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Materials news, May 2016

H.C. Starck increases revenues despite weak raw materials markets

H.C. Starck, a leading manufacturer of powders and components, said that it performed well in 2015 ‘despite a difficult market environment’.

Arcam builds new powder manufacturing plant

Arcam’s powder manufacturing subsidiary AP&C, based in Montreal, Canada, continues to add capacity by building a new powder manufacturing plant.

Tees Valley Unlimited has commissioned a report on potential demand for composites in the UK.

Specialist composite prepreg producer GMS Composites has developed a flame retardant (FR) epoxy prepreg with increased toughness and a shorter gel time.

Hexagon Lincoln has received US DOT approval to operate its newest composite mobile pipeline product in the United States.

Michael Kerner has received an award from ASTM International Committee A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products.

Scientists have found that certain defects in perovskite films can be healed by illuminating the films with intense light.

Scientists have shown that a supercrystal with a spiral shape made from quantum dots can identify chiral molecules.

Johnson Electric has reported 2015 sales of US$2,236 million – an increase of 5% compared to the prior financial year.

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) has announced its 2016-2017 board of directors and executive officers.

European plastics organization AIMPLAS has developed improved graphene particle concentrates for conventional plastics processing and AM.

French research institute Cetim has received accreditation from Nadcap covering the testing of composite materials.

Adding a very small amount of graphene to rubber films can increase both their strength and elasticity by up to 50%.

Scientists have discovered a new soluble catalyst material that can help expand the capacity of lithium-air batteries.

Metallized Carbon Corporation (Metcar) says that its products are suitable for aerospace gearbox applications.

TeXtreme has recruited Lori Herren as sales manager for aerospace in North America.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc has announced its Q4 and 2015 results.

ultra-lightweight, biocompatible aerogel has been created from graphene oxide and a polymer

A novel perovskite-based nanomaterial changes color when it interacts with ions and other small molecules during a chemical reaction.

silver nanowires could replace the transparent electrodes currently used in smart phone and tablet sensors

Because it changes from a solid state to a liquid state at around 30°C, gallium can make an effective reversible adhesive.

Metal-organic frameworks can remove the contaminant acetylene from ethylene, allowing it to be converted into polyethylene.

CRP Technology has supplied its Windform material to 3D print an unmanned aerial system (UAS).

Hexcel's new US$10 million Innovation Centre in Duxford, UK was officially opened today.

Linde LLC will present an overview of furnace atmospheres at PowderMet 2016 this June.

Registration is now open for Composites in Wind, a free, two-day school on advanced materials and processes for wind energy applications.

Ampal Inc has expanded its aluminum powder production facility in the US by 50%.

GKN Driveline, a manufacturer of electrified driveline technology, has started production at its facility in Villagran, Mexico.

A new material termed ‘rewritable magnetic charge ice’ permits an unprecedented degree of control over local magnetic fields.

A new electronic material made from boron nitride nanosheets can heal all its functions automatically even after breaking multiple times.

Details of new journal Biotribology.

The global glass fiber market is anticipated to reach US$17.44 billibn by 2024, from US$8.50 billion in 2014, according to a new report.

Deben has provided its CT-Cool stage for a German university to study the behavior of various reinforced plastic materials.

AM specialist Stratasys has reported revenue of US$167.9 million for Q1 2016, compared to US$172.7 million in the same period last year.

Sandwiching graphene between two layers of boron nitride produces a 'superlattice' that allows a single photon to excite multiple electrons.

Scientists have discovered that the degradation of perovskite solar cells in sunlight is reduced at low temperatures and reversed in the dark.

AM specialist Arcam AB is expanding in Germany by opening a new sales office in Stuttgart.

Researchers at ORNL have 3D printed several large molds to test them in one of Boeing’s industrial autoclaves.

Fiber supplier Ascend Performance Materials has appointed Phil McDivitt as president and COO.

Wellbores drilled to extract oil and gas can be reinforced with a mixture of graphene nanoribbons and a thermoset polymer.

A new bio-glass that can mimic the shock-absorbing and load bearing qualities of cartilage provides a novel material for implants.

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Following a good Q1, chemicals company Lanxess has raised its earnings forecast for fiscal 2016.

Textechno GmbH has received a DIN innovation award for its test equipment.

