• Starpack 2006 rewards packaging innovation

    Packaging innovation was celebrated on the evening of 5 July at the Packaging Awards Dinner, with the presentation of the Starpack Awards 2006.
  • Creation of design group within Materials KTN

    The design node of the Materials KTN was established on 4 July at the House of Lords.
  • DTI supports materials community

    Margaret Hodge, Minister for Industry and Regions at the DTI, has pledged full Government support for the continuing work of Materials UK.
  • Innovations in plastics - the ANTEC conference

    More than 700 technical papers were presented at the Society of Plastics Engineers' ANTEC conference, held in Charlotte, South Carolina, in early May 2006. Topics covered included nanomaterials and the modification of polyolefins.
  • PowdermatriX network expands

    The PowdermatriX Faraday Partnership, a node of the Materials KTN, has built an effective network of over 200 organisations for particulate engineering in three years. While focused on the advanced ceramic, powder metal, hard metal and magnetics industries, the network has attracted a wider range of sectors including pharmaceuticals and food. Stuart MacLachlan reports on its success.
  • Smart thermal barrier coatings for gas turbines

    Southside Thermal Sciences (STS) Ltd, London, UK, plans to begin final trials of its 'smart' thermal barrier coating (TBC) for online non-destructive inspection of gas turbines used in power generation and aircraft. The coating works by embedding the ceramic surface with rare earth ions that have a phosphorescent response under excitation light and will reveal information about temperatures at the surface and subsurface of the coating, as well as erosion and changes of phase composition.
  • TechniTex Faraday helps the UK's technical textiles sector

    As part of the series on the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Brian McCarthy, Director of the TechniTex Faraday, gives an overview of his organisation and its role within the network.
  • Composite project requires industrial partner

    The Centre for Sustainable Engineering, in Peterborough, UK, and a university collaborator are seeking end-users from industry to collaborate on a project to develop a versatile, high performance novel composite material, suitable for a range of applications including packaging and vehicle panels.
  • Starpack 2006 now open for entries

    Entries are invited for the 2006 Starpack Awards, the packaging industry's most prestigious award scheme.
  • Diarmuid Gavin wins at Chelsea with vitreous-enamelled steel balls

    Diarmiud Gavin's Silver-Gilt Medal winning garden at the 2004 Chelsea Flower Show utilises steel balls sprayed and fired to fuse the coloured glass to the steel at a temperature above 800 degrees Celsius.