Education and training in packaging could get a boost from the UK Sector Skills Council (SSC) Proskills, which represents processors and manufacturers in paper, print, coatings/inks and glass. It plans to refine qualifications and develop opportunities through apprenticeships and foundation degrees.
A conference on Opportunities on 7 November 2007, Laser-based Manufacturing in the Medical Sector held in West Bromwich, UK, discussed the need for novel and more lucrativate laser tooling applications for the production of medical devices.
The UK National Minerals Forum, launched in November 2006, has set its agenda for 2008. It brings together representatives from Government departments, county councils, regional and devolved assemblies, industry, and environmental organisations to overcome the piecemeal approach to long-term strategic thinking in the minerals sector.
The Max Planck Institute for Iron Research (MPIR) in Dusseldorf, Germany is seeking to further the development of twinning induced plasticity (TWIP) steel which has has been engineered to absorb energy in the event of a vehicle collision.