Kennametal Inc has reported results for the 2016 fiscal third quarter ended 31 March, 2016.

Dr Andreas Meier, CEO and chairman of the executive board of H.C. Starck Group, has left the company.

Silver nanowire films are proving to be an ideal replacement for indium tin oxide in flexible, touch-screen displays.

Polynt Group and Reichhold Group have announced a definitive agreement to combine the two businesses.

Chemical leader Hexion Inc has announces Q1 net sales of US$909 million, a decrease of 16% compared with US$1.08 billion in the same period of 2015.

Particulate emissions from a diesel exhaust are heavily influenced by the fuel’s composition.

A new technique for depositing diamond on the surface of cubic boron nitride can integrate the two materials into a single crystalline structure.

Using metamaterials, researchers have developed a system that can efficiently transfer electrical energy between two separated circuits.

Spaces are still available for the Meet the Biomaterials Editors lunch session on Saturday May 21- Register here.

SHW AG reported Q1 2016 group sales of €106.6 million, a decrease from the Q1 2015 figure of €117.0 million.

Metaldyne Performance Group Inc (MPG), which makes components for use in powertrain and other automotive applications, has released its Q1 2016 results.

UK-based additive manufacturing (AM) specialist Metalysis has formed a new partnership with K Home International.

Frost & Sullivan has named Divergent 3D as the recipient of its 2016 North American Technology Innovation Award.

Metal Powder Products, a manufacturer of aluminum and ferrous powder metal components, has been acquired by Millstein & Co.

AIMPLAS has set up a new extrusion line to create filaments from a wide range of thermoplastic materials that can be used to 3D print parts.

Hexagon Composites has reported NOK 291.6 million of operating income for Q1 2016, compared to NOK 401.6 million in the first quarter of 2015.

A novel electron microscopy technique can visualize the nanoscale structural changes that occur in battery materials during discharge.

Researchers have demonstrated how an informatics-based adaptive design strategy can accelerate the discovery of new materials with targeted properties.

NMG Composites Co Ltd has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Carbon-Core Corp to represent the NMG product line in North America.

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group NV has reported EBITDA for Q1 2016 of US$21.2 million, a 4% increase from US$20.4 million in Q1 2015.

Arcam reports that Alcoa has added the Arcam Q20plus, Arcam’s largest, fastest 3D printer, at its facility in Texas.

Scientists have enhanced the photoluminescence efficiency of tungsten diselenide, a 2D semiconductor, by incorporating it on nanosized gold trenches.

A silicone-based polymer applied to the skin as a thin coating can mimic the mechanical and elastic properties of healthy, youthful skin.

Toray Industries Inc plans to build a new research base, called the R&D Innovation Center for the Future, at its Shiga plant in Japan.

Glass fiber specialist Owens Corning has reported net sales of US$1.23 billion in the first quarter of 2016.

Sinterite, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company, has installed a custom pusher furnace in Pennsylvania, USA.

Bodycote reports that its Derby, UK location is the first facility in Europe to earn MedAccred accreditation.

Scientists have uncovered the mechanisms that cause a mixture of cornstarch and water known as ‘oobleck’ to switch between a liquid and a solid.

A new material can cool a solar cell by up to 13°C while still allowing it to absorb the same amount of light, increasing its conversion efficiency.

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc has reported Q1 2016 revenues of US$1.7 billion.

GKN plc reports that management sales for the three months ended 31 March 2016 were a 12% increase over Q1 2015 figures.

IDI Composites International has entered into a joint venture agreement with SMC Composites in Mexico City, Mexico.

Scientists have found that the key to fast ion conduction in a solid electrolyte are tiny features that maximize ion transport pathways.

Using a layer of molybdenum disulfide less than 1nm thick, researchers have designed a system able to absorb more than 35% of incident light.

Miba AG’s consolidated revenue climbed by 7% to €719.1 million in the past fiscal year.

3D Systems has reported revenue of US$152.6 million for the first quarter of 2016, a decrease of 5% from the prior year period.

Researchers have developed microporous polymer membranes that can accurately separate molecules at a high processing rate.

Using tiny vesicles and liquid crystals, scientists have produced a synthetic model of a cell membrane.

Mitsui, Toray and Hexagon Lincoln have proposed a joint venture to make FRP hydrogen cylinders.

