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New Type of Hard Metal Developed in Finland

Posted by | 30th September 2013 | Finland News

The VTT, Finland’s Technical Research Centre has recently announced that they have been working on developing a new type of hard metal which could replace tungsten carbide. Tungsten carbide is a widely used material, however, its resources are gradually becoming limited.

The new type of metal developed by the VTT has impressive bullet-proofing qualities in addition to high durability and the ability to withstand extreme temperatures.

The innovative material represents a great solution as in today’s industry, the most commonly used material known as WC Co contains tungsted carbide which is becoming less available and cobalt which is also dangerous to health. Both tungsted carbide and cobalt have been declared as critical by the EU because of their importance to the economy and increasing demand with decreasing availability.

VTT and Exode who have been working alongside to develop the new material have succeeded in providing an ecological alternative to tungsten carbide, as the new material is suitable for the manufacturing of sheer blades and cutters as well as for vehicle protection due to its remarkable ballistic properties.

The two companies have continued to work together to improve the new material developed through the use of nano additives and increase its durability and toughness.

Due to its impressive properties and production method, VTT believe the market for the new material is potentially huge across the world but especially in the EU.

If you are interested in being part of the VTT team, please see below current vacancies:

Research Scientist in ICT for Health

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