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01 Sep 2015

New method for 3D printing glass brings further competition to an already saturated market

Glass continues to be an innovative material offering scope for limitless applications. The industry produces an estimated four million tonnes of glass every year, contributing 90% to the food and drinks, construction and automotive sectors alone. Each of these sectors has its own specificity and manufacturing model, but glass melting and moulding is a common process to all. That is until now. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a method for 3D...

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01 Sep 2015

UK manufacturing PMI slows for second consecutive month in August, hit by continued falls in UK exports, a strong pound and the fear of an ongoing slowdown in China.

The Purchase Managers Index (PMI) survey, conducted by Markit/CIPS, revealed that the domestic market remained the main pillar of new order growth, as the level of new export business decreased for the fifth straight month.  Companies linked reduced overseas demand to the sterling exchange rate –, weak sales performance to the Eurozone and the slowdown in China. August saw a 0.4% decrease from July to 51.5, despite a modest increase in manufacturing production, as...

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