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Materials news, December 2014

MIM specialist NetShape Technologies, Inc has acquired Capstan Tennessee, Inc, a powder metallurgy competitor serving the precision components market.

TenCate Advanced Composites North America has signed a long term composite materials supply agreement with US-based Kestrel Aircraft.

Russian aluminum producer UC RUSAL has set out plans to renovate the powder metallurgy plants in Volgograd and Shelehov.

NetComposites has announced the final program for its latest conference, which takes place on 3 February, 2015 at The Park Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherland

Jinchuan Group, China's largest nickel producer, has appointed Cnem Corporation as its North American distributor.

Sport equipment manufacturer Unihoc has developed what it says is the world’s lightest floorball stick, weighing just 183 grams.

promising new catalyst candidate for hydrogen fuel

A University of Oregon spectroscopy experiment has opened a window on how captured sunlight can be converted into electricity.

Researchers have found a way of binding peptides to the surface of gallium nitride (GaN).

A team at Cornell University has made a breakthrough in that direction with a room-temperature magnetoelectric memory device.

Alcoa, the world’s leading supplier of aluminium powder, has expanded its global aerospace business by acquiring Germany-based TITAL, a manufacturer of tit

Aircelle, a manufacturer of nacelles for the aerospace industry, has announced the signing of a major deal with nearby Velocity Composites.

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An engineering team has discovered some of graphene oxide's important properties that can improve sodium- and lithium-ion flexible batteries.

Charles Ross and Son Company introduces a range of multi-shaft mixers suitable for large-scale processing of pastes, gels, dispersions, suspensions and slu

Christchurch, New Zealand based Ossis Ltd says that it has supplied 3D printed titanium parts for over 55 successful operations to date.

New research suggests that exchanging aluminium aircraft for a global fleet of composite planes could reduce carbon emissions by up to 15 per cent.

GE Aviation and Italian surface treatment specialist Turbocoating SPA of Parma, Italy, have formed a 50/50 joint venture to provide thermal barrier coating

FRIMO, a developer of mixing head systems for reinforced plastics, has announced a joint venture with Covelo Machine & Tool Trade Co Inc (CMTT).

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA)’s Safety Standards and Codes Seminar will take place from 21–22 April 2015 in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Toray Industries has moved into the European market with its acquisition of Saati SpA’s European carbon fiber fabric and prepreg business.

A novel conductive, easy-to-process polymer synthesized could be promising for bio-applications such as bionic devices.

Hypertherm, a manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, has announced its new CEO

Sandvik Coromant plans to introduce HP high-precision coolant to its range of CoroTurn 107 cutting units to minimize the risk of insert breakages, chip jam

A new report suggests that Asia-Pacific is the most promising carbon fiber market, with demand in the region to grow at a CAGR of around 14% from 2014 to 2

Sedan Dizdar, development engineer at Höganäs has been awarded the title ‘docent’ at KTH, the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology.

Scientists from the University of Southampton have discovered that feather shafts are made of a multi-layered fibrous composite material, similar to carbon

Hexcel Corporation has acquired 50% of Formax UK Limited, a manufacturer of composite reinforcements which specializes in the production of lightweight mul

Machine tool specialist Mazak Corporation has introduced a new 3D printing machine which can print, join, and finish metal components.

Densified porous titanium scaffolds loaded could improve mechanical properties and bioactivity of implants in orthopedics and dentistry.

Affiliates of American Securities, which owns PM specialist Metaldyne, have sold a total of 10,000,000 shares in an initial public offering (IPO) for Metal

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TenCate Advanced Composites has provided heat resistant composites for the heat shield and backshell structure of the Lockheed Martin Orion multi-purpose c

The discovery of a new form of ice could lead to an improved understanding of our planet’s geology.

Scientists in China have reportedly produced a metal 3D printing machine which astronauts will be able to use while on space missions.

3A Composites has increased production capacities of its AIREX PET core materials.

3D printing specialist SLM Solutions Group AG discussed additive manufacturing (AM) for aircraft repair and maintenance at the Aviation Forum which took pl

Researchers havr devised the first detailed model to quantify what they believe was the last unknown characteristic of film formation.

Researchers have created flexible, patterned sheets of multilayer graphene from a cheap polymer by burning it with a computer-controlled laser.

Engineers have demonstrated a way to trap light, using a phenomenon called bound states in the continuum (BIC).

Future fitness trackers could soon add blood-oxygen levels to the list of vital signs measured with new technology developed.

