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Materials news, June 2014

ARC Group Worldwide Inc’s subsidiary, ARC Metal Stamping (AMS) has acquired Kecy Corporation, which makes robotics, automation, and die-making equipment, f

The programme for the International AVK Conference on Fibre Reinforced Plastics/Composites, which will take place at the CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf fro

Ametek Specialty Metal Products has appointed new operations directors for its Hamilton Precision Metals and Reading Alloys business units.

Harvard engineers use new resin inks and 3D printing to construct lightweight cellular composites.

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Single grain Gd-Ba-Cu-O superconductor samples clamped together in a shrink-wrap steel ring.

Everising Machine, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of sawing machines, has developed the E-series of sawing tools, featuring tungsten carbide cutting tools.

US company Royal Engineered Composites has moved into the international aviation market with deliveries on a new contract for Fokker Aerostructures.

Bulk handling specialist Flexicon has launched a new ultra-heavy-duty bulk bag filling system which can palletise and fill bulk bags with metal powders and

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Ashland Performance Materials is increasing the prices of its complete portfolio of unsaturated polyester resins, gel-coats and epoxy vinyl ester resins in

LMU chemists have developed a novel type of red phosphor material, which significantly enhances the performance of white-emitting LEDs.

Spectris plc, an instrumentation and controls company which owns PANalytical, has acquired the business and assets of Canada-based La Corporation Scientifi

Hexagon Composites' wholly owned subsidiary Hexagon Lincoln has received an order valued at approximately US$11.8 million (approximately NOK 71 million) fr

The MPIF has issued a call for papers for AMPM2015, its additive manufacturing (AM) with powder metallurgy conference.

Car maker Toyota and the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) in Germany have signed a 5-year contract focusing on the large series p

New studies demonstrate the ferroelectricity of elastin

The Brazilian manufacturer of gelcoats and distributor of speciality chemicals Mastergel is now supplying moulds for the manufacture of composite parts usi

Hoeganaes Corporation won both the Howard I Sanderow Outstanding Technical Paper Award and the Excellence in Metallography Award at the MPIF’s PM2014 Worl

Milliken Infrastructure Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of Milliken & Company, has acquired the assets of Edge Structural Composites, Inc., which produces str

Global production of molybdenum in 2013 reached a new high of 539.2 million lbs, up from the previous year’s record of 535.2 million lbs, according to new

The fifth and final flight-test A350 XWB aircraft, MSN005, has made its first flight. The A350 XWB is the first Airbus aircraft to be over 50 wt% composite

Nanocrytsalline titanium dioxide is a promising material for the next generation of “smart windows”, according to new results from researchers in India.

Making hydrophobic fullerenes amphiphilic for technological applications.

The UK Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is looking for innovative automotive concepts and technologies created in the UK to apply for its

Granta Design, a developer of materials science software in the UK, has launched Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium (AutoMatIC), a collaboration b

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Scientists have created a one-step process for producing highly efficient materials that let the maximum amount of sunlight reach a solar cell.

A team of researchers in the US has developed a way to produce significantly stiff, strong and light structures with ultralow density at the microscale

GE Power & Water has invested US$400 million over ten years in building a facility that will research “advanced manufacturing”, including rapid prototyping

Hexagon Composites’ wholly owned subsidiary Hexagon Lincoln has introduced TITAN™ XL, the largest CNG trailer of its kind, to the Latin America Market in r

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers in the US have developed a new and more efficient approach to the problem to setting process para

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have developed a new and more efficient approach to a challenging problem in additive manufacturing.

It is the breakthrough that physicists and chemists around the world have long anticipated and it will play a pivotal role in information technology.

Demand for lightweight automotive materials in the North American light vehicle market is anticipated to rise 5.2% annually to 22.3 billion pounds in 2018,

Cleveland State University’s Washkewicz College of Engineering and Rapid Prototype + manufacturing (rp+m) have been awarded a US$293,500 to develop its add

Novel glass reinforced cable trays fabricated with Crystic products from Scott Bader have been used to make gantry cranes safer in a South African containe

Sandvik AB and China-based Zhuzhou Cemented Carbide Group Co Ltd plan to form a joint venture (JV) to develop strategy.

