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Materials news, January 2014

Molycorp says that its Sillam?e, Estonia, tantalum smelter facility has been certified by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Glob

Cytec Industries Inc. has announced net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013 of $59.4 million or $1.62 per diluted share.

A new theoretical model developed by professors may hold the key to methods for developing better materials for solar cells.

Researchers at New York University have developed a method for creating and directing fast moving waves in magnetic fields.

Indian vacuum tech specialist Hind High Vacuum (HHV) has developed a tungsten carbide (WC) tools recycling plant.

The Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) is installing a GERBERcutter® and laser ply layup system from Gerber Technology and its subsidiary, Virtek Visi

AOC, LLC has announced a price increase of US$0.04/lb for all polyester resin, gel coat and pigment products sold in Mexico.

Researchers have taken inspiration from the mechanics of natural structures like seashells in order to significantly increase the toughness of glass.

A Kansas State University engineer has made a breakthrough in rechargeable battery applications.

Airbus has successfully performed the ultimate load test of the A350 XWB’s wing, applying loads up to 1.5 times higher than those the aircraft would ever e

Wuhan Iron and Steel Corporation (WISCO) has made its first international export of reduced iron powder.

Youngstown State University, Ohio, USA, (YSU) has created a “Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing”.

Effective immediately or as existing contracts allow, BASF is raising prices for its polyetheramines portfolio in Europe by €0.15 per kilogram with immedia

SKF has posted Q4 net sales of SEK16,430 million, up from SEK14,984 million in Q4 2012.

ATK has finalised an agreement with Airbus to manufacture and supply composite stringers and frames on the –1000 variant of the A350 XWB program.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, have been granted U$1.9 million grant by America Makes to improve powder-bed additive manufac

Professor of Chemistry Jason Benedict, PhD, and his team at the University at Buffalo reported on the creation of the new material called UBMOF-1.

Physicists from (FUW) show their method in new ways to form quantum dots that contain single magnetic ions.

The programme of events, speakers and workshops at the 2014 AMUG Conference is now available online.

Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. is increasing prices for base epoxy resin products, in the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region by 90 Euros per metric

According to a new report from BCC Research, the global metal and ceramic injection moulding (MIM/CIM) components market was valued at US$1.5 billion in 20

Composite Advantage has launched a range of new Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) trail bridge and bridge deck products under its’ FiberSPAN™ brand

A new type of electrical generator uses bacterial spores to harness the untapped power of evaporating water, according to research.

Scientists have been able to switch on and off robust ferromagnetism close to room temperature by using low electric fields.

The AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. (Federation of Reinforced Plastics) is inviting presentations for the International AVK Conferen

Private equity firm Cyprium Partners has sold Alpha Sintered Metals Inc (ASM) to its management and to O2 Investment Partners, LLC, another private equity

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

GKN Driveline has opened a new automotive manufacturing plant in Togliatti, a city in the Volga region of Russia.

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) reported 2013 sales of US$4.04 billion compared to US$4.67 billion for 2012.

Researchers have taken the first steps in a project to develop fast-blinking LED systems for underwater optical communications.

A new method could eventually find applications from nondestructive testing of materials to sound suppression.

AOC, LLC has announced a price increase of US$0.04/lb in the U.S. and CN$0.09/kilo in Canada for all polyester resin, gel coat and pigment products.

Titanium specialist RTI International Metals has acquired Directed Manufacturing Inc, a leader in metal additive manufacturing (AM) for both commercial pro

HITCO Carbon Composites, a subsidiary of SGL Group – the Carbon Company, has selected the Total Production Optimizer (TPO) FabricOptimizer™ from Plataine T

Umicore has achieved the top position in the materials industry group of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index.

Researchers have developed a “process friendly” technique that would enable the cooling of microprocessor chips through carbon nanotubes.

Researchers have developed a new technique that accounts for that movement and eliminates the distortion from the finished product.

Reichhold, Inc. has increased the price on all Dion®, Norpol® and Hydrex® resins by $0.07 USD per pound in North America.

As part of its investment in research and development, SKF has announced plans to build two new global technical centres in Gothenburg, Sweden and Nieuwege

Element Materials Technology has acquired GEVA (Gesellschaft für Entwicklung und Versuch Adlershof mbH), one of Germany’s leading aerospace testing compani

TenCate Advanced Composites has signed a distribution agreement with Kyokuto Boeki Kaisha Ltd for representation in Japan.

Cristal Global and The National Industrialization Company (Tasnee) have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture (JV) company with Japanese titaniu

PM specialist Atlas Pressed Metals has appointed two new engineers to its metallurgical team.

