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Emerging Materials

  • D. J. H. Smith
  • P. Freund

Abstract

It is no exaggeration to say that the prosperity of modern, manufacturing economies is dependent upon innovative development and use of materials which satisfy the needs of the market - not only current needs but future ones, as yet unknown. Failure to keep pace brings the risk of losing competitiveness and ultimately economic decline, which is why the topic of Advanced Materials has received so much attention in recent years. All of us have experienced unprecedented progress in the development of materials. We merely have to think of changes the electronics industry has brought to all our lives, through development of silicon-based semiconductors - 30 years ago there were still computers in use based on the thermionic valve; each occupied a whole room; now the machine sitting on our own desk is much more powerful.

Keywords

Business Development Product Development Process Photovoltaic Module Aluminium Nitride Resin Transfer Moulding 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. J. H. Smith
    • 1
  • P. Freund
    • 1
  1. 1.BP International LimitedResearch and Engineering CentreMiddlesexEngland

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