BLOODHOUND Project Newsletter


January 2017 – Newsletter

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BLOODHOUND SSC – a supersonic racing car designed to reach speeds of 1,000mph (1,600km/h).

Welcome to BLOODHOUND’s monthly newsletter, with the latest news about the Project.

A belated Happy New Year from the BLOODHOUND Team! We have lots of news from the Project this month, including progress on the Car and flooding in the desert in South Africa. The first of a new series of videos is available to show you how the Car works. And finally, how about visiting us at the Technical Centre? Read on to find out how…

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Science and Technology of Advanced Materials: Chemically active 3D prints win 2016 Altmetrics Award

3D printed polymer structures containing TiO2 nanoparticles at 0%, 1% and 5% by dry weight (left to right). The chemical activity of the TiO2 nanoparticles suppresses the fluorescence of the host polymer. 

Source: STAM Headquarter Office , National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)

Science and Technology of Advanced Materials research: Chemically active 3D prints win the 2016 Altmetrics Award

(Tokyo, 19 January 2017) Intense interest in results demonstrating the chemical reactivity of nanocomposites in 3D printed structures on social media leads to STAM 2016 Altmetrics Award.

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New special oil for new Ford models

LIQUI MOLY launches its Special Tec F 0W-30

January 2017 – Engine development is making increasing demands of oil. What was once a universal lubricant has long become a highly specialized, liquid spare part that only fits certain specific engines. German oil expert LIQUI MOLY is now launching a new oil for Ford’s current TDCi diesel models: LIQUI MOLY Special Tec F 0W-30.

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PTV Group opens its first branch office in Africa

Goal of “our own office on each continent” is reached

Karlsruhe/Johannesburg, 18. January 2017. For 2017, the PTV Group announces the expansion of its software business on the African continent with its own office. The signs for this were set in 2016 with the successful takeover of Distribution Planning Software International Ltd. (DPS) with an office in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the future, the newly created PTV Africa branch office should boost the software business for planning and optimization of traffic and logistics with local expertise.


The CEO of the PTV Group, Vincent Kobesen, is pleased: “Africa is an extremely interesting sales market. We have long been active in this region and now, with our own branch office and locally experienced personnel, we can support our customers still more intensively than from our headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany. At the same time, we will further extend the geographic market coverage for our entire product range”.

The German software producer has been successful on its international expansion course for many years. With its own office in Johannesburg, South Africa, the company can now lay the last cornerstone for a global presence on all continents. Customers will profit from greater availability and better customer service.

Experienced management on-site

In the new PTV Africa branch office, the experienced Managing Director of DPS, Charel Schickerling, will advance and be responsible for PTV Africa’s business development in the future. This affects not just the transport logistics sector, but also the traffic planning sector.

Schickerling has roots in South Africa and has great expertise in the transport and logistics industries. Regardless of whether he was working as a consultant or a Managing Director, for him process optimisation has always been a main objective. His future scenario: “Over the last two years we were able to establish a stable business environment with the help of numerous renowned customers. Our customers’ needs are always at the centre of our actions. This is also reflected in our excellent reputation we have gained since then. These are precisely the goals and values that we will continue to pursue within the new corporate structures. Dealing with logistics and traffic products opens up a variety of options and opportunities. Thus we are convinced that we will be able to establish strong and successful business relationships which will result in measurable added value for market participants”.

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