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Materials news, May 2014

In 2013, China led the worldwide molybdenum market in terms of production, with almost 41% of the world's total molybdenum production volume, says a new re

Researchers at the Berkeley Lab found unexpected traces of water in semiconducting nanocrystals.

A simple, inexpensive spray method that deposits a graphene film can heal manufacturing defects and produce a high-quality graphene layer.

LPW Technology, a UK supplier of metal powders for additive manufacturing (AM), has established a US subsidiary, LPW Technology Inc.

German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex plans to invest some €50 million between 2014 and 2016 in strengthening its capabilities for the series production

H.C. Starck’s fabricated products division has received a Performance Excellence Award from Boeing.

In a recent study involving LMU researchers, the desorption of oxygen molecules from a silver surface was successfully visualized for the first time.

Researchers have developed daisy-shaped, nanoscale structures capable of introducing a “cocktail” of multiple drugs into cancer cells.

Industry contributors are wanted to scope the demand for a UK-based large composites structures centre as part of a study for the Department of Business, I

The Composites Group (TCG) is launching the PremierLT™ family of lightweight, high-performance thermoset sheet moulding compounds (SMC) designed for struct

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PM professional society APMI International has named John R Engquist, consultant, JENS Solutions LLC, and Zhigang Fang, professor, University of Utah, to i

ASTM International Committee B10 on Reactive and Refractory Metals and Alloys has honoured Dr Anand Garde, a consulting engineer at Westinghouse Electric,

German company Röchling Engineering Plastics KG is now offering fibre-reinforced sheets produced in lengths of 12 metres.

Scientists have developed a 3-D artificial enzyme cascade that mimics an important biochemical pathway, important for future applications.

Scientists have created a new material, related to graphene, which has the potential to improve transistors used in electronic devices.

An international workshop on Near Net Shape Manufacturing of Precision Engineering Components (NNSM 2014) will be held on 5-6 June, 2014 at the CSIR-Centra

Australian composite yacht builder McConaghy is establishing an office in New Zealand to support an increased focus on the superyacht sector.

Alloy Steel International Inc has announced the recent passing of Gene Kostecki, Alloy Steel's founder.

Materia Inc has been awarded a $2 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to demonstrate the ability of its Proxima resin to reduce the amoun

Materials Science and Engineering B: Advanced Functional Solid State Materials is pleased to announce a call for papers.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has opened the NTU Additive Manufacturing Centre (NAMC) to develop 3D printing technologies in Singapore.

With about 85% of the available exhibition space already booked, the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany, this October, is set to post reco

Sandvik has completed its purchase of Varel International Energy Services.

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) has announced its 2014-15 board of directors and officers.

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Metal casting company Metal Technology Inc has purchased a 3D printer to complement its existing casting and machining technology.

Researchers have demonstrated a technique whereby the electronic properties of GBN heterostructures can be modified with visible light.

A new device developed is a supercapacitor that stores electricity by assembling electrically charged ions on the surface of a porous material.

Chevron North Sea Ltd has awarded Airborne Oil & Gas a contract for high pressure flexible jumpers for the Alder Field. Airborne says these will be the fir

The US market for high performance ceramic coatings will grow at a CAGR of 6.6% to reach US$1.7 billion by 2018, up from US$1.2 billion in 2013, says a new

Spanish company IK4-CIDETEC has invested €1.5 million in new facilities for polymer synthesis and processing of polymeric composites.

Mercator Minerals Ltd says that its wholly-owned large tonnage long life Mineral Park Mine in Arizona, USA produced 2.2 million pounds of molybdenum in con

Luxury fibreglass yacht maker Azimut Yachts has named Alberto Morelli as Chief Manufacturing and Operations Officer.

A study published in Materials Today shows that printing drugs onto microneedles may play a role in the treatment of infections.

Tenax® TPCL thermoplastic consolidated laminate from Toho Tenax Co., Ltd. has been qualified for use in the A350 XWB aircraft, Airbus’s new-generation extr

Hardmetal specialist Kennametal has appointed two new managers to lead its industrial and infrastructure segments.

