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China Sees Decline in Refractories Materials Production, Exports

The country is promoting the development of high-quality, energy-efficient unshaped refractories.
April 1, 2014

The country is promoting the development of high-quality, energy-efficient unshaped refractories.


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Market Trends: Demand for High-End Premium Sanitaryware Products Booming in India

Higher incomes and a shift in lifestyle patterns are contributing to an increased demand in high-end premium products.
January 2, 2014

Sanitaryware manufacturers in India are experiencing high demand for their products for multiple reasons, including an increase in average household income levels among Indian consumers, along with shift in lifestyle patterns, both of which have led to booming demand for high-end premium products over the past few years.


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Supplier Profile: Machining Silicon Nitride

The incorporation of lasers can provide multiple benefits in silicon nitride machining.
December 2, 2013
In 2000, Paul Knowlton, Reliance Tool & Mfg.’s president and CEO, began looking at ceramic die inserts for certain stamping applications to solve problems of wear and maintaining tight tolerances.
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Chinese Refractories

Despite 2012 declines in both volume and value, export prices increased over 7%.
October 1, 2013

China’s refractory materials production in 2012 fell 4.43% over the previous year to 28.1891 million tons, reportedly due to a slowdown in growth rates for downstream sectors like iron and steel, building materials, and glass, as well as the reduced demand for refractories in infrastructure construction.


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Flat Boron by the Numbers

Researchers calculate what it would take to make a new two-dimensional material.
June 3, 2013

It would be terrible if laboratories striving to grow graphene from carbon atoms kept winding up with big, pesky diamonds.


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Rebound in Building Construction Expected to Drive Increased Demand for Decorative Tile

June 3, 2013

U.S. demand for decorative tile is forecast to rise 6.7% per year through 2017, reaching 3.2 billion sq ft, valued at $5.7 billion.


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Materials Innovations: University of California to Establish NSF Engineering Research Center

The new center will focus on nanoscale multiferroic devices that offer unprecedented capabilities to electromagnetic components.
April 1, 2013

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced an award to the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and its partners to establish a new NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) focused on nanoscale multiferroic devices that offer unprecedented capabilities to electromagnetic components.


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Decal Detail

Digital decal technology completes major tile project for Glasgow subway station.
March 1, 2013

FotoCeramic, a specialist in digital decals, announced it has successfully met the challenge of providing all the tile transfers for a major piece of public art at Glasgow’s Hillhead Subway station—a 12-m-long mural recently unveiled to city travellers.


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Freight Focus: Using a Freight Audit and Payment Company

Most companies are not effectively equipped to audit carrier freight invoices, making outsourcing an increasingly viable option.
March 1, 2013

In many cases, an excellent service provider can probably perform this function better, faster and cheaper than manufacturers.


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Seeing Color in the Nanoscale

Berkeley Lab scientists develop a new nanotech tool to probe solar energy.
February 1, 2013

If nanoscience were television, we’d be in the 1950s.


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