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Materials news, July 2014

Glass fibre reinforcements producers Owens Corning and AGY have signed an agreement under which Owens Corning will license its S-Glass technology exclusive

Unicore has reported revenues of € 1.2 billion, down 1% from the same period last year. Recurring EBITDA was € 221 million (down 8%).

Deltech Europe, a UK-based producer of resins for composites and coatings, has commenced a 'multi-million GBP' investment at its Haverhill, UK, facility.

Cutting tools specialist Kyocera Unimerco has opened a new office in Istanbul, Turkey.

A new approach to meta materials has been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge and the Donostia International Physics Center in Spain.

A team of researchers has created a new way of manufacturing microstructured surfaces that have novel three-dimensional textures.

Tough, ultralight foam of atom-thick sheets can be made to any size and shape through a chemical process invented at Rice University.

The VDL Groep, headquartered in the Netherlands, has acquired the activities of Acrosoma, a manufacturer of composite sandwich panels located in Belgium.

Metal Technology (MTI), a a long-time fabricator of reactive and refractory alloys, says that it has successfully 3D printed coupons using C-103, a niobium

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Zecotek Display Systems Pte Ltd has signed an agreement with the Institute of Chemical Physics of the National Academy of Sciences in Yerevan, Armenia, to

To better serve the composites, filtration and energy storage markets, Johns Manville (JM) is merging its US, European and Asian Engineered Products activi

GKN Powder Metallurgy and McPhy Energy, a developer of hydrogen-based solutions, have partnered to accelerate the deployment of solid state hydrogen storag

Airtech Advanced Materials Group, a manufacturer of vacuum bagging and tooling materials for the composites industry, is launching its Vacuum Test Unit, wh

The magnets cluttering the face of your refrigerator may one day be used as cooling agents, according to a new theory formulated by MIT researchers.

An elusive state of matter called superconductivity could be realized in stacks of sheetlike crystals just a few atoms thick, physicists have determined.

At this year's COMPOSITES EUROPE exhibition the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University will organise an 'Industry meets Science'

Amerigo Resources Ltd has announced production results for the second quarter of 2014 from Minera Valle Central (MVC), a mine located near Rancagua, Chile.

Renishaw has posted revenue for the year ended 30th June 2014 of £355.5 million, compared with £346.9 million for last year, an increase of 2%.

Researchers in China have demonstrated that nanowires of potassium niobate can act as UV-A photodetecting materials.

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

Concept Laser has announced plans to open a US subsidiary, following growing demand for generative laser melting with metals in the USA.

GKN Aerospace is to lead a consortium of UK companies in a £13.4 million programme focusing on the research and development of additive manufacturing (AM)

Researchers have used a microscope to study the relationship between the atomic geometry of a ribbon of graphene and its electrical properties.

The solution-based inorganic process could drive more efficient electronics and solar devices

A number of Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships have been awarded to engineering researchers whose projects have the potential to bring radic

Start-up company MatterFab has developed a low cost based powder bed fusion metal 3D printer which could revolutionise design and manufacturing.

AGC AeroComposites, a supplier of composite and metallic aerostructures and components to the aerospace and defence industries, has been awarded £1.2 milli

Applying just the right amount of tension to a chain of carbon atoms can turn it from a metallic conductor to an insulator, according to scientists.

A new porous material called CC3 effectively traps radioactive krypton and xenon gases by breathing enough to let the gases in but not out.

The ASTM plans to create a new standard, Guide for Characterizing Properties of Metal Powders Used for Additive Manufacturing Processes.

Gelcoated Crestapol® 1212 Laminate System from Scott Bader has achieved EN 45545 Level HL2 Fire and Fume Railway Regulation.

ARC Group Worldwide has appointed Tim Warden as vice president of sales and business development for 3DMT, a newly created role.

AGC AeroComposites and ATK have signed an agreement under which they will pursue composite structures work on commercial and military aircraft platforms, w

In its interim report from January to June 2014, Arcam notes a strong order intake and an increase in net sales by 21%.

JETCAM International s.a.r.l. has installed JETCAM Expert and CrossTrack composite manufacturing suite at Connova AG, Switzerland, a manufacturer and marke

The European Commission has ruled that the UK EMR's contracts-for-difference (CfD) support scheme for renewables meets EU state aid rules and can proceed a

New laser reference device, traditional quartz “tuning fork” and coin for scale. Credit: Jiang Li/Caltech

Tough and flexible hybrid made from carbon nanotubes embedded in a polymer fiber could improve the treatment of damaged heart tissue.

3D printing specialist EOS has moved into a new technology and customer centre in its headquarters in Krailling, Germany.

US company Grieve has installed No. 1032, a 500ºF (260°C) electrically-heated walk-in oven used to cure large parts in moulds, at a customer’s facility.

GKN Aerospace has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace to design and supply the integrated rudder and elevator for the new Global 7000 and Global 8000 lon

Hexcel Corporation has reported results for the second quarter of 2014.

Malvern Instruments has launched NTA 3.0, a new version of the software for its NanoSight Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA) systems.

Nanoparticles coated in protein help improve MRI scanning for small cancer tumors.

