Laser processing of medical devices

Materials World magazine
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.
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Twinning induced plasticity (TWIP) steel improves car safety

Materials World magazine
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.

Tax on packaging

Materials World magazine
The Netherlands’ Ministry of Finance is to introduce a carbon-based tax on packaging from January 2008. The fee for packaging processors is likely to be levied according to a calculation of CO2 emissions from the production of each kilogramme of packaging.

New science diploma

Materials World magazine
A science diploma for 14-19 year-olds covering core functional skills in English, mathematics will be introduced in 2011 by the UK's Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

Proskills refines packaging industry training

Materials World magazine
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.