MFG Tank is introducing TortisTank™, a line of glass reinforced plastic (GRP) saltwater containment tanks for use by oil and gas field operations in North

Sika Deutschland GmbH has obtained Germanischer Lloyd approval for the anhydride cured epoxy resin system Biresin CR141, cured with Biresin CH141 anhydride

BBC Research has published an updated report covering the current status of the global powder metallurgy market and assessing its growth potential from 201

Researchers from Brown have simplified matters by using a stiff, rod-like virus instead of DNA to experiment with nanopores.

JETCAM international s.a.r.l. has installed its Expert and CrossTrack composite manufacturing suite at Connova AG, Switzerland, a leading marketer of high

Leading materials scientists join the conference.

Ludger Heuberg, group CFO and member of the H.C. Starck executive board, plans to leave the group at the beginning of July 2014 to pursue new business oppo

Reinforced Plastics is conducting a survey on the importance of innovation in the composites industry.

Hexagon Composites’ wholly owned subsidiary Hexagon Lincoln has made Truck Center Companies - one of America's largest Freightliner dealers - a factory-aut

Northcliff Resources Ltd has awarded Jacobs Minerals Canada Inc value and basic engineering contract for its Sisson tungsten-molybdenum project located in

PlastiComp, Inc., the supplier of long fibre thermoplastic (LFT) materials and technologies, has introduced a line of basalt fibre reinforced LFT composite

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Arburg has celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Spanish subsidiary.

Development of a new generation of nanoporous metal foams for use in energy storage applications

Bolwell Corporation, an Australian company focused on composites design and manufacture, has opened a factory in Thailand as part of plans to grow its cust

The SCIGRIP Solar Boat Team has completed stability and speed tests in preparation for the DONG World Cup Solar Power Challenge.

Umicore has built a new production facility in Nowa Ruda, Poland for emission control catalysts used in cars and trucks.

A large international team shows that the electronic properties of graphene change dramatically.

Structural Composites has been awarded a US Navy contract for fleet ready 7M Advanced Craft.

Automotive supplier Mahle has teamed up with DM3D Technology, a USbased 3D additive metal service company, to deliver automotive components using DM3D's di

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Rocket manufacturer SpaceX says that it has successfully tested the SuperDraco thruster, a 3D printed engine that will power a spacecraft’s launch escape s

A bioactive glass scaffold could make the repair of complex bone and tooth defects much easier.

Shrimp inspires a new design for tougher carbon fiber-epoxy composites.

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., the supplier of carbon composite natural gas storage systems, integration and vehicle system technologie

GKN Sinter Metals will exhibit its range of drivetrain components made from powder metal (PM) at the VDI Drivetrain Congress, held from 24 to 25 June in Fr

Structural core materials from DIAB have been used by Australian company Hart Marine for new pilot boats for Port Phillip Bay, the entrance to the Port of

Plansee has developed a new additive manufacture (AM) process involving selective laser melting suitable for use with tungsten and molybdenum.

xperion has developed a new line of 3M-branded compressed natural gas (CNG) composite tanks for use in the heavy-duty transportation industry.

RPC Technologies has supplied composite materials to Thales Australia to achieve the required weight reduction in dashboard assemblies for a new Hawkei mil

Scientists at the School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham in the UK have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder whic

The carbon fibre composite monocoque of BLOODHOUND SSC, the car designed to set a new World Land Speed Record of 1000 mph, has been unveiled.

Arcam has developed an Inconel 718 process for use in Arcam’s electron beam melting (EBM) systems. The process will be initially available for the Arcam A

On 11 November 2014, Composites UK will celebrate the achievements of the UK composites industry at the Industry Awards Dinner, which will again coincide w

NetComposites has launched its series of online video training modules for the composites industry.

Cambridge Engineered Solutions, reportedly the world’s largest manufacturer of metal conveyor belts, has developed a high-temperature stainless steel belt

A new report suggests that global tungsten demand will slow to 2.6% per year up to 2018 as its direct use as filaments in lighting applications diminishes.

