Materials/Manufacturing

Solvay Partners with Carester for Magnet Recycling & Manufacturing in Europe 

Global chemicals giant Solvay and French rare earths consultancy Carester are planning to form a strategic partnership aimed at leveraging the expertise of both companies to pursue manufacturing opportunities within the rare earth industry for the permanent magnets value chain in Europe. The collaboration, announced in March as a signing of a memorandum of understanding, will enable both companies to enhance their respective strengths in the rare earths industry, with Solvay contributing its industrial assets and operational experience, and Carester bringing expertise in recycling end-of-life equipment, upstream market knowledge and related activities. […]

Materials/Manufacturing

ZHmag of China Appoints Former Siemens Exec as Strategic Consultant 

It’s been a while, but we just learned that ZHmag, one of China’s major producers of neodymium magnets, has appointed Reinhold Schindler, formerly a top purchasing executive for Siemens, as a strategic consultant to the company. The move fits in with ZHmag’s ambitions to build its leadership position as a technically-savvy business partner for global OEMs that are high-volume buyers of NdFeB magnets and permanent-magnetic components such as EV powertrains.  […]

Materials/Manufacturing

Solvay Builds Momentum to Grow Rare Earths Magnet Business in Europe 

Global chemicals giant Solvay has joined the Rare Earth Industry Association in its latest move to dramatically build its magnetics business. Planning to develop a major hub for rare earth magnets in Europe, the Belgian-based company has been beefing up its supply chain in addition to the latest step toward building its network of industry partners and potential customers. […]

Magnetics/Assemblies

A Lifting Magnet’s Neo Is Almost Immortal, Notes WalMag, but Safety Inspections of the Product Should Be Done Regularly 

High-quality neodymium in the magnetic core of an industrial lifting magnet is almost immortal, notes Walmag of Czech Republic, a long-time producer of lifting magnets and chucks – but safety inspections of the full product […]

e-Power Technology

Researchers at Aichi Steel & Tohoku University Design Lighter, Smaller e-Axle 

Using its molded MagFine alloy, Aichi Steel reports that it has developed in collaboration with Tohoku University an experimental e-axle that is 40% lighter and smaller than conventional designs. It combines a newly developed compact high-speed reducer with a compact and lightweight 34,000 rpm motor. For the first time, says the company, it has succeeded in proofing the technology of a high-speed, high-reduction next-generation electric axle with high-speed rotation and high deceleration that contributes to weight reduction. […]