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Materials news, August 2015

RUAG and United Launch Alliance (ULA) have formed a new strategic partnership in which RUAG will establish production in ULA’s factory in Decatur, Georgia.

Makin Metals has appointed Michael Yan as its East Asia sales manager, representing China, Korea and Japan.

Optomec has signed a distribution agreement with Viwa to represent its LENS range of 3D metal printers in Mexico and Central America.

TenCate Advanced Composites has begun production of compression molded composite parts for the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter program.

Scientists have invented a glue that hardens when a voltage is applied to it, allowing it to be used in wet and damp conditions.

The UK EPSRC has awarded a £6.65 million grant for research into new advanced energy materials.

The World PM2016 Call for Papers is now available to download on the event website.

The MPIF says that its recent Basic PM Short Course held at State College, Pennsylvania, USA, was a success.

NASA has installed a large robot in order to build what it says will be the world’s biggest space rocket parts made of carbon fiber composites.

A UK partnership has developed a way to repair composite tools needed to make aircraft parts which, the companies say, can save time and money.

The Blok Group has invested in two laser melting additive manufacturing (AM) systems from Concept Laser.

The MPIF has now published the proceedings of the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials.

Scientists have developed a novel material that possesses both spontaneous magnetization and electric polarization.

Composites UK will be launching its Construction Sector Group (CSG) at the Construction Sector Showcase on 6 October at the Building Centre, London.

Laser additive manufacturing (AM) specialist Concept Laser is celebrating its 15 anniversary.

Berkshire Hathaway is to acquire PM component manufacturer Precision Castparts Corp (PCC) for around US$37.2 billion.

A novel form of graphene with embedded metallic nanoparticles makes a useful fuel cell catalyst.

A new fabrication method allows unstable 2D materials to be isolated as single atomic layers for the first time.

Researchers from across the country have begun to design the framework on which to build the emerging field of nanoinformatics.

Researchers observed that hydrogen sulfide becomes superconductive at minus 70 degree Celsius.

BASF has opened a new resin and electrocoat plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in Shanghai, China

A team of judges have completed the evaluation of nominees for the 2014 Acta Student Awards.

GLE Precision, a manufacturer of tungsten carbide tooling, gauges and product components used in a range of industries, has been acquired by VPC.

Kennametal Inc has been awarded the Bosch Global Supplier Award 2015 from Robert Bosch GmbH.

Dow Polyurethanes has introduced its Voraforce TP 1200 series to the North America market.

Meggitt PLC has agreed to acquire the advanced composites businesses of Cobham plc for US$200 million.

Strongwell Corporation, is a finalist in the Sandy Trowbridge Award for Excellence in Community Service.

North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) has launched an upgraded product range based on its ThinPreg 80EP product.

Kennametal has reported sales of US$2,647 million for 2015, compared with US$2,837 million last year.

Carpenter has reported net sales of US$2,226.7 million in 2015, compared with US$2,173.0 million in 2014.

Tuning band gap in black phosphorus for better semiconductors.

A new method of gene sequencing.

Electronic devices that use DNA to harvest energy from motion.

Transition metal sandwiches with a carbide filling.

Composites One will be presented with the Silver Exhibitor’s Award at boatshow IBEX 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

The International Molybdenum Association (IMOA) has published a new brochure exploring the contributions that molybdenum makes to sustainable development.

Umicore has posted half year revenues of €1,348.9 million (excluding metal) compared to €1,207.2 million in 2014.

Researchers have developed a model system for so-called soft colloids.

Announcing the winner of the 2015 IUPAP Magnetism Award and Néel Medal: Prof. Chia-Ling Chien.

Winner of the 2014 Frans Habraken Best Paper Award Announced: Congratulations to Cedric Barroo!

Scientists have used a unique nano-optical probe to study the effects of illumination on two-dimensional semiconductors at the molecular level.

AIMPLAS says that it has reached the mid-point of the European COALINE project.

Global production of molybdenum fell to 128.8 million pounds in the first quarter of 2015, reports the IMOA.

UK carbon fiber composites manufacturer Prodrive Composites has secured a £6 million growth capital investment from BGF (Business Growth Fund).

SKF has completed its divestment of Canfield Technologies, Inc to Gen Cap America, a private equity firm headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

Carpenter Technology has amended the company's by-laws to adopt a majority vote standard for uncontested director elections.

Applied Materials Today is now live on ScienceDirect.

Flexible hybrid electronics emerging from military research.

The next step is to achieve running white lasers on a battery which would bring this invention closer to application in real-life technologies.

A bomb-proof composite lining has successfully contained blasts in a series of controlled explosions in a luggage hold.

The AMC 2015 will offer two factory tours at the Local Motors Microfactory and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory manufacturing demonstration facility.

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. plans to amend a long-term tantalum sales contract with Global Advanced Metals USA (GAM US).

AIC Group is refurbishing a 3m x 10m autoclave for a global North American aerospace company.

Some 14 exhibitors from Baden-Württemberg, Germany, will be exhibiting current developments and trends in lightweight composites at Composites Europe 2015.

Dutch chemists have developed a novel kind of polymer than can report when it changes shape.

Scientists have discovered a way to grow graphene nanoribbons directly on a conventional germanium semiconductor wafer.

Using high-pressure conditions, scientists have induced colossal magnetoresistance in a pure sample of lanthanum manganite.

GKN Sinter Metals has unveiled its newly renovated facility in St Mary’s, Pennsylvania.

