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21st century materials

Materials science has come a long way since the first rock tools of the Stone Age. Revolutionary materials developed by an Israeli SME have incredible durability and can be used in a wide range of applications.
21st century materials
The first raw material used by man to create tools was stone. Stone was later replaced by bronze and iron and more recently by steel, concrete, silicon and a wide variety of plastics.

Materials play a central role in our daily lives, from our homes to our cars to our workplaces. Over time our approach toward materials has changed dramatically as have our demands. New materials must be stronger, lighter, more durable and recyclability is an increasingly important feature.

Frontline development by an Israeli SME has led to several important advances in materials science. New Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre composites have been produced. The innovation lies in the incorporation of single fibres into solid building blocks and the merger with metal foils.

The resulting new generation UHMWPEs possess chemical and physical properties far superior to existing materials. They can withstand large fluctuations in temperature, have a high resistance to wear, tear and impact, are easily recyclable and, most importantly, are inexpensive.

Just as plastics have become integral components in a number of products at work and at home, the new composite materials have a very wide range of applicability. They can be used in automobiles, airplanes, boats, home appliances, computers, medical machinery, telecommunications and even specialised equipment such as bulletproof vests.

The Israeli SME has copyrighted both the new materials and the processes to produce them. They are looking for partners and sources of funding to help exploit the economic potential of these new materials.
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