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Materials news, February 2014

EDF subsidises injection moulding machines

According to injection moulding machine specialist Arburg, French national energy provider EDF Entreprises will pay a state subsidy to companies procuring

Natural fibre reinforced plastic blades used for rooftop wind turbine

Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax has been used to manufacture natural fibre reinforced blades for a rooftop wind turbine at the University of Stuttgart,

Reducing film thickness by over an order of magnitude.

Hexagon Raufoss, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hexagon Composites, has been awarded a new order from Iveco s.p.a. for the delivery of 350 CNG city bus fuel

Sumitomo Electric UK plans to showcase its range of Power-Series general purpose drills at MACH 2014, the UK’s largest manufacturing event.

Magnum Venus Plastech (MVP) has acquired a patent for its newly released External Mix Talon spray gun by the United States Patent Office.

EOS has launched in the UK an additive manufacturing (AM) system with a build volume of 400 x 400 x 400 mm with the potential for high-volume production of

HIP parts specialist Bodycote has posted revenues of £619.6 million in 2013, up from £587.8 million in 2012.

Saving pre­cious nanosec­onds.

Improved absorption in ultrathin semiconductors.

Composites Evolution has teamed up with Easy Composites to provide fast distribution of its Biotex Flax and Biotex Jute natural fibre reinforcement materia

MACH 2014, the largest event in the UK for manufacturing technologies, will include a new 3D printing zone.

A team of researchers have devised a way of making tiny holes of controllable size in sheets of graphene, which could lead to water purification.

Using an inexpensive 3-D printer, biomedical engineers have developed a custom-fitted device that could transform treatment of cardiac disorders.

Engineers have found their novel fiber architecture can transmit images with a quality rivaling the current commercial endoscopy imaging fibers.

Sharp & Tappin, the manufacturer of CNC composite plate saws, has added a new mini composite plate saw to the range, which is claimed to be ideal for test

Atre Research Group, which conducts experimental and modelling studies of materials and architectures using ceramics and metals, has invited PM specialist

The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) in the USA has selected ATK's Aerospace Structures division, based in Clearfield, Utah,

Laser fusing specialist Concept Laser plans to open a new development centre at the company’s headquarters in Lichtenfels, Germany.

Scientists have found a creative way to radically improve thermoelectric materials, a finding that could lead to the development of improved solar panels.

TenCate Advanced Composites has won a deal to supply carbon fibre prepreg for the production of the monocoque of the Alfa Romeo 4C 'supercar.'

BASF has inaugurated a R&D lab and application technology centre for battery materials in Amagasaki, Japan.

Miba has appointed Bernd Badurek as managing director sales & marketing of the group, which employs over 1,600 members of staff globally at four production

Prepregs from Cytec Industrial Materials have been used to manufacture electric vehicle battery enclosures for General Motors’ Chevrolet Spark car.

Researchers combined cheap, oxide-based materials to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases using solar energy.

A team of UConn chemists has discovered a new way of making a class of porous materials that allows for greater manufacturing.

Ferrous powder specialist Voestalpine says that its 2013/2014 nine month results are "solid", with revenue declining slightly by 3.1% from €8.7 to €8.4 bil

Technical Fibre Products Ltd has expanded its manufacturing capability to include lamination as a complement to its established nonwoven business.

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

Iluka Resources Limited, a global producer of titanium dioxide products of rutile and synthetic rutile, has agreed to buy 18.3% of Metalysis, a titanium PM

Japanese chemicals giant Toray Industries Inc has unveiled plans for the expansion of its advanced materials business in the USA, including the purchase of

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new type of low-temperature fuel cell that directly converts biomass to electricity.

Researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have tested a new approach to fabricating spin valves.

H.C. Starck will run a new technical symposium focusing on the use of tantalum in the chemical processing industry.

Airbus is increasing its share in the Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre (HMC) in Harbin, China, from 20% to 25%.

Albany International Corp., the global advanced textiles and materials processing company with core businesses in machine clothing and engineered composite

UCLA researchers have created a drug delivery system that may have less severe side effects than traditional glaucoma medication

Researches describe a new approach to switch on and off magnetism, which can lead to a new generation of better-performing electronic devices.

