January 18, 2017


Hydrogen is often described as the fuel of the future, particularly when applied to hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. One of the main obstacles facing this technology -- a potential solution to future sustainable transport -- has been the lack of a lightweight, safe on-board hydrogen storage material. A major new discovery has shown that hydrocarbon wax rapidly releases large amounts of hydrogen when activated with catalysts and microwaves.

December 14, 2016

In November, energy prices fell 6.7%, while non-energy commodities rose 3.3%.

Food prices rose 0.3% and beverages fell 0.9%.

December 14, 2016

Global sales from natural rubber exports by country in 2015 amounted to US$14 billion.

That amount represents an average -69.7% drop in value since 2011 when natural rubber shipments were valued at $45.9 billion. Year over year, rubber shipments depreciated by -17.8% from 2014 to 2015.

December 9, 2016

Robots that work as assistants alongside people are set to upend the world of industrial robotics by putting automation within reach of many small and medium-sized companies for the first time, said industry players.

Collaborative robots, or "cobots", tend to be inexpensive, easy to use and safe to be around. They can easily be adapted to new tasks, making them well-suited to small-batch manufacturing and ever-shortening product cycles.

November 23, 2016

Prices for most commodities, including oil, are forecast to rise in 2017, as a long period of declining prices appears to be bottoming out.

November 22, 2016

It’s often and comprehensively reported that we’re hurtling towards the fourth Industrial Revolution, the Factory of the Future or Industry 4.0, as the Europeans call it.

But are we really ready for it?

November 21, 2016

From German Aerospace Center, to Facebook and NASA, here are the top aerospace innovators of the year!