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

Researchers at MIT have come up with a new approach to transparent displays that can have significant advantages over existing systems.

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have demonstrated broadband terahertz (THz) wave generation using metamaterials.

Advanced Forming Technology (AFT) Inc, part of ARC Group’s precision components group, has set the dates for its metal injection moulding (MIM) seminars, t

The AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. (Federation of Reinforced Plastics) - is inviting submissions for the AVK Innovation Awards 2014

Synthetic biology special issue published in the journal Chemical Engineering Science

Airbus, Fokker and TenCate have agreed the contract for the next stage of the Thermoplastic Affordable Primary Aircraft Structure innovation programme (TAP

ASTM International has released a new edition of its Manual 32, Test Sieving Methods: Guidelines for Establishing Sieve Analysis Procedures, 5th Edition.

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Two days free business and technical support is now available to plastics processors, in particular thermoset moulders, in the South West of the United Kin

Researchers have pioneered a new technique for forming a two-dimensional, single-atom sheet of two different materials with a seamless boundary.

According to preliminary data from the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), new vehicle registrations in 2014 will exceed 78 million uni

Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. has developed a high performance intermediate modulus (IM) carbon fibre, Pyrofil MR70, which largely exceeds the performance of

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) is now welcoming entries for its annual technical competition, which recognises innovation and excellence in

Access a special issue of Polymer, focusing on porous polymers.

New DSM has appointed Bert Bakker as president of DSM Composite Resins starting February 1, 2014.

Researchers compared the collective responses of the motor proteins to variations in motor numbers and cargo sizes.

Duke University researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of wireless power transfer using low-frequency magnetic fields.

Federal-Mogul Corp’s European subsidiaries plan to acquire certain business assets of Honeywell’s automotive and industrial brake friction business, includ

Sandvik plans to purchase Varel International Energy Services Inc, a supplier of drilling solutions focusing on hardmetal drill bits, downhole products for

SuperLoc™ composite sheet pile and SUPERPILE from Creative Pultrusions have been chosen for a Long Beach boardwalk replacement project in the USA.

Two university research teams have worked together to produce the world’s fastest thin-film organic transistors.

A "hybrid" anode developed at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could quadruple the life of lithium-sulfur batteries.

Hexagon Composites ASA has agreed to sell all its shares in the wholly-owned subsidiary Hexagon Devold AS to the German company SAERTEX GmbH & Co. KG.

Sandvik Coromant has appointed Star SU, a US provider of gear related toolss as a national channel partner for gear milling tools.

Hardide Coatings has appointed Ioan Jones as laboratory manager and Oliver Jones as pre-treatment specialist, part of its tungsten carbide team.

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

Research and Markets has published "2013 Report on the International Powder Metallurgy Market – Forecasts to 2016"

MFG Energy Services has introduced new service options for wind operators to extend the life of seriously damaged wind turbine blades.

The MATLAB figure viewer is now available in over 100 Elsevier journals, spanning materials science, computer science, engineering and more.

Royal Engineered Composites has installed a new 12 foot × 30 foot autoclave.

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the Euro PM2014 Congress technical programme is fast approaching.

Richard C Sutherlin, technical services manager at ATI’s Wah Chang business unit, a producer of reactive and refractory metals, has received the 2013 HR ‘R

The team has now demonstrated how a numerical simulation allows them to extract 3D data by combining diffraction patterns.

A new study on the nature of the interactions between halogen atoms in such various materials points to the possibility of designing bendy crystals.

AnalySwift is forming a partnership with Altran in the release of Altran’s upcoming optimisation code for the preliminary design of composite wind turbine

TAT Technologies has provided information about its famous four-day long hands-on sintering course, which takes place in 2014 from 25-28 February.

Fibre processing company Cygnet Texkimp has supplied a 30-position pilot line PAN precursor creel to the $100m Australian Future Fibre Research and Innovat

Advanced Interactive Materials Science Limited (AIMS), a UK materials science company specialising in powder metallurgy, materials development and alloy de

ARC Group Worldwide Inc says that its subsidiary Advanced Forming Technology (AFT) has recently launched a metal injection moulding (MIM) part in space.

Two Suzuki S1600 rally cars with custom designed light weight composite body kits secured ‘Winner’ and ‘Runner up’ positions in the 2013 Spanish Rally Cham

SKF has been nominated by Hyundai Motors to supply it with SKF’s MacPherson suspension bearing unit (MSBU), a business valued at approximately SEK 370 mill

China will remain the leading global consumer of wind turbine rotor blades over the coming years, with its market value expected to increase from almost $2

RTP Company has elevated the mechanical properties of its high temperature structural carbon fibre reinforced products.