Evonik Industries AG has acquired the specialty & coating additives business of US company Air Products and Chemicals.

GE has opened its first additive manufacturing (AM) center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, contributing 50 jobs to local economy.

Sandvik reports that it has reorganized its operations in its Sandvik Venture business area.

hydrogel ‘skin’ emits light and senses pressure when stretched

The Canadian government plans to invest CAN$1,500,000 in the Quebec Metallurgy Centre.

GKN Sinter Metals plans to focus on additive manufacturing technology for engine design at this year’s Engine Expo.

Dow Automotive Systems has introduced a new injection bonding technique for its Betaforce composite bonding adhesives.

NTPT is expanding its offering of conventional weight prepreg following the installation of new equipment at its facility in Poland.

Learn about the latest updates for Biomaterials journal & invitation to meet the editors at the WBC2016.

new way of printing color images using interference nanostructures

The Advanced Structural Dynamics Evaluation Centre (ASDEC), has won a bid to improve hybrid structures for the automotive sector.

Bond-Laminates GmbH has received a JEC award for adding tape reinforcements to thermoplastic composite sheets.

German 3D printing pioneer EOS has opened a new US facility in Pflugerville, Texas.

Beko Technologies has was officially open the doors of Beko Technologies UK, in Redditch, Worcestershire.

Engineers have used metamaterials and 3D printing to develop a novel lens able to focus electromagnetic radiation at terahertz frequencies.

Graphene coatings could save energy by eliminating friction and reduce wear and tear on mechanical components.

Superlattices could enable a new generation of electronic, optoelectronic and photovoltaic devices.

A new transmission electron microscopy tool allows scientists to see for the first time ‘nanoscale’ mixing processes occurring in liquids.

A single-molecule-thick layer of aryl diazonium can both prevent phosphorene degrading in open air and enhance its electronic properties.

The global powder injection molding components (PIM) market should reach US$3.1 billion in 2020.

Carbide specialist Ceratizit has published a four-page report, written by Dr Uwe Schleinkofer, head of R&D at the company.

When stretched in one direction, a novel 'adaptive protein crystal' thickens in the opposite direction, rather than thinning as most other materials do.

Orbital ATK Inc has produced its 500th large composite rocket structure for United Launch Alliance (ULA) launch vehicles.

Testing company Bureau Veritas has approved in principle the repair of offshore structures using a bonded composite product.

advance in electrospinning produces three-component core/shell nanocomposite fibers for drug delivery

Foam produced with 3D printing has better durability and long-term mechanical performance than conventional foam.

Linde Group says that it had a stable business performance in the first quarter of 2016 after adjusting for exchange rate effects.

Buehler ITW Test & Measurement has combined its metallography and hardness testing business sectors.

According to Asian IT news website Digitimes, Apple’s new range of MacBooks could be made using metal injection molded (MIM) hinges.

Sandvik has developed Sanicro 56Mo, a nickel-chromium-molybdenum alloy suitable for corrosive oil and gas environments.

Ashland Performance Materials is sponsoring the first Composites In Architecture Design Challenge.

Ikonics Corporation has entered into a long-term agreement (LTA) with EnCore Composite Structures Inc.

The heat transfer abilities of graphene nanoflakes can be enhanced by functionalizing them with amino-based and azide-based silane molecules.

Scientists have worked out why large polymer microgel particles in an assembly will spontaneously shrink to the size of smaller neighboring particles.

Professor Wolfgang Reitzle has been elected to the supervisory board of gas specialist Linde as a shareholder representative.

Kennametal Inc has reported results for the 2016 fiscal third quarter ended 31 March 2016.

Composites UK has launched the entry process for its 2016 composites industry awards.

Scientists have created an artificial protein that is able to construct a lattice made from buckyballs.

Scientists have discovered that a couple of boron atoms placed very precisely in silicon offer a convenient way to study the quantum world.

Broadwater Mouldings has promoted Vince Mortlock as head of business development.

Researchers from Californian universities have developed and tested a type of steel alloy which could withstand an impact without deforming permanently.

SKF has secured a SEK 100 million, one-year contract extension with JSC Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant.

According to EDANA, the overall production of nonwovens in Europe grew by 3.6% in 2015 to reach 2,329,000 tonnes.

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