Access IMMAGE mineral reference database online

The Institute’s IMMAGE database of references to international mineral publications will soon be available online.

Government funding to boost UK science and innovation

The UK Government is to adopt the proposals in Lord Sainsbury’s review of science and innovation. Recommendations cover science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, funding and knowledge transfer.

Launch of the British Composites Society

The Composites Division of IOM3 is set to re-launch as the British Composites Society.

China remains number one for manufacturers

Materials World magazine
Despite facing product safety concerns, rising labour costs and increasing costs for raw materials, China remains the number one destination for manufacturers, according to the 2007 Annual Study - Innovation in Emerging Markets by the Manufacturing Industry Group at global consultancy and financial services firm Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Anti-corrosion technology for automotives with no heavy metals

Materials World magazine
International Ford Motor Company has developed an anti-corrosion coating that does not use heavy metals. The company claims the pre-treatment process is more efficient as it reduces water usage in automotive paint shops by half and decreases the production of waste sludge by 90%. The technique makes use of a zirconium oxide vehicle bath rather than the conventional heavy metal zinc phosphate bath