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Materials news, May 2017

Industrial gas supplier Air Products has launched a new sales center in the West Midlands, UK.

Extraordinary properties of the semiconductor strontium niobate could potentially lead to novel electronic devices and photocatalytic materials.

A newly-developed printable elastic conductor retains high conductivity even when stretched to as much as five times its original length.

After more than 60 years of trying, scientists have reported the first organic synthesis of a carbon nanobelt.

Surprising discoveries about the normal metallic state of a ruthenate superconductor could reveal novel information about its superconducting state.

Eramet Group has posted EBITDA of €375 million and positive free cash-flow of €226 million in the second half of 2016.

Greg Matula was honored for his achievements in the international heat treatment industry at the 2017 Heat Treatment Forum & Expo.

The boards of directors of Clariant and Huntsman Corporation have approved a definitive agreement to merge the companies.

The organizers of JEC Asia, taking place in Seoul in November, say that the event will highlightthe composites industry in end-user markets.

Erasteel and Chinese company Advanced Technology & Materials Co Ltd (AT&M) have signed a memorandum of understanding.

Hexcel Corporation’s executive vice president and chief financial officer Wayne Pensky intends to retire at the end of the year.

Plastic compounding specialist Ensinger has acquired Swiss plastics processing company next composites GmbH.

Driveline company American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) has been named one of America’s best employers by Forbes magazine.

PM provider Höganäs plans to attend global thermal spray conference ITSC 2017.

Bits, bytes and oscillating chits

Peter Mitterbauer, the chairman of the board of management at Miba, has been named as an honorary doctor at the Vienna University of Technology.

Rapid Composites has developed Bullray, a fully autonomous, amphibious vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

President and CEO of Chromaflo Technologies Corp Scott Becker has joined the American Coatings Association (ACA).

Filling the iodide defects to stabilize perovskites

McClarin Plastics has acquired Custom Composites, an Oklahoma-based manufacturer of polypropylene and composite glass fiber products.

Coating specialist PPG says that has been named one of America's best large employers, according to a list published by Forbes magazine.

The US Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) has organized a workshop on the dynamics of powder spreading for metal additive manufacturing (AM).

LPW Technology, a supplier of metal powders and software for AM, is showcasing its metal powder hopper, PowderTrace at Rapid.Tech.

A new 3D printing process can produce stretchable electronic devices that could let robots feel and be printed directly on human skin.

Scientists have expanded the range of functional temperatures for ferroelectrics by creating the first-ever polarization gradient in a thin film.

Hexagon Raufoss has recently received orders from PT Autogas in Indonesia for CNG cylinders.

Oxide materials that expand and contract in response to applied electric charge could produce actuators that work in extremely hot environments.

South America became the biggest molybdenum producing area in 2016 with 178.5 million lbs, a 14% increase on the total for 2015.

EOS has released a new version of its additive manufacturing (AM) CAM environment, EOSPRINT 2.0.

Scientists have developed organic semiconductor nanosheets that can easily be removed from a growth substrate and placed on other substrates.

Chongqing Polycomp International Corp (CPIC),has moved its North American headquarters from Los Angeles, California, to Albany, NY.

Sandvik Materials Technology says that it plans to divest the welding and stainless wire parts of its wire operations.

Linde plans to present on its atmosphere control technology at POWDERMET 2017, taking place from 13-16 June in Las Vegas, USA.

Huber Engineered Materials has made a 20% capacity increase at its fire retardant additives (FRA) manufacturing plant in Bauxite, Arkansas, USA.

A new design strategy provides a highly general framework that can be applied to the self-assembly of crystalline or fluid materials.

A new nano-scale thin film material not only boasts high conductivity but also has a wide bandgap, making it optically transparent.

ptychographic X-ray computed tomography uses X-rays instead of light or electrons to examine samples non-destructively

graphene oxide membranes could offer a simple means of filtering out unwanted salts and impurities from drinking water

Sandvik’s Wilhelm Haglund Medal has been awarded for the development of materials that can cope with extreme temperatures.

3D printing company 3D Metalforge has opened the 3D Metal Additive Manufacturing Centre (AMC) in Singapore.

TPI Composites, Inc has signed a multiyear supply agreement with Vestas Wind Systems A/S.

