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World's biggest clock tower features Gurit composites

There has been an awful lot of overlap of materials knowledge in the last few years between industries, particularly when it comes to composites. This is because these are the materials that everyone ...


Composites step up: JEC 2012 review

This year's JEC show revealed a host of innovation stemming from the materials world. It is fair to say there was quite a positive buzz, with many not feeling the same economic pinch that has ravaged ...


Lightweight panels prove flexible

The imperative to drive down vehicle weight (and thereby carbon emissions) has been a key goal, particularly within the transportation sector, for many years. The reasons for this are obvious enough, ...


Show preview: JEC Europe

JEC Europe – Europe's largest composites exhibition – will open its doors in Paris, Porte de Versailles, on 27-29 March 2012.





Keeping it steel

Can steel really compete with aluminium and composite materials when it comes to lightweighting? Justin Cunningham talks to a company that says it can.


The ceramic dynamic

Could plasma spraying technology offer the ability to manufacture high-strength, lightweight, pure ceramic components? Eureka reports.


Expanding properties

Plastic materials that can expand on contact with water are finding increasing applications in industry. Justin Cunningham reports.


New materials at Composites show

The Composites Engineering Show 2011 will be showing some of the latest developments in this exciting sector. Paul Fanning reports.










Engineering tomorrow

Tom Shelley looks at developments in the last 30 years and makes some predictions about the next 30.


Plastics get greener

Tom Shelley reports on some of the plastic innovations that were revealed at this year's 'K' show.




Steel advances

Tom Shelley reports on some of the dramatic advances now being made in very high strength steels that are low enough in cost to be used in mass market products