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Materials news, November 2015

2050 Motors launches CF electric vehicle in the USA

2050 Motors Inc, an emerging company in the carbon fiber vehicle industry, has launched its carbon fiber electric vehicle in the United States.

Italy-based Polynt Composites has invested in a new production line at its Frankfurt, Germany facility.

A team of scientists at NIST has developed a method of measuring material stress that takes more aspects of the part into account.

Mats Backman, executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) for Sandvik has decided to leave the company.

A new material combines the flexibility of polymer gels with the rigid structure of metal-based clusters.

A new symmetry operation has the potential to speed up the search for new advanced materials.

A novel 'flexo-electric' nanomaterial is able to change shape when an electrical voltage is applied or generate electricity when its shape is changed.

A new catalyst made of graphene with metal nanoparticles can promote the organic reactions used in the manufacture of drugs and pesticides.

BASF is expanding its compounding capacities for engineering plastics in Europe from 2017.

The voestalpine Group has opened a new plant in its metal forming division, in Shenyang, China.

Metal Technology (MTI) says that it has successfully spheridized a sample batch of its C-103 niobium-based alloy powder intended for AM.

voestalpine Precision Strip GmbH is acquiring the Wickeder Steel Company, based in Wisconsin, USA.

Dr. Joseph Newkirk has been named a Fellow of the American Society for Metals (ASM) International.

RocTool has appointed Mathieu Boulanger as its new CEO.

Three UK-based automotive OEMs are working closely with the Lightweighting Excellence Programme (LX) in order to achieve vehicle weight reduction.

Using pulses of laser light, physicists have been able to trap light at the surface of graphene and move it around.

Adding quantum dots made out of iron pyrite to lithium-ion batteries makes them charge quickly over dozens of cycles.

The first ever porous liquid is able to dissolve unusually large amounts of gas.

on-chip metamaterial helps photonic devices

3A Composites AirexBaltekBanova’s research on applied genetics has been awarded the Sacha Award in the category of Forestry Research.

Composites UK has revealed the winners of its industry awards.

Optomec, has introduced Smart Additive Manufacturing (SmartAM) technology for use in hybrid CNC machine tools.

Research and Markets has released a new report covering opportunities for titanium and titanium alloys in additive manufacturing.

using sound waves to investigate new semiconductor

Understanding the properties of methane hydrates.

UK Flowtechnik has successfully used a flowmeter to measure the flow rate of a viscous adhesive in a high temperature application.

Composite giant Gurit plans to expand its balsa wood production capacity in the first quarter of 2016.

Höganäs has invested in a new sintering furnace to meet the growing demand for 3D printed components, it says.

SLM Solutions Group AG, a provider of metal based additive manufacturing technology, has opened a new office in Shanghai.

EOS has headed the ‘Challengers’ category of the ‘Game Changer Award,’ held by Germany-based Manager Magazin and Bain & Company.

SLM Solutions Group AG reports that it achieved significant sales revenue growth during the first nine months of 2015.

Hexion Inc has recently expanded its waterborne epoxy resin production capacity in Tianjin, China.

AVS-SYS Ltd has completed its move to a new and larger manufacturing site, located south of Manchester, UK.

Using a clay-based electrolyte, scientists have developed a lithium-ion battery that can work at high temperatures.

Novel sandwich like sensor made up of graphene and polymer layers could identify damage and structural changes in materials or the human body.

Halloysite clay nanotubes for drug delivery.

A new technique called ‘gas adsorption crystallography’ provides a new way to study the process by which MOFs store immense volumes of gases.

Dr. Sarbajit Banerjee has been awarded the Rosenhain Medal and Prize by the IOM3 for his research in new materials design.

The 2016 edition of Standard Test Methods for Metal Powders and Powder Metallurgy Products has been released by the MPIF.

Aerion and Airbus Group have agreed to expand Airbus Group’s resources for the AS2 supersonic business jet program.

The Composites Alliance of Rhode Island has hired marine and composites industry veteran Tripp Estabrook as project director.

A novel synthetic, sticky hydrogel can adhere to a wide range of surfaces with a toughness comparable to the bond between cartilage on bone.

A novel gel can extract precious metals such as silver and gold from waste to form a hybrid nanomaterial.

Patrick J. McGeehan has been elected the 28th president of the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF).

EOS has launched a process monitoring and analysis system for metal additive manufacturing (AM).

Arevo Labs has introduced a scalable Robot-based Additive Manufacturing (RAM) platform for 3D printed composite parts.

a novel piezoelectric energy harvester based on composite structure could enable more efficient performance

Scientists have developed a technique to make titanium stronger without sacrificing any of the metal's ductility.

Polynt Composites has developed a low-styrene content (LSC) resin formulation for the marine market.

Morgan Advanced Materials has made two new additions to its range of crucible coatings for the foundry sector.

A Spanish cancer patient has received a 3D printed titanium sternum and rib cage manufactured at CSIRO’s 3D printing facility.

Magnets guide ceramic fibers for 3D printing of strong composites

GKN plc has issued a trading update with organic sales growth of 2%, in line with expectations.

Global production of molybdenum increased to 142.1 million pounds in the second quarter of 2015, up 10% from 128.8 million pounds in the previous quarter.

Solent Composite Systems (SCS), which makes composite fire and blast protection solutions for the oil and gas industry, has moved into a new facility.

SGL Group reports that it has won the biggest single order for graphite shell and tube heat exchangers in its history.

Toray Industries Inc has signed a long-term agreement with Boeing to supply carbon fiber prepreg for the production of the new Boeing 777X aircraft.

Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) have signed an agreement to develop aerospace and defense manufacturing.

Graphene nanofoam electrodes show higher capacity and faster transport in lithium-ion batteries when treated with hydrogen.

Serum albumin as a source of natural hydrogel precursor

New car registrations in the UK have dropped for the first time in more than three and a half years, according to a new report by the SMMT.

Boron-doped graphene improves on graphene's gas sensitivity for ammonia and NOx

Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube arrays for efficience electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide

A consortium of British and Chinese scientists has produced novel quantum dots that could be used in imaging, drug delivery and cancer therapy.

Sandvik Coromant has introduced CoroBore 826, a high precision (HP) coolant tool for machining and close hole tolerances.

Umicore has recently entered into an agreement to sell all of its shares in beLife to its joint venture partner Prayon.

Approximately 200 people participated in the award ceremony of the Brazilian composites industry's 'Top of Mind'.

Norsk Titanium AS (NTi) has made three new appointments to its commercial team.

Korean engineers have shown that a specially-designed aluminium surface could help improve the air quality produced by air-conditioning units.

Scientists have uncovered 'sweet points' in time as dental cement sets, when it starts to approach the toughness of teeth.

US-based Strongwell Corporation has been awarded the American Composites Manufacturers Association's (ACMA) ACE Award.

Far-UK Ltd has won an innovation award for its lightweight carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) Axontex 3D beam car chassis design.

Johnson Electric has completed its acquisition of Stackpole International, a supplier of powder metal components, primarily for automotive applications.

'Crumpling’ to increase the surface area of graphene-gold nanostructures enhances surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

Scientists have discovered a surprising three-dimensional arrangement of electrons in a high-temperature superconductor.

AIC Group has received an order to upgrade two autoclaves of a major Japanese aerospace company.

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has launched its Powder Metallurgy Component Awards 2016.

Kempton H. Roll, founding executive director of the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) died on 4 November 2015, following a short illness.

A new report predicts that revenues for titanium powders used in additive manufacturing could reach more than US$330 million.

Boron graphene sensors are able to detect noxious gas molecules such as ammonia and nitrogen oxides at extremely low concentrations.

Scientists have discovered that applying an electric field to glass causes it to soften at lower temperatures.

Global composites testing group Exova has appointed Paul Barry as managing director for Europe and a member of its group executive committee.

Kenway Corporation has acquired the assets of recently dissolved Harbor Technologies, LLC.

UK AM specialist HiETA has opened a new technology center in Bristol & Bath Science Park, UK.

Avure Technologies AB, headquartered in Västerås, Sweden, has changed its name to Quintus Technologies AB.

Mitsubishi Rayon Co Ltd plans to build a new plant in Vilshofen, Germany, for the production of SMC materials.

Using hydrogen to enhance lithium ion batteries

Haydale has been granted a European patent for its HDPlas plasma functionalization process for nanomaterials.

Scientists have developed a flexible metal-organic framework for storing natural gas in car fuel tanks.

The National Composites Centre (NCC) has been awarded £1 million grant by the EPSRC.

Plansee BU Power T/D has been recognised as a preferred supplier of Schneider Electric for the fifth time in a row.

Angstron Materials Inc plans to ramp up production of graphene from 300 metric tons a year to 1000 metric tons a year.

Scientists have used microscopy and spectroscopy techniques to solve the structure of lithium- and manganese-rich transition metal oxides.

Carpenter Technology has appointed Damon Audia as senior vice president & chief financial officer (CFO).

Ahlstrom has announced a price increase on the specialty nonwoven materials produced by its Building and Energy business area.

GKN has won a Silver Performance Award from automotive supplier Johnson Controls (JCI).

Haydale Graphene Industries has announced its preliminary results for the year ended 30 June 2015.

Beko Technologies plans to move premises to Redditch, UK.

Ascent Tooling Group has been recognized with three supplier excellence awards, one for each company in the group.

Cytec Process Materials has announced an exclusive distribution agreement with Bang & Bonsomer Group for the Russia, Ukraine and Belarus territory.

A novel lithium-oxygen battery has very high energy density, is more than 90% efficient, and can be recharged more than 2000 times.

Alloys made from equal amounts of up to four different metallic elements are very effective at withstanding radiation damage.

Cytec Industries Inc has acquired an equity position in a composite part manufacturing company based in Coventry, UK.

A new report suggests that overall world revenue for additive manufacturing for aerospace and defense will reach US$950 million in 2015.

JETCAM Composite GmbH has developed new versions of its core composite software products.

Graphene doped with nitrogen and augmented with cobalt atoms makes an effective catalyst for splitting water.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has acquired three new additive manufacturing (AM) machines as part of a contractual arrangement.

MultiMechanics has released tools to be used with Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA Abaqus software for customers working with composites.

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