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Materials news, August 2014

Fonon, a manufacturer of high-tech fibre and CO2 laser systems for marking and cutting has developed a process for 3D printing nanopowders.

Russell Athletic introduces American football shoulder pad system made with Boeing 787 carbon fibre

Boeing and Russell Brands LLC are working together to incorporate excess carbon fibre from Boeing's 787 Dreamliner aircraft production in Russell Athletic

A collaboration of US and EU researchers has found that the viscoelectric properties of a spider’s leg helps it to detect vibrations

The UK Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has announced a new investment in 3D printing by Renishaw.

At COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014 there will be wind energy-themed guided tours of the exhibition highlighting the latest composites developments for the wind powe

US-headquartered resins supplier AOC has announced a September price increase for all products sold in Europe.

Hitachi Metals Ltd is to acquire all the shares of Waupaca Foundry Holdings, Inc, a US-based iron casting business for transportation machinery in the Nort

Oregon State University has been chosen by Walmart US Manufacturing Innovation Fund to develop metal moulds for plastic injection moulding.

A team led by R-TECH Services has been awarded £300,000 from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board to develop a system which provides an early warning of any

GE Aviation is designing a new composite fan blade using 'next-generation' carbon fibre composite material for GE9X engine which will be used on the Boeing

The new graphene? The next big thing in the high-tech world are the two-dimensional semiconductors known as MX2 materials.

By combining plasmonics and optical microresonators, researchers have created a new optical amplifier (or laser) design.

Action is part of President Obama’s comprehensive plan to create jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution.

Global use of molybdenum in the first quarter of 2014 decreased to 136.1 million lb, down 2% from 138.2 million lb in the previous quarter but 7% higher th

Michelman, the manufacturer of modifiers for composites, has appointed Richard Yang as its new Regional Sales Manager, Asia-Pacific, Chemical Specialties,

Union Process has built an S-50 Batch Attritor for a global customer who is using the mill for a new process which involves grinding speciality ceramics.

Researchers have demonstrated that electron microscopy can be used to reveal a three-dimensional structure in which all gold atoms are observed.

Researchers have created a CMOS-compatible, biomimetic color photodetector that directly responds to red, green and blue light, like a human eye.

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Automotive Lightweighting (NCAL) aims to provide automotive companies and their sup

Ashland Performance Materials, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. is increasing the prices of its complete portfolio of unsaturated polyester resins and gel

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) plans to host the 45th Combustion Seminar and 2nd Electrotechnologies Seminar from 22-23 September in G

Beakbane has developed lightweight composite guard technology for railway rolling stock applications.

The awardees selected from papers published in 2013 in the Acta Journals: Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, and Acta Biomaterialia are...

TAT Technologies has announced dates for its PM sintering courses.

Innovative Composites International Inc (ICI) has entered into a definitive Commitment Letter and Advisory Agreement with Bassett Financial Corporation to

GKN Sinter Metals’ Gallipolis plan has received an award for outstanding quality and delivery performance from EXEDY, a supplier of manual clutches, torque

As part of its US expansion strategy, catalyst specialist Umicore has entered into a long-term agreement to recycle cobalt-containing hard metals scrap fro

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

Alrik Danielson, who has been president and CEO of Höganäs AB since 2005, will replace Tom Johnstone as CEO of SKF from the beginning of 2015.

Gurit has reported a 28.8% sales increase to CHF 167 million (1HY 2013: 129.7 million) for the first six months of 2014, versus the same but weak period of

Kennametal Inc has announced that its chairman, president and CEO Carlos Cardoso has decided to retire from the company at the end of December.

DSM Composite Resins will increase prices of its complete portfolio of unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins in September.

3D Systems and America Makes has awarded grants to two universities to improve research in additive manufacturing (AM) technology.

RTP Company has installed a new pultrusion line at its facility in Monterrey, Mexico for producing Very Long Fiber (‘VLF’) compounds.

Organolead perovskites made from recycled lead for photovoltaics.

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been awarded a contract by a US Air Force base for large-scale additive manufacturing development and demonstration.

Northrop Grumman Corporation, working with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic, is developing a preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for the

Engineers at Italian aerospace company Avio have developed new process for 3D printing light-weight metal blades for jet engine turbines using an electron

Researchers have devised a quick way to test the structural materials used to build nuclear reactors, details reported in the journal Scripta Materialia.

Scientists have turned the study of bacterial nanowires on its head, discovering that the key features in question are not pili, as previously believed.

EOS has organised what it calls the 'North American User Day', to take place during the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) which takes plac

Technical Fibre Products has appointed the JianYe and BluDot Group as the exclusive distributor of Optiveil®, Optimat® and Tecnofire® nonwovens in China, T

US aerospace suppliers Coast Composites and Odyssey Industries have invested in additional machining equipment to meet increasing demand for high quality t

Lach Diamant is expanding its diamond tool programme for the processing of fibre reinforced materials such as carbon fibre reinforced plastics, glassfibre

Surprising locked charge polarizations that impede performance.

Beyond the invisibility cloak

The International Molybdenum Association (IMOA) has published a study showing that lightweight components manufactured from advanced high-strength steel (A

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

SKF has announced plans to build a new 12,100 square metre facility in Chicago, USA.

Scott & Fyfe has introduced Polymat FR, an extensive chopped glass mat designed for RTM applications, as a new addition to its Polymat range.

Oerlikon Metco says that its range of carbide surface technology materials have been developed to protect components against wear under extreme conditions.

In response to Boeing's plan to increase production rates for the 787 Dreamliner, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI), manufacturer of the aircraft's com

Union Process Inc, a manufacturer of particle size reduction and dispersing equipment, has launched a completely redesigned website.