TWI and Lloyd’s Register Energy are presenting a joint industry project in the UK focused on the certification of AM components.

The softness of a new dry silicone rubber can be tailored to match a variety of biological tissues.

Scientists have developed a new energy-efficient catalyst for converting carbon dioxide directly into the liquid fuel methanol.

A research team at the Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a novel technique that it says can improve the strength and modulus of carbon fibers.

Stackpole International is to be acquired by Johnson Electric Holdings Limited, a global manufacturer in electric motors and motion subsystems.

Sundar V. Atre has joined the US University of Louisville, as Endowed Chair of Manufacturing and Materials.

The study and development of atomically thin coatings will be the focus of a new, one-of-a-kind university/industry center.

Scientists have developed a new hydrogel that stretches and contracts in response to changing temperature.

GKN plc has agreed to acquire Fokker Technologies Group BV from Arle Capital for an enterprise value of €706 million (£499 million).

Solvay has agreed to acquire US-based Cytec for US$5.5 billion, making it the world’s second largest player in aerospace composite materials.

Two separate US University of Pittsburgh research projects have been awarded more than US$1.7 million by America Makes.

Composites UK has launched the Composites Assured Practitioner (CAP) Scheme.

A lawn-like coating of tiny grass-like platinum wires could improve electronic devices used to communicate with the brain.

Magnetic nanoparticles encased in oily liquid shells spontaneously form chains on exposure to a magnetic field.

Registration is now open for the Powder Metallurgy Post-Sintering Seminar run by the MPIF.

The MPIF has selected a paper to receive the 2015 MPIF Howard I. Sanderow Outstanding Technical Paper Award.

RTP Company has acquired Polymer Partners, LLC, a manufacturer of black concentrates and specialty compounds located in Henderson, Kentucky.

Special Issue Publication on bio-based polymers, available to freely download now.

An iron-telluride material can develop superconductivity with no long-range electronic or magnetic order when ‘doped’ with sulfur.

An unusual amorphous metal alloy known as a bulk metallic glass could increase the longevity of stents, which are used to to open up blocked arteries.

Nanoparticles with a solid shell and a ‘yolk’ inside that can change size make a good anode for rechargeable batteries.

Developing a tunable terahertz generation using hybrid semiconductors

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group has reported Q2 2015 revenue of US$257.4 million, an 8% decrease from US$278.9 million in Q2 2014.

Evonik has developed VESTAMID HTplus M1035 P1, a glass-fiber reinforced molding compound based on polyphthalamide (PPA).

The SPE has announced the three papers which received the highest average ratings for the group’s Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE).

JR Technology has provided DolphiCam CF08 and CF16 ultrasound cameras to composite engineering departments.

Formaplex has been awarded three major certifications, adding to its ISO 9001 and UKAS management systems already in place.

Ford Motor Company has presented the GKN Sinter Metals Plant in Pimpri, India with its Q1 award for supplier excellence.

U.S. Metal Powders (USMP) has announced that Colin DeVille has joined its subsidiary Poudres Hermillon SARL as general manager.

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time how to generate magnetism in metals that aren’t naturally magnetic.

Scientists have developed an entirely new material spun out of boron, nitrogen, carbon and oxygen.

Autoclave supplier AIC celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Renishaw plc has announced the appointment of Clive Martell, former president and CEO of Delcam, to a new role as head of global additive manufacturing.

New technology developed by UC Berkeley bioengineers promises to make a workhorse lab tool cheaper, more portable and many times faster

Researchers have found that catalysis and wetting, two processes, which had been considered unrelated, are in fact closely linked

Scientists one step closer to understanding how certain materials display high oxygen mobility at room-temperature.

A research team has found that catalysis and wetting, which had been considered unrelated, are in fact closely linked.

Composites Germany says that the results of its fifth survey of the European composites market, for the first half of 2015, are now available.

Precision Castparts has agreed to acquire Composites Horizons Inc (CHI) from American Industrial Partners.

Researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries.

Sandvik Coromant is sponsoring the global WorldSkills Competition.

SP Nano Ltd has received US$850,000 in grant funding to develop a system for graphene enhanced carbon fiber sizing.

Researchers, have shown how nature uses a variety of pathways to grow crystals that go beyond the classical, one-atom-at-a-time route.

Hoeganaes Corporation is to be a Gold Sponsor of ASME’s AM3D Conference on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing.

Flexible electronic devices that can be injected into cavities or living tissue through a needle and interpenetrate the space have been developed.

A novel combination of graphene wrapped around nanodiamond particles can reduce friction to near zero.

Researchers have confirmed that Li ions prefer to aggregate at and move along defects like twin boundaries in battery electrode materials.

Researchers at ETH Zurich have now developed a modulator that is a hundred times smaller than conventional models.

Patterning metallic biomedical dental and hip implants with tiny grooves could improve biocompatibility with the body and reduce adverse reactions.

According to a new report, the global glass fiber market by application was valued at US$9.26 billion in 2014.

Researchers from Brown University have identified a material with a higher melting point than any known substance

Research team has made electrically conducting fibers that can be reversibly stretched to over 14 times their initial length.

Inspired by birds’ bright plumage, researchers have designed thin films of synthetic nanoparticles that mimic these colorful displays.

Researchers have engineered the surface of nanosized polymeric drug carriers to bind onto cancer cells and slip past the blood-brain barrier.

Engineers and physicists have discovered a property of silicon that combines aspects of all of these desirable qualities.

Researchers have observed the growth of free nanoparticles in helium gas.

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