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April 2004 Online

  • BG Group exercises $620 million LNG option

    30 Apr 2004

    BG Group recently announced that it has exercised its options with Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries for the delivery of four new Liquefied Natural Gas ships.

  • Dynamic analysis of nip width now possible

    30 Apr 2004

  • Siemens gains $30 million EDGE in Thailand

    30 Apr 2004

    Thai mobile operator AIS has placed an order worth $30 million with Siemens Information and Communication Mobile for EDGE technology and expansion of its GPRS network.

  • KLM to fly with GE engines

    30 Apr 2004

    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has recently selected the General Electric CF6-80E1 engine to power its six A330-200 aircraft currently on order from Airbus.

  • Suppression sensors

    29 Apr 2004

    A new range of background suppression sensors from Banner Engineering will only detect objects within their preset sensing range, ignoring all others.

  • Minteq plans $14 million refractory plant

    29 Apr 2004

    Minerals Technologies announced today that its subsidiary, Minteq International, will build a $14 million plant in China for the production of refractory materials.

  • Thales awarded UAV contract

    29 Apr 2004

    Thales announced recently that it has received a $649,000 contract to deliver an Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) System to the Canadian Forces Experimentation Centre.

  • 40% extra power

    29 Apr 2004

  • Embracing EU enlargement

    29 Apr 2004

    A new report from the EEF warns UK's manufacturers that they should seize opportunities offered by the enlargement of the European Union.

  • Muscling-in on mould

    29 Apr 2004

  • RF capacitors leave 0201 footprint

    28 Apr 2004

    Vishay Intertechnology has released a new family of silicon-based RF capacitors in the 0201 footprint that will help reduce the size and improve the performance of wireless communications products.

  • Fast track for hydrogen fuel reformer

    28 Apr 2004

  • Whose fault is it anyway?

    28 Apr 2004

    Dave Wilson puts his own colourful spin on the new DTI Information Security Breaches Survey - a survey that examined the state of play regarding computer security at numerous UK businesses.

  • Increasing OLED efficiency

    28 Apr 2004

  • e-commerce in the UK

    27 Apr 2004

    The number of UK manufacturers using the Internet for purchasing goods and services is on an upward trend, according to the latest UK Manufacturing e-commerce survey carried out by Capgemini.

  • New transient voltage suppressers

    23 Apr 2004

  • UK wasting billions on IT projects

    23 Apr 2004

  • Interconnecting business

    26 Apr 2004

    The UK-based Smiths Group has acquired TRAK Communications, a US developer of microwave sub-systems, antennas and components, for $111.5 million from Veritas of New York.

  • Source improves colour calibrations

    26 Apr 2004

    Researchers at NIST have developed a new portable 'rainbow' source for calibrating colour measurement instruments.

  • Smart standard

    26 Apr 2004

  • Taking the temperature

    26 Apr 2004

    US researchers have developed a fluorescent material that could be the basis for highly sensitive optical thermometers useful in biological monitoring, medical, industrial and security applications.

  • Handsets move East

    26 Apr 2004

  • Billion dollar restructuring

    26 Apr 2004

  • Energy density

    27 Apr 2004

  • Reclaiming contaminated land using domestic waste

    27 Apr 2004

  • One step closer to the optimum solar cell

    27 Apr 2004

  • Defence intervention

    27 Apr 2004

    The UK Minister for Competition has issued a European Intervention Notice to the UK Office of Fair Trading in relation to General Dynamics Corporation's proposed acquisition of Alvis.

  • Measuring a bend in spacetime

    27 Apr 2004

    Instrumentation aboard a spacecraft launched on April 20 will attempt to detect a bending of spacetime around Earth, testing an unproven aspect of Einstein's theory of relativity.

  • Signal conditioning for bridge sensors

    27 Apr 2004

    Scalar Technologies' SAT-SSC is designed to power and signal condition most strain gauge or piezoresistive devices presently on the market.

  • Better flight efficiency

    21 Apr 2004

    Penn State University engineers have developed a concept for shape-changing airplane wings in order to maximise a plane's efficiency over a broader range of flight speeds.

