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Materials news, March 2014

Researchers have developed a paper filter, which can remove virus particles with an efficiency matching that of the best industrial virus filters.

Rice scientists mixed very low concentrations of diamond particles with mineral oil to test the nanofluid’s thermal conductivity and more.

Composite Envisions is to become the distributor of TeXtreme across the Americas on behalf of Swedich company Oxeon AB.

Sigma Labs has filed a patent application protecting a sensor invention that could help improve quality of additive manufacturing (AM) processes, especiall

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Assembly marks the start of onshore turbine’s validation process.

A research team has discovered, how light can be used to alter the physical properties of the electrons in these materials.

Technical Fibre Products has made organisational changes at its USA based operations; Technical Fibre Products Inc. and Electro Fiber Technologies LLC.

Metallized Carbon Corporation (Metcar) has hired Roxanne Andrian as quality assurance manager.

Hexagon Composites’ wholly owned subsidiary Hexagon Lincoln has received new orders for its TUFFSHELL® CNG fuel cylinders to support heavy duty and transit

ATW Companies reports that its subsidiary, Parmatech Corporation, won an award of distinction in the hand tools/recreation category of the 2013 Powder Meta

US company Quantum Polymers has introduced QuantaPEEK-GF30/CF30 extruded stock shape plastic rod products up to 8 inches in diameter, made with 30% carbon

A discovery at Vienna University of Technology opens up the possibility of integrating a light detector for terahertz radiation into a chip.

Study published in journal Materials Today reveals details of logical circuits built using living slime molds.

Danish scientists observed the growth of nanoparticles live. The study shows how tungsten oxide nanoparticles are forming from solution.

The SKF Group has reached a settlement with the European Commission (EC), following an investigation regarding the supply of its bearings to the European a

GMS Composites, a specialist high performance epoxy prepreg producer located in Australia, is expanding its business focus in South East Asia.

Hoeganaes Corporation has won the PowderMet2013 Howard I. Sanderow Outstanding Technical Paper award for its paper, “The Influence of Silicon on the Mechan

According to a new policy statement from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the UK is risking missing out on the huge commercial opportunity offered

Freeman Technology will be showcasing the FT4 Powder Rheometer at the PTXi/Powder & Bulk Solids show in Rosemont, Illinois, from 6-8 May 2014.

Scientists have made the first 3D observations of how the structure of a lithium-ion battery anode evolves at the nanoscale in a real battery cell.

Star Trek's "tricorder" performs chemical analysis for a range of applications including medical testing, explosives detection and food safety.

Sika Deutschland GmbH has added Biresin® CR132 ST and Biresin CR136 to its product portfolio.

The global recycling market for platinum, palladium and other platinum group metals is expected to grow by around 8.2%.

Cytec Industries Inc. has completed its newest carbon fibre production facility in Piedmont, South Carolina, USA.

Arcam has reported a 43% rise in net sales in 2013, up SEK 199.4 million from SEK 139.1 million in 2012.

Owens Corning has launched Performax® SE4849 Type 30® roving.

Scientists have developed a next-generation solar cell material which can also emit light, in addition to converting light to electricity.

French company Nidaplast Composites has launched a parts finishing service for designers and architects, with its Nidaskin line.

Investment of £160 million will support wind turbine production and installation facilities in Yorkshire.

According to new figures from the SMMT, the average new car in the UK now emits 128.3g/km of CO2 – 3.6% less than last year and almost 30% better than in 2

The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) in Germany has ordered a composite press from Schuler AG and plans to begin manufacturing by

Hardmetal specialist Kennametal has been named one of the world's most ethical companies for the third year running.

Inertek has launched new composites innovation and quality control services and created a European composites test centre in Geleen, The Netherlands.

Researchers have demonstrated that vertically aligned carbon nanofibers (VACNFs) can be manufactured using ambient air.

Researchers have achieved new levels of performance for seed-free and substrate-free arrays of nanowires.

Carpenter Technology says it plans to increase the price of all its specialty stainless, high temperature, electronic and premium alloy steels.

Luxfer Group is to acquire Vexxel Composites, LLC, a manufacturer of high-pressure composite cylinders for containment of compressed natural gas (CNG).

Simple and fast way of making TiO2 nanocrystals could mean long-lasting anodes for next generation high-power Li-ion batteries, according to researchers.

New biocompatible silk alginate hydrogel scaffold provides the right environment to culture stem cells for regenerative medicine say researchers.

