ANH Refractories Company, North America’s largest refractory manufacturer has named Stephen M. Delo as chairman and chief executive officer, succeeding Gabriel Faimann, the company’s former Interim CEO who has left to pursue other career opportunities. Delo most recently served as director – integrated supply chain for Honeywell International’s Performance, Materials and Technologies business and has held senior leadership roles of increasing responsibility during his 34 year tenure with Honeywell. He began his career with Honeywell (formerly Allied Chemical) after receiving his BS degree in chemical engineering at Louisiana State University, where he also later earned his MBA.
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Avalon Rare Metals Inc. reports on the recently announced first round allocations of rare earth elements export quotas for 2014, to companies operating in China, from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. A total of 15,110 tonnes of export quotas was allocated in this first round, compared to 15,499 tonnes for the first half of 2013. The 15,110 tonnes of export quotas is comprised of 13,314 tonnes of light rare earth element products and 1,796 tonnes of heavy rare earth elements products. It was also reported that, according to MOFCOM, one company that usually receives export-quota allocations, Inner Mongolia Baotou Hefa Rare Earth Co., will not be given a specific allocation until it has rectified environmental issues at its facilities.
The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products (SGCDpro) will celebrate its 50th anniversary during Deco ’14, the Society’s annual conference, April 5-7, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel, site of Deco ’11. Former Congresswoman and CPSC Commissioner, Anne Northup, will be the featured speaker. The three day program includes a Basics in Decorating Seminar on Saturday, Ask the Experts (annual regulatory update session) on Sunday and technical presentations on Monday. More than 20 companies will present their products and services during the exposition on Sunday afternoon.
(Crain’s Cleveland Business) Susan Helper, chief economist for the Economics and Statistics Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, thinks manufacturing is critical to innovation. There has been a perception for a long time that manufacturing is “dirty, dumb and dangerous” and that the work can be sent overseas, Helper said in a speech in Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday, Jan. 17. But when a country moves its production offshore, it loses both jobs and the opportunity to innovate. The evidence is starting to show that “if you want to keep innovating, you’ve got to keep producing,” Helper said. She also talked about the importance of manufacturers considering value, not just price, when making supply chain decisions.