Miba AG has agreed to increase its interest in Mahle Metal Leve Miba Sinterizados Ltda in Indaiatuba, Brazil, by 10% from 30 to 40%.

The birthplace of the digital computer, ENIAC, is using this technology in the rebirth of analog computing.

A new method for analysing biological samples based on their chemical makeup is set to transform the way medical scientists examine diseased tissue.

TenCate Advanced Composites has signed a cooperative marketing and development agreement with Leadgo Advanced Materials in Shanghai, China.

BAE Systems engineers have created and flown a 3D printed metal camera bracket for the first time on-board an RAF Tornado fighter jet.

Researchers at ETH are developing electronic components that are thinner and more flexible than before.

Researchers in the United States have suggested an alternative way to allocate science funding.

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA)'s infrared equipment division (IRED) is running a free educational webinar focused on infrared (IR) cur

MC Machinery Systems, Inc, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp, has partnered with Japan-based Matsuura Machinery Corporation to introduce the LUMEX Avance-25

Mark Humphries, partner, Catalyst Corporate Finance, reviews mergers and acquisitions in the composites industry in the second half of 2013 and concludes t

Globaldata research predicts China's market value for wind turbine blades could increase to $3.7 billion by 2020, an 8.2 per cent CAGR from 2012.

Airtech Advanced Materials Group has introduced Airpad HTX, an uncured non-silicone rubber that can be made into caul sheets and flexible mandrels.

Engineers hope a new type of vaccine shown to work in mice will one day make it cheaper and easy to manufacture on-demand vaccines for humans.

A team has developed a new X-ray holography method that will enable snap-shots of dynamic processes at highest spatial resolution.

Arcam has received an order for an EBM system from Frriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnbeg University in Erlangen, Germany.

3A Composites Core Materials has supplied AIREX® T92 PET sandwich core material for the new taxi EVA, designed by TUM CREATE and unveiled at the Tokyo Moto

The final unit of Molycorp’s cracking plant at its Mountain Pass molybdenum source has now completed commissioning and is operational.

Sandvik Coromant has developed CC6190, a new ceramic insert grade for CoroMill 490 that could increase productivity in cast iron and hardened steel due to

Ceratizit has signed an agreement with German tool retailer Hommel Hercules Werkzeughandel (HHW) to distribute its cutting tools for milling, turning, groo

The global automotive aluminium wheels industry will grow at a CAGR of 8.48% over the period 2012-2016, says a new report.

Blackheath Resources Inc, a mining exploration and development company, has agreed an option to acquire a 100% interest in the Adoria tungsten/tin project

Researchers have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly used in solar cells.

Researchers have developed a technique for creating nanoparticles that carry two different cancer-killing drugs into the body.

ASTM’s standard ASTM B330, used to measure the particle size of metal powders, now covers recent changes in PM testing technology.

Emanuele Mascherpa S.p.A. has been appointed by Scott Bader Europe to distribute its specialist range of Crestabond®structural adhesives and Advanced Compo

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Metal Powder Report website last month.

Kennametal Inc’s quality assurance manager Helen Patricia has received honours in the 2nd Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and

Boeing's contract extension offer has been approved by members of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 (IAM).

A team of scientists from NUS has successfully developed a method to chemically exfoliate molybdenum disulfide crystals.

Researchers are abandoning hunches and intuition to discover cheaper materials that mimic their purer, more expensive counterparts.

TPI Composites has signed a multi-year supply agreement with Acciona Windpower SA to provide wind blades from TPI’s new factory in Dafeng, China.

The following feature articles published in 2013 were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website during the year.

New research reveals a new method that allows both the growth and transfer steps of graphene on a silicon wafer.

Resin supplier AOC, LLC has collaborated with Clean Water Works Inc. (CWW), a Canadian specialist in pipeline rehabilitation, to restore the sewage pipes s

A report from renewable energy consultancy MAKE on technology trends in the global wind energy industry notes that the trend towards longer blades will not

DIAB Australia has announced a new partnership agreement for the supply and distribution of its core materials in the Australian region with ATL Composites

US company Grieve has developed a 500ºF (260°C) walk-in oven for curing composites at a customer’s facilities.

We look over the best materials science news items that are the most read over the month of December 2013.

Polytechnique Montréal, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Safran are inaugurating the NSERC-Safran Industrial Res

Despite extensive research, materials providing lossless conduction of electricity at room temperature are missing up to now.

Researchers have developed a way to microscopically view battery electrodes while they are bathed in wet electrolytes.

For its recently launched Scorpion 85 Sport rigid inflatable boat (RIB), UK boat builder Scorpion RIBs Ltd used a vacuum infusion composites manufacturing

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