Materials/Manufacturing

Neo Awarded Grant for Rare Earth Magnet Plant in Estonia; Reports Prices Down from Record Highs but High Demand 

Despite prices for magnetic materials dropping recently from record highs, the outlook is strong for Neo Performance Materials’ plan to build a 100-million Euro rare earth magnet plant in Estonia. It recently received a sizeable government grant to support the effort, while higher-than-expected future demand is driving the company to consider expanding the plant’s capacity. […]

Materials/Manufacturing

Quadrant Magnetics Indicted on Federal Charges Related to Documents & Prohibited Chinese-Origin Materials for Military Contracts 

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued an indictment against Quadrant Magnetics LLC and three individuals who have been arrested for allegedly sending to China technical data drawings related to U.S. military projects and then supplying the Department of Defense with prohibited Chinese-origin items. The indictment was unsealed November 9 following the arrest of three defendants and their initial appearances in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Kentucky. […]

Electromagnetics

Tech Tips: Designing Magnetic Latches to Keep Electronics Secured 

Do you know that permanent magnets are behind the action for your detachable keyboard, the pencil that attaches to your tablet, and the wireless charging pad that attaches to your phone? Smart screen covers for phones, tablets, magnetically latching wall-mount security cameras and countless electronic devices in day-to-day life rely on permanent magnets for providing the magnetic attaching mechanism.  […]

Materials/Manufacturing

Spin-Ion Stepping Out with System to Engineer Ultra-Thin Magnetic Materials 

Spin-Ion Technologies, a French developer of advanced ion beam technology to engineer the structural properties of magnetic materials, has linked up with Quantum Design International to distribute the company’s Helium-S system in China, Taiwan, Singapore and the United States. The process solution is based on post-growth Helium + ion irradiation to tailor the magnetic properties of thin magnetic films at the atomic scale and improve their performances. […]