Third annual Manufuture Conference

Materials World magazine
The third annual Manufuture conference was held as part of the UK Presidency of the European Union. Key stakeholders in R&D were able to raise their concerns about the strategic research agenda for manufacturing currently being developed by the European industry and research community.

Polypropylene fibres reinforce soil at green verges or overflow car parks

Materials World magazine
The UK's Transport Research Laboratory is studying the use of polypropylene fibres to reinforce soil manufactured from secondary aggregates in the form of sandstone quarry surplus, together with green waste compost, as a sustainable alternative to concrete and bitumen for green verges or overflow car parks. Concrete and bitumen rely on primary aggregates, are resource intensive and aesthetically displeasing for areas that experience only occasional traffic.

Seminar on modern packaging design with anti-counterfeiting techniques

Materials World magazine
The seminar, organised by the Midland societies of IOP: The Packaging Society, and held in March 2006 in Derby, UK, will examine issues and solutions concerning brand and product piracy. Topics covered will include incorporating RFID into packaging and smart labels, and smart inks and other novel laser-activated security solutions.

SMART.mat - the UK's Smart Materials, Surfaces and Structures Network

Materials World magazine
SMART.mat is a node of the materials KTN that implement information and outreach activities to allow the business community to become better informed about the benefits of using smart materials and to facilitate the development of new products and applications. The aim is to bring industry and academia closer and to foster joint projects and collaborations.