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Materials news, September 2016

Two new multi-functional infrared materials shown.

Scientists have discovered why perovskites make such effective solar cell materials, which could lead to the development of even better materials.

Read more about Materials Today @ New Scientist Live 2016.

Researchers have managed to create a new room-temperature multiferroic by combining two non-multiferroic materials.

Roll-process technology that transfer and packages large-scale integrated circuits

GE has confirmed its plans to acquire two suppliers of additive manufacturing (AM) equipment, Arcam AB and SLM Solutions Group AG for US$1.4 billion.

Sandvik Coromant has joined a center researching powertrain manufacturing for heavy vehicles applications as a partner.

The Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) has been awarded a US$1.73 million grant to fund composite recycling equipment.

Wabash National Corporation has formed a new agreement with EconCore NV to distribute its honeycomb core production technology in North America.

Orbital ATK and Airbus Americas report that they have completed the 100,000th composite part for the A350 XWB program.

Zenyatta has reportedly scaled up testing of metal powder from its Albany graphite mine located in northern Ontario, Canada.

Sumitomo Electric Industries is to acquire Keystone Powdered Metal Company, a US manufacturer of powdered metal components.

3D printing of biodegradable metal scaffolds can be tailored to fit patient’s needs for face and head bone repairs

Nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon thin film acts as a high capacity, binder-free supercapacitor

ASTM International plans to create a new technical committee for developing voluntary consensus standards for commercial spaceflight.

Metallied, a facility for making metal powders for AM for Erasteel and Aubert & Duval, based in Irun, Spain, has received EN9100 accreditation.

Bodycote has acquired Nitrex Metal Technologies, a specialist in gas nitriding and ferritic nitrocarburizing in both batch and continuous forms.

LPW Technology has built a new R&D facility within the Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire, UK.

Teijin Limited is to acquire Continental Structural Plastics Holdings Corporation (CSP), a US automotive composite supplier, for US$825 million.

Ahlstrom has raised its outlook for adjusted operating profit margin in 2016.

Using artificial intelligence, chemists have computed the characteristics of about two million crystals made up of four chemical elements.

A combination of theory and experiment has gone some way to revealing the ingredients required for high-temperature superconductivity.

A subsidiary of Molex LLC is to acquire metal injection molding (MIM) specialist Phillips-Medisize Corporation.

Chem-Trend plans to expand R&D facilities at its global headquarters in Howell, Michigan, USA.

EconCore has signed a license agreement with a textile manufacturer in North America, focusing on lightweight automotive interior panels and parts.

Scientists have developed a thin metamaterial structure that can completely absorb very low frequency sound for nearly every angle of incidence.

A material made from graphene nanoribbons and polyethylene glycol could help to heal damaged spinal cords in people.

TA Instruments has acquired Rubotherm, which supplies analytical test instruments for thermogravimetric and sorption measurements.

SGL Group has inaugurated a production line for precursor at a plant in Lavradio, near Lisbon in Portugal.

Höganäs AB plans to reuse the residual heat and carbon dioxide from the company’s plants.

Bodycote has opened a new facility in Haltom City, located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

Spinal cord repair with graphene-polymer nanoribbons.

Carbon nanomaterials have exceptional water transport and sieving properties that could allow them to take over from polymeric membranes.

Scott Bader North America (SBNA) will be exhibiting a range of its products at CAMX 2016 from 27-29 September in Anaheim, California, USA.

Researchers have developed a new way to shape and surface treat plastic components at the same time.

Weaving solar-powered fabrics that generate electricity from sun and movement.

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd has signed a collaboration agreement with Larisplast Ltd, an Israeli business that specializes in the field of concrete admixtures.

The IHEA’s fundamentals of industrial process heating online learning course is scheduled to begin on 17 October 2016.

Bodycote plc has announced that Pat Larmon will be joining its board as an independent non-executive director.

Scientists have developed an improved method for turning asphalt into a porous material that can capture greenhouse gases from natural gas.

The recent development of a method for measuring structural defects in polymers led to a theory for predicting their elasticity.