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Owens Corning has developed a glass fibre multi-end roving for epoxy sheet moulding compound (SMC) used in automotive applications.

Global RTM has been formed by four companies active in the RTM aerospace sector. The companies are Compose, Isojet, Pinette P.E.I. and Sise.

Researchers have now come up with the first vibration control table of its kind to incorporate function-integrated components.

Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon Ltd Oy says that its laser technology can be used to create aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings.

Researchers have developed a new processing technique that makes light emitting diodes (LEDs) brighter and more resilient.

Resin supplier AOC, LLC has installed a new high-performance reactor for the production of vinyl ester resins at its manufacturing plant in Lakeland, Flori

TPI Composites has acquired the remaining 25% interest in its wind turbine blade joint venture (JV) in Izmir, Turkey.

Robert J Dowding, research manager for materials and manufacturing science at the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), has received the first-ever Vanguard A

JEC Europe has reported that more than 32,000 visitors attended the exhibition in Paris, France from 11-13 March.

Umicore has opened a new production facility for catalysts used in heavy duty diesel (HDD) vehicles such as trucks and buses.

TenCate Advanced Armor USA has signed a teaming agreement with Air Cargo Containers, LLC to manufacture lightweight air cargo containers.

The first room-temperature light detector that can sense the full infrared spectrum has the potential to put heat vision technology into a contact lens.

Plansee has opened a new sales office in Singapore.

A recent study has developed a mobile app (Spectral Analyser) that allows users to link with cloud-based technology to download spectra to mobile devices.

Celanese Corporation and Southwire Company LLC, North America’s largest wire and cable producer, have introduced an affordable option for utility transmiss

The idea for nanobionic plants grew out of a project in Strano’s lab to build self-repairing solar cells modeled on plant cells.

Wolf Minerals Limited has announced that work to build the first new metal mine in the UK for 45 years is under way.

A lab has devised a system where microcapsules are filled with a disordered solution of even smaller particles suspended in water.

Huntsman Advanced Materials has been supporting Swiss pre-impregnated materials specialist North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) to produce ultra-thin prepreg c

Miba has set out plans to create 80 new jobs and expand its car parts manufacturing facility in McConnelsville, Ohio, USA.

LM Wind Power has announced the launch of a project to develop wind turbine blades with flexible tip lengths which have the potential to reduce cost of ene

3B-the fibreglass company has launched DS 8800-11P, a new food contact chopped strands glass fibre grade for reinforcement of high temperature resins.

Additive manufacturing (AM) specialist EOS has expands its metal powder for AM portfolio with EOS Titanium Ti64ELI and EOS StainlessSteel 316L.

Gurit has reported net sales of CHF 281.1 million in full 2013, a decrease of 19.9% compared with 2012.

3D printing specialist Optomec has been awarded a new US patent for a miniaturised aerosol jet print head geometry that is reportedly smaller, lighter weig

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Linde reports group revenue up 5.2% in 2013, up to €16.655 billion from €15.833 billion in 2012.

Bcomp has introduced new 0/90° powerRibs fabrics, which have been developed to take maximum advantage of the high stiffness-to-weight ratio and low density

AGY, the supplier of glass fibre yarns and glass fibre reinforcements, has started production of S-1 HM™ glass in conjunction with CTG/Taishan Fiberglass.

2014 marks the 25 anniversary of the formation of the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA).

PolyGraph, a multi-partner EU project led by NetComposites in the UK, is set to develop new production techniques to deliver industrial scale quantities of

An optical switch could advance the day when photons replace electrons in the innards of consumer products ranging from cell phones to automobiles.

Molybdenum mineral development, exploration, and mining company General Moly Inc has announced a net loss for 2013 of US$16.3 million compared to a loss of

Airborne Oil & Gas BV and Celanese Corp have signed an agreement under which Celanese will supply its thermoplastic materials for use in Airborne's spoolab

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Optomec is introducing its new LENS Print Engine 3D printer at the Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM) conference, held in Houston, Texas.

Automotive supplier Magna Exteriors has won contracts to supply painted body panels made from carbon fibre composite material for two 2016 model-year vehic

LPW, a developer of metal powders for additive manufacturing, has been shortlisted for the Advanced Manufacturing/Technology Award at the Made in the North

Glass fibre manufacturer Johns Manville (JM) has announced plans to rebuild and upgrade the E-glass furnace located at its Trnava, Slovakia, plant to respo

Research on six polymeric NPs: gelatin, chitosan, alginate, poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA), PLGA–chitosan and PLGA–poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG).