Dark Matter Composites has launched a set of portable dust extraction units, particularly suited to the removal of carbon fibre dust (conductive) and glass

Anaglyph has released version 4.4 of its Laminate Tools software for composites structural design.

Chevron Mining is to close its molybdenum mine in Questa, New Mexico, reportedly because of low demand.

Dubai-based Premier Composite Technologies has installed the composite panels for the concourse roof at Madinah Station, part of Saudi Arabia's Haramain Hi

Improving control of chemical reactions at the level of a single atom.

The road to more efficient delivery of bone regenerating growth factors, with greater accuracy and at a lower cost.

The Brazilian composites sector reported revenue totalling US$385 million in the first quarter of 2014, 11.2% higher than in the same period of the previou

Injection moulding specialist Proto Labs Inc is introducing its new metal injection moulding process at the Atlantic Design and Manufacturing trade show wh

Composites One, the North American distributor of composites raw materials and value added services, has signed a purchase agreement to acquire essential c

Japanese company GRP Constructions Inc recently installed its first vacuum infused composite box beam bridge, following a collaboration with Infra Composit

Titanium giant RTI International Metals Inc has acquired Dynamet Technology Inc.

Seeing through opaque surfaces without exposure to x-rays.

Straddling the worlds of light and matter.

Voestalpine, a steel specialist that supplies specialist metal coatings, reported solid business performance and slightly higher profit for the last financ

Imetrum has introduced a software update v4.1 for its Video Gauge measurement system for materials testing, including composites.

Ektelon, Inc., a US manufacturer of equipment for racquetball, has introduced a new product line including five models reinforced by TeXtreme® carbon fibre

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ALTANA has opened its expanded BYK USA Inc. facility in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Miba, a supplier of sintered automotive components, recorded another positive performance in its Q1 2014 report.

FiberGraf Materials has introduced a new line of nickel-coated GrafMat powder to provide EMI shielding properties in engineered thermoplastic and thermoset

German tool manufacturer Günther Wirth (GW), a part of carbide specialist Ceratizit, has acquired a remaining 25% of outstanding shares in India-based GW P

Glass fibre reinforcements manufacturer Owens Corning is introducing the Technical Fabrics Guide, a free app providing information about its range of fabri

Doctors and scientists at Southampton University in the UK have completed their first hip surgery of a 3D printed implant and bone stem cell graft.

A new report suggests that, despite some setbacks, world tungsten production volume is could acheive an annual growth of 3.8%, reaching more than 100,000 t

SABIC and Kringlan Composites are developing what they claim is the world’s first carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic composite wheel. A prototype is bei

Kennametal has been named in the CIO 100 Awards, which recognise the top 100 innovative companies in the US.

Composite materials manufacturer Gurit recently purchased a number of stainless steel wedge-wire filters from Axium Process, which are being used to remove

EOS’s US business says it has integrated its strategic partners, Advanced Laser Materials and Integra, to improve its service and application offerings in

The glass fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) composites market is expected to be worth $45.12 billion by 2019, with China showing the highest growth rates, acc

Carbon are not the only nanotubes, boron nitride nanotubes are compared and shown to have contrasting frictional properites at the nanoscale

The Laser Institute of America will hold its laser additive manufacturing workshop (LAM2015) in Orlando, Florida, on 4–5 March 2015.

Toray Industries, Inc. is increasing the production capacity of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts at Toray Carbon Magic Co., Ltd. (TCM) in Maiba

Scientists have developed a method using DNA origami to turn one-dimensional nano materials into two dimensions.

Sweden’s Lund University is hosting its new course in powder technology for professionals.

Nonwoven manufacturer Technical Fibre Products has extended its current range to include a range of recycled carbon fibre veils and mats.

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Reseachers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a process to create relatively inexpensive tungsten carbide catalysts that can rep

Jushi USA, the distributor of glass fibre reinforcements and fabrics, is increasing its prices by 6% from 1 July 2014 in the USA.

FORMAX, the UK manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements, has opened its 5,000m² Automotive Production Facility at the company’s

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and chemical company FMC Corporation have developed a way to modify lithium powder

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