A researcher at Deakin University in Australia has reportedly found a way to improve the design and synthesis of carbon fiber precursor polymers.

ELG Carbon Fibre has started production of a range of nonwoven mats on a new production line designed to process recycled carbon fibers.

James L McCarley has joined 3D printing specialist ExOne as chief executive officer (CEO).

Concept Laser has developed what it calls a ‘smart factory’, a modular approach to additive manufacturing (AM).

Granta Design Limited, a company headquartered in Cambridge, UK, which develops software for composite production, has created 20 new job roles.

Solvay has won the 2016 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) process innovation award for the most innovative composite part.

Using cellulose and polymers, scientists have developed a new strategy for crafting nanorods from a wide range of precursor materials.

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PSA Group, which owns the Peugeot, Citroën and DS automotive brands, has agreed to research large scale 3D printing with US-based Divergent 3D.

Composites One have announced the dates for the 2017 educational partnerships with IACMI and Davis Applied Technology College (DATC).

For the 17th year in a row, SKF has been listed as one of the most sustainable companies by the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI).

Chomarat has launched a carbon C-PLY backpack frame for the Kuiu Ultra backpack in partnership with Rocket Composites.

Scientists have synthesized nanometer-sized cage molecules that can be used to transport charge in proton exchange membranes.

Researchers have created the world’s largest database of elemental crystal surfaces and shapes to date, dubbed Crystalium.

Scientists have developed a method for allowing materials to self-heal cracks at temperatures well below freezing.

Scientists have discovered an inorganic semiconductor with a double helix structure that makes it highly flexible.

Browse the articles in this special issue with free access until the end of 2016.

For the first time, scientists have used a scanning transmission electron microscope to directly write tiny patterns in metallic ‘ink’.

Scientists have developed a versatile method for patterning the structure of ‘nanowires’ made from amyloid peptides.

Quintus Technologies, a specialist in hot isostatic press (HIP) technology, has named Correns Corporation as the company’s sales agent for Japan.

Dr Wolfgang Büchele, the CEO of Linde AG, will not continue in his position following the expiration of his current employment contract.

APMI International will be sponsoring a regional technical program on 3D printing in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, USA, on 13 October 2016.

Roth Composite Machinery will be exhibiting at the Composites and advanced Material Expo (CAMX) in Anaheim, USA, from 26-29 September.

Hexcel plans to exhibit at Experience Composites taking place in Augsburg, Germany from 21-23 September 2016.

PPG has added three new products to its established Tufrov, Hybon and Innofiberfiber glass product lines.

CRP Group has invested in new machines for additive manufacturing (AM), CNC machining and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS).

Scientists have developed a novel etching process that can allow metals such as aluminum, titanium or zinc to bond with nearly any other material.

Composites UK and the British Plastics Federation (BPF) have formed a partnership to organise the Thermoplastic Composites 2016 conference.

Gurit has been selected as the supplier for carbon fiber-based automotive body panels by a British automotive OEM.

A novel polyphenyline membrane for fuel cells operates over a wide temperature range and lasts three times longer than existing membranes.

Porous carbon for carbon capture

IACMI has launched a project aimed at decreasing the cost of manufacture while increasing the design flexibility for automotive composites.

Linde LLC has developed the Hydroflex atmosphere control system (ACS) for oxide-free annealing of steel, stainless steel, copper, bronze or brass.

Powder producer PyroGenesis Canada Inc has reported revenue of US$818,990 in Q2 2016, a decrease of 47% over the same period in 2015.

ALMACO has created a project for the environmentally-friendly re-use of composite parts.

Herbert Koch, quality manager at Harris Steel Company, has received the Kenneth J Boedecker, Jr Distinguished Service Award.

Audi AG has acquired an additive manufacturing (AM) machine supplied by 3D printing specialist SLM Solutions.

SmarTech Publishing has just announced the schedule for a new series of reports covering the 3D printing industry.

AGC AeroComposites has successfully completed a project focused on developing a low cost thermoplastic composite welding process.

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a method to recycle nearly 100% of the materials in certain types of composites.

Bodycote reports that its facility in Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA has earned MedAccred accreditation.

