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Anti-corrosion technology for automotives with no heavy metals

International Ford Motor Company has developed an anti-corrosion coating that does not use heavy metals. The company claims the pre-treatment process is more efficient as it reduces water usage in automotive paint shops by half and decreases the production of waste sludge by 90%. The technique makes use of a zirconium oxide vehicle bath rather than the conventional heavy metal zinc phosphate bath

China remains number one for manufacturers

Despite facing product safety concerns, rising labour costs and increasing costs for raw materials, China remains the number one destination for manufacturers, according to the 2007 Annual Study - Innovation in Emerging Markets by the Manufacturing Industry Group at global consultancy and financial services firm Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Nanoparticle production

Scientists from the North West Laser Engineering Consortium at the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, UK, say they have developed a more efficient way of producing nanoparticles using a continuous wave (CW) fibre laser.

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