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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By Eileen De Guire / May 23, 2013

Somany Q4 net up nearly 20 percent Somany Ceramics Ltd. says improved sales resulted in net profit of Rs 10.14 crore ($1.88 million) for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, a year-on-year increase of 19.85 percent. The tile manufacturer’s net sales also rose to Rs 333.71 crore ($61.8 million) for the quarter, compared with Rs…

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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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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / February 26, 2013

Some other stories and papers worth looking into: Coupling the valley degree of freedom to antiferromagnetic order (PNAS) The exploration of novel electronic degrees of freedom has important implications in both basic quantum physics and advanced information technology. Valley, as a new electronic degree of freedom, has received considerable attention in recent years. In this…

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New Critical Materials Hub to take broad approach to rare earths, other strategic materials

By / January 17, 2013

The launch of the DOE’s $120 million Critical Materials Institute (nee “Hub”), the fifth energy innovation-oriented “integrated research center” initiated by the Obama administration, strikes me as mainly a balanced approach to the complex issue of securing for the United States adequate supplies of unique raw materials that are crucial to clean energy applications, electronics…

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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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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / September 25, 2012

Fabrican has developed spray-on clothing. Credit: Nature; Fabrican Ltd.; Gene Kiegel. Check ’em out: Inspiring interfaces: The arts and social sciences communities could enhance the commercial prospects of new materials (Nature) One of the greatest drivers of materials research today is its potential economic impact. And yet it is a sad fact that many materials science…

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China edges rare earth exports ceiling upwards, but demand slack continues; new RE extraction method surfaces

By / August 28, 2012

Relative stock prices of Molycorp (blue line) and Lynas (green) compared to Dow Jones Industrial Average (red) since August increase in China’s rare earth exports quota. Source: Yahoo Finance. Recent developments around the world related to rare earth elements continue to suggest that strategic concerns are being supplanted by shorter-term economic, environmental and technical considerations,…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / July 26, 2012

Here is what we are hearing: Prematech Advanced Ceramics adds technical and marketing strength with hiring of Bruce Gretz PremaTech Advanced Ceramics, a leader in the design, engineering and machining of high-purity silicon carbides and other advanced ceramic materials and components, has named Bruce Gretz senior technical salesperson. In that capacity, Gretz is responsible for…

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Supply chain issues drive rare earth economics

By Eileen De Guire / April 27, 2012

Access to rare earths needs to be addressed at all points in the supply chain, experts say. Credit: The Bulletin, ACerS. In March the US, Japan and European Union filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization against China contending that its export rules violate international trade rules. At present, China controls about 95 percent…

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