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Electronics firms are recruiting, graduates in demand

Over half of the companies in the UK’s microelectronics and semiconductor IP sectors are currently looking for engineers, according to an employment survey published by the NMI.

Recruiters are looking for engineering roles from graduates to senior management.

The survey found that 57% of companies asked were recruiting in…

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Supercapacitors create big materials market

The functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5bn before 2025, so predicts IDTechEx Research’s report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors / Ultracapacitors / EDLC 2015-2025.

The most critical and costly components of a supercapacitor are the active electrodes, electrolyte and then separator.

As solid state supercapacitors in the laboratory have…

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Engineering graduates cannot communicate, say recruiters

Graduates lack commercial awareness and communication skills, this is the stark finding of research amongst engineering graduate employers carried out by The Knowledge Partnership and the Association of Graduate Employers (AGR).

Employers rank commercial awareness and communication skills as vital and second only to information technology skills for graduates.

The…

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Unmanned electric aircraft in the field

Flying drones, quadcopters and other multicopters, are being used in agriculture for spotting disease and underwatering.

The deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for agriculture is growing significantly in Germany and other parts of Europe, according to a report by IDTechEx.

There are similarities with the US, where university students…

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Europe is tops for chip sales

Europe seems to be an important market for semiconductor suppliers right now.

According to figures from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) and published by the European Semiconductor Industry Association, the European market grew faster in dollar terms than the world as a whole in May.

European semiconductor sales jumped…

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3D printer will be big consumer product, says analyst

The combined market value from consumer 3D Printer hardware sales and material spend is forecast to be worth $1bn by 2018, says analyst Juniper Research.

In the short term the market looks less interesting, but longer term growth could be strong.

Today, 3D printer shipments are at relatively low levels…

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Survey finds firms undervalue engineers

Companies in the UK are placing greater importance on commercial activities and not the engineering function on which most businesses depend.

This is despite efforts even at government level to raise the status of engineering in the economy.

One of the key findings of a national salary survey carried out…

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Electric cars reinvented - $178.9bn market

Global sale of hybrid and all-electric cars will triple to $178.9bn in 2024, according to market analyst IDTechEx.

“Launches of production models of fuel cell cars are promised around 2015 by companies such as Hyundai, Toyota, Daimler and Tata Motors, bringing these centre stage to the contempt of…

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