• Overview of programme for Materials Congress 2008

    An 'at a glance' programme for Materials Congress 2008, to be held on 13-15 May 2008 in Grantham, can be downloaded for a quick and easy overview of all the sessions taking place.
  • Automotive seat base made from die cast aluminium. Image courtesy of Bühler Group AG, Switzerland

    Novel heat treatment solution for die cast aluminium

    Materials World magazine
    The automotive industry could benefit from a novel heat treatment process for high-pressure die cast (HPDC) aluminium components which enables doubled mechanical strength and higher fatigue resistance. Scientists at the Light Metals Flagship of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) believe the resulting cost effective and resource efficient HPDC components could replace sand-cast and permanent mould cast aluminium alloys and wrought products in certain applications.
  • Processing metals

    Metals processing cash boost

    Materials World magazine
    A multi-million pound grant has been awarded to the University of Sheffield's Institute for Microstructured and Mechanical Process Engineering (IMMPETUS) to help UK-based metals processing companies improve efficiency.
  • New packaging standard

    Packaging Professional magazine
    The Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials now includes non-food packaging, announced the British Retail Consortium (BRC) at the standard's launch on 17 December 2007
  • T-Mag process

    New division for Australia's materials industry

    Materials World magazine
    Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has launched a Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE) division to help the country’s manufacturing industry become globally competitive. The division combines most of CSIRO materials chemistry, materials physics and materials engineering research into one body.
  • Printed circuit-board inspection made easier

    Materials World magazine
    The Microscan AOI, developed within the EU Framework 6 programme, combines four different techniques to inspect printed circuit boards for defects during production. These are automated optical inspection, scanning acoustic microscopy, thermography, and X-ray inspection.
  • Rewarding excellence through the IOM3 Awards and Prizes

    The recipients of the 2007 Institute Medals and Prizes have been agreed.
  • Metals

    Metallurgy training at the Atomic Weapons Establishment

    Materials World magazine
    Due to a shortage in trained metallurgists, the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Reading, UK, is now recruiting personnel with qualifications in materials science, materials engineering and chemistry who will be trained through its in-house programme. New recruits will receive practical training that requires a fundamental understanding of basic metallurgical principles.