  • Building better bridges

    22 Apr 2004

    BASF has signed a co-operation agreement with the British-Canadian company Intelligent Engineering Ltd for the further development of Sandwich Plate Systems for the civil engineering market.

  • The mercury won't rise in Wisconsin

    22 Apr 2004

    The US Department of Energy and We Energies have initiated a joint venture to demonstrate technology that will remove 90 percent of mercury emissions from coal-based power plants.

  • Networking and TV

    22 Apr 2004

  • Software captures cell signatures

    22 Apr 2004

    A new, free software package developed by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard makes it easier and faster for scientists to capture the molecular signatures of cells in a particular state.

  • Fight fires without floods

    22 Apr 2004

    Tyco Fire & Security has introduced the Ansul Sapphire Fire Suppression System, which fights fires without causing any damage to electronics, works of art or other critical assets.

  • Integrated testing of airborne ray gun completed

    22 Apr 2004

    Lockheed Martin has completed testing of the optical benches for the Control/Fire Control system of the Airborne Laser, a specially configured 747 aircraft designed to destroy hostile ballistic weapons.

  • Waveguide delay lines

    22 Apr 2004

    Little Optics, a company that has invented a glass high-index optical waveguide material system for planar lightwave circuit (PLC) fabrication, has now developed 8-bit programmable delay lines.

  • Blue-violet laser diodes cross licensed

    23 Apr 2004

  • Zhone buys Sorrento

    23 Apr 2004

    Zhone Technologies, a developer of telecommunications equipment for the local access network, is to acquire optical networking vendor Sorrento Networks.

  • Buying Bluetooth

    23 Apr 2004

    RF Micro Devices has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Silicon Wave, a privately held San Diego, CA-based outfit that supplies ICs for Wireless Personal Area Networks.

  • Decoding a sulphate-breathing bug

    23 Apr 2004

    Scientists have sequenced the genome of a sulphate-breathing bacterium that can damage oil and natural gas pipelines and corrode oilfield equipment.

  • Mass fusion splicer

    23 Apr 2004

  • New York takes $206 million option

    23 Apr 2004

    Bombardier Transportation announced today that New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Metro-North Railroad has exercised options worth $206 million for 120 M-7 electric multiple unit commuter rail cars.

  • Clamped

    23 Apr 2004

  • TV software learns as you watch

    23 Apr 2004

    New software turns a standard cable or satellite TV set top box into a personalised assistant that can automatically find and even record programs of interest for each viewer in a household.

  • Monkey business

    2 Apr 2004

    3Dlabs has announced that its new OpenGL Shading Language shader development environment is now available for free download at its web site.

  • RENFE places 188 million Euro order

    5 Apr 2004

    A consortium comprising Bombardier Transportation and Patentes Talgo has recently received an order worth 188 million Euros from Spanish National Railways for 44 high-speed power heads.

  • Foster Wheeler secures EPC contract

    5 Apr 2004

    Foster Wheeler Energy Limited has today been awarded a contract to proceed with the engineering, procurement and construction planning of a low-sulphur automotive diesel oil project in Saudi Arabia.

  • Terma joins F-35 team

    5 Apr 2004

  • Program speeds drug discovery

    5 Apr 2004

    Researchers in the US have announced the release of a software program capable of quickly identifying molecules that show promise for future medicines.

  • Filtration businesses sold for $18 million

    5 Apr 2004

    The UK's Domnick Hunter today announced that it has acquired PTI Advanced Filtration Inc and PTI Technologies Limited from ESCO Technologies Inc for $18 million.

  • Making minuscule measurements

    5 Apr 2004

    Researchers at Cornell University have created nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) that are capable of measuring masses as small as 6 attograms.

  • Power to CDMA

    5 Apr 2004

    RF Micro Devices today introduced its family of linear power amplifier (PA) modules for CDMA applications, including 3V IS-95/CDMA 2000 1X handheld digital cellular equipment.

  • Expanding in America

    6 Apr 2004

    BAE Systems North America has reached an agreement with STI Industries to purchase the assets of Honolulu-based STI Government Systems for $27 million in cash.

