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!

October 21, 2016

In September, energy prices rose 0.9%, while non-energy commodities slipped 0.8%.

Food prices dropped by 1.0%. Beverages increased 0.9%.

Raw materials fell 0.1%, and fertilizers rose 0.7%.

Metals and minerals fell 1.6%, and precious metals by 1.2%.

October 20, 2016


Research breaks major barrier in transistor size by creating gate only 1 nanometer long.

Engineers have been eyeing the finish line in the race to shrink the size of components in integrated circuits. Now, a team of researchers has succeeded in creating a transistor with a working 1-nanometer gate. For comparison, a strand of human hair is about 50,000 nanometers thick.


October 19, 2016

In 2015, global sales for tin exports amounted to US$690.5 million. That amount represents a 48.4% increase from 2011 but includes a -32.1% decline from 2014 to 2015.


Tin is a key ingredient used to solder microelectronic components to circuit boards, and can prevent corrosion when coating other metals.