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is working with the Bureau de Normalisation du Québec (BNQ) to help set international standards for additive manufact

At its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 13th May, Composites UK - the trade association for the UK composites industry – elected six Directors onto its Bo

Hardide Coatings has completed its first application for the Predator, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that carries out remote observation and surveying

According to The Seattle Times, Boeing has confirmed that it will build the carbon fibre composite tail for its new 777X aircraft at its plant in Frederick

Sellafield UK, which runs Europe’s largest nuclear site based in the UK, plans to use 3D metal printing to help decommission potentially hazardous nuclear

Researcher have discovered a new quantum effect that enables electrons.

A team of researchers investigated a class of conductors at high critical temperature, adding insight into the physics of these phenomena.

According to a new report published by Transparency Market Research, the global demand for the Marine Composites was valued at US$954.6 million in 2012 and

Höganäs, the world’s largest producer of metal powders, has appointed a new CEO following the resignation of Alrik Danielson after nine years.

An interview with Alexander Franz, Managing Director/CEO of Becker Diamondtools, an exhibitor at the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014 trade show in Germany this Octo

EOS has developed M290, a laser sintering machine suitable for industrial applications.

Fibermaq, the Brazilian manufacturer of machinery for composites moulding, is looking to increase overseas sales and is looking for international distribut

Researchers have taken a step toward practical applications for "hyperbolic metamaterials," ultra-thin crystalline films.

Engineers at the University of California, Davis, have recently demonstrated three-dimensional nanowire transistors.

Jenike & Johanson, a specialist in powder and bulk solids storage, has expanded its global headquarters in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, USA.

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

The Marie Curie GlaCERCo-ITN project has developed new low cost optical sensing for integration into advanced composites.

Integrated 3D Manufacturing (I3DMFG), a steel, titanium, and aluminium 3D printer for the aerospace, UAV, clean energy, automotive, and medical markets, ha

TenCate Advanced Armour Danmark A/S has won a contract for the supply of lightweight composite armour to Nexter Systems for armoured vehicles.

Engineers use silicon dioxide to make lithium-ion batteries that last three times longer between charges compared to current standard.

When complete, the 22-turbine wind farm will power the equivalent of approximately 24,000 homes.

A report covering the global tungsten carbide powder market is now available.

Airbus has confirmed that the A350 XWB, the company's first aircraft to be over 50 wt% composite, is scheduled for certification in the third quarter and e

Dr. Rick Michelman, the Chief Technology Officer of Michelman, has been elected to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors at the Industrial Rese

Researchers have developed a chip-like device that could be scaled up to sort and store thousands of individual living cells in a matter of minutes.

Researchers have created electronic devices that become soft when implanted inside the body and can deploy to grip 3-D objects.

Spritzguss + Formenbau Bergmann, a German producer of injection moulded plastic parts has moved into metal additive manufacture (AM) with its purchase of a

Analysts at TechNavio are forecasting that the global aerospace composites market will grow at a CAGR of 11.85% ver the period 2013-2018.

SISMA SpA, the biggest laser manufacturer in Italy, and German tool manufacturer Trumpf have formed a joint venture to develop a 3D printer for the mass pr

A chapter reviewing the recycling of carbon fibre is included in the Handbook of Recycling: State-of-the-art for Practitioners, Analysts, and Scientists,

NetComposites is looking for papers on the subject of mass transport applications to be submitted for an event to be held on 1 October 2014 at The Roundhou

Malvern Instruments has developed the Zetasizer NanoSampler, a fully automated sample delivery system for the Zetasizer Nano system for nanoparticle and co

Safran is investing around €50 million in a new research facility, dedicated to next generation aerospace materials.

According to Wohlers Report 2014, the market for 3D printing grew at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.9%, the largest growth ever recorded.

The latest research and technical developments in fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) composites will be showcased at the Composites Innovation conference in Ma

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Airbus has set up a Composite Recycling Advisory Board to establish the company’s strategy for recycling and reusing carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP)

Miba AG’s group revenue rose slightly in the past fiscal year to €610.2 million, in line with the company’s expectations, according to CEO F Peter Mitterba

OCSiAl, an international technology firm headquartered in Luxembourg with manufacturing operations in Novosibirsk, Russia, has unveiled new technology for

Silk fibers from spiders and silk worms could prove an effective and novel reinforcement in biocomposites

3D Systems says that over the past several periods it has shipped over 100 3D printers, including its stereolithography (SLA), selective laser sintering (

Due to the high demand for carbon fibre in automotive production, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers is going to triple the capacity of its carbon fibre plant in

Kennametal Foundation is awarding US$2,000 renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study to the five winners of its 2014 Kennametal Foundation Scho

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

In June, oil and gas distributor Panther Industries Inc. will open a new 10-acre transload facility in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada, to move shipment

Research consultancy Dedalus Consulting has published a report that covers the global cutting tool market, focusing on end users and applications for milli

Research carried out at UPV/EHU, DIPC and CNRS advances the understanding of electric contacts in future carbon-based nanoelectronics.

