International purchases of imported automotive parts totaled US$386.9 billion in 2017. Overall, the value of auto parts imports rose by 7.6% for all importing countries since 2013 when international purchases of auto parts were valued at $359.8 billion.
International sales for aircraft parts exports by country totaled US$85.1 billion in 2017. Overall, the value of aircraft parts exports rose by an average 26.9% for all exporting countries since 2013 when aircraft parts shipments were valued at $67.1 billion. From 2016 to 2017, exported aircraft parts depreciated by -1.3%.
A ground-breaking advancement in materials research by successfully developing the world's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics, which are mechanically robust and can have complex shapes. This could turn a new page in the structural application of ceramics.
Working to address 'hotspots' in computer chips that degrade their performance, engineers have developed a new semiconductor material, defect-free boron arsenide, that is more effective at drawing and dissipating waste heat than any other known semiconductor or metal materials.
Researchers have figured out how to increase a rechargeable battery's capacity by using aggressive electrodes and then stabilizing these potentially dangerous electrode materials with a highly-fluorinated electrolyte.
Worldwide sales from electronic circuit component exports by country totaled US$628.9 billion in 2017. Overall, the value of electronic circuit component exports rose by an average 24.5% for all exporting countries since 2013 when electronic circuit component shipments were valued at $505.2 billion.
Commodity prices were mostly higher in May, led by energy, which surged 7,4%.
Non-energy commodities rose 0,1%.