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Lucideon to hold refractories training for Ceramics Expo attendees April 29, May 2, 2019

Lucideon will run a two-day refractories training course for attendees of Ceramics Expo on April 29 and May 2, 2019. The first module will look at refractory materials and application areas. Understanding refractory properties and links to performance will be covered in the second module.

Gains continue in glass-relevant construction and employment

Nonresidential glass and glazing construction activity continues to expand as 2018 nears its end, according to Key Media & Research’s analysis of the Census Bureau’s latest construction spending report.

Rare earths: TDK acquires Showa Denko R&D branch of magnet alloys

TDK Corporation has reached an agreement with Showa Denko to acquire the latter’s neodymium magnet alloy research and development business sector. The transfer to TDK is scheduled to be completed by the end of January 2019.

Tantalum: Kemet announces customer-funded capacity increases for MLCCs

Capacitor giant Kemet Corporation has agreed to help fund increases to capacity with one of its customers. The unnamed customer, assumed to be a large producer of electronic devices, will provide Kemet with interest-free advance payments totaling US$30M.

Importance of rare earth metals mining makes it into COP24

In a series of talks that took place within the COP24 summit in Katowice, Poland, defenders of the circular economy highlighted the importance of including mining of rare earth metals into their discussions.

Sevam glassmaker sold to French beverage producer

Moroccan container glassmaker Sevam has been sold to a French brewer. Its owner, Moroccan investment fund Al Mada, sold it to the domestic subsidiary of the French group Castel, Brasseries of Morocco, which specializes in the production of beverages and wines.

Materion and Eutectix announce licensing agreement for bulk metallic glass

Materion Corporation has entered into an intellectual property licensing agreement with Eutectix LLC. The agreement grants Eutectix, a manufacturer of specialty alloys, a license to the entire Materion bulk metallic glass patent portfolio and all related patents.

Falling costs in renewables generation driving global sector growth

Current trends in the renewables market show that both solar and wind are competitive with fossil fuels, while net grid technologies and techniques mean that concerns around intermittency are progressively being addressed.

Ford unveils new advanced manufacturing center

Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new Advanced Manufacturing Center, demonstrating how it’s looking to technology to improve its manufacturing. The $45 million complex in Redford, Mich., includes 3D printers, collaborate robots and virtual and augmented reality simulators.

LG Fuel Cell Systems quitting Ohio after receiving $18 million in state and federal grants

LG Fuel Cell Systems is shutting the doors on its Fuel Cell Prototyping Center, laying off about 70 employees and unilaterally ending a 12-year relationship with the state of Ohio and Stark State College.

Feasibility study to determine amount of magnesite deposits at White Moon mine

Nevada Marketing Consultants LLC and CVMR Corporation will conduct a feasibility study to substantiate the measured magnesite ore contained in the White Moon mine over and above the current 527,000 tons of magnesite deposit exposed at the surface.

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