The Nonwoven Laboratory at the International Textile Center of Texas Tech University has become the first facility in the USA to house the Fehrer H1 Technology Needle Loom fed by William Tatham carding and cross lapping machinery. The equipment, which has been supplied by Batson Yarn and Fabrics, is being used in a project to develop protective fabrics, led by Dr Seshadri Ramkumar of the International Textile Center and sponsored by the Department of Defense.