Tyred out

Mining companies are reporting critical shortages of large, off-the-road tyres. The problem is affecting operations worldwide and is driven by the high demand for commodities of all types that are being consumed at ever-increasing rates and prices, with China leading the way.

Ups and downs in Chinese mining

Two news items cover the occurrence of an explosion at a privately-owned Chinese coal mine in Anhui which claimed 12 lives, and an agreement with Papua New Guinea which will allow teams of Chinese explorers to search the country for precious and base metals.

Starpack 2006 now open for entries

Entries are invited for the 2006 Starpack Awards, the packaging industry's most prestigious award scheme.

Materials KTN to give UK manufacturers a competitive edge

The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network, a new partnership between businesses, universities, and research and technology organisations to boost UK manufacturing, was inaugerated by Science and Innovation Minister Lord Sainsbury, on 19 January.

SMART.mat launched to exploit 'smart' technology

SMART.mat, a DTI initiative to help UK industry exploit 'smart' technology, was launched on 19 January by Science and Innovation minister Lord Sainsbury.