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Spring 2006: Society for Adhesion and Adhesives One Day Symposium on 'Adhesives in Transport'

A full report on the Society for Adhesion and Adhesives one-day symposium on Adhesives in Transport.

Securing Australia's future mining workforce

Australia's minerals industry has seen the launch of numerous initiatives aimed at educating, recruiting and retaining high calibre personnel. The BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance has announced a three-year, 'Skills for Growth' package, and The Queensland Government Department of Education and Arts has launched a Minerals and Energy Academy aimed at encouraging high school pupils to take up careers in the minerals and energy sector. Rupal Mehta looks more closely at the skills shortage down under.
Copper's antimicrobial properties could be employed to create hygienic surfaces in hospitals, such as doors, door knobs, counter tops and bed rails. Image: Nick Yarsley

Antimicrobial properties of copper

Recent research at the University of Southampton, UK, has shown that copper surfaces could help to prevent the spread of Influenza A viruses that cause seasonal and epidemic flu infections. Ongoing research has proved the significant antimicrobial effects of copper and its alloys.

Faraday Plastics continues following RAPRA administration

The administration of RAPRA should not affect the networking services offered to the plastics and polymer community by Faraday Plastics, a node of the Materials KTN.

Materials Innovation and Growth Team final report

The Materials Innovation and Growth Team had been given the responsibility for finding a UK materials strategy with 10-to-20 year horizons. The final report was presented at a meeting on 8 March 2006. Actions proposed include greater efficiency within the whole materials industry is to be achieved through activities such as the Materials KTN, the promotion of best practice, sector technology roadmaps, and a lifecycle analysis database, which will be known as the Materials Property Validation Centre (MPVC).

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