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Innovations in fibres, technical textiles, apparel and machinery, 3rd-4th quarter 2004
published in Issue 59, 3rd-4th quarters 2004
Innovations help firms to differentiate their products and maintain a competitive advantage. Clemson University has a novel system for transporting liquids using bundles of fibres. Torayís new polylactide fibre has better mechanical properties at high temperatures. Ethiconís new polylactide yarn has improved strength for medical uses. A record-breaking 100 metre long carbon nanofibre has been developed by Cambridge University. Toray has a conductive fibre which absorbs high frequency radio waves. Kimberly-Clarkís multicomponent fibre gives controlled delivery of personal care products. Akron University has an apparatus for making a nanofibre nonwoven mat. For automotive applications, an ingenious air filter for petrol and diesel engines employing radioactive rare earth minerals has been patented. A firefighting fabric based on meta-aramid and polyamide imide has been developed, offering improved shrinkage. EOS and Chapman Thermal Products have separately developed flameproof and heat resistant yarns. Precision Fabrics has a technique for imparting flame resistance to polyesters by incorporating a phosphorus compound.
A new fabric from Milliken has a conductive staple fibre to avoid the build-up of static charge. Kimberly-Clark has a thermoplastic porous polymer containing a telomer for filter media and other applications. Outside the Box has developed a soft nonwoven fabric for blankets from hydroentangled polyester and polyamide. Procter & Gamble uses a plasma glow discharge to make highly waterproof and stain resistant textiles. Low temperature plasma technology is also being used to protect clothing against stains by Porton Plasma Innovations.
Non-fraying and non-irritant glass fibre orthopaedic bindings for broken bones are offered by BSN Medical. Ethiconís knitted surgical mesh has a high burst strength and improved flexibility. Advanced Technologyís tear resistant clothing from a two-layer fabric provides a barrier against biological agents but is soft and comfortable in use. DuPontís firefighting clothing has an inner lining of vertically stacked aramid fibres. Kimberly Clark has a garment which helps in toilet training for young children and incontinent adults.
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