Registration is now open for the 14th EPMA Powder Metallurgy Summer School, which this year takes place in Kraków, Poland.

Read an introduction to the topic of glass reinforced epoxy composite liners for protecting against corrosion in oil pipelines.

Alcoa, one of the world’s largest suppliers of aluminium powder, plans to permanently close its Point Henry aluminium smelter and two rolling mills, due to

Boeing will manufacture the composite wing for its 777X aircraft at a new facility on its Everett, Washington, USA, site.

Pinette Emidecau Industries, the French supplier of forming presses and production systems for high performance composites, has been contracted by the Nati

The global market for 3D printing materials is expected to reach $408.5 million by 2018, says a new report.

ASU scientists, along with colleagues at Argonne National Laboratory, have reported advances toward perfecting a functional artificial leaf.

Scientists reveal graphene's ability to absorb electromagnetic radiation – energy from across the radio frequency spectrum.

Future Materials Group (FMG), the business consultancy and advisory group specialising in the high value manufacturing and Advanced Materials sectors, will

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering have been awarded an America Makes grant to look into integrating a computer-de

TPI Composites has signed a long-term supply agreement with wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa to supply blades for the Gamesa G114 turbine.

Ceratizit says it will present at the annual meeting of cold formers on “Current carbide grade developments in tool making.”

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed new technologies for manufacturing carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) components in various shapes, as we

Quantum Composites, a business unit of The Composites Group, has introduced its first hybrid carbon fibre material.

Chomarat is showing a one-quarter scale model of the VX-1 KittyHawk™ for the first time at JEC Europe 2014.

New method allows nanoscale patterning of polymer electrolyte films using an electron beam.

Ashland Performance Materials, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., is increasing the prices of its Derakane™ epoxy vinyl ester resins, unsaturated polyester

Materials Today is happy to announce that proceedings for the forthcoming ANM 2014 meeting will be published in Materials Today: Proceedings.

GKN Sinter Metals’ Danyang facility has won supplier awards from three automotive customers in China.

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

Specialty metals development company Wolf Minerals Limited has authorised GR Engineering Services Limited (GRES) to begin construction of its Hemerdon tung

Global use of molybdenum in the third quarter of 2013 was 134.1 million lb, up just over 1% from 132.2 million lb in the previous quarter, according to fig

In the fourth quarter 2013, Hexagon Composites ASA generated NOK 306.5 (211.5) million in operating income, and made an operating profit before depreciatio

Researchers at the University of Manchester have tested how good graphene membranes are as filters for liquid water.

Researchers at the Brookhaven National Laboratory have combined atoms with multiple orbitals and precisely pinned down their electron distributions.

This year’s International Conference of Hot Isostatic Pressing, HIP 14, will focus on innovation in oil & gas, power generation and aerospace, its organise

Element Hitchin, UK, has been chosen as a materials testing partner in HIPOCRATES, a three-year research project worth over €3.7 million that aims to devel

The Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) has launched a project entitled Additive Manufacturing Technologies for Aerospace

Composite reinforcements manufacturer FORMAX is setting up a facility at its UK headquarters dedicated to the production of carbon fibre multiaxial fabrics

Manufacturing companies in the UK have been granted £887,000 to kickstart a project to test and develop the additive manufacture (AM) of lightweight metal

Fulcrum SP Materials Ltd. has introduced a SP1/CNT reinforcement solution for fibreglass and epoxy composites.

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has launched a thesis competition for PM students at diploma (masters) and doctorate (PhD) levels.

Vectorply Corporation, a US manufacturer of reinforcement fabrics for composites, has installed a new LIBA Max 5 machine to expand its manufacturing capaci

Arcam says that its net sales increased by 43% to SEK199.4 million in 2012, up from SEK139.1 million in the previous year.

Researchers have introduced a unique micro-robotic technique to assemble the components of complex materials, the foundation of tissue engineering.

Brazilian company Polinox, a leader in organic peroxides and mould release waxes in Latin America, has reported a 5.5% increase in production volume in 201

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining’s (IOM3) Industry Affiliate Scheme (IAS) has relaunched, following an extensive restructure.