Polayacenes for improved solar cells.

Strata Manufacturing PJSC, the advanced composite aerostructures manufacturing facility wholly-owned by Mubadala Development Company, has signed a ten year

€320 million contract entails 127 wind turbines for Umburanas wind farm complex.

Metalysis has won the Customer Value Leadership Award for 3D Printing in the Frost & Sullivan Best Practice Awards 2014.

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), a specialist in composite materials for the automotive and truck markets, has signed a definitive agreement to acqui

Antelope Oil Tool & Manufacturing Co., LLC has acquired Advanced Composite Standoff SRL and Advanced Composite Systems SRL.

Sandvik reported order intake of SEK 21.2 billion in Q2 compared to SEK 20.7 billion in the same period of 2013 while invoiced sales were SEK 22.1 billion,

Klebtechnik Dr. Hartwig Lohse e.K., a German consultancy firm supporting companies supplying adhesives for materials including composites, has installed ne

Miba Sinter USA, a subsidiary of the Austrian Miba group, has extended its facilities in Ohio, USA.

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

Turbocam Energy Solutions, a developer of special processes for turbomachinery products, is working with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) to evaluate

AGY has started production of S-1 HM™ glass fibrein conjunction with CTG/Taishan Fiberglass.

Researchers have demonstrated that an array of novel gold, pillar-bowtie nanoantennas can be used like traditional photographic film to record light.

A three-dimensional porous nanostructure would have a balance of strength, toughness and ability to transfer heat, according to scientists.

Deal calls for the supply of 290 MW in the MIdwest US and Mexico,

Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc, which owns two molybdenum mines in North America, has revealed its production results for the three and six months ended

DANOBAT Composites' ADMP® Automated Dry Material Placement equipment automates the deposition of dry reinforcements to produce preforms for use in the resi

SKF has reported net sales of SEK 34,689 million in the year to date, compared to SEK 31,544 million in the same period of 2013. Operating profit was SEK 4

The first experimental evidence for a boron buckyball has been obtained by chemists in the US and China.

Celanese Corporation is expanding its manufacturing capabilities at its Suzano, Brazil, facility to include Celstran long fibre reinforced thermoplastics (

New material that can change from hard to soft states.

BCC Research says that the global market for powder metallurgy (PM) is expected to grow to US$32 billion by 2019, registering a five-year compound annual g

3D printing specialist Optomec has been awarded a major project from America Makes (the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute) to improve ad

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Researchers have developed a novel, tunable nanoantenna that paves the way for new kinds of plasmonic-based optomechanical systems.

Physicists were able to place 20 single atoms on a fully insulated surface at room temperature to form the smallest “Swiss cross”.

The M. F. Cachat Company (Cachat) has been appointed by Zeeospheres Ceramics, LLC, as exclusive distributor in certain US states for its complete line of c

The NanoSteel Company, which specializes in nano-structured steel materials, has introduced a new range of ferrous powders designed to extend steel’s capab

The Composites Group (TCG) is introducing PremierUV™, a family of ultraviolet (UV)-resistant, flame retardant thermoset sheet moulding compounds (SMC) for

The Technological Institute of Plastics, AIMPLAS, has opened the pre-registration period for its online course about Composites: RTM, RTM Light and Infusio

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time a photonic router – a quantum device based on a single atom.

Magnum Venus Products, the supplier of equipment to the composites industry, has re-designed its website to allow customers to find important information m

The Plansee Group says that in the 2013/14 fiscal year it realised sales of €1.2 billion, increasing its sales volume by 17%.

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ARC Group Worldwide Inc has appointed Ali Fadel as its vice president of international sales and business development, a newly created role at ARC.

Speciality materials company Cytec Industries Inc has entered into strategic discussions with Dralon GmbH, a German manufacturer of acrylic fibres, to esta

Norwegian scientists have investigated the effect of particle size on the thermal and optical properties of aerogels for insulating windows.

Global resin supplier AOC has developed a line of resins to meet the increased demand for high-performance carbon reinforced composites in aerospace, autom

Kyocera Unimerco Tooling GmbH has launched a new high feed milling cutter featuring an anti-vibration design for ramping and helical milling at high speeds

VELOX, the distributor of composites materials in Europe, has entered a new partnership with Composites Evolution, the UK supplier of natural fibres.

A simple environmentally friendly chemical method of preparing nanosheets of graphene.

Toolcraft, a manufacturer of precision metal parts and components, is using metal powders sourced from LPW Technology to make its 3D printed parts.

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

PyroGenesis Canada, a developer of advanced plasma processes, has signed a US$12.5 million contract to supply powder production systems for 3D printing to

TRB, the UK-based designer and manufacturer of high performance lightweight panels and structures, has appointed Richard Holland as its new Managing Direct

Spheretex, the producer of laminate bulkers, speciality core and reinforcement materials to the composites industry, has signed an Exclusive Distribution A

THE MPIF is now accepting abstracts for PowderMet 2015, and the AMPM conference which runs concurrently.