The Ulf Engström Award 2017 has been awarded to Bo Hu, who works with Höganäs product development in North America.

The Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) has earned the silver award for sustainability from Seattle Business Magazine.

EOS North America has joined US additive manufacturing institute America Makes as a platinum member.

By heating ethene in stages on a rhodium catalyst substrate, scientists have managed to convert it to layers of graphene.

By developing a novel electrically-conductive material, scientists have been able to produce electromagnetic metamaterials with a 3D printer.

MIba AG is to acquire 100% of Mahle Metal Leve Miba Sinterizados (MMLMS).

Bodycote’s hot isostatic pressing (HIP) facility in Washington, USA, has earned the highest level of Nadcap accreditation following a recent audit.

Kansas-based Leading Technology Composites (LTC) has won an Outstanding Small Business of the Year for 2016.

KraussMaffei has expanded its technical center for lightweight components and fiber composite technology in Munich, Germany

Scientists have developed a fast, non-destructive optical method for analyzing defects in 2D materials

Using non-ionic polymer nanoparticles that shine different colors depending on their size, scientists have developed a coating process for coloring metals.

Two new discoveries provide a way to ‘stencil’ 2D materials in precise locations and overcome a barrier to their use in next-generation electronics.

America Makes and 3D Veterans, has received a Google.org grant to expand its additive manufacturing bootcamp for US war veterans.

Attendee lists for POWDERMET2017 and AMPM2017, taking place in June in Las Vegas, are now available.

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, IACMI, has formed a partnerhip with molding specialist RocTool.

Scientists have succeeded in making the first chiral molecular sieves for distinguishing left- and right-handed versions of molecules.

Incorporating atomically-thin layers of water into tungsten oxide allows it to store and deliver energy much more quickly and efficiently.

Chemical company Huntsman Corporation has completed its acquisition of IFS Chemicals Limited (IFS).

Sandvik Osprey Ltd has formed a relationship with Desktop Metal to be a preferred supplier of a range of its alloy powders.

GE reports that it has invested approximately US$1.5 billion in advanced manufacturing and additive technologies.

Using an electron beam, scientists have patterned thin polymer films with individual features as small as 1nm separated by just 11nm.

Spirit AeroSystems, which makes composite parts for aerospace, has been named a 2017 DiversityInc Noteworthy Company.

Tessa F Stillman has been presented with the Distinguished Service Award from the ASTM International Committee on Metal Powders and Metal Powder Products.

The MPIF has announced its intention to form a trade association for the metal additive manufacturing (AM) industry.

Hexagon Lincoln has entered into a long-term agreement with oil and gas specialist Certarus Ltd.

A new spectral technique using terahertz waves can detect the early stages of corrosion on steel rebars directly through concrete.

A novel artificial solid-electrolyte interphase made from an ionic polymer can help prevent capacity fade in lithium-oxygen batteries.

Dassault Systèmes and industrial engineering firm Sogeti High Tech plan to form an additive manufacturing (AM) partnership.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has been awarded with a Gold rating by EcoVadis, a platform which provides sustainability ratings.

Gunnar AG has formed a partnership with Germany-based Robuso, which supplies a range of manual, electro and air powered shears and scissors.

Renishaw has signed an agreement with FalconTech Co Ltd to build an additive manufacturing (AM) solutions center in Wuxi, China.

Using a novel analytical method, scientists have discovered that a 2D crystal of chromium germanium telluride possesses intrinsic ferromagnetism.

Using an an atomic-scale 'color center' found only in diamonds, scientists have become the first to image how electrons move in graphene.

Researchers have found a simple way to reduce the number of loops in a polymer network and thus strengthen materials made from polymers.

Textile machinery supplier Itema SpA is to acquire 61% of the shares in Lamiflex SpA.

PlastiComp Inc has completed installation of an additional pultrusion line which makes long carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite pellets.

Optomec says that the results of a three-year study have validated the repeatability and transferability of its metal additive manufacturing process.

There will be four awards of $2,000 each for Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia and Acta Biomaterialia.

By incorporating photo-harvesting dye molecules into a cathode, scientists have gone some way to producing a light-charged battery.

The EPMA has filmed a number of interviews with members of the Technical Program Committee for Euro PM2017.