In order to support is growth plans, Cato Composite Innovations, a specialist in thermoplastic composite components, has appointed business consultancy AMA

Global Tungsten & Powders (GTP), a division of the Plansee Group, has been proved not to process any tungsten sourced from a conflict region, following a D

Autodesk, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Delcam, one of the world’s leading suppliers of advanced computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software.

H.C. Starck’s fabricated products plant based in Newton, Massachusetts, USA has been awarded a best plant award.

A team of researchers at the University of Vienna unveiled the superconducting pairing mechanism in Calcium doped graphene using the ARPES method

For the first time, a team of chemists and engineers at Penn State have placed tiny synthetic motors inside live human cells,

Ashland Performance Materials, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. is increasing the price of speciality resins sold in North America from 17 February 2014,

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

The latest A350 XWB flight-test aircraft to fly (MSN3) will perform its first-ever airshow flying displays, live, on 11 and 12 February, at www.airbus.com/

JL Becker, a Gasbarre Furnace Group company, has appointed Ben Crawford as sales manager.

Umicore reports that its full year revenues were €2.4 billion, down 2% year on year, with an increase in catalysis and energy materials offset by a decreas

TenCate Advanced Composites, a supplier of thermoset and thermoplastic composite materials, has signed a further two-year contract with AZL Aachen GmbH, a

Paint and finishing specialist Hosco Fittings has designed a lighter-weight paint restrictor using a metal injection moulding (MIM) process.

Northwestern University researchers find that water molecules traveling through tiny carbon nanotube pipes flow intermittently like stop-and-go traffic.

Researchers has developed a chewing gum-like battery material that could dramatically improve the safety of lithium ion batteries.

The Fraunhofer Project Center in Ontario, Canada has expanded to include the Dieffenbacher Preform Center which will address applications involving carbon

The organisers of MS&T14 are asking for papers to be presented at the materials science and engineering event.

Composite cross arms represent an economic and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional materials such as wood or steel, according to FRP Transm

At the Vienna University of Technology the phenomenon of self-assembly is being investigated by studying inhomogeneously charged particles.

Due to a new dynamic materials developed at the University of Illinois, removable paint and self-healing plastics could soon be household products.

Sandvik Coromant has introduced new insert grades for steel turning and cast iron milling.

According to an assessment carried out by EOS and Airbus, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) instead of rapid investment casting to create a aerospa

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

A team led by NC State University is opening the door to multifunctional spintronic smart sensors for use in military applications.

Researchers at the University of Illinois have obtained atomic-level images of a molecule in its natural watery environment using sheets of graphene.

Kennametal has published Q2 sales of US$690 million, compared with US$633 million in the same quarter last year.

Adhesives supplier SCIGRIP® has developed PPX5 acrylic-based adhesive that effectively bonds polyolefin substrates with little to no surface preparation or

Höganäs has opened a new mixing plant in Busan, Korea.

Japanese carbon fibre manufacturer Toray Industries Inc has announced plans to add a new prepreg facility at its US subsidiary Toray Composites (America) I

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

Researchers have observed a catalyst surface at work in real time and are able to resolve its atomic structure in detail.

Researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf have come up with a strategy which combines DNA origami with self-organized pattern formation.

Carpenter Technology Corp has reported a net income of US$29.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, down from US$33.0 million in the same quart

DowAksa Advanced Composites Holdings B.V. and the Nanotechnology Center of Composites (NCC), a joint project between Holding Company Composite (HCC) and th

A new multidisciplinary, open access journal.

The US Department of Energy has announced up to $12 million in funding to support the development of technologies to manufacture carbon fibre from renewabl

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

According to annual Chinese trade figures reported by the ITRI this week, China had a 99% rise in tin metal exports last year, while concentrate imports, m

Gurit has reported unaudited full year net sales of CHF 281.1 million, a decrease of 19.9% compared with 2012.

Researchers have developed a highly selective catalyst capable of electrochemically converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide.

Researchers are creating a polarized light source for such things as energy-saving computer screens and wiretap-proof communications.

Sigma Labs’ subsidiary, B6 Sigma Inc has been awarded an additive manufacturing (AM) research project from the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation I

Ju Teng has opened the largest factory in the world to produce smartphone and tactile tablet covers for the electronics market from reinforced plastics.

The most popular breaking news in the world of materials science from January 2014.

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