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By Eileen De Guire / April 15, 2013

• Aruvian Research presents analysis of Asahi Glass Co. A complete and comprehensive analysis of Asahi Glass Company includes an overview of the industry the company operates in, and then moves on to analyzing the company itself. • Also, beginning May 1, 2013, Asahi Glass Co. will integrate operations at its Kansai plant and Takasago…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / April 2, 2013

Strategic Materials Advisory Council cautions DOD against stockpiling Chinese rare earths The Strategic Materials Advisory Council has cautioned the Department of Defense to avoid the risky mitigation strategy of stockpiling strategic and critical materials from China. The DOD recently completed its biannual “Strategic and Critical Materials 2013 Report on Stockpile Requirements,” which recommended stockpiling $120.43…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By Eileen De Guire / March 8, 2013

Here is what we are hearing: Lynas reports first rare earths from Malaysia facility Lynas Corp. is pleased to confirm that the Lynas Advanced Material Plant in Malaysia (LAMP) has produced its first Rare Earths products for customers. Lynas announced on Jan. 7, 2013, the successful commissioning of the cracking and leaching rare earth extraction…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / January 4, 2013

Here is what we are hearing: Virginia apartment complex first to showcase Solarban 70XL/SunClean glass PPG Industries announced that the Radius Urban Apartment complex in Newport News, Va., is the largest single installation of windows fabricated with Solarban 70XL glass and SunClean self-cleaning glass. By transmitting high levels of daylight while blocking the sun’s heat…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / November 26, 2012

Lot’s of good stories here: India-Japan join hands to challenge China’s rare earth monopoly The Indian Prime Minister was forced to cancel his planned visit to Japan this month after the Japanese government dissolved the lower house of parliament and announced early elections. An important trade pact in respect of rare earth materials was proposed…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / October 11, 2012

Here’s what we are hearing: Morgan Ceramics promotes efficiencies in Asia’s power sector through next-gen thermal insulation solutions and precision-engineering capabilities Morgan Ceramics, a division of Morgan Crucible Co., one of the world’s leading advanced materials companies, continues to strengthen working relationship with Asia’s power sector to maximize efficiencies in power generation and transmission in…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / February 3, 2012

Here is what we are hearing: Integration of Hanse Chemie Inc. USA, into Evonik Goldschmidt Corp. As of Jan. 1, 2012, the US Hanse Chemie business of Hanse Chemie AG and Nanoresins AG, has been merged into Evonik Goldschmidt Corp. At the same time, Hanse Chemie Inc. USA has been dissolved as a legal entity.…

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Rare earth bets becoming factor in wind turbine direct-drive generator startup investments

By / September 23, 2011

Credit: NREL. About a week ago, Boulder Wind Power, a maker of a direct-drive system with what’s been described as a low-speed permanent magnet generator for utility-scale wind turbines, announced that it had received $35 million in investment venture capital firm NEA and rare-earth producer Molycorp. Molycorp’s involvement, presumably, is based on its insights to rare-earth markets…

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Rare-earths chess game intensifies with new moves in China, Washington

By / June 16, 2011

Maybe not a zugzwang yet, but rare-earth strategies are getting more complex and riskier. Credit: Wikipedia. It’s been a while since I have addressed strategic materials, but several recent developments are worth noting. Let’s start by going back a few months. In late March, a ripple went out among rare-earth supply watchers when China’s Ministry…

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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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