Three pioneering offshore wind demonstrations to receive up to $47 million each over the next four years.

GKN Sinter Metals Danyang has been presented with the ‘Best Technical Cooperation’ Award by roller bearings specialist Schaeffler.

Scientists are seeking ways to synchronize the magnetic spins in nanoscale devices to build tiny yet more powerful antennas and other electronics.

Researchers have recorded the first observations of a strong nonlinear optical resonance along the edges of a single layer of molybdenum disulfide.

3DX Industries Inc has purchased an ExOne M-Flex metal printing system, opening up “a world of opportunities” for the company.

LANXESS is increasing its prices worldwide for inorganic pigments by a minimum of 125 Euro per 1000 kg (USD 175 or local currency equivalent), with immedia

Arburg is in plans to build a new assembly hall in its Lossburg, Germany, central production location.

VELOX GmbH, a European supplier and distributor of raw material specialities for the plastics, composites, rubber, paints and coatings industries, has sign

Morgan Advanced Materials’ Composites and Defence Systems business has been awarded two body armour development contracts by the Canadian government, which

Scientists have invented a simple and cheap way of making a high-powered lens that can transform a smart phone into a high-resolution microscope.

Professor Noelio Oliveira Dantas from UFU on a new chemical method for the synthesis of quantum dots.

ExOne, which makes 3D printing machines and printed products for industry, has introduced Inconel alloy 625 nickel-based alloy especially for use in 3D met

General Moly Inc, a US molybdenum mineral development company has announced net loss for the three months ended 31 March 2014 of US$2.4 million compared to

AWEA outlines aggressive goals, growth strategies for medium- to long-term future.

Key developments from the Composites Innovation Cluster programme of projects, funded by the UK Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative

Umicore has reported that its revenues increased by 1% in the first quarter of 2014.

Royal DSM, the Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, has reported first quarter EBITDA from continuing operations of €272 million compared to €301

Chinese metal and ceramic injection moulding (MIM and CIM) specialist Sofine Tech says that it now offers a wide range of MIM products for automotive parts

The UK government plans to invest £500 million between 2015 and 2020 to boost the ultra low emission vehicle (ULEV) industry.

Development of a new low-cost, large-area method for production of "fuzzy" carbon fibre composites with superior electrical properties.

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In its results for fiscal Q3 2014, carbide specialist Kennametal reported total sales growth of 15% and organic sales growth of 3%.

Brian LeRoy can switched stacked graphene trilayers between metallic and semiconductor forms.

3D printing systems specialist Optomec has formed a marketing partnership with Technology Education Concepts (TEC), a provider of academic engineering tech

Researchers have developed an unconventional battery chemistry aimed at producing batteries that last longer than previously thought possible.

6 weeks until Graphene Supply, Application & Commercialisation 2014.

After experiencing decline over the past few years, the global Fibre-Reinforced Plastic (FRP) panel market reported good growth in 2012, according to new r

Research from Harvard on the rare shape of the hemihelix, and how it can be characterized from different sized rubber bands.

MIM and 3D printing specialist Proto Labs Inc has announced record financial results for the first quarter ended 31 March 2014.

Federal-Mogul has announced Q1 2014 sales of US$1.8 billion, 7% higher than the first quarter of 2013.

German company Dieffenbacher has developed a new line of technology that allows components to be manufactured from long fibre-reinforced thermoplastics via

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Bodycote has reported group revenue for the three months ended 31 March 2014 at £153 million, 2.8% higher at constant exchange rates but 2.2% lower at actu

The new, flexible system can now be used in the non-destructive testing (NDT) of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s carbon fibre airframe.

Scientists have created a nanoscale detector that checks the presence of hydrogen sulfide in crude oil and natural gas while they’re still in the ground.

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