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Callaghan Innovation in New Zealand has developed a paint powder that stops steel framing collapsing in fires.

According to Radio New Zealand, Callaghan group manager Conrad Lendrum said the company’s team spent over a year working with a paint company to develop a fire-resistant coating known as an intumescent coating.

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Materials scientist Nobuhiko Kobayashi wasn't quite sure why the astronomer he met at a wine-tasting several years ago was so interested in his research, but as he learned more about telescope mirrors it began to make sense.

"It turns out that improving the performance of mirrors is all about thin-film materials, and that's what I do. So then I got hooked," said Kobayashi, a professor of electrical engineering in the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz.

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On November 17 the American Institute of Physics (AIP) voted to endorse the Society of Vacuum Coaters’s application for Affiliated Membership in the AIP.

As an AIP Affiliate, the SVC will be provided an opportunity to collaborate with complementary technical organizations and benchmark best practices as they strive to increase our value and relevance to our international base of stakeholders, says Frank Zimone SVC Executive Director.

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International automotive manufacturer Groupe PSA chose the Dürr Group in Southfield, Michigan as a primary supplier in its global network. The core supplier status was announced during a management meeting between the two companies at Dürr’s headquarters in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.

With its multiple automotive brands — Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Opel in Germany and Vauxhall in Great Britain — Groupe PSA has been a major customer for more than 20 years. Dürr implemented numerous projects for Groupe PSA, among them innovative solutions like the integration of Dürr’s energy efficient EcoDryScrubber dry separation system at the Sochaux plant in Eastern France.

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The National Association for Surface Finishers (NASF) are accepting technical paper and presentation abstracts for Sur/Fin 2018 until January 12.

The event takes place June 4-6, at Cleveland’s Huntington Convention Center.

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