A new screening process offers a quick and easy way to identify novel OLED materials with superior luminescence and charge-transport properties.

NetComposites is now seeking paper abstracts for the next Industrial Nanocomposites Conference taking place from 10–11 October in Stuttgart, Germany.

Sabic’s corporate venturing arm has reportedly invested in composites specialist Airborne International BV.

A novel fabrication process can produce carbon nanotube textiles with high electrical conductivity and a high level of toughness.

A new model can account for irregularities in how atoms in materials such as metals arrange themselves at so-called ‘grain boundaries’.

Scientists have discovered the first three-dimensional quantum liquid crystal, which could lead to advances in spintronics and quantum computing.

Additive manufacturing (AM) specialist the FIT Group has opened its German headquarters and new manufacturing facility.

DSM has reported what it calls a ‘very strong first quarter’, with sales up 13% to €2,159 million.

Researchers from Washington State University have developed a new method to recycle the carbon fiber plastics.

Renishaw will showcase 3D printed metal parts at the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS).

Rob Gorham has become the new additive manufacturing institute America Makes executive director, replacing Ed Morris.

Composites UK has announced that the application process for the 2017 Composites Industry Awards is now open.

Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC) has appointed Robert Willig as president and CEO.

A low-cost chemical process can transform waste glass bottles into nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

A novel cartilage-mimicking hydrogel may allow surgeons to 3D print meniscus implants that are custom-shaped to each patient's anatomy.

Fibermaq, a Brazilian composite molding equipment company, had its operation recertified under quality standard ISO 9001:2008.

The epoxy composite market is projected to reach US$33.06 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 7.34% between 2016 and 2021, according to Research and Markets.

Drive specialist Maxon Motor is expanding its headquarters in Switzerland.

Materials engineering company Wall Colmonoy says that Robert Davies is its new operations director.

A new sensor molecule can repeatedly brighten when the material it is incorporated into comes under heavy mechanical stress.

Scientists have used graphene to transfer intricate crystalline patterns from an underlying semiconductor wafer to a top layer of identical material.

Applying a coating of methyl viologen to lithium metal anodes can stabilize battery performance and eliminate dendrite growth.

Hexcel reports net sales of US$478.8 million for Q1, compared to US$497.7 million in the same period of 2016, 3.8% lower than last year.

Chomarat has set up an investment plan worth €35 million over a three-year period to modernize its French sites in the Ardèche region.

Using simplified proteins known as peptoids, scientists have discovered that a minor change in structure can alter the crystallization pathway.

Thermal processing specialist Harper International, and Ferrite Microwave Technologies have formed a strategic relationship.

Kennametal reports sales of US$488 million, compared with US$524 million in the same quarter of 2016.

Hexagon Composites ASA has entered into a joint venture (JV) with hydrogen company Nel ASA and fuel cell specialist PowerCell Sweden AB.

The Engel Group has appointed Markus Richter as chief financial officer.

Ceramic manufacturer CeramTec has acquired Morgan Advanced Materials’ UK Electro-Ceramics business.

Molecular crystal lattice made up of fullerene molecules called fullerite has outstanding stiffness and hardness.

Scientists have successfully synthesized two new magnetic materials predicted by high-throughput computational models.

Composites UK says that Nissan will join the speaker program at its Automotive Sector Showcase event taking place on 11 May in Warwick, UK

GKN Sinter Metals has developed a new ecommerce platform for metal additive manufacturing (AM) called InstAMetal.

Registration has opened for the Basic Powder Metallurgy (PM) Short Course.

Rockman Industries, the auto components arm of Hero Group, has opened its UK office, the first outside India for its composites subsidiary, Moldex.

Mimicking the vein structure in leaves helps produce material that improves lifetime of batteries.

Mobile sensor that detects specific wavelengths of electromagnetic energy.

Gurit has acquired PH Windsolutions a Canadian manufacturer of wind turbine blades.

Scigrip has appointed three new distributors in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

General Moly reports that it ended Q1 with a cash balance of approximately US$7.1 million as compared to US$8.5 million at year-end 2016.

Desktop Metal has developed metal 3D printing systems which it says are 10 times less expensive than existing technology.

Ultrathin superconducting film from woven nanowires.

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