Centorr Vacuum Ind. has shipped orders for two high-temperature sintering furnaces to a leading firm in the production of aluminum nitride substrates for the LED market in China. The designs include a 2-ft3 graphite furnace for aluminum nitride sintering and a refractory metal furnace rated to 1850°C for a secondary heating process. These new furnaces build on experience in non-oxide ceramics and include modifications made specifically for high-temperature sintering of advanced ceramics.
Air Products and Suzuki Shokan Co. Ltd. (Tokyo) announced the signing of an agreement for the two companies to work together on the design, construction, and operation of hydrogen fueling stations for use in fueling the material handling vehicle market in Japan. The companies will use Air Products’ hydrogen fueling technology and will work jointly to make infrastructure modifications to meet Japanese laws and regulations.
Alcoa has been named the most admired metals company in the world by Fortune magazine. This is the fourth year in a row that Alcoa has been awarded the top position in the metals category in the magazine’s annual ranking on corporate reputation. Alcoa has been on Fortune’s Most Admired List since the publication began its annual ranking more than 30 years ago.
Goodfellow, a leading supplier of small to medium quantities of high-quality metals, ceramics, and other materials for research and product design, has expanded its offering to include custom manufacturing and finishing of components to customers’ precise specifications. Services include precision machining, cutting, turning, rolling, drilling, grinding, and milling; forming, bending, and shaping; coating with almost any metal or polymer to a defined thickness; and surface treatment, mechanical polishing, and chemical polishing.
Kerneos S.A. and Elmin S.A. have acquired 100% of the shares of European Bauxites, S&B Industrial Minerals S.A.’s bauxite operations in Greece. The company specializes in the extraction, processing, and distribution of high-quality bauxite to the metallurgical and construction industries for applications such as alumina and steel production, Portland cement, mineral wool, and calcium aluminate cements. Its annual sales volume represents roughly one million tons and its reserves stand at several tens of millions of tons.
Flat glass prices dipped slightly in January, decreasing 0.1% after a big jump of 1.8% in December, according to the latest Producer Price Index Report issued by the U.S. Labor Department. The flat glass index sits at 123.1, and prices are up 3.4% from January 2014. In another report, import prices for glass and glassware dropped 0.1% for the second straight month after a 0.2% dip in November. Import prices are down 0.8% from a year ago.