Umicore says that is plans to build a new €20 million facility in Hemaraj, Thailand, for the production of emission control catalysts for light duty vehicl

Aviation Technical Services (ATS) has acquired Texas Air Composites (TAC), a Domestic 145 Repair Station specializing in composite structural fabrication,

Researchers at MIT are developing new chromium-tungsten alloys that could be as strong and hard as depleted uranium.

Sigma Composites, part of Sigma Components, has invested £50,000 in a braiding machine that it says could improve component performance and improve on trad

US-based Bedford Reinforced Plastics has put together an infographic about the benefits of fiberglass reinforced plastic.

Arcam has received an order for five of its Q10 systems from Italian orthopedic specialist Lima Corporate.

Samsung Venture Investment Corporation has invested in Connora Technologies to help commercialize its Recyclamine recyclable epoxy thermoset technology.

Concept Laser and design engineering firm RSC Engineering GmbH have announced a strategic partnership to develop the design and engineering of laser-fused

Solvay Specialty Polymers has launched an improved version of its lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for the production of light-emitting diodes (LED

A new report suggests that the ceramic matrix composites market will swell to US$2.4 billion, with North America the largest market.

The UK’s National Composites Centre (NNC) has welcomed an investment by the UK government in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a group of seven techno

Heat treatment specialist Linde AG has appointed Dr Christian Bruch and Bernd Eulitz as new members of its executive board with effect from January 2015.

Tuning permittivity using pairs of meta materials.

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SKF plans to merge its two industrial business areas, Strategic Industries and Regional Sales and Service into its new Industrial Market business.

Johnson Controls has received an innovation award for its CAMISMA carbon fiber-amide-metal-based interior structure, which uses a multi-material system app

H.C. Starck and Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing (rp+m) have agreed to jointly develop products metal additive manufacturing (AM).

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A coating technique developed to protect turbine engine and waste incinerator components against heat and oxidation.

Multilayer windows that are self-cleaning, energy-saving and anti-fogging may be one step closer, thanks to a team of Chinese researchers.

A new discovery about uranium dioxide will help scientists select the best computational model to simulate severe nuclear reactor accidents.

Umicore says that it has reached an agreement to purchase its 52% stake in Todini and Co, bringing Umicore’s ownership to 100%.

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A UK research organisation has set up a new initiative to help develop standards and deliver safety and consistency in additive-manufactured products for e

Inexpensive hydrolyzable polymer could help in biomedicine and degradable materials.

DSM Dyneema has won three awards for its Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology platform, which develops fiber for ballistic applications.

Ceratizit has developed a new carbide grade in its CF product line which reportedly has improved wear resistance, toughness and edge stability.

Rewritable paper that works with photomasks and ultraviolet.

Steel specialist voestalpine has reported a “largely solid performance” during the first half of the business year 2014/15.

Toray Industries’ carbon fiber material will be used for a range of parts in Toyota Motor Corporation’s MIRAI fuel cell vehicle.

Atlas Pressed Metals has made two appointments to its team.

South Korean conglomerate Hyosung and the government have jointly established a carbon fiber hub in North Jeolla Province n the southwest of South Korea.

Research and Markets has published Global Tungsten Powder Industry Report 2014.

The wood plastic composite market is projected to grow from 1,046.1 kilotons to 1,728.9 kilotons between 2014 and 2019, with a CAGR of 10.5%.

Super thin lenses could find use in both consumer electronics and bioimaging.

Keith Pickering, partner, Catalyst Corporate Finance, reviews mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the composites industry in 2014.

GKN Automotive today announced it has moved into a new regional headquarters for the Americas in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Support service company AIC Group has recently completed the design and installation of a new autoclave for a leading Formula 1 team in the UK.

Carbolite has introduced a series of high-temperature sintering furnaces that can provide temperatures up to 3000°C under vacuum, inert gas and reactive at

Netherlands-based Airborne Oil & Gas BV says that it has added Shell Technology Ventures BV as a company investor and shareholder.

UK-based CTruk, which designs and builds composite marine craft, has launched the CWind Sword, a 22 m multi-role composite workboat built for offshore wind

Sandvik Materials Technology (SMT) says that it is closing its die cutting business in Qingdao, China.

North America eclipsed China as the biggest producer of rare earth metal molybdenum in the second quarter of 2014, the International Molybdenum Association

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Russian engineering hub the Nanotechnological Center of Composites and Hungarian engineering company Evopro have signed an agreement to produce modular bus

GKN Sinter Metals plant in Bonn has celebrated its 80th anniversary.

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