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
P-Ink, a technology that employs photonic crystals and the light reflected between them to create flexible electronic-paper displays with improved colour and resolution, has been created by Opalux, a company based in Toronto, Canada.
The UK’s Institute of Physics will launch its Integrated Science degree in four UK universities from September 2008. The degree will offer the opportunity to learn several UK disciplines, including physics, chemistry, engineering and biology.
The Polymer Processing Research Centre (PPRC) at Queen's University Belfast, UK, is researching multilayer polyamide and polyethylene fuel tanks that help motorcycle manufacturers meet stringent emission standards in the USA. Polymers also improve impact and corrosion resistance and are more cost effective that the metal fuel tanks, say researchers.
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.