Cutting fuel cell costs with noble aerogels.

Nanodiamonds and other carbon-based materials can be produced by smashing carbon nanotubes against a target at high speeds.

General Moly reports that it finished Q2 2016 with a cash balance of approximately US$12.3 million and US$17.3 million in restricted cash.

A 3D printed trim-and-drill tool, developed by researchers at ORNL,has received the title of largest solid 3D printed item by Guinness World Records.

Euroresins UK has launched a new online store for UK artisan and consumer composites markets, according to Composites UK.

Linde has reported group revenue of €8.560 billion, a decrease of 5.3% when compared with the figure for the first half of 2015 of €9.036 billion.

The thermal conductivity of buckyball-containing superatom crystals is directly related to the rotational disorder within those structures.

Scientists have developed a responsive, hybrid material, powered by its own chemical reactions, that can recognize simple patterns.

The JEC Group is to host an international event dedicated to composites in the automotive industry.

The Australian government plans to invest AUS$250,000 to help develop the country's carbon fiber industry.

Umicore has reported half year revenues of €1.4 billion, up 1% on the previous half year.

Concept Laser reports an increase in sales of 88% for the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year.

Flakes of graphene welded together by spark plasma sintering produce materials that may be suitable for use as bone implants.

A pulsed-laser process can improve the electrical conductivity of inkjet-printed graphene without damaging the surfaces on which it is printed.

Sigma Engineering has developed a new way of minimizing particle segregation in metal injection molding (MIM).

Solvay has opened a new carbon fiber production line at its US Piedmont facility in South Carolina, USA.

A team of marine engineers has successfully tested a super lightweight catamaran.

Concept Laser will be exhibiting its products at the formnext powered by TCT show.

Flexible smart windows from niobium oxides (Image: Cockrell School of Engineering

Scientists have discovered that a critical length scale marks the transition between a zero-dimensional quantum dot and a one-dimensional nanowire.

Element Materials Technology is to buy DNV GL’s materials testing laboratories in Germany.

Textechno has expanded its range of testing services.

The board of directors of Arcam says that it unanimously recommends that the shareholders of Arcam accept a takeover offer made by GE.

Mate Precision Tooling, a manufacturer of CNC punch press tooling, has appointed Benjamin Harrison to the position of Latin American sales manager.

Eef Bos has stepped down as chief financial officer (CFO) of TenCate as of 1 October 2016.

Using electron microscopy, scientists have uncovered the first atomic scale evidence for strain-induced ferroelectricity in a layered oxide.

Samarium nickelate can be electrically tuned between a transparent and an opaque state over an unprecedentedly broad spectrum range.

Hexagon Lincoln has been selected by Daimler to supply CHG cylinders for the car manufacturer’s next generation fuel cell electric vehicle.

The 2016 Electrocoating Seminar will take place from 4-5 October in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

The Powder Coating Institute has created a new video aimed at promoting powder coating technology.

Owens Corning has announced plans to invest US$110 million to expand the capacity of its composites operations in India.

The hairy leaves of aquatic ferns can help to clean oil spills.

Silicon nanoparticles based devices that can be controlled for light manipulation.

Kennametal Inc has elected Sagar A Patel to its board of directors. Patel serves as the president of aircraft turbine systems of Woodward, Inc.

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) will be exhibiting several nonwoven developments at composite show CAMX.

Scientists have discovered that electron anions can reduce the temperature at which mayenite changes from a crystal to a glass.

By sandwiching gallium and nitrogen atoms between layers of graphene and silicon carbide, scientists have produced 2D gallium nitride.

Japanese ceramics specialist Kyocera plans to introduces a range of cutting tools at this year´s AMB metalworking trade fair in Stuttgart, Germany.

Scott Bader will be exhibiting a range of its products at InnoTrans 2016.

Sika Corporation, a supplier of sealing, bonding, reinforcement, lamination, and acoustic products, will be exhibiting at the CAMX show.

The PCI has announced that the PCI Powder Coating 2017 Technical Conference will be held from 27-31 March in Indianapolis, IN, USA.

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