Tag Archives: Chinese Academy of Sciences

A Sticky Situation: Demand for Novel Adhesives Exists, but Products Slow to Materialize

The use of adhesives has long been intertwined with our everyday lives, with one of the earliest use cases dating to circa 200,000 years ago in the form of tar-hafted stone tools. Today, adhesives are ubiquitous – found in packaging, automobile, aerospace, construction, medical, and consumer industries – and dominated by companies like Henkel, 3M, Huntsman, DowDuPont, Sika, H.B. Fuller, BASF, and Pidilite. Continue reading

Chinese Player Pilots a New Process for Ceramic Metal Composite Production

Recently, the world’s largest apparatus for combustion synthesis under high gravity successfully passed its pilot production in the Dalian Huayuankou Economy Development Zone. The high-gravity device and process technology was jointly developed by Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry (TIPC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Dalian Hunton Industries. Hunton Industries will use this high-gravity device to produce ceramic metal composites, reducing energy consumption in comparison to the conventional powder metallurgy process. Ceramic metal composites can be used to synthesize gradient tungsten carbides with a diameter of 200 mm and a thickness of 10 mm, which is a key material to produce mine drilling tools and wear-resistant work pieces.

This project was sponsored by the national “863” program and an international collaboration program, namely “International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor“. The performance of the high-gravity device claims to be close to commercialization standards, although TIPC will continue to assist Hunton to improve the manufacturing stability and product quality. Hunton plans to produce oversized cermet for a domestic thermonuclear fusion reactor test early next year.

As a medium-size company, Hunton’s successful participation in the national “863” project with a CAS institute exemplifies the increasing role that Chinese private small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are playing in the Chinese R&D landscape and the world-leading materials innovation that can result. Clients that are seeking technology partnerships in China should not only look at large companies, as the most innovative technology may come from SMEs, as well.