ARC Group Worldwide’s 3D Material Technologies division has introduced online quoting for its proprietary rapid metal injection moulding technology, RapidM

Audi is introducing new, lightweight suspension springs made of glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP) in an upper mid-size model before the end of the year

American Cutting Edge, a US industrial blade specialist, has acquired the tungsten carbide blade business of Superion Inc.

The fractional quantum Hall effect has been observed in bilayer graphene and shown to be tunable with an electric field.

Scott Bader Europe is increasing the price of its Crystic® range of unsaturated polyester, vinyl ester, DCPD, plus all other manufactured composite product

SGL Group says it has started production of thermoplastic-compatible carbon fibre at its site in Scotland following orders from the automotive industry.

GKN Sinter Metals’ facilities in Bonn and Radevormwald have won a quality award from a truck manufacturer.

A group of researchers have found that by gradually changing the internal structure of metals they can make stronger, tougher materials.

A narrow enough ribbon will transform a conductor into a semiconductor.

Aluminium company Hydro and Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA) have signed an agreement for Hydro to take over RTA's share of the aluminium smelter plant Sør-Norge Alum

Polynt Group, a producer of polymer chemical intermediates and unsaturated polyester resins and compounds, has made a firm offer to acquire CCP Composites,

Abaris has formed a new partnership with Banbury and Bicester College to offer advanced composite structural repair training in the UK.

Sandvik Coromant has announced a carbide recycling campaign which will benefit Workshop for Warriors (WFW), a non-profit organisation which places US veter

Research may help diagnose irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and other gastrointestinal illnesses.

Technical Fibre Products Ltd and AGC AeroComposites are introducing a new lightweight composite solution for aircraft fuel systems at the Farnborough Inter

Scientists have discovered that proteins found within the nuclear pore function similar to a velcro.

The EPMA has celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special one off seminar and annual meeting for its 60 members.

The hammer-like club on the claw of a mantis or ‘smasher’ shrimp, which it uses to break open the shells of its prey, is the inspiration behind a new desig

Reichhold has increased prices for all orders shipped on or after 14 July 2014 in Europe by 90 EUR/MT on all unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl ester resi

What is believed to be the smallest force ever measured has been detected by researchers with Berkeley Lab and the University of California (UC) Berkeley.

The MPIF has organized a seminar covering all you need to know about sintering.

Hoeganaes Corporation, the world leader in the production of atomized steel and iron powders, has released the latest update to its smartphone app.

US researchers have developed a scalable process to produce continuous ribbons of aligned CNTs, for use in supercapacitor electrodes.

UK machinery protection specialist Beakbane has been accredited to EN 15085-2 for the design and welding of railway vehicles and components, including the

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

Element Materials Technology has acquired of Accutek Testing Laboratory, a materials testing business with experience in composites and serving the aerospa

Aerojet Rocketdyne says that it has successfully completed tests on a demonstration rocket engine built entirely with additive manufacturing (AM).

Skyrmions, subatomic quasiparticles that could play a key role in future spintronic technologies, have been observed for the first time using x-rays.

Scientists at USC have developed a water-based organic battery that is long lasting, built from cheap, eco-friendly components.

Michelman was a winner at the recent 2014 Manny Awards held Cincinnati, Ohio in the USA for the development of water-based products used in composite parts

Sigma Labs, a developer of quality inspection systems for metal-based additive manufacturing (AM), has moved into its manufacturing phase with the purchase

AOC LLC, a supplier of resins and gel-coats to the composites industry, has announced a price increase for all products sold in Europe.

A new mathematical model could help engineers control the formation of wrinkle, crease, and fold structures in a wide variety of materials.

Researchers have developed a material which transports a magnetic field from one location to the other, similar to how a hose transports water.

Chromaflo Technologies, the global supplier of pigment and chemical dispersions for the thermoset and coatings industries, has appointed new distributor pa

The MPIF has issued a call for papers for MIM2015, which takes place from 23-25 February in Tampa, Florida, USA.

Linear Mold & Engineering, a specialist in mould rapid tooling, has announced plans to expand its 24,000 ft2 headquarters in the US by 17,000 ft2.

Japanese company Mitsubishi Rayon Co Ltd has announced plans to expand the production capacity of its carbon fibre plant at Mitsubishi Rayon Carbon Fiber a

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Research shows magnetically responsive liquid displays helped by nanorods.

PAMAS has designed the new PAMAS AS3 autosampling particle counter for laboratories with high sample quantities.

DSM Composite Resins is increasing the prices of its complete portfolio of unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins sold in Europe, the Middle East and

MultiCam, a CNC cutting solutions manufacturer, has been acquired by Rosewood Private Investments.

Seco/Warwick says that Corpus Christi Army Depot in Texas, USA has purchased three of its vacuum furnaces to perform vacuum heat treatment services for air

After two years of effort, researchers have successfully measured the collective mass of ‘massless’ electrons in motion in graphene.

US company Interplastic Corporation has developed a new Silmar® acrylic modified polyester resin for surfboards.

Researchers have developed new “sensing skin” technology designed to serve as an early warning system for concrete structures.

Argos, a South American cement producer in Latin America, has chosen automotive giant SKF to provide a range of engineering products and services for its o

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