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August 23rd, 2011

Ceramics and glass business news of the week

Published on August 23rd, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Alfa Aesar launches mobile website for easy access to product information

Alfa Aesar, a Johnson Matthey Company, announced the launch of a new mobile website designed specifically for use on smart phones. The site allows users to quickly and easily access Alfa Aesar’s detailed product specifications using mobile platforms. The site has been optimized globally for Nokia, Moto, iPhone, Samsung, Blackberry, Sony and Android devices, and is available in ten languages. The mobile website enables users to access full product specifications for Alfa Aesar’s complete range of chemical compounds, metals and materials. Users can also access certificates of analysis and material safety data sheets for all products, as well as link through to the full site.

Horizontal media mills figure prominently in lithium-ion battery preproduction

With the federal government looking for 1 million electric vehicles on US roadways within just four years, attritor and horizontal media mill manufacturer Union Process Inc., is right in the middle of the mix. Lithium-ion batteries are the focus for powering these vehicles, and the Akron-based equipment maker has developed a two-phase process for grinding and dispersing the phosphate precursor required for the batteries. The first phase utilizes the Union Process S-series attritors to grind and disperse the coarse precursor powder to a 1-3 um particle-size range. The second phase runs through the company’s DMQ series horizontal media mills, dispersing the finished material to a primary particle-size range of 200-300 nm.

Unifrax acquires catalytic converter emission control mat business

Unifrax announced that through its Hong Kong subsidiary, Unifrax Asia-Pacific Holding Ltd, it had acquired the catalytic converter emission control mat business of Zhejiang Bondlye Motor Environmental Technology Co. The Bondlye Mat Business produces support mat products used in automotive catalytic converters. They are the leading supplier of emission control mat products to the domestic Chinese automotive manufacturers.

Virial launches first production line for nanostructured ceramic and cerametallic goods

Ceremonies were held in St. Petersburg today for the first production line for new high-tech goods of nanostructured ceramic and cerametallic materials. The facilities belong to Virial, a project company created with coinvestment from RusNano. The total cost of the new project is 1.7 billion rubles. Investment fund CapMan, a leading fund in direct financing in Scandinavian countries and Russia, and agriculture innovator Siberian Organics have joined RusNano as coinvestors. Virial has set up the entire production cycle for cutting instruments that are suited to hard-to-process materials and slide bearings able to accommodate extreme working conditions, higher pressure, and hotter temperatures. Items will be manufactured using a unique patented technology.

Theramax does pioneering work in solar cooling system

Pune-based Thermax Ltd recently designed and commissioned a unique solar conditioning system at the Solar Energy Centre in Gurgaon, Haryana, India. The 100-kW technology demonstration project was inaugurated by Union Minister for New and Renewable energy Farooq Abdullah in the presence of Union Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. In this innovative installation, claimed to be the first-of-its-kind in the world, Thermax has integrated a triple-effect chiller and solar parabolic concentrators (collectors), both indigenously developed by the company.


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