  • Springer set for polluted waterways

    6 Apr 2004

  • Enhancements made to PC/104

    6 Apr 2004

  • Jet fuel from coal

    6 Apr 2004

    Researchers developing new fuel for the next generation of military aircraft have demonstrated that jet fuel can be made from bituminous coal.

  • Fantastic in plastic

    6 Apr 2004

    Vishay Intertechnology has released a new +110 degrees C-rated family of optocouplers, the first devices in plastic packaging that can operate between -55 degrees C up to +110 degrees C.

  • Pump in a plaster

    6 Apr 2004

  • Smart sensor

    6 Apr 2004

  • Embedded board eliminates ISA

    7 Apr 2004

  • Boeing selects GE and Rolls to power 7E7

    7 Apr 2004

  • Probing the link between nanotechnology and health

    7 Apr 2004

    A scientist at the University of Rochester, NY has warned that nanotechnology may pose a health hazard and should be investigated further.

  • Crystal engineering answers structural questions

    7 Apr 2004

    A new technique for engineering protein crystals is helping scientists figure out the three-dimensional structures of some important biological molecules.

  • Dredging for bricks

    8 Apr 2004

    Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have helped develop a new technology that converts material dredged from harbours into a substance that can be made into construction-grade cement.

  • 4Gb in a flash

    8 Apr 2004

    Toshiba Corp has introduced what it describes as the semiconductor industry's first 4Gb single-die, multi-level cell (MLC), NAND flash memory.

  • Alcatel awarded rail safety contract

    8 Apr 2004

    Alcatel has been awarded 20 million Euros to deliver control and safety train detection systems, including several thousand advanced-technology axle counters, to the Taiwan Railway Administration.

  • PTC acquires Ohio Design Automation

    8 Apr 2004

  • Charged for growth

    8 Apr 2004

    According to a pending report, the US wholesale market for battery control technology exceeded $2.2 billion in 2003 and should grow to more than $4.2 billion by 2009.

  • Selling fluxes

    8 Apr 2004

    Athens-based S&B Industrial Minerals is acquiring the German fluxmaker Stollberg for 43.8 million Euros.

  • Plastic packaging purchased

    8 Apr 2004

    The UK-based consumer packager Rexam is to buy Plastic Omnium Medical, the French pharmaceutical packaging business, for 32.5m Euros.

  • Metre-wide mean machine

    8 Apr 2004

    European scientists are developing a one metre-wide, three-wheeled vehicle that combines the safety of a micro-car and the manoeuvrability of a motorbike, while being more fuel-efficient than other vehicles.

  • Recovering enzymes for manufacturing

    13 Apr 2004

    Carnegie Mellon University scientists have employed biological molecules to create a microgel that could recover costly enzymes for repeated use in commercially important catalytic reactions.

  • DuPont announces job losses

    13 Apr 2004

    DuPont announced today that it will shed 3,500 permanent and 450 contractor positions as part of its $900 million cost improvement program.

  • Hybrids hit the high road

    13 Apr 2004

    According to Technical Insights, Asia is leading the electric vehicle revolution and intense development efforts in this region are likely to promote the mainstream commercialisation of hybrid vehicles.

  • Providing a fix for future artificial joints

    13 Apr 2004

    Researchers in Canada and the US have found that self-assembling nanotubes could be ideal for creating better artificial joints and other body implants.

  • Plasma display panel patent spat

    13 Apr 2004

    Fujitsu has filed suit against Samsung in Japanese and US courts, alleging that Samsung has infringed patents for its plasma display panels.

  • Injectable agents offloaded for 453 million Euros

    13 Apr 2004

    GlaxoSmithKline today signed an agreement to acquire the injectable anti-thrombotic agents Fraxiparine and Arixtra, plus related assets, from Sanofi-Synthelabo for 453 million Euros.

  • Remain in light

    13 Apr 2004

  • iRobot enters the FCS matrix

    14 Apr 2004

    iRobot Corp has finalised a contract worth an estimated $32 million to develop a next-generation Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle for the US Army's Future Combat Systems program.

  • Smiths expands with $75 million acquisition

    14 Apr 2004

  • Tracing tools

    14 Apr 2004

    Forensic scientists in the US have developed a system that can match marks left at a scene of a crime to the exact tools that made them.