Global high performance alloys market was valued at US€6.82 billion in 2013 and is anticipated to reach US€9.09 billion by 2020, expanding at a CAGR of 4.2

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division has delivered the composite deckhouse for the second Zumwalt Class destroyer to the US Navy.

Polystrand, in partnership with PPG and SANLUIS Rassini, is preparing a vehicle to compete in the Grand Touring Lite (GTL) classification in the Sports Car

Singapore-based journal records its highest impact factor of 18.432.

The findings open a doorway on a chemical galaxy containing vast numbers of new molecules for making drugs, plastics and unprecedented smart materials.

Physicists have found a way to make atomic-force microscope probes 20 times more capable of detecting forces as small as the weight of an individual virus.

RPC Technologies has developed a glass reinforced plastic cover to help protect a World War I Australian submarine.

Optomec has supplied one of its LENS print engines for metal components to the Center for Remanufacturing and Resources Recovery (C3R) at the Rochester Ins

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and programme partner Lockheed Martin have unveiled the composite airframe of the Dream Chaser orbital spacecraft.

Chem-Trend, the producer of high-performance mould release agents and casting lubricants, together with Klüber Lubrication, part of the Freudenberg Chemica

A catalyst made from a foamy form of copper has vastly different electrochemical properties from catalysts made with smooth copper.

A new report suggests that the global lightweight materials market, including aluminium, titanium, high strength steel and magnesium, was valued at US$126

Composite Advantage has established partner company FRP Constructors LLC to provide on-site delivery and installation services for its fibre reinforced pla

Researchers describe their investigations of the fundamental optical properties of a new class of semiconducting materials.

Bioengineers have created three-dimensional brain-like tissue that functions similar to tissue in the rat brain.

36 MW project will feature 18 Gamesa G90-2.0 MW wind turbines.

Indo-US MIM, a global supplier of precision-engineered products using metal injection moulding (MIM) received four MPIF PM Design Excellence Awards at the

US-based aerospace supplier Greene, Tweed, and Aerolia, a French Tier 1 aerostructures supplier, have developed thermoplastic composite materials which can

Using heat treatment to convert cigarette filters into a supercapacitor material for energy storage.

Nitrogen vacancy centers in diamond film.

US company Sintex-Wausaukee Composites has opened a plant in Pune, India, focusing on the production of composite products by resin transfer moulding (Ligh

Concept Laser says that it has received orders for 45 machines in the first half of 2014, compared to 31 machines in the previous year.

Knovel, provider of a cloud-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools, has launched Composites as a new subj

Global onshore wind energy market is expected to reach nearly 900B USD in 2020, estimates show.

UCL scientists have discovered a new method to efficiently generate and control currents based on the magnetic nature of electrons.

A multi-institutional team has resolved a long-unanswered question about how two of the world’s most common substances interact.

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

Officials in Australia are launching a 3D printing and additive manufacturing centre this week to help boost the country’s industry.

Hoeganaes Corporation has presented at China’s 2014 Powder Metallurgy Technology and Business Forum.

Hanno Fecke, an experienced organiser of wind energy trade fairs, is to become 'Wind Energy Ambassador' for COMPOSITES EUROPE, reflecting the exhibition's

The International Titanium Association will give its Lifetime Achievement Award to metallurgist, researcher, and inventor Dr Paul J Bania during the organi

Sciaky Inc, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and a provider of large-scale additive manufacturing solutions, has received a purchase orde

An outline of Marilyn Monroe's iconic face appeared on the clear, plastic film when a researcher fogs it with her breath.

c2i, a manufacturer of carbon fibre composite components for automotive, motorsport and industry customers, has moved to a new production facility in Dunaj

Molycorp Inc has announced financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2014.

Notable increases for Elsevier's materials science journals.

Hope Technology, a UK manufacturer of bicycle components and accessories, has taken delivery of a Blackman & White automated flatbed cutter to help in the

MIT engineers have fabricated a new elastic material coated with microscopic, hairlike structures that tilt in response to a magnetic field.

Scientists have managed to combine two semiconductor materials, consisting of only three atomic layers each.

EOS and plasmo Industrietechnik, a supplier of automated quality assurance systems, have teamed up to develop process monitoring for additive manufacturing

The September/October issue of Reinforced Plastics will contain a preview of the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014 exhibition, which takes place in Düsseldorf, German

Kennametal Inc has reported sales of US$772 million for Q4 2014, compared with US$671 million in the same quarter last year.

The team at Metal Powder Report is sad to report that Richard Felton, who was editor of the magazine from 2001 to 2010, has passed away, following a protra

Carbon fibre producer Mitsubishi Rayon Co Ltd has executed a share sales and purchase agreement under which it will acquire 51% of Wethje Holding GmbH, a G

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

Researchers at MIT have found a way to study bonding failures directly, revealing the crucial role of moisture in setting the stage for failure.

Researchers used a horse model to undertake an analysis of all the proteins and protein fragments present in healthy and injured tendons.

Reichhold will increase prices for all unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl ester resins and ancillary products from 1 September 2014.

Allflex, a company that provides plastic injection moulding production, has now expanded its services to include metal injection moulding (MIM) production.

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, are implementing a printing process that can transition from one metal or al

General Moly Inc, a US-based molybdenum mineral development, exploration, and mining company, has announced its unaudited financial results for the second

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

Arburg plans to extend its facility in Brno, Czech Republic by 565 square metres.

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Hardide Coatings has supplied its Hardide T nano-structured tungsten carbide coating for a new range of trunnion-mounted ball valves for the UK energy sect

An extremely porous and lightweight material, known as an aerogel, has been created from partially unrolled multiwalled carbon nanotubes.

Epoxy resins formulator Sicomin has achieved Lloyd’s Register (LR) certification for two products designed for the marine market.

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