Ceratizit has redesigned its E-Techstore online shop, offering users more detailed product information and quicker navigation.

PlastiComp Inc has commissioned a new pultrusion compounding line at its US headquarters dedicated to producing carbon fibre long fibre thermoplastic (LFT)

Changing the characteristics of a semiconductor material at the nanoscale can influence the way that neural cells grow on the material.

A team of researchers found that the Third Law of Thermodynamics could be restored in thin films of the magnetic material spin ice.

Dinnissen Process Technology has developed a line of high-capacity powder screening systems with built-in metal detection and automatic sampling functional

3D Material Technologies (3DMT), a division of metal injection moulding (MIM) specialist ARC Group, has purchased two EOS laser sintering machines.

The first commercial application of Reichhold's new ADVALITE™ resin technology is the Cytec Industries prepreg used in the composite battery enclosure on t

Diamond sensors can measure the tiny magnetic fields in high-temperature superconductors, providing a new tool to probe materials.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering and McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (MIRM) have begun a project l

Light can trigger coordinated, wavelike motions of atoms in atom-thin layers of crystal, scientists have shown.

Celanese Corp has signed a two-year contract extension with the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL), Germany, to jointly develop the

With its span of 56 m, the Ooypoort pedestrian bridge near the city of Nijmegen is believed to be longest free single-span composite bridge in the world.

SKF has reported net sales of SEK 63,597 million in 2013, down slightly from SEK 64,575 million in 2012.

3D metal printer machine supplier ExOne has appointed Timothy R Pierce as US chief operating officer (COO).

Union Process, a manufacturer of particle size reduction and dispersing equipment, has designed a batch Attritor suitable for dry processing larger feed si

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According to a new report, the additive manufacturing (AM) market for aerospace could attain US$805 million in revenues by 2019, and go on to reach US$1.2

Pressure from a sponge-like gel is all it takes to turn transplanted unspecialized cells into cells that lay down minerals and begin to form teeth.

Researchers have succeeded in producing a prototype of a vibration-damping material that could change the world of mechanics forever.

A new report covering the Chinese molybdenum powder industry has been published.

A new 3-year R&D project, ‘Enabling Next Generation Composite Manufacturing by In-Situ Structural Evaluation and Process Adjustment (ECOMISE),’ has commenc

Hardide Coatings, a developer of nanotechnology tungsten carbide-based coatings, has entered into a strategic supply agreement with GE to supply coating fo

Lonza has introduced Primaset™ CE resins for fast-curing composite (FCC) processes.

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The US Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), along with the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and 3D printing institute America Makes, has put tog

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Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have created a stable two-dimensional electron gas in strontium titanate.

An international research team has discovered a potentially clean, low-cost way to convert carbon dioxide into methanol.

DAHER is to collaborate with other aerospace companies and the University of Twente to foster research and accelerate scientific and technological developm

GRIPM, a Beijing-based electrolytic copper powder producer, has acquired a majority stake in Makin Metal Powders UK Ltd (MMP).

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Researchers have developed a material that could help prevent blood clots.

Researchers have demonstrated the ability to use near-field optical tweezers to trap a nano-size object and manipulate it in the 3 dimensions of space.

Toho Tenax, the carbon fibre and composites operation of the Teijin Group, is launching Tenax carbon fibre filament yarn with a new tailored sizing for the

RTI International Metals, the owner of metal AM specialist Directed Manufacturing, has reported net sales of US$783.3 million in 2013, compared to US$700.0

Scott Bader is launching Crestabond M1-04, a new rapid bonding 10:1 ratio primer-less methacrylate structural adhesive, with a fixture time of only 8-10 mi

Molycorp, a producer of rare earth metal powders, reported consolidated net revenues of US$554.4 million in 2013, a 5% increase as compared to the full yea

DSM, 3B – the fiberglass company, Siemens Wind Power and DTU Wind Energy have collaborated on a new composite system for making wind turbine blades.

President Obama has created a US Department of Defense (DOD)-supported consortium of businesses and university with a focus on lightweight and modern metal

Toray Industries Inc has completed its acquisition of carbon fibre manufacturer Zoltek Companies Inc.

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Aluminium powder producer Alcoa has been named the most admired metals company in the world for the third consecutive year in Fortune magazine’s annual ran

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