  • Decoding a sulphate-breathing bug

    14 Apr 2004

    Scientists at the Institute for Genomic Research have sequenced the genome of a sulphate-breathing bacterium that can damage oil and natural gas pipelines and corrode oilfield equipment.

  • Airbus and Boeing awarded regional jet contracts

    14 Apr 2004

    Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that it has placed firm orders for two Boeing 777-300 aircraft and six Airbus 330-300 aircraft.

  • Support for RTOS

    15 Apr 2004

    Parvus Corporation's two PC/104 1553 boards now include device driver support for Windows 9x/2000/NT/XP and DOS 6.2, as well as source code for C and Visual C.

  • RFID set for European breakthrough

    15 Apr 2004

    Key findings of a study by LogicaCMG reveal that Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) is high on the agenda for European retailers, food manufacturers and logistic service providers.

  • China Airlines expands cargo fleet

    15 Apr 2004

    China Airlines has today responded to the strong demand for cargo carriers by announcing an order for two Boeing 747-400F freighters.

  • Molecular breakthrough in electronic plastics

    15 Apr 2004

  • New tool for developing advanced ceramics

    15 Apr 2004

    New atom-scale images from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US promise to provide researchers the ability to predict and model the properties and behaviour of advanced ceramic materials.

  • Radar contract nets Lockheed $13.8 million

    15 Apr 2004

  • Lubrizol expands with $1.84 billion acquisition

    19 Apr 2004

    The Lubrizol Corporation has signed an agreement to purchase Noveon International, Inc, a Cleveland-based specialty chemical company, in a transaction valued at $1.84 billion.

  • Australia opts for EADS

    19 Apr 2004

    The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) has been selected as the preferred bidder for the Royal Australian Air Force's fleet of new air-to-air refuelling aircraft.

  • Albemarle to acquire Akzo Nobel's catalyst business

    19 Apr 2004

    Albemarle Corporation announced today that it expects to complete an agreement with Akzo Nobel to acquire its catalyst business for 625 million Euros in cash.

  • Foster Wheeler awarded SCR contract

    19 Apr 2004

    Foster Wheeler Power Group has today been awarded a contract by American Electric Power to supply and install a selective catalytic reduction system at its Muskingum River Generating Station.

  • Philips' profits boost gets good reception

    19 Apr 2004

  • Generics plans £7m rescue bid

    19 Apr 2004

    UK-based Generics Group has unveiled plans to raise more than £7m in new funding to avoid running out of money as early as next month.

  • ADC files against Switchcraft

    19 Apr 2004

  • Sony gives robots learning support

    19 Apr 2004

  • Alstom awarded Dutch rail contract

    21 Apr 2004

  • Read-write heads feel benefits of green tea

    21 Apr 2004

    Derived in part from green tea, a new biodegradable machining compound for computer hard drive manufacturing is three to four times more effective than toxic counterparts.

  • Do burglars dream of electric scooters?

    21 Apr 2004

    Dave Wilson is disappointed when he discovers the limitations of the technology used in battery-powered scooters.

  • Eco-friendly shampoo

    21 Apr 2004

    Scientists at the University of Bath are beginning research to find a new chemical based on plant oils and sugar which would make shampoos less damaging to the environment.

  • NOx reduction

    21 Apr 2004

  • LNG for Invensys

    21 Apr 2004

    Invensys has formed a global centre dedicated to handle its customers in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector.

  • UK's coal industry receives £19 million boost

    21 Apr 2004

  • Alstom awarded Three Gorges contract

    1 Apr 2004

    Alstom has been awarded in excess of 163 million Euros to supply four 700 MW generating units to China's Three Gorges hydropower station project.

  • $60 million for Compass Call upgrades

    1 Apr 2004

  • BOC to build in Brazil

    1 Apr 2004

    BOC announced this week that it will build an oxygen plant for Brazil's Companhia Siderúrgica de Tubarão (CST), the world's biggest producer of slab steel.

  • Nuclear infringements

    1 Apr 2004

    The European Commission today ruled that BNFL is in breach of the Euratom Treaty because it is unable to account for nuclear material at its Sellafield nuclear facility.

  • Amec wades into Iraq water deal

    2 Apr 2004

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