of researchers led by the tissue bioengineering unit at the University of Bordeaux in France has created a yarn-like material derived from human skin cells that could be used to close wounds

French engineering company Fibroline has entered into two licensing agreements in the healthcare sector.

A study by Empa – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology has shown how a material’s auxetic behaviour can be enhanced and used to regenerate human tissue following injuries

Additive manufacturing (AM) is being widely used to generate human tissues and organs for implantation.

An implantable prosthesis for repairing anatomical defects, such as a tissue- or muscle-wall defect, particularly a groin hernia, has been developed by Bard of Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA.

US researchers have developed a new treatment for glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer, which uses coaxial electrospinning to form drug-containing membranes.

A protective jacket with pockets and removable sleeves for use by professionals in a hospital or healthcare setting has been developed by Nuno Antunes of Matosinhos, Portugal.

A method for producing dope-dyed antibacterial viscose filament (rayon) for use in the manufacture of medical textiles is disclosed by E. Miroglio of Sliven, Bulgaria.

A multilayer, breathable dressing to treat chronic wounds and block external pathogens from infecting them has been developed by InMedBio of Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

A former medical student at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust has designed what is believed to be the UK’s first disposable and sterile headscarf for staff to wear in operating

More than 1350 Australian women have won a seven-year-old class-action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) of New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, for misleading patients and surgeons about

Antimicrobial dressings for treating biofilms in wounds have been developed by Argentum Medical of Geneva, Illinois, USA.

While men are more prone to inguinal hernias owing to their narrow and deep pelvis, there is a disparity between the sexes in terms of how they respond to mesh implantation.

A prosthesis for use as a wall reinforcement in parietal and/or visceral surgery has been developed by Medtronic Sofradim Production of Trévoux, France. The device is said to retain its three-dimen

A dressing that facilitates the rapid healing of wounds is disclosed by Healthko of Boca Raton, Florida, USA.

Researchers in the USA have developed a portable electrospinning device that can manufacture bandages and apply them directly to a wound.

Kimberly-Clark is to invest US$20 million to expand nonwovens production capacity at its manufacturing facility in Corinth, Mississippi, USA, to support growth in the North American personal care m

A warp-knitted surgical mesh that incorporates a nanoscale surface treatment has received pre-market clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Temperature-responsive textiles that can be used to create self-fitting garments that only require body heat to function have been developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota in Minneap

A hypoallergenic hydrogel dressing for the treatment of various types of wounds, including burns, cuts, tears, blisters and ulcers, and post-surgical incisions, has been developed by Nelson Innovat

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon have agreed to pay US$117 million to settle lawsuits in the USA following allegations of deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices.

A single-layer surgical gauze has been developed by B-ReS of Borgosatollo, Italy.