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Materials news, January 2016

Boeing reports 2015 revenues of US$96 billion

Boeing has reported revenues of US$96.1 billion on record commercial deliveries in 2015, a 6% percent rise on 2014.

Hexcel reports record results for Q4 2015 and full year.

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd says that it has made progress on its research into the graphite powder produced from its mine in Albany, Canada.

C.I. Hayes, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company, has installed a Model BAC-M conveyor belt atmosphere furnace.

A novel plastic material containing spiky nanoparticles of graphene-coated nickel can prevent lithium-ion batteries from overheating.

The electric fields that form at the interface between metals and semiconductors can alter their mechanical properties.

Metalvalue SAS and ASCO Industries have reportedly joined forces to create a new company, Metalvalue Powder.

ASTM International has named 2016 as its ‘Year of the SME: Small Business in Action’ at its first major meeting of the year.

Sicomin has developed a new range of fire retardant resins for the Middle East market.

The empty spaces that form between nanoparticles in self-assembling clusters can act as nanoflasks for speeding up chemical reactions.

Scientists have shown that microwave impedance microscopy can be used to determine several properties of individual nanotubes.

Scott Bader says that it will be showing its CrysticROOF range of GRP roofing systems at Ecobuild 2016.

Recognizing 60 years of achievements in field emission and atomic scale microscopy.

Solvay Specialty Polymers has been selected to provide its KetaSpire to make an oil scavenger line.

Chemicals giant BASF reports that its sales and income for 2015 are slightly below the level of the previous year.

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) in the US has created a series of educational videos based on its Combustion Seminar.

Tomas Eliasson has been appointed executive vice president and CFO of Sandvik and member of the group executive management.

Cell-free protein synthesis for on-demand therapeutic proteins.

New carbon materials are finding a plethora of new applications in environmental and other key technology sectors.

Hoeganaes Corporation has achieved AS9100C Quality Management System certification.

Surface Technology, a provider of thermal spray coatings, has receiveda silver supplier award from OneSubsea.

The organisers of Composites in Construction Middle East say that the UK’s Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) will support the conference.

A team of engineers at the University of Bristol has developed a new type of 3D printing that can print composite materials.

manipulating electrons in thin semiconductors by confining them in device made from 2D material

Encoding images in infrared signals.

Studying a high-entropy alloy with transmission electron microscopy has revealed several mechanisms that make it both very tough and strong.

J.L. Becker, a Gasbarre Furnace Group company, has shipped a box temper furnace to a major Tier 1 automotive supplier in Mexico.

The Plastics Recyclers Europe event will be celebrating 20 years during its annual meeting which takes place from 16–17 June 2016 in Cascais, Portugal.

Beko Technologies will be exhibiting at the Air-Tech show 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 12-14 April.

The editors of Current Applied Physics give recommendations for recently published articles.

optoelectronic microprocessors using light to move information

Congratulations to our editors listed in Thomson Reuters 'World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015'.

Composites Germany is now accepting presentations for the 2nd International Composites Congress (ICC).

Ahlstrom has agreed to sell its building & wind business unit to Owens Corning for €73 million.

AM powder metal specialist LPW Technology has developed Powderflow.

H.C. Starck has received certification for processing ‘conflict-free’ tantalum raw materials for the fifth time in a row.

Polymer fibers of the right size and shape could help regrowing nerve cells repair tissue damage after injury

A novel type of transparent electrode for use in touchscreens comprises a grid of gold or silver ‘nanowalls’ on a glass surface.

NASA has developed a range of ‘green’ technologies which it says could US airlines more than US$250 billion dollars.

More back issues of Reinforced Plastics are now available on the www.materialstoday.com website.

Copper alloy nanoparticles can be used to produce affordable conductive inks with high oxidation resistance.

Depositing organic polymers on a metal substrate offers a new way to fabricate atomically-controlled carbon nanostructures.

Thomas Amato, president and CEO Metaldyne LLC, has left the company to pursue other interests.

Hexcel Corporation plans to expand its global engineered core capacity by building a 117,000 ft2 manufacturing plant in Casablanca, Morocco.

ASTM has presented the Gary M. Kralik Distinguished Service Award to Michael Gold of Gold Metallurgical Services LLC in Ohio, USA.

Dynacast, a manufacturer of precision metal components, has signed an agreement to acquire Tek-Cast Inc/MH Machining Group, based in Illinois, USA.

Monolayers of hollow carbon spheres can make a novel, low-cost, ultra-lightweight antireflective coating for microwave radiation.

US scientists have developed a new platform to rapidly screen formulations for current gene-editing systems.

Sicomin, a supplier of epoxy solutions, has joined forces with snowboard manufacturer Nidecker to produce Nidecker’s first bio-based snowboard.

Technical Fibre Products says that its range of nonwovens have been used on the recently-launched Jason-3 Earth observation satellite.

Reseach and Markets suggests that the global 3D printing powder market could reach US$636.9 million by 2020, at a CAGR of 24.4% from 2015 to 2020.

By encasing a hydrogen-producing enzyme within a viral protein shell, scientists have developed a novel fuel cell catalyst.

Trapped, laser cooled metal ions display two-phonon quantum interference

Optomec has signed a distribution agreement with Dragonfly to expand sales of its 3D printers in Italy.

Ulrika Rask-Lindholm has been appointed vice president communications of Höganäs AB.

Airbus has exceeded its targets for 2015, achieving a new record of 635 aircraft deliveries for 85 customers of which 10 are new, the company reports.

US boat builder Front Street Shipyard is partnering with Norway-based Brødrene Aa to market, sell and build carbon fiber ferries.

Modeling meta materials with a negative refractive index

Just add water to gold nanodroplets to have them etching straight channels in a surface.

US Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory senior metallurgist Iver Anderson has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

ELG Carbon Fibre has achieved AS/EN9100 quality management system certification.

Hexcel reports that its carbon fiber reinformced polymer (CFRP) technology has been used in the BMW 7 Series to help save weight.

Dr Victoria Ossadnik has been appointed to the supervisory board of heat treatment specialist Linde AG, succeeding Klaus-Peter Müller.

A new way to produce solid-state lithium-ion batteries involves melting the solid electrolyte and then coating it onto the battery electrodes.

A new non-destructive technique can investigate phase changes in crystalline materials by monitoring acoustic responses at the nanoscale.

Phase transitions in high-performance materials

Boron nitride nanotubes produce strong polymer composites than carbon nanotubes.

China National Chemical Corporation has acquired KraussMaffei Group for a cash enterprise value of €925 million from private equity firm the Onex Group.

AVK – Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. (Federation of Reinforced Plastics) is now accepting submissions for the AVK Innovation Awards 2016.

Planetary Resources and 3D Systems have 3D printed a logo using material from a pulverized, powdered and processed asteroid.

Carpenter Technology has invested US$23 million to add titanium furnace equipment to its new superalloy powder facility, reports decaturdaily.com.

Does AM technology really herald the end of the traditional manufacturing industry?

A new report has been released which reviews the development of different technologies and related new applications for AM.

Strongwell Corporation has announced that Dennis Martin has been hired as director of its manufacturing operations in Virginia, USA.

TenCate says that it generated 2015 full-year sales of around €1,160 million, compared to €1,042 million in 2014, according to preliminary reports.

A novel solid electrolyte for lithium batteries made from polymer and glass overcomes many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes.

Through its use of low-cost materials, a new flow battery technology is projected to cost 60% less than today's standard flow batteries.

Polyone has appointed Joel Rathbun as senior vice president, mergers & acquisitions, reporting to Robert M Patterson, president and CEO.

Solvay has signed an exclusive distribution agreement between its composite materials global business unit and Bang & Bonsomer Group.

Mexican automotive specialist Katcon Advanced Materials and Magna Steyr have signed a 10-year-agreement.

Researchers from UCLA have developed magnesium infused with silicon carbide nanoparticles.

Magna International Inc has completed its acquisition of the Getrag group of companies, a supplier of automotive transmissions.

TAT technologies has released information about its upcoming sintering courses.

Using chains of magnetic nanoparticles to manipulate elastic polymers in three dimensions, scientists have produced novel soft robots.

A new type of synthetic bone graft can boost the body’s own ability to regenerate bone tissue and could produce better outcomes for patients.

Pultrex has been awarded a contract to supply a 4 axis mini-winding machine.

New faster high-res AFM that can take real-time videos.

Scientists have developed a new process that can produce silica compounds from the hulls left over from processing rice.

Avcorp Industries Inc has completed its acquisition of the composite aerostructures division of Carbon Composites Inc, a subsidiary of SGL Carbon.

Lanxess has started up a second production line for its glass fiber plastic compounds at its facility in Gastonia, North Carolina, USA.

Lloyd’s Register has developed new certification guidance notes to help manufacturer achieve ‘best practice’ in metal additive manufacturing.

Orbital ATK, Inc, has been awarded a contract from ULA to make large-size composite structures for the Atlas V and Delta IV rocket launch vehicles.

Croft Additive Manufacturing (CAM) and ESR Space have researched the use of additive manufacturing (AM) to develop bespoke spacecraft mechanisms.

Simple synthesis strategy could enable carbon nanomaterials to retain their unique properties in three-dimensions.

Skin-like polymeric material uses carbon nanotubes to bring a sense of touch to robotic and prosthetic devices.

QinetiQ has developed a way of introducing a shape memory alloy (SMA) into carbon fiber reinforced plastic to improve its properties.

Kennametal Inc has appointed Kelly Boyer as vice president, investor relations.

Hardide Coatings Inc, a UK-based provider of surface coating technology, has opened a new US$7 million production facility in Virginia, USA.

two innovations could overcome the limitations of carbon nanotube transistors

Scientists have created a two-dimensional sheet of boron, analogous to graphene, which they term borophene.

Hexcel Corporation has announced that it has acquired full ownership of Formax UK Limited.

Automotive composites manufacturer epm: technology has won a series production contract from an automotive customer.

A novel metamaterial can manipulate acoustic waves at more than double the resolution currently possible for acoustic imaging.

Modeling shows hybrid material that responds to different stimuli.

Louis Davis, AM consultant, has created a diagram setting out the various machines and processes now available in AM.

Arcam reports that its CEO, Magnus René, will temporarily lead the Arcam Group from the office in Woburn, MA, in order to focus on the US market.

Tata Steel UK Limited has entered negotiations for the potential sale of its long products business in Europe.

Five technology centers, coordinated by AIMPLAS, have developed new coatings for plastics, wood, metal, ceramics and glass.

Encasing sunscreen active ingredient inside sticky polymer nanoparticles stops penetration into the skin.

New firefighting foam based on silica nanoparticles.

Composites Germany has set out its plans for the organization for 2016.

An impact resistance and fatigue-testing study reports that Telene PDCPD demonstrated improved impact strength.

UK automotive engine output rose 3.5% in November 2015 according to the SMMT.

AP&C, the powder manufacturing subsidiary of Arcam, has appointed Alain Dupont as president effective from January 12, 2016.

Scientists have experimentally confirmed that graphene nanoribbons with certain precise widths are metallic rather than semiconducting.

Thin films of correlated metals such as strontium vanadate are both highly transparent and electrically conductive.

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