The problem of particulate matter is a hot topic as can be derived from the introduction of LEZ zones in some cities. The origin of fine dust is complex. Not only do wood and coal stoves cause the emission of soot particles, the increasing car and bus transport also causes quite some pollution in cities.

DSM - in partnership with other large companies - has developed Dyneema, a bio-based fibre (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene).

Many drivers opt for light alloy wheels for their car, mainly because of the original design and the tough, sporty look that attracts attention and emphasises the character of the car. But are light alloy wheels not just an attractive accessory? Rio Tinto, one of the world's leading aluminium producers, has recently developed a new revolutionary alloy with interesting properties for the automotive industry.

From 30 November to 2 December, VWT, in collaboration with A3TS, is organising a three-day conference on carburizing, carbonitriding and carbon-based surface layers in Antwerp. (is new date for postponed March edition due to corona crisis)

A new coating based on rapeseed oil can provide temporary protection against corrosion in extreme sea conditions or high humidity.

The pressure on products of fossil origin is increasing and bio-based alternatives are gaining in importance, but there is still a lot of work to be done. This is no different in the coating industry. Early this year we kicked off the project 'Bio-based coatings: an opportunity for a sustainable company and world'.

It is no secret that good adhesion is a basic requirement for taking full advantage of the functionalities of a coating or paint. After all, flaking paint layers needing to be repaired imply high costs for companies and governments. The adhesion between paint and surface is decisive for a high-quality finish.

Sirris welcomes you to its stand at the Métamorphoses tradeshow on 5 November.

Cowboy’s e-bike enters the European market this year. The company worked together with Sirris on the e-bike design as well as standardised and customised testing.

Fibre reinforced plastics (or composites) are gaining popularity in a wide range of industries due to their excellent properties, such as specific stiffness and strength and good resistance to environmental conditions. However, their complex structure brings also some challenges, detecting damage being one of them. This ninth white paper focusses non-destructive testing.