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Canadian and British collaboration aims to improve graphene oxide production (photo: CPI)


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On 26 February, CPI (Wilton, UK) announced the successful development of a scalable purification process for graphene oxide (GO) production in partnership with Graphene Leaders Canada (GLC) Inc., a Canadian SME, and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). This will overcome a key barrier to future large-scale production of GO, reducing costs and facilitating the adoption of GO to improve performance of industrial products.

 
Avery Dennison extends its presence in Brazil (photo: Avery Dennison)


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Avery Dennison (Glendale, California) is gearing up for future growth of RFID technology, improving the efficiency of processes and the relationship between brands. Just months after signing a deal to acquire Smartrac's transponder division, the Company announced the location of its next RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) manufacturing facility, its first in Brazil and fifth in the world. The new factory will be located in Vinhedo (SP), opening in 2021.

 
Fraunhofer researchers intend to develop a methodology that combines biotechnology processes with low-energy electron-beam technology (photo: Fraunhofer FEP)


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The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP (Dresden, Germany) has been utilising electron-beam technology for decades in the development of cleaning, sterilisation, and surface-modification processes and systems. Fraunhofer researchers from the Medical and Biotechnological Applications division (MBA) now intend to develop a methodology that combines biotechnology processes with low-energy electron-beam technology. Moreover, this hybrid methodology will be combined with existing FEP expertise in the area of sensor technology. The anticipated research programme will be presented at the MedtecLIVE trade show in Nuremberg, Hall 10, Booth No. 10.0.513, taking place from 31 March – 2 April 2020.

 
The clean room facilities at TactoTek (photo: TactoTek)


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TactoTek (Oulu, Finland) and Marquardt are developing an injection-moulded structural electronics (IMSE) solution for a leading automotive OEM in their first collaboration project. The pre-development project is for a specific vehicle family and includes full automotive validation of the IMSE parts.

 
Carbon nanotube composites comprise of carbon nanotubes, which are made of carbon atoms and have a diameter in the nanometre order, and advanced semi-conductive polymers (photo: Toray)


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Toray Industries, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) has recently become the first in the world to communicate wirelessly across the UHF (ultrahigh frequency) band with a printed semiconductor. This setup employs a printed radio-frequency identifier (RFID) that the company created. The RFID employs a high-performance semi-conductive carbon nanotube composite. Toray’s achievement demonstrated the potential for manufacturing UHF RFIDs by low-cost printing processes to dramatically streamline retail and logistics operations. Examples include automating cash registers and efficient inventory management. The company will accelerate development to commercialise printed RFIDs.