Though diverse, industrial minerals markets have largely been in decline throughout 2015 and 2016 due to falling demand in major markets, declining oil prices, and oversupply. In June, I attended the Industrial Minerals’ International Congress (IMIC) in the Czech Republic. It was not a happy place, with a subdued atmosphere and producers, consumers, traders, and processors all feeling the effects of reduced market activity.
Market research shows that the optical components market has grown 8-12% annually during the past five years.1 The optics market is intensely competitive, with demand increasing for optical components as communications markets, internet usage and the digitalization of information infrastructure grow. Within this market, the trend of miniaturization and high-speed performance applies increasing pressure on a product’s thermal and optical properties.
In the U.S., the main body developing the design standards of kilns, furnaces and ovens is the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), through NFPA 86 Standard for Ovens and Furnaces. But the ceramic industry has misconceptions about NFPA 86, and no wonder.
The event will host technical sessions, lectures, short courses and networking events.
October 3, 2016
The annual Materials Science and Technology technical meeting and exhibition (MS&T16) will be held October 23-27 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event will host technical sessions, lectures and short courses, as well as student-centered and networking events.
Elections often stir up passionate feelings—and that seems to be particularly true this year. As politicians and voters gear up for Tuesday, November 8, employers may not know that their workers have certain rights when it comes to elections, and corporations even have rights of their own.
The global technical ceramics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.37% through 2020.
October 3, 2016
According to a recent market study by Technavio, the global technical ceramics market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.37% from 2016-2020. As of 2015, Asia-Pacific held the largest market, at around 37.7%, and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 7% during 2016-2020.
Exposed in a step-like formation, layers of a new photovoltaic cell harvest more of the sun's energy.
October 3, 2016
The cost of solar power is beginning to reach price parity with cheaper fossil fuel-based electricity in many parts of the world, yet the clean energy source still accounts for just slightly more than 1% of the world’s electricity mix. Solar, or photovoltaic (PV), cells, which convert sunlight into electrical energy, have a large role to play in boosting solar power generation globally, but researchers still face limitations to scaling up this technology.
High-volume product designers traditionally considered ceramics a last substrate option due to high cost and lack of format availability. In the past, available thin ceramics were certainly not strong, robust, self-supporting or flexible. Volume markets today require a new set of high-performance, high-temperature-capable ceramic materials that are available in an ultrathin flexible roll format.
Researchers have succeeded in producing defect-free graphene directly from graphite.
October 3, 2016
While graphene is a promising new material, researchers across the globe are still looking for a way to produce defect-free graphene at low costs. Chemists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have succeeded in producing defect-free graphene directly from graphite for the first time. They recently published their findings in the journal Nature Communications.
I don’t know about you, but November 9 can’t come quickly enough for me. I don’t recall an election less focused on issues and policies and more focused on the personalities of the candidates. At this point, I just can’t wait for it all to be over.
Today in the U.S., 10 states operate beverage container deposit refund programs (BCDRPs), which provide the most consistent source of quality recycled glass (cullet) for the glass container industry. It’s estimated that these programs supply anywhere from 65-80% of the recycled glass used to make new bottles and jars. Similar to sand, soda ash and limestone, recycled glass is a critical manufacturing input.
President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on June 22, marking the first major overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in 40 years. The president called the legislation “proof that Washington can function despite intense polarization.” He praised both chemicals industry groups and environmentalists for achieving consensus despite their usual differences of opinion.