Materials World January 2019
Happy new year, readers. I hope you enjoyed the holidays, are refreshed from the break and still holding on to some of that festive good feeling. Sticking with the trend of last year, we are once again going through changes and are sad to say that our News Editor, Khai, left us at the end of December. So we’re currently recruiting and look forward to introducing a new team member soon.
Also undergoing a long and drawn-out transformation is the UK, as we finally approach the deadline for Brexit, whatever that will mean by the time we get there. But rather than dwell on speculation, we’re assessing the strength of our assets with a series of regionally focused issues, kicking off with the home country of three of the Materials World team – Wales.
We take a look at the virtual factory concept developed to support innovation in the UK steel industry, led by Swansea University, on page 28, hear the origins of an advanced plastics company in South Wales which makes skin-safe and recyclable plastic products on page 38, discover why the University of South Wales has setup an aerospace academy in Dubai, UAE on page 41, and zone in on Wales’s thriving commodities in the monthly mining report on page 43.
Also, we look back over 100 years of the Women’s Engineering Society, consider the real-world applications of graphene, examine the use of microwaves for copper extraction, and learn about the benefits of stitching carbon sheets. This, plus all of the regular items, and a professional development section that explores training.
Hwyl fawr, diolch!
Ceri Jones, Editor