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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By April Gocha / December 23, 2015

Lucideon’s new standard for ceramic tableware, PPG plant commits to water reuse, and more ceramics and glass business news of the week for December 23, 2015.

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Ceramic manufacturing is back in a big way at Ceramics Expo

By Eileen De Guire / May 1, 2015

The first-ever Ceramics Expo closed yesterday in Cleveland, Ohio. More than 170 vendors displayed everything needed to make ceramic and glass materials—from raw materials to forming/shaping to furnaces/kilns to characterization and all the materials and equipment needed for those functions.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By April Gocha / January 16, 2015

Argonne partners for nuclear reactor work, LafargeHolcim moves forward, Gorilla Glass finds itself in POS devices, and more ceramics and glass business news of the week for January 16, 2015.

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News from the glass and refractory worlds

By P. Carlo Ratto / October 7, 2012

• Japanese electronics company Hitachi has unveiled slivers of glass that can store digital information for millions of years. The company said the slivers of quartz glass can endure extreme temperatures and hostile conditions without degrading. • Beroa NovoCos sister company has terminated a joint venture with Sorg. The shareholders of Sorg-Karrena Service GmbH, Lohr am Main,…

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Silicon oxides enable advances in digital memory storage at Rice U. and Hitachi

By / October 4, 2012

(a) Schematic of the unipolar switching in SiOx, showing the typical set (red) and reset (blue) I-V curves (9). (b) Schematic of the SiOx thin-walled structure for in situ TEM imaging. The switching region in SiOx is localized by the nanogap generated in the α-C layer and imaged by TEM. (c) and (d) Schematics of…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By Eileen De Guire / November 18, 2011

Here’s what we are hearing (some information from news releases): Superior safety for next gen high-temperature reactor: China receives first glass-to-metal sealed hermetic penetration assembly from Schott for testing China’s first commercial high-emperature reactor in the province of Shandong will be one of the most modern nuclear power plants in the world. Employing only the…

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Enormous rare earths crisis brewing: China shutting down 3 major dysprosium mines

By / September 8, 2011

SEM image of Dysprosium hydroxyfluoride fibers. Credit: PPNL. A few days ago, Xinhua News agency reported that three rare earth mining districts near Ganzhou city have been order to halt production by year-end. In fact, production at one of the mines has been halted already, according to Li Guoqing, director of the city’s mining management…

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One step forward, one step back for Molycorp-Hitachi rare earths relationship; Sumitomo deal stalled

By / August 18, 2011

I am still trying to figure out exactly what to make of this: Last week, Molycorp issued its quarterly report to investors, in which it both announced a “master supply agreement” to provide Hitachi with didymium alloy (a neodymium and praseodymium mix) and lanthanum oxide for magnet manufacturing, but also announced it had cut off talks…

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Rare earth scramble heats up; California mine opening imminent

By / December 23, 2010

Molycorp’s Mountain Pass mine. Credit: Wikipedia Commons Apparently the DOE’s release of its first Critical Materials Strategy was one in a series of announcements about how various companies and countries are taking bigger steps to lock rare earth elements strategies in place. • On Dec. 20, the Asian News Network reported that Molycorp will reopen…

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Hitachi helps Canada expand nano center

By / July 21, 2009

Someone must have declared this nano investments week (see other recent posts). The latest news is that Hitachi is lending its support to a new research and product development center for nanotechnology in Alberta, a joint project to which Hitachi brings its expertise and next-generation electron microscopes. The $14 